Senator Bernie Sanders can be gruff — maybe even a little rough around the edges and blunt, but one thing is for sure — he is also one of the two strongest proponents of the working class in the U.S. Congress today. He repeatedly takes a stand against changes to Social Security, Medicare and social welfare programs. He incessantly reminds the public that asking the poor to shoulder any more of the burden while the richest one percent in this country see higher and higher dividends and profits is just immoral. In other words, he’s the liberal’s liberal and he stands on principle.
In this clip from a recent appearance on MSNBC, Sanders lays out his case for not going into Syria by addressing what he calls the “crisis at home.” Speaking to “real” unemployment numbers around 14% and poverty at an all time high, Sanders told the show’s host that “What the American people are saying is ‘We’re at war in Afghanistan. We’re at war in Iraq. We’ve lost thousands of soldiers. We’ve spent trillions of dollars. How about coming home and addressing the crisis facing the American people.”
Perhaps to preemptively guard against attacks of “isolationism,” Sanders said unequivocally that Bashar al Assad, Syria’s president, is a terrible dictator who should not be in power. However, Sanders argued, that doesn’t make it the priority of the United States to wade into a bloody civil war. Regardless of your feelings on military action in Syria, you have to give Sanders credit for sticking to his guns and his passion for improving life for the middle class, and he makes some very strong arguments for spending that war chest money here at home.
Watch Sanders’ full appearance below: