Presidential Nominations: Making a case for Bernie Sanders


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In 1992, as the only Democratic-Socialist and quite likely the most liberal member of Congress, Sanders founded the Progressive Caucus in the United States Congress. Hillary Clinton then founded the Democratic Leadership Council, whose mission was to exterminate the progressives and establish a more moderate standpoint in congress, ultimately giving the Republicans more control over the senate.

Today, Hillary Clinton is in favor of TPP, or the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Bernie Sanders is so vehemently against. Bernie Sanders has said “The major television networks are not covering the TPP. Incredible as it may seem, this trade agreement–the largest trade agreement in the history of the United States of America–has virtually no coverage…” The only reason many Democrats are in favor of the TPP is because the corporations involved in this piece of legislation donate funds to these politicians through Super PACs, an idea that Senator Sanders is also against.

Bernie Sanders has raised $7,591,112 in campaign funds from individual donations, which is 93% of all his donations. Additionally, he raised $1.5 million in 1 hour, with the average donation being less than $50.

Back to the TPP: what the TPP trade deal really is, is a free trade agreement that allows other countries to trade with the U.S. without tariffs. What this deal does is to allow corporations to outsource jobs to foreign nations, which allows those outsourced workers in those countries to work for lower wages. Additionally, those workers don’t have to be treated as well due to the lack of a good labor union or the lack thereof. Not only will the TPP deal be immoral, it will also lead to the outsourcing of many American jobs and be detrimental to the working class of America—a class that is already being shrunk to a grotesquely level with those in the upper class getting wealthier leading to the others becoming poorer. Another quote by Bernie Sanders that really encompasses what he stands for is, “When you take on the billionaire class, it ain’t easy.” Bernie Sanders really is for the 99% and can really stand for you and make a personal connection to you. Hillary Clinton can say all she wants about how she is for the working class of America, but at the end of the day, she is, in reality, a member of the 1% and can’t make that personal connection.

Bernie Sanders is much more socially liberal than his opponents, which is the thought that the government shouldn’t be in charge of what you do socially. One of Bernie Sanders’—an avid supporter of abortion—most famous quotes is this, “We are not returning to the days of back-room abortions, when countless women died or were maimed. The decision about abortion must remain a decision for the woman, her family, and physician to make, not the government.” Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, has been a little more moderate with regards to this issue. Sanders is also one of the largest supporters of equal pay for equal work between males and females. Hillary is definitely in favor of it, but has yet to do anything of substance in support of it. Senator Sanders has done a great deal to support LGBT marriage rights, whereas Hillary used to be against LGBT marriage rights and now is fairly moderate in support of their right to marry. Hillary also takes a statist view that no one should be able to carry guns in public. Bernie takes a more liberal view that people should have background checks before they have guns, but believes in upholding the constitution with regards to rights to gun ownership. Bernie Sanders believes that climate change is a real issue along with approximately 97% of scientists that are experts in that field. But he does not simply recognize that it is an issue; he tries to prevent it by taxing carbon emissions, voting against the Keystone Pipeline, and supporting green energy. Hillary Clinton has acknowledged climate change as a problem, but hasn’t provided many ideas on how she would prevent it.

Finally, Hillary doesn’t have the most trust with people. She only has a 42% trustworthy rating among interviewed voters with this percentage decreasing even more in the all-important swing states. Bernie Sanders, even with fairly extreme liberal priorities, still received a 75% approval rating. Bernie Sanders has been viewed by many to be one of the most trustworthy and genuine politicians ever. He has been racking up great crowds and closing the percentage points between himself and Hillary. Bernie is no longer a fringe candidate, but one with a real shot at the nomination.

“At a time when millions of American workers have seen declines in their incomes and are working longer hours for lower wages, the wealth of the billionaire class is soaring in a way that few can imagine. If you can believe it, between 2013 and 2015, the 14 wealthiest individuals in the country saw their net worth increase by over $157 billion dollars. We live in one of the wealthiest countries on earth, yet children go hungry, veterans sleep out on the streets and senior citizens cannot afford their prescription drugs. This is what a rigged economic system looks like.”

This quote is what Bernie Sanders stands for. He stands for the children, not making any more children hungry while also giving them a great education; He stands for families, breaking up the banks that dupe them, and supporting their jobs—existing and future; he stands for the veterans, trying to make the amount of them limited and supporting the ones that do exist; he stands for the senior citizens, who struggle to pay for the medicine that keeps them alive; and overall, he stands for the positive future of America and the World.

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