I interviewed Senator Bernie Sanders on July 9th.
Thanks to Don Caldarazzo for doing the transcript.
Rob Kall: And
welcome to the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show, WNJC 1360 AM out of Washington
Township, reaching metro Philly and South Jersey. My guest tonight is Senator Bernie Sanders. Are you there?
Bernie Sanders: I am right here.
Rob Kall: Oh
great. Thanks so much for being on the
show. I really appreciate it. Oh, I've got a long list of stuff I want to
talk to you about. I wanted to start
with your Progressive campaign. I just
got an email about it today, and that sounds pretty exciting. I'm going to post the description on opednews.com (here) but can you talk a little bit more about it? And who are you trying to reach? And how is it different from reaching out to
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Bernie Sanders: Well it's very different, because there are a
lot of people; my guess is the vast majority of the American people are
disillusioned with both political parties.
I think they perceive the Republican Party now having become a Right
wing extremist party. And while the
Democratic party in my view in every sense is much stronger and more responsive
to the needs of ordinary people, I think many people perceive that the
Democrats have become much too Conservative, and are too dependent on Corporate
money, and [have] too much sympathy for big money interests, and are not
standing up for working families.
So I think there are a lot of people out there who
are not Democrats and are not Republicans.
They're in the Middle Class.
These are people who are working longer hours for lower wages. They're seeing their family income going
down. They can't afford to send they're
kids to college, they're struggling with healthcare, and they're asking
themselves, "How does it happen that the only people in this economy who are
doing well are the very, very wealthy, and large, multinational
corporations?" Those are the people I'm
trying tot talk to.
Awesome. That's certainly my
readership, because, the readers at Opednews, I would say 85% of them, are no
longer very happy with Democrats, even though they're way Left of
Democrats. This is a great thing that
you're starting, I think.
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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com
more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.
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