Written by Maeve Ballantine.
As the election draws closer and the pool of candidates to choose from begins to grow shallower, voters are beginning to take a more critical look at who there is to choose from. One candidate in particular is slowly gaining more popularity due to his straightforward attitude and progressive ideals.
Bernie Sanders ran in the 2016 election but unfortunately did not win the democratic nomination. However it was clear that he was a very close second, with polls showing he had 43% of candidates pledging to him versus Hillary’s 55%, according to fivethirtyeight.com and RealClearPolitics.com. When he announced his candidacy for a second time in February of 2019, it was clear that he had made a name for himself in the 2016 election and had a strong support system behind him. His popularity has only continued to grow and with good reason.
Many of the policies he stands for and the projects he supports are for the better interests of all Americans, not just the top 1%. During the Obama Administration, he outwardly showed his support for the Affordable Care Act and started a program to fund community health centers for those who could not afford private care at hospitals. He also introduced a bill in 2017 to raise the national minimum wage to $15 an hour. He also opposed the budget plan for the 2018 fiscal year, arguing that it is “a budget for the billionaire class, for wall street, for corporate CEOs, and for the wealthiest people in the country.” It is clear that he is running for the welfare of the working person, making sure they have easy access to healthcare and are given more able access to the country’s wealth.
In addition to this, he is also in support of making citizenship more easily acquired for people who are trying to immigrate to the U.S., so rather than blaming people who are trying to build a better life for the problem of illegal immigration, he plans to focus on the root of the issue and tackle it head on. He is also one of the only politicians who is open and honest about where he stands. Other politicians, when asked a question, will dance around answering by instead trying to promote themselves, pointing out their achievements rather than give a straight answer. Sanders on the other hand will answer it outright rather than try to avoid it.
Some people however are rather put off by Sanders’ political standing. He has gone on record saying he is a democratic socialist, but perhaps this is not a bad thing. At manageable level, socialism raises many good ideas, such as giving power and production to the working people, so the distribution of power is more balanced. If done correctly, this could make the lives of everyday working people in America so much easier. Something else that turns people off to Sanders is his age, which causes some people to think that he is out of touch with the problems and needs of the next generation but this is simply not true. Rather than working to build a better world for himself and the people of his social class, he is working for a better America for the next generation, even if he will not be around to see it himself. So is the country ready for Bernie Sanders to be president? It is very possible, but it is up to the voters to decide.