If You Didn’t Read Bernie Sanders’ Op-Ed, You Have Some Homework…

The world is still buzzing and shaking from Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, as leading up the referendum, polls indicated ‘Brexit’ wasn’t going down…Now that it has, corporate talking heads, intellectuals and even your average Joe Sixpack, have been debating and speculating on how this could have happened.

Well, one of the more insightful and compelling responses that’s been offered, came courtesy Mr. Bernie Sanders. Recently the progressive titan wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, which was, well, a must read.

Here is just some of what Sanders had to say:

Surprise, surprise. Workers in Britain, many of whom have seen a decline in their standard of living while the very rich in their country have become much richer, have turned their backs on the European Union and a globalized economy that is failing them and their children.

And it’s not just the British who are suffering. That increasingly globalized economy, established and maintained by the world’s economic elite, is failing people everywhere. Incredibly, the wealthiest 62 people on this planet own as much wealth as the bottom half of the world’s population — around 3.6 billion people. The top 1 percent now owns more wealth than the whole of the bottom 99 percent. The very, very rich enjoy unimaginable luxury while billions of people endure abject poverty, unemployment, and inadequate health care, education, housing and drinking water.

Could this rejection of the current form of the global economy happen in the United States? You bet it could.

During my campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, I’ve visited 46 states. What I saw and heard on too many occasions were painful realities that the political and media establishment fail even to recognize.

In the last 15 years, nearly 60,000 factories in this country have closed, and more than 4.8 million well-paid manufacturing jobs have disappeared. Much of this is related to disastrous trade agreements that encourage corporations to move to low-wage countries.

Again, it’s mandatory reading, so you should head to the Times to finish the editorial. While we can all debate as to whether Britain should have remained in the EU, in its current form, no one should really be that shocked Brexit has taken place.

People are finally realizing the neoliberal shite has hit the fan, and they’re not having it any longer. Focusing this anger and frustration into progressive developments, however, is the task at hand. One which, Mr. Sanders, has been doing a pretty, pretty, good job of doing.

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We’re Back! Let The Hand Wringing Begin…

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It’s been over three years since The Pinko Rag’s last post…To be precise, it was Labour Day, 2012. Barack Obama was about to win his second term as the United States’ President. Mitt Romney was failing, and very badly, to convince Americans that Obama and the Democrats had not cleaned the bed his party had soiled.

Sensible Canadians, however, were still recovering from the nightmarish decision of their fellow citizens, to hand Stephen ‘All Smiles’ Harper a majority government. It was a time when Alberta was still living high on the hog thanks to fat oil checks, and was still ruled by Conservative ineptitude.

How the times have changed huh?

So why is The Pinko Rag up-and-running again? And ready to verbally throw down with ignorant rednecks, greedy conservatives and neo-fascists once again? Take a look around…

Over the last few years, some fantastic things have happened. No question. The Harper Crew in Canada was punted from office. Jeremy Corbyn took the reigns of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom. Alberta’s Conservative dynasty came to end thanks to Rachel Notley and the NDP. And then there’s been the rise of Bernie Sanders…We are definitely feeling the Bern!

But, we’re also witnessing the ascension of Donald ‘I Know Words’ Trump, and a xenophobic narrative that is jaw droppingly frightening. We have seen little meaningful action taken to battle climate change. We still live in a world that that continues to be skull effed by neoliberal economics and a unjust status quo.

So, it is time to resume the keyboard war. It is time, arguably more than ever, to blast out pinko ideals throughout the internet once more. History has witnessed many powerful forces, but there has been no other more important, more righteous to date, than progressivism. It is time to protect progressive gains, promote progressive values, and entrench a progressive world for future generations.