Democratic presidential candidate and populist champion Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) did not mince his words in responding to the condescending attacks of Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, who published a scathing denunciation of Sanders on Linkedin, where it was applauded by other executive sycophants and gleefully plastered across the headlines of mainstream media websites: “SUCCESSFUL RICH MAN DECRIES NAIVE SOCIALIST AS ‘CONTEMPTIBLE'” screamed the obvious subtext in their headlines.
Sanders only had this to say: Bring it.
I don’t want the support of McAdam, Immelt and their friends in the billionaire class. I welcome their contempt. https://t.co/OIiykGeHQT
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 13, 2016
His response is reminiscent of another U.S. President who took on vast finance lobbies and won – that of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. It’s no coincidence that Sanders echoes the words of FDR’s October 31st, 1936 speech, where he said that:
“We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.
Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.”
FDR’s New Deal blessed us with the longest period of sustained economic growth in our history, won the Second World War, and put a man on the moon. Considering his words and looking at our nation today, it’s clear that his great works are being undone – our economy is once again imperiled by reckless banking and speculation, our society being ripped asunder by class antagonism, our foreign policy dictated and written by war profiteers. We need another FDR, and another New Deal – and Senator Bernie Sanders is the man with the plan to do it.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.