Over the past few weeks, Bernie has been attacked in the media because of his views, actions, and votes on foreign policy issues. Yesterday, he was attacked by Bill Kristol, one of the chief promoters of the war in Iraq.
So let’s be clear:
Bernie was right about Vietnam.
Bernie was right about Iraq.
And he will do everything in his power to prevent a war with Iran.
He apologizes to no one.
Read the email Bernie sent about the march to war with Iran. When you’re done, sign his petition telling Congress to pass legislation that would prohibit military action against Iran without Congressional approval.
Bernie’s email is below.
– Team Bernie
Here is a truth you don’t often hear in the newspapers, on television or in the halls of Congress, but it is a truth we must face, especially as the Trump administration appears to be marching us closer to armed conflict with Iran:
And that truth is that far too often American intervention and the use of American military power has produced unintended consequences which have caused incalculable harm.
Real American power is not demonstrated by our ability to blow things up, but our ability to forge international consensus around shared challenges.
A test of a great nation is not how many wars we can engage in or how many governments we can overthrow, but how we can use our strength to resolve international conflicts in a peaceful way.
And it is almost beyond impossible to imagine that after the horrors of the war in Iraq — a war that upended the regional order of the Middle East and resulted in an untold loss of life — that this administration would put us on such a dangerous path toward more war. But everyday we see a new story about how this administration is trying provoke conflict, like sending huge bombers to the region, or raising the possibility of sending more than 100,000 troops.
Apparently for some, almost two decades of constant war is not enough.
Well, unfortunately for this president and people like John Bolton who love endless wars, the constitutional authority for declaring war rests with the United States Congress — not the president –– no matter if that president is a Democrat or a Republican.
And it is long past time my colleagues in the Senate reassert that authority. That is something I tried to do with my colleagues to stop our involvement in the war in Yemen, and it is something we must do again as the president marches us toward war with Iran.
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One of the first speeches I gave in Congress was about the first war in Iraq in 1991; a war I voted against.
And what I said at the time was that our challenge at that moment was not simply to begin a war which would result in tremendous suffering and death, but that the real challenge was to address international conflict without war and bloodshed.
It seemed to me that it would be a terrible failing, and very ominous for our future, if we could not solve that problem non-violently when virtually the entire world was united against one small country. And that if we were not successful in that effort, all this world would have to look forward to in the future would be war, and more war, and more war.
There are a number of parallels to this moment in time.
Today, our most important allies are committed to preventing the possibility that Iran’s undemocratic regime could ever obtain a nuclear weapon.
That is what the Iran deal was all about. And that was why it was such a reckless mistake for Trump to withdraw from the Iran deal, as even his own top security officials said at the time. Rather than remain united with those allies, Trump’s approach has actually isolated the United States from them, undermining the important consensus that the Obama administration helped forge, and raising the possibility of conflict.
And it seems to me that, once again, if we turn our backs on a non-violent solution in favor of more military conflict, that we will find ourselves in perpetual warfare. Mark my words. A war in Iran would make the Iraq war look like a walk in the park. It will be an unmitigated disaster.
So Congress must intervene and utilize its constitutional authority — before it’s too late.
And I hope you’ll make your voice heard if you agree:
Throughout the world today, hundreds of millions of people live in abysmal poverty while the arms merchants of the world grow increasingly rich as governments spend trillions of dollars on weapons and war.
Our job is to offer a different vision — a vision that one day human beings on this planet will live in a world where international conflicts are resolved peacefully, not by mass murder.
In a couple weeks, I will attend Walmart’s annual shareholder meeting in Arkansas.
At this meeting, I will directly address the Walton family — the richest family in America — and other Walmart shareholders about their wealth, their greed, their mistreatment of workers, and their exploitation of American taxpayers.
The Walton family, which owns Walmart, is worth more than $170 billion. Yet many Walmart workers are making wages so low that many of them are forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and public housing to survive — paid for by U.S. taxpayers. That should not be happening at a company owned by the wealthiest family in America.
Walmart workers are sick and tired of this. So a group of them invited me to speak on their behalf at the Walmart shareholders meeting, where I will present the workers’ common-sense proposal to give hourly employees of Walmart a seat on the company’s board of directors. The people who make the company successful deserve to have a seat at the table.
I am honored to be asked to speak for these workers. But this a moment that is about much more than Bernie Sanders.
When I tell the richest family in America about a solution to their endless greed, I want to have as many supporters as possible giving their voice in solidarity with Walmart workers. That is why I am asking you today:
Add your name if you agree: the Walton family and Walmart need to give Walmart workers a living wage of at least $15 an hour and include hourly employees on the company’s board of directors. It is important that I have your support before I travel to Arkansas. Will you add your name?
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These workers are not asking for much. All they want is a living wage so that they can pay the bills, put food on the table, send their kids to college and save for retirement. They want a union. They want to have a seat on corporate boards. And they want to end corporate greed that is destroying the social fabric of America.
If hourly workers at Walmart were well represented on its board, I doubt you would see the CEO of Walmart making over a thousand times more than the average worker. I also doubt you would see Walmart spending $20 billion on stock buybacks when it could be using that money to pay its workers a middle class wage with good benefits.
Walmart is not a poor company. It is not going broke. Last year, it made nearly $10 billion in profits.
Rob Walton, the eldest son of Walmart’s founder, spent an estimated $226 million on an antique car collection that includes 12 Ferraris, six Porsches, two Maseratis, and a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport Roadster.
His sister Alice, another heir to the Walmart fortune, had no problem amassing a private art collection worth an estimated $500 million, buying a $44 million painting, purchasing a $25 million two-floor condo on New York’s Park Avenue with 52 windows overlooking Central Park, or acquiring a $22 million 4,400-acre ranch in Texas.
When I am in Arkansas speaking on behalf of Walmart workers, I will be in the room, speaking directly to Waltons like Rob and Alice and the rest of the richest family in America.
And I will be telling them: Get off of corporate welfare, pay your workers a living wage of at least $15 an hour and include hourly employees on Walmart’s board of directors.
I don’t want the Waltons to just think they’re hearing from Bernie Sanders. When I speak to the Waltons, I want them to hear the voices of Walmart workers — and I want them to hear from thousands of people like you who agree that it is time to end the reckless greed of their family, their corporation, and that of other greedy corporations in the country.
If you agree with me that Walmart needs to respect its workers, it’s important that you add your name before I go to Arkansas and deliver my message to the Waltons. Please add your name here.
It’s not a radical idea to say that if you’re a profitable corporation like Walmart, you must pay all of your workers a living wage with good benefits before you go out and reward wealthy executives.
The fight of these Walmart employees is the fight of all of us. Thank you for standing with us.
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