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We Are the Change

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You tell me that it's evolution,

Well you know,

We'd all want to change the world.

But when you talk about destruction,

Don't you know that you can count me out."

The Beatles, "Revolution," 1968.

Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and her spokespeople--official and otherwise--have attempted to dismiss Bernie Sanders proposals for changing America, for bringing about a revolutionary change in our country politically, economically, and culturally as impractical and idealistic. Additionally, they deride his followers as young, naïve Millennials without political acumen or knowledge, following an idealistic campaign that has virtually no chance of election, or if Bernie gets elected, carrying through on its proposed programs. The Clintonistas state, for example, that if we attempt to build a single-payer health care system on the basis of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, and Medicare, we will end up with none of these programs.

I hate people who use scare tactics an an attempt to sway the American public.

To Paul Krugman and the rest: I am not young, naïve, idealistic, nor a Millennial; I am a Boomer, and I am tired of being told that I have to settle for less than I deserve as an American citizen. We have been being told that we have to "settle for less" for the last thirty-five years, while the top one percent has been bleeding us and our nation dry, in the name of increasing their burgeoning wealth.

Additionally, I would point out to all of these naysayers that what Senator Sanders is proposing is the rights, protections, and privileges that we enjoyed under President Franklin Roosevelt, augmented by the additional domestic rights and protections passed by the Democratic Congresses under Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon; the decisions of the Warren and early Berger Supreme Courts; and FDR's proposed Second Bill of Economic Rights.

That means an end to the Taft-Hartley Act; a return to the hard-nosed implementation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965; imposition of a truly progressive income tax with a marginal tax rate of at least 50% on all incomes over $10,000,000 annually; passage of a new and strengthened Glass-Steagall Act; changes to corporate tax law so they can no longer hide billions off-shore; changes to capital gains laws so that stocks as compensation is no longer deferred for years; taxing capital gains for Social Security and the new single-payer health care system; removal of the cap on Social Security, and introduction of a two-tier progressive system; return of funds for enforcement to Federal agencies like the EPA, FDA, IRS, BLM, SEC, and other Federal agencies so they can fight the giant corporations on an equal footing; and active implementation of the Sherman and Clayton Anti-trust Laws to break-up monopolies and syndicates (oligopolies), especially in media and communications, finance, electronics, and other industries vital to our nation in this post-industrial era. In other words, a repudiation of the failed Reagan Revolution, which has proven a boon for the wealthiest Americans, and a curse for the rest of us.

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Richard Girard is a polymath and autodidact whose greatest desire in life is to be his generations' Thomas Paine. He is an FDR Democrat, which probably puts him with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in the current political spectrum. His answer to (more...)

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