Maia Rosenberg, Staff Writer
In 2010, the Supreme Court gave a historic ruling on Citizens United, and in doing so, gunned down the floodgates to campaign spending. It was another blow to the working class who could only watch as the ladder to the more affluent lifestyle promised by the American Dream fell further away.
Towards the end of 2011, American citizens decided that a call to arms was long since due. From Zuccotti Park to cities around the nation, the chant of “We are the 99 percent” rang in our ears. Occupy Wall Street was a movement of passion directed towards a goal of social equality. Even though the protests were crushed, the people had made themselves heard—a band of brothers and sisters that changed the nation’s dialogue.
The relative quiet since then should only be viewed as the calm before the storm, because there is a new rallying point in Bernie Sanders.
When he entered the race for president, few guessed the impact he would have. With grassroots organizations like People for Bernie encouraging them, the American public became increasingly excited at the prospect of a president who wants what is best for his constituents, as opposed to what may be best for his—or her—corporate benefactors.
Due to Bernie’s upswing in popularity, the term “socialism” has become less of a dirty word and more about common sense. It has also started to mean working for the 99 percent, which, as the number would suggest, is most of us. Everyone, in fact—except those who already have plenty of people working for them.
While Bernie may have been the one to give the call, it is important that we do not rest our hopes with him. Rather, we must focus on finding the means to address our grievances. No single person will be the solution. We must combine all of our energies to achieve our goals.
Whether or not Bernie is our next president, I should hope that the fervor for change does not die down. Until it comes, this war we’re fighting against cash-filled–puppets cannot end.