Us Senator Bernie Sanders is visiting Iowa pretty heavily in these last days of 2014.
According to The Des Moines Register, “This was Sanders’ fourth trip this year to the presidential testing grounds of Iowa, where he has booked least 13 public events over eight days. ”
The article, with photos, appeared in the December 16th online version of The Des Moines Register at this linkhttp://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2014/12/16/bernie-sanders-calls-revolution/20494315/
He does not shie away from using the word ‘revolution’ – and within the article it is clear he does not speak down to his audience.
He wants to see if he can mobilize an effective grassroots campaign at the level of Presidential politics without the cash that comes from a few people in a nation of 315 million people who consider that political contest and office one were it is their campaign check, or their PAC, where possibly that check can be so large, that it alone can play for a prime-time buy of premium tv political campaign driven media.
“Sanders said it’s extremely difficult to take on “the oligarchy” – the Koch brothers, who are worth $85 billion and are building the most powerful political organization in the country, Wall Street, drug companies, and other economic entities that spend unlimited money in politics to “literally buy candidates.”
“When you take these guys on – if you’re going to take them on – you have to know that you’re going to have the kind of grassroots support necessary to run that campaign. And that’s what I’m trying to ascertain,” Sanders said.
He said he needs to see a mass mobilization of millions of people willing to engage in “a real struggle against the billionaire class.”
“Yes! Yes,” some people answered.”
Whether he runs or not, assessing whether he can accomplish the kind of campaign he wants to run is what this visit to Iowa is all about.
The fact that the room was full, a week before Christmas, well over a year before the Iowa Caucus says, something pretty significant about the yearning for the type of government and the type of race for the highest office in the Land that resonates to what Senator Sanders is speaking about achieving.
There is a dialogue in the making out in Iowa.