I have been, by my standards, fairly quiet about the US election. I don’t have a vote. None of my friends have a vote. I have no one to persuade who can make a difference to what happens tonight. Thankfully I can proudly say that not one of my friends has posted anything on social media that is supportive of Donald Trump. Yet in 11 hours time I could wake up to learn he is President. Not that I am wildly enthusiastic about Hilary. No, not me. For me Bernie was the man. It’s a minor miracle that anyone can succeed in American politics when they describe themselves as a socialist. Yet he has managed to be elected to firstly Congress, then the Senate since 1991.
Want to know more about his politics? Here are some of his statements.
‘What Wall Street and credit card companies are doing is really not much different from what gangsters and loan sharks do who make predatory loans. While the bankers wear three-piece suits and don’t break the knee caps of those who can’t pay back, they still are destroying people’s lives.’
‘I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that’s not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.’
‘I am talking about a war being waged by some of the wealthiest and most powerful people against working families, against the disappearing and shrinking middle class of our country. The billionaires of America are on the warpath. They want more and more and more.’
‘What the American people are angry about is they understand that they did not cause this recession. Teachers did not cause this recession. Firefighters and police officers who are being attacked daily by governors all over this country did not cause this recession. Construction workers did not cause this recession. This recession, was caused by the greed, the recklessness and illegal behavior of the people on Wall Street.’