Bernie Sanders: Conservative clings to endless wars for profit
‘Blind Spot‘: Progressives Demand Sanders take a Stance against Endless War, but it may not be on his agenda…
Something is seriously missing, say campaigners, when a candidate denounces corporate power and oligarchy without emphasizing (or mentioning) militarism and perpetual war
by Jon Queally, staff writer for RootsAction.org
Though a petition sent to Sanders on Thursday (September 17) is clearly a challenge for the candidate to speak about specific issues he has tended to avoid, RootsAction co-founders Norman Solomon and Jeff Cohen made it clear that there remain critical gaps in his platform and stump speeches they believe ought to be addressed more frequently and forcefully. (Photo: Patrick Breen/The Arizona Republic via AP)
…Progressive campaigners on Thursday presented presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders with a demand that he take a much stronger position against U.S. militarism, endless war, and a bloated Pentagon budget that directly impedes the other social investments… he so strongly advocates.
Organized by the online group RootsAction.org, a petition signed by more than 25,000 people… —was delivered to Sanders’ campaign headquarters as a way to highlight the intersection of military spending and corporate power and to hold the candidate’s feet to the fire on key issues of foreign policy.
“Senator Sanders, we are enthusiastic about your presidential campaign’s strong challenge to corporate power and oligarchy. We urge you to speak out about how they are intertwined with militarism and ongoing war. Martin Luther King Jr. denounced what he called ‘the madness of militarism,’ and you should do the same. As you said in your speech to the SCLC, ‘Now is not the time for ‘thinking small.’ Unwillingness to challenge the madness of militarism is thinking small.”