Joe's and Bernie’s Campaign Kickoffs
JIM WILLIAMS | APRIL 28, 2019, 2019
The following comparison is prepared from a
translation into written English of the
Joe Biden and
Bernie Sanders video campaign announcements.
Bernie’s opening remarks on what his campaign will accomplish, independently
of who becomes president. Joe’s announcement omits this topic.
Our campaign is about
- Taking on the powerful special interests that dominate our political and
economic life. I’m talking about Wall Street, the health insurance companies,
the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry, the military industrial complex,
the private prison industry, and the large multinational corporations that exert
such an enormous influence over our lives.
- Redoubling our efforts to end racism, sexism, homophobia, religious
bigotry and all forms of discrimination.
- A vibrant democracy with the highest voter turnout of any major country on
earth while we end voter suppression, Citizens United, and outrageous levels of
- Creating a government and an economy that works for the many,
not just the few.
Joe’s opening remarks.The quote is from an invitation to a revolution based on a list of grievances against King George III.
Charlottesville Virginia is home to the author of one of the great documents in human history. We know heart, “by We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights.”
Bernie’s invitation to a second, hopefully nonviolent battle. It is based largely on a list of grievances against extreme wealth inequality.
Now it is time to complete that revolution that we fought for [in 2016]. So here is my question to you: Will you stand with me as part of a million person grassroots movement which cannot only win the Democratic nomination, not only win the general election, but most importantly, transform the country so that finally, we have a government that works for all of us and not just the few?
Joe’s grievance against President Trump.
It was there [in Charlottesville] in August of 2017 that we saw white clansmen and Neo-Nazis come out in the open, their crazed faces illuminated by torches, their veins bulging and bearing the fangs of racism, chanting the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the
thirties. They were met by a courageous group of Americans, and a violent clash ensued, and a brave young woman lost her life. And that’s when we heard the words of the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation. He said there were “some very fine people on both sides.” Very fine people on both sides? Those words, the president of the United States assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it. And in that moment I knew the threat to this nation was unlike any I’d seen in my lifetime.
Bernie’s grievances against extreme wealth inequality.
We should not have
- A grotesque level of inequality in which three billionaires now own more wealth than the bottom half of the country.
- Three million Americans who are without any health insurance … and a nation in which life expectancy is actually in decline.
- An economy in which millions of workers earn starvation wages and half of older workers have no savings.
- The highest rate of childhood poverty of almost any major country on earth and a dysfunctional childcare system that is unfair to both working parents and their children.
- A regressive tax system in which large profitable corporations like Amazon pay nothing in Federal income taxes.
Joe’s announced reason for running for president.
The core values of this nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy,
everything that has made America America is at stake. That’s why I am announcing
my candidacy for president of the United States.
Bernie’s announced reasons for running for president.
I am running for president because
- Now more than ever, we need leadership that brings us together, not divides us up.
- We need leadership that will fight for working families and the middle class, not just the one percent.
- We need a president who understands that we can create millions of good paying jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and constructing the affordable housing we desperately need.
- We need trade policies that reflect the interests of workers and not multinational corporations
- We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, provide pay equity for women, and guarantee all workers paid family and medical leave.
- We need to understand that artificial intelligence and robotics must benefit the needs of workers, not just corporate America and those who own that technology.
- A great nation is judged not by how many billionaires and nuclear weapons it has but by how we treat the most vulnerable – the elderly, the children, our veterans, the sick, and the poor.
- We need to make policy decisions based on science, not politics. We need a president who understands that climate change is real, is an existential threat to our country and the entire planet, and we can create massive job creation by transforming our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy.
- The time is long overdue for the United States to join every other major country on earth and guarantee healthcare to all people as a right, not as a privilege, through a Medicare for all single payer program.
- We need to take on the outrageous level of greed of the pharmaceutical industry and lower prescription drug prices in this country.
- We need to have the best-educated workforce in the world. It is totally counterproductive for our future that millions of Americans are carrying outrageous levels of student debt while many others cannot afford the high cost of higher education. That is why we need to make public colleges and universities tuition free and lower student debt.
- We need real criminal justice reform. We need to invest in jobs and education projects, not more jails and incarceration. We need to end the destructive war on drugs, private prisons and cash bail, and bring about major police department reform.
- We need to end the demonization of undocumented immigrants in this country and move to comprehensive immigration reform. We need to provide immediate legal status for the young people eligible for the DACA program and develop a humane policy for those at the border who seek asylum.
- We must end the epidemic of gun violence in this country. We need to take on the NRA, expand background checks, end the gun show loophole, and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons.
- We need a foreign policy which focuses on democracy, human rights, diplomacy, and world peace. The United States must lead the world in improving international cooperation in the fight against climate change, militarism, authoritarianism, and global wealth inequality.
Joe’s concluding remarks emphasizing the limitless potential of the
Folks, America is an idea, an idea that’s stronger than any army, bigger than any ocean, more powerful than any dictator tyrant.
- It gives hope to the most desperate people on earth.
- It guarantees that everyone is treated with dignity and gives hate no safe harbor.
- It instills in every person in this country the belief that no matter where you start in life, there’s nothing you can’t achieve if you work at it.
That’s what we believe. And above all else, that’s what’s at stake in this nation.
Bernie’s concluding remarks emphasizing the limitless power of teamwork.
Together, we can create a nation that leads the world in the struggle for peace and for economic, racial, and social justice. And together, we can defeat Donald Trump and repair the damage he has done to our country. Brothers and sisters, if we stand together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish. I hope you’ll join me. Thank you very much.