Fear not. The Dec. 10 one-man filibuster that propelled Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) to folk-hero status on the left is about to be published for the ages.
That’s right. The Vermont socialist’s eight-and-a-half-hour attack on tax cuts for the rich will be released by Nation Books in mid-February, with an e-book edition available Jan. 28. It will be titled, “The Speech: A Historic Filibuster on Corporate Greed and the Decline of Our Middle Class.”
“The speech — published in its entirety, with an original introduction by the Senator — is more than a critique of a particular piece of legislation,” notes the press release from the publisher. “It is a dissection of the collapse of the American middle class, a well-researched attack on corporate greed, and a plea for a fundamental change in national priorities.”
The fame associated with the speech already helped Sanders, who is up for re-election in 2012, raise tens of thousands of dollars. The speech also earned a fun nickname: “Filibernie.” And the number of his social media followers spiked sharply after the lengthy address, during which he wasn’t allowed to use the bathroom or even sit down.
“The very strong response to my speech tells me that there is a hunger all over America for a discussion about economic truths, for a counterattack on the ferocious assaults that are taking place against working families, and for a practical plan on how we can reverse the obscene politics that favor the rich over the middle class and the disadvantaged in our nation,” Sanders said in a statement about the book. “If my speech helped educate people about some of these issues, made them aware that they’re not alone in their concerns on their pain, and pointed a way to the future, it was well worth it.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.