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The Energy of the Disenfranchised Majority

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"Don't tell me that the most powerful country on earth cannot undo the evil of Citizens United" "

He revealed that the consummately evil Koch Brothers planned to spend a billion dollars on the next election -- more campaign spending than the ENTIRE Republican and the ENTIRE Democratic Party put together.

"Let me be blunt -- you know I am rarely blunt," he joked.

Laughter.

Then he said: "The President of the United States, as well as most members of congress, and the Supreme Court have been purchased by the Koch brothers and by a few other billionaires" They own the government" They want to own everything...

There's a name for this kind of government. It's not democracy. It's oligarchy."

His speech lasted an hour, but could have gone on all day -- no one was leaving. At the end, instead of being whisked off by secret service agents, he waded unprotected into the body electric. He is a brave man. Brave to wade into a crowd of strangers. Brave to be so blunt about the American politic, which is no stranger to violence.

He is much more than a rock star. He is someone his opponents are worried about. The NY Times and Fox News have already done several hit pieces on him. Martin O'Malley's PAC attacked him instead of the frontrunner, Hillary Clinton. They are worried. Their billionaire supporters are worried. The NY Times reported that Bernie is in a virtual dead heat with Hillary in New Hampshire, and gaining in Iowa, where he drew an unprecedented crowd of 2,000 supporters" in Iowa, where she met with small groups in back rooms and refused to answer questions. Where she lost to Obama in 2008.

Why? How can a candidate without the support of the billionaires go so far in just eight weeks? Maybe it's because his message is so clear: America is being hoodwinked by big money -- betrayed by a handful of billionaire fanatics.

"This is not about me. It is about us," he said at the end of his speech.

Outside the arena, the feeling on the street was one of complete exhilaration. We smiled, shook hands, made eye contact, and even hugged the stranger next to us like we were best friends. Strangers exiting the arena shook hands with Police officers there, who were startled if not pleased.

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James and Jean Anton were born and raised in New York City, and spent ten years living and working abroad in countries as diverse as Brazil, Ecuador, Denmark, Italy and Iran. They have written and illustrated books for Scholastic Inc, McGraw (more...)
 

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