Inspired by Bernie Sanders

by Shelley Pineo-Jensen, Ph.D.

Listening to these individuals, performers, a politician, and a union leader, introduce Bernie Sanders at rallies from Los Angeles to Atlanta from August to November, reveals the passion that Bernie Sanders inspires in us. Hopefully, you will find their passionate words motivational and their sometimes off-color humor amusing.

All of these video clips have in common music from another famous fan of Bernie Sanders, Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

Sarah Silverman ~ Not for Sale

Comedian, writer, producer, and actress Sarah Silverman introduced Bernie Sanders at a rally in Los Angeles on August 10, 2015. She made several points:

  • “His moral compass and sense of values inspires me. He always seems to be on the right side of history.”
  • “Not only was Bernie was fighting for civil rights in the 60s, he was also fighting for gay marriage in the 80s. He was against the Iraq War [and] against deregulation of Wall Street that led to the 2008 collapse.”
  • “Bernie is not for sale.”

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At this point (2:30), Sarah paused, appeared to flip off her next target and went on to rail against the Koch Brothers, Goldman Sachs, and Monsanto.

  • “He says what he means and he means what he says and he is not for sale; you can’t buy him.”
  • “If we’re all very smart and little bit lucky, the next President of the United States [will be] Bernie Sanders.”

Click HERE for a link to Sarah Silverman’s speech.

Seth MacFarlane ~ Taking Science Seriously

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When he introduced Bernie Sanders at a Los Angeles rally on October 14, 2015, actor, singer, and producer Seth MacFarlane claimed that Bernie Sanders won the first debate when answering a question about the greatest national security threat to the United States: “Senator Sanders was the only person on that stage who gave the correct answer, ‘climate change.’” He noted that Bernie Sanders is a candidate who takes science seriously. MacFarlane called for the “fossil fuel companies to agree to 100% divestment from oil and gas and the transition to wind, solar and other renewables.”

Click HERE for a link to Seth MacFarlane’s speech.

Nina Turner ~ The Wishbone, the Jawbone, and the Backbone

“Register people to vote!” said Ohio State Senator Nina Turner when introduced Bernie Sanders at Cleveland State University on November 16, 2015. She used the refrain “Enough is enough” to comment on Sanders positions in support of the working poor, students, health care for all, women’s reproductive rights, and equal pay. She pointed to Senator Sander’s activism to defeat the physical, political, legal, and economic violence against people of color.

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“If all of us put a little extra on our ordinary, extraordinary things will begin to happen in this country. I know it and I believe it, which is why I am feeling the Bern” (at 4:46).  Watch the clip to see Nina explain her grandmother’s guide for success in life, you need “the wishbone, the jawbone and the backbone.”

Click HERE for a link to Nina Turner’s speech.

Mark Dimondstein ~ Walking the Walk

The President of American Postal Workers Union (APWU), Mark Dimondstein, introduced Bernie Sanders at a rally near Las Vegas on October 21, 2014.

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Some of his points were:

  • Bernie Sanders is “a true friend, a champion of postal workers and all workers. Senator Bernie Sanders opposed the closing of mail processing facilities throughout the country and helped organized the successful fight-back to keep the White River Junction Mail Processing Plant from closure.”
  • He “spearheaded a Sense of the Senate Resolution which passed 85 to 11 to restore service standards to July 1, 2012.”
  • “He single handedly stopped and blocked the slate of nominees for the postal board of governors, nominees that included the king of postal privatizers, James Miller, and the pay-day loan lobbyist, Mickey Barnett.”
  • “Senator Sanders has walked picket lines in the dead of New England winters in support of the Fair Point Communication Workers.”
  • He “staunchly opposes Fast Track Trade Authority and rotten trade deals like Trans Pacific Partnership.”
  • Bernie Sanders defends Social Security, veterans’ rights, $15 minimum wage and union rights, single-payer and Medicare for all, and a bank that is too big to fail is too big to exist.

Click HERE for a link to Mark Dimondstein’s speech.

Killer Mike ~ Stay encouraged. Stay invigorated. Stay bold.

Hip hop recording artist, activist, and actor Killer Mike (Michael Render) introduced Bernie Sanders in Atlanta on November 23, 2015. “I’m talking about a revolutionary. I have no time, in my short 40 years on this earth, to relive the Reagan years. I have no time, I have no desire, to see us elect our own Margaret Thatcher. I am here as a proponent for political revolution that says health care is right of every citizen. I’m here because working class and poor people deserve a chance at economic freedom and yes, if you work 40 yours week, you should not be in poverty. That’s why I am here.”

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“In my heart of hearts, I truly believe that Senator Bernie Sanders is the right man to lead this country.

And I believe it because he, unlike any other candidate, said:

  • I would like to restore the voter rights act.”
  • I wish to end this illegal war on drugs that disproportionately targets minorities and poor.”

“Educations should be free for every citizen of this country.”

“Stay encouraged. Stay invigorated. Stay bold.”

Click HERE for a link to Killer Mike’s speech.

Neil Young ~ Rockin’ in the Free World

All of these video clips have in common music from another famous fan of Bernie Sanders, Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”

About the Author

Dr. P-J
Dr. P-J took a Ph.D. in Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership from the College of Education at the University of Oregon in 2013. Her scholarly interests include statistics, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, power structure analysis, Gender and Queer Theory, Critical Theory, and labor studies. Her dissertation (published as "An Informed Electorate" and available at found a statistically significant correlation between a high level of a state’s educational standardization and high level of voter suppression / low voter turnout.

3 Comments on "Inspired by Bernie Sanders"

  1. Keep up the great work.

  2. You need this one too… John Nichols Madison WI 7-1-15

  3. Oh I’m inspired all right!!
    Reregistered here in NY…
    Rise up… The political revolution is here.
    We the people say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH…FEEL THE BERN!

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