Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has an Independence Day message for Americans: Liberate yourself from the political dominance of the wealthy.
"Today, while the very rich become richer, the poor become poorer and the middle class disappears, the top 1% owns more wealth than the bottom 90%, and 95% of all new income goes to the top 1%," he said.
"Today, while it is projected that 60% of the electorate will not vote in the next national election because they don't see much to vote for, the top 1% will be spending hundreds of millions to elect candidates to make them even richer," Sanders continued.
"Remember the Declaration of Independence: '...... governments are instituted among Men (and we would add Women), deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that when any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it....'"
"Now is the time to alter our government," Sanders remarked. "Now is the time to stop the movement toward oligarchy. Now is the time to create a government which represents all Americans, and not just the 1%."
"No more excuses. We must all become involved in the political process," he concluded. "Happy July 4th weekend."
Sanders, a democratic socialist, frequently derides the influence of money in politics and has proposed a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United ruling.
He said earlier this year he was considering running for president to "represent the working-class and the middle-class of this country in standing up to the big-money interests who have so much power over the economic and political life of this country."