November 19, 2015 – “Democratic socialism means creating a just society in America that provides the kind of rights spelled out in 1944 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said today at Georgetown.
“He saw one-third of the nation ill-housed, ill-clad and ill-nourished,” explained Sanders to a packed audience of Georgetown students, faculty and staff in Gaston Hall. “And he acted, against the ferocious opposition of the ruling class of his day. … Roosevelt implemented a series of programs that put millions of Americans back to work, took them out of dire poverty and restored their faith in government.”
“Almost every program he produced, every idea he introduced, was called socialist,” Sanders added, to cheers…” — http://www.georgetown.edu/Bernie-Sanders-at-GU-2015.
Read Bernie Sanders’s speech on democratic socialism in the United States:
(Updated by Andrew Prokop on November 19, 2015)
1. Major political and economic reforms.
2. An end to corporate welfare.
3. A national public healthcare system.
4. Tuition-free public colleges and universities.
5. A government that creates jobs, not prisoners.
6. A living minimum wage and real family leave.
7. Stopping climate change-causing industries.
8. The wealthy must pay a fair share of taxes.
9. America’s political system must be a democracy.
10. Democratic socialism is not a government takeover.
11. Equal treatment by government, not racism.
12. Do not become cynical; work for change.