Bernie Sanders had an excellent op-ed in the New York Times this morning. Here’s part of it:
The global economy is not working for the majority of people in our country and the world. This is an economic model developed by the economic elite to benefit the economic elite. We need real change.
But we do not need change based on the demagogy, bigotry and anti-immigrant sentiment that punctuated so much of the Leave campaign’s rhetoric — and is central to Donald J. Trump’s message.
The notion that Donald Trump could benefit from the same forces that gave the Leave proponents a majority in Britain should sound an alarm for the Democratic Party in the United States. Millions of American voters, like the Leave supporters, are understandably angry and frustrated by the economic forces that are destroying the middle class.
In this pivotal moment, the Democratic Party and a new Democratic president need to make clear that we stand with those who are struggling and who have been left behind. We must create national and global economies that work for all, not just a handful of billionaires.
Unlike some, I see reason to hope. Seeing Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton together gives me reason to hope. The Platform, while not far enough, is more progressive than it otherwise might have been. Failure to oppose the TPP, however, is a mistake.
Global elites created “an economic model developed by the economic elite to benefit the economic elite.” They have never had an answer for the destruction of the middle class created by that economic model. So they lost trillions with Brexit.
The Democratic Party needs to stand with all people who are suffering. Not just the victims of trade policies, not just the formerly middle class, but will all those who were prevented from joining the middle class, with the poor and dispossessed.
I still have hope.