Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is the most important speech of the modern American era, and perhaps of any period in American history. It has come to symbolize the pursuit of the American Dream for the downtrodden, for the minorities here struggling to climb the socioeconomic ladder. Dr. King himself though said that you cannot have economic equality without social equality, and over time, it’s become clear that his vision wasn’t just applicable to African-Americans or any other cultural or ethnic group — though most assuredly that’s who the focus of his speech was back then and today. His dream, as it turns out, was the American Dream.
Now, 50 years after his historical speech, Americans have a chance to pause and look back on the progress we’ve made and missed over the last five decades. If ever there was a man suited to the task of speaking to the pursuit of the American Dream for the working class, it’s America’s favorite Socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders. Senator Sanders has made a name for himself by taking up the often unpopular, wholly unapologetic populist mantel in the Senate chamber, and in the following video he takes five minutes and shows us just how far we’ve come — and how very far we have left to go.
So sit back, take five minutes and let America’s most ardent defender of the middle class lay a little perspective down for you.