During his bore of a commencement address at Brooklyn College, Senator Bernie Sanders ranted about how America is becoming an “oligarchic” society and lamented the growing fortunes of America’s wealthy.
Sanders gave his commencement address in his normal, yelling at everyone fashion.
“You know and I know that these are tough times for our country,” he began, as transcribed by Common Dreams.
2016 presidential candidate Sanders proceeded to take his audience on a trip through his impoverished childhood in Brooklyn.
“From those experiences of growing up with a lot of money, I have never forgotten that there are millions of people throughout this country who struggle to put food on the table, pay the electric bill, try to save for their kids’ education or for retirement – people who are against great odds are fighting today to live in dignity.”
Sanders later said, “today, the top one-tenth of 1% now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%. Twenty Americans now own as much wealth as the bottom half of America and one family now owns more wealth than the bottom 42% of people.”
“In terms of income, while you and your parents are working in some cases two or three jobs, 52 % of all new income goes to the top 1%.”
Sanders went on to say that “as a result of hopelessness and despair we are seeing a decline in life expectancy. People are giving up. And they’re turning to drugs, to alcohol, and even to suicide.”
Bernie Sanders further claimed that America is becoming oligarchic thanks to – surprise – Republicans.
After insisting the “we” will not be defunding Planned Parenthood or allow “demagogues” to divide “us,” Sanders urged the students to not throw their hands up but rather “to stand up and fight back – reclaim American democracy and create a government that works for all of us.”