“This planet will not be secure or peaceful when so few have so much, and so many have so little — and when we advance day after day into an oligarchic form of society where a small number of extraordinarily powerful special interests exert enormous influence over the economic and political life of the world . . . Inequality, corruption, oligarchy and authoritarianism are inseparable.”

I’ve left off the attribution for the above quote for the moment. Before you know who said it, ask yourself: Do I believe this? If I do, how do I believe that we, in this nation, should go about remedying this unjust imbalance? This is a daunting question. I’m firmly convinced that a large part of the answer involves you and me–personally, beginning with our will to be a part of that change. We can’t leave it up to someone else and expect that change to happen. The will of the people is the heart of Democracy. This is OUR challenge.

Who said the above statement? Bernie Sanders. He was quoted in this Opinion column by Jamelle Bouie in the New York Times. During the next year and a half we’ll be taking the measure of the men and women who say they want to lead this country as the next President of the United States. There will be a lot of quotations ahead of us to mull over.