Nov.6, 2015, MSNBC presented a democratic presidential forum moderated by Rachel Maddow. Candidates, Sec. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, articulated 2 hours of an interview-styled question and answer forum with Maddow in Rock Hill, SC.
The forum consisted of the candidates questioning their fellow White House hopefuls intentions, while stating their leadership skills. O’Malley voiced concern of Clinton’s war hawkish demeanor and alledged Wall Street coziness.
Clinton attacked Sanders vote record for allowing gun owners to travel with unloaded weapons on Amtrak. Sanders rebutted that gun owners should be allowed to travel on trains the same way gun owners travel on planes. But Sanders added why he embrace his democratic socialist views, once he addressed the gun issues. He opened up about the anonymous and huge monetary political contributions as being corrupt and unconstitutional. Sanders continued to point out the systematic channeling of 90 percent of the nation’s wealth to the top 1 percent.
Senator Sanders has remarked, that one of the things that we don’t talk about as a nation is the degree to which our people are stressed out. Capitalism is a great, yet imperfect system. Americans have been working harder to make ends meet the past several decades.
The implementation of capitalism to co-exist with democracy was to enhance the pursuit of happiness as a means to prosperity for American citizens. Capitalism worked well to increase the wealth of the U.S. for several Centuries above other nations. The U.S. is now 11th in global standing as the most prosperous nation. Ironically it is 1st as the healthiest since ACA passed. But, several socialist nations, including Denmark, New Zealand, and Sweden, are in the top ten economies, debunking capitalism as the optimal system. If other nations are happier and more prosperous than the U.S., then capitalism has proven to be a justifiable cause for the top 1 percent who have a controlling stake in the system, while average Americans struggle and live with stress. This economic inequality produces social inequities and social injustices, happiness is no longer a component of the Preamble.
Some major billionaires become philanthropists after realizing the responsibility and custodial duty of Man to fellow Man and his home, Earth. Gates, Buffett and several men of wealth follow the ways of Carnegie and Rockefellow in humanitary provisions. Not all those of wealth have these sentiments, but over the past 16 years, software giant, Salesforce, has grown into one of the biggest software companies in the world. According to Business Insider, Co-founder and CEO Marc Benioff of Salesforce has handled his increase in wealth, and power in an interesting way. Although he has never exactly been a pauper, Salesforce turned Benioff into a billionaire. Its been reported he’s been excitedly giving chunks of his money away, ever since. But in the past couple of years, he’s gone even further down the social advocacy path, he promoted the idea of stakeholder. “Stakeholder” value is the viewpoint pioneered by Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland. (Benioff has attended that conference for more than a dozen years, he said.) It says that if you do right by all of your stakeholders, like customers, employees, partners, the community, and the environment, the stock will do right.
This ideology contradicts the reasoning and division of Americans by political parties, race, gender, belief, class and age. This system defies pure capitalism and address the requisite for complete ownership of Americans working for Americans and true American democracy.