Bernie Sanders is my guy. He didn’t even have to try hard to catch my attention. So I might be a little biased when it comes to writing about him.
Bernie Sanders is my guy. He didn’t even have to try hard to catch my attention. So I might be a little biased when it comes to writing about him. I’m the stranger that will hi-five another stranger if they have on anything Bernie-related. I can only vaguely remember feeling this way about Barack Obama when he first ran. This is also the case for many people in my age group. A lot of people seem to be confused about that, though. They’re wondering why so many millennials seem to be “feeling the Bern.” I could just respond by saying, “How can you not love this guy?” but that wouldn’t pull many people over to his side. So here is an in-depth look at why so many millennials are responding so positively to Bernie Sanders.
Politics have changed with the times. The Internet is here, and that has opened the door for a whole new demographic of voters. People that may not have participated in past presidential elections are pretty hard-pressed to be in the dark about Bernie Sanders and his slow but steady rise to the political forefront. He has been circulating all over the Internet for the past year.
The one thing that’s been most noticeable about Sanders is his track record of going against the grain. You have all of this evidence of him quietly but assuredly stating that, “Hey maybe we should vote against that.” Then you have evidence of him voting for things like health care reform, on film, while others have been loudly questioning his stance on it. He believes in Medicare for all, and he consistently states that health care is a right, not a privilege. While more Americans than ever are insured, the health care act still has some kinks that need to be worked out. Many believe that Sanders is the one to do it.
Most millennials like myself have outstanding debt from college. We’re either out of college or graduating and looking forward to a life filled with 40-hour work weeks with no hope of making a dent in it. Bernie Sanders addresses this problem with enthusiasm. He says, “No one who works 40 hours a week should live in poverty.” He pushes for a raise in the minimum wage. Most millennials barely make minimum wage, and that’s with a degree. You don’t even want to know what they make without one. He lays down ideals and plans that even the most renowned cynics can’t ignore.
Sanders has also been relentless in his disapproval of Wall Street. He advocates for reforming Wall Street and holding them accountable. He never wavers on his position, stating that Wall Street cannot continue to be king of the hill. His tax plans favor the take from the rich give to everyone mentality. We are now at a time where the 1% benefit more from tax breaks than the now nonexistent middle class and poor. Millennials make up half of the population’s working poor, and so many of us have read Robin Hood and said, “Why the heck shouldn’t he take from the rich and give to the poor?”
Overall, he seems to be the underdog rooting for the little guys like my peers and me, and he seems to be genuine in his platforms. Now I may be digressing a little and taking this more into “Why I love Bernie Sanders,” but hey, aren’t I a millennial too? There are friends I’ve made during my journey throughout this political campaign solely on the unity that is felt through the Sanders voters. That alone is enough of a reason to see why millennials love Bernie Sanders. He brings out the best in a campaign that can get pretty ugly. He brings out hope when there was none.
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