State of The Union 7.31.2012 USA Bernie Sanders

Jasper Johns American Flag

Jasper Johns. Flag. 1954-55

“Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.”
– Jasper Johns (link to Jasper Johns on Artsy)

The history of this country has been the drive towards a more and more inclusive democracy — a democracy that would fulfill Abraham Lincoln’s beautiful phraseology at Gettysburg in which he described America as a nation “of the people by the people for the people.”

We all know American democracy has not always lived up to this ideal. When this country was founded, only white male property owners over age 21 could vote. But people fought to change that and we became a more inclusive democracy. After the Civil War we amended the Constitution to allow non-white men to vote. We became a more inclusive democracy.… Read the rest