Sierra Blanca – Bernie’s Moral Bankruptcy


Bernie Sanders is running for a much bigger position now. We are right to wonder what other ethical issues will he jettison to win the nomination?


Asierra blancaugust 20, 1998 – Bernie Sanders, the Independent Socialist from Vermont, is in the midst of his re-election campaign to the U.S. House. At the same time, plans are underway to ship loads of nuclear waste out of his state across country to Sierra Blanca, a small outpost in West Texas.

A group of West Texans have joined forces with environmentally sensitive Vermonters, boosted by the American Friends Service Committee and the Unitarian Church. Their goal is to march to a rally at the VT capital where Sanders is scheduled to speak. They hope to appeal to Sanders. Will he stall or stop the waste relocation plan? They have been forewarned though. His campaign people tell them that Sanders is not to be sullied by this issue.

Sanders takes the stage at Montpelier. He launches into his familiar campaign stump speech. There is no mention of Sierra Blanca or nuclear waste. Exasperated, the West Texans, who’ve traveled 2,000 miles for the rally, yell out their questions.

What about my home, Bernie? What about Sierra Blanca? – Maria Mendez

Sanders does not respond. He walks off the stage.

The abrupt departure of Sanders, and his refusal to acknowledge the planned nuclear waste disposal at Sierra Blanca was no surprise. Earlier, Sanders had met briefly with the contingent. He gave them little hope.

My position is unchanged, and you’re not gonna like it. – Bernie Sanders

In shutting out the concerned activists from Sierra Blanca, Sanders proved beyond a doubt that his political ambitions outweighed moral concerns. He refused to even visit Sierra Blanca. Why?

I’m gonna be running for re-election in the state of Vermont. – Bernie Sanders

He won that election.

Bernie Sanders is running for a much bigger position now. We are right to wonder what other ethical issues will he jettison to win the nomination?

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One thought on “Sierra Blanca – Bernie’s Moral Bankruptcy

  1. Bernie is NOT a Democrat and with help of the GOP is trying to destroy Hillary and the entire Democrat party! He is a fraud who lived happily in lily-white​ Vermont for 40 years. The Supreme Court and everything we have worked for is at stake and the GOP couldn’t be happier at the way Bernie bots are doing their dirty work. Don’t be fooled. This is all about the GOP winning the White House by promoting a Socialist who will never win.

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