"At a time when huge Wall Street financial institutions are bigger now than they were before the taxpayers of this country bailed them out, the platform calls for enacting a 21st-century Glass-Steagall Act and for breaking up too-big-to-fail banks," Sanders writes.
He also points to the platform's call "for a historic expansion of Social Security," its provision encouraging the closure of "loopholes that allow corporations to avoid paying taxes," and its language supporting the creation of "millions of jobs rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure," among other crucial measures.
"These are all major accomplishments that will begin to move this country in the right direction. I congratulate Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), chairman of the Platform Drafting Committee, and all 15 members of the panel for their hard work."
"We need to have very clear language," Sanders urges, "that raises the minimum wage to $15 an hour, ensures that the promised pensions of millions of Americans will not be cut, establishes a tax on carbon, and creates a ban on fracking. These and other amendments will be offered in Florida."
Sanders also chides Hillary Clinton's representatives for their opposition to the inclusion of language that would unify Democrats in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
"In my view, the Democratic Party must go on record in opposition to holding a vote on this disastrous, unfettered free-trade agreement during the lame-duck session of Congress and beyond," Sanders writes.
"Frankly, I do not understand why the amendment our delegates offered on this issue in St. Louis was defeated with all of Hillary Clinton's committee members voting against it. I don't understand that because Clinton, during the campaign, made it very clear that she did not want to see the TPP appear on the floor during the lame-duck session."
This piece reinforces a claim Sanders has made throughout his campaign, and indeed throughout his political career: That radical and ambitious goals are what the United States needs. Given the horrendous economic conditions millions of Americans face on a daily basis, Sanders believes that "establishment politics and establishment economics" are inadequate to produce the fundamental changes necessary to reverse these trends.