On Thursday, Bernie Sanders smacked “family values” Republicans up one side and down the other by unveiling a real family values agenda.

When the right-wing Christian extremists who’ve taken over the Republican party talk about “family values,” what they really mean is a set of irrelevant, impractical, and often hateful and flat out harmful values they demand we live by, even when we do not share those values. When Sanders talks about “family values,” he actually means “things that are good for American families.”

First up on Sanders’ Family Values Agenda are guaranteed paid family leave, paid sick leave, and paid vacation for all American workers…Not just workers with full-time jobs at larger companies. His new Guaranteed Paid Vacation Act that would give 10 days to all employees who’ve worked somewhere for 12 months. Sanders has also co-sponsored Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-N.Y.) Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act and supports  Sen. Patty Murray’s (D-Wash.) Healthy Families Act.

Because, really, it’s time for the U.S. to catch up with other industrialized nations and do the right thing by our nation’s families. As Sanders told reporters:

“When you look at what other wealthy countries are doing, what you find is that the United States of America is the only advanced economy that does not guarantee its workers some form of paid family leave, paid sick time or paid vacation time.  In other words, when it comes to basic workplace protections and family benefits, workers in every other major industrialized country in the world get a better deal than workers in the United States.  That is wrong.” 

Bonding with a newborn child, caring for a sick family member, and staying home when you’re sick shouldn’t cause you to lose a job or miss your rent payment, and all workers deserve some paid time off. What good are “family values” if you have no time to spend with your family?

Watch Sanders Talk About Real “Family Values.”

The fact that Sanders, alone out of the entire field of political candidates, is pushing a “family agenda” that would actually help our nation’s struggling families may explain why he’s speaking to jam-packed rooms with standing-room-only crowds.

When push comes to shove, we want a president who understands our struggles and who will help us. Unfortunately, President Barack Obama has fallen short, and most of us haven’t felt the so-called economic “recovery.” As Sanders aptly explains to a rapt audience (as shown in the video below):

“Here’s the simple truth: That in America, we have millions and millions of working people
who are working hard, but who are not making enough money to put bread on the table, or to take care of their kids, and that has got to end.”

And by “family,” Sanders doesn’t just mean people with children: Child-free people have parents, partners and other relatives they care for and care about, too.

Here’s the video with highlights fromSanders’ recent electrifying speeches. #FeelTheBern.

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