“Feel the Bern!”: A Defense of Mr. Sanders

Brad Puskar, Staff Writer

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I was tasked by the lovely people at the Panther Press to stir up some political debate and generally make people even more heated than they already are about the upcoming election for president. In an effort to minimize unavoidable controversy and uproar, I’ll be turning my focus away from bashing the group of reptilian skin-suit-clad creatures that call themselves candidates for president and, instead, pointing it toward the only actual human running for office. Sorry in advance.

Let’s get into it, then.

 

The real reason, and honestly only reason, that anyone needs to prove conclusively that Bernie Sanders is the best man for the job is simply that he’s a real person. Bernie Sanders doesn’t reside in the pockets of some interest group. Bernie Sanders has a sense of morality. Bernie Sanders understands and empathizes with the struggle of every person in America who’s been boned by the 1%, and he cares enough to do something about it.

Let’s look at his platform. The first 10 topics under Sanders’ campaign website’s “Issues” section almost entirely consist of things that help people, social programs that give aid to the people who just haven’t had the advantages that other people managed to get. Raising the minimum wage, creating jobs, and helping create more affordable housing all point to his willingness to fight for the people in this country who aren’t as fortunate as the kids who are reading this article.

Sanders additionally takes a strong stance attempting to protect the rights of women, racial minorities, and immigrants, as specifically mentioned in his platform. Sanders marched with protesters in the 60s advocating civil rights. Donald Trump can’t go ten minutes without condemning Mexicans, Muslims, or immigrants as horrible and dangerous to America’s progress. How anyone wants to put a racist in the oval office directly after Americans made history by putting the only nonwhite person in charge of our country ever, I’ll never know.

Finally, most importantly to me, is that Sanders understands that the country we live in isn’t run by the common, hardworking man with a dream for a nice house and two kids. It’s run by wall street, and by lobbyists backing senators and potential-presidential candidates to get exactly what they want out of our country. Sanders is funded by private citizens almost exclusively, and doesn’t mess around with lobbying or PAC funding. With the recent release of the Panama Papers, showing that a large amount of the most powerful people in the world aren’t exactly the most law abiding citizens, perhaps the public will end up seeing what he means.

For anyone who says that they like Bernie, but isn’t going to vote for him because he won’t win a nomination: You’re causing your own problem. If you get the idea out of your head that you need to vote for a winner, and just vote with your head (and your heart a little), Sanders can win this stupid thing.

Plus, honestly, when you look at the other candidates, why would you want anyone else? Clinton is a liar and flip-flopper with a shoddy-at-best track record of good decisions. Donald Trump is a racist and a xenophobe (which is probably why a lot of USC parents support him), and Ted Cruz is so dislikeable that the internet firmly insists that he’s the zodiac killer. If a presidential candidate is accused of being a never-caught murderer, there has to be something off with him and his ideas. Nobody can like that face of his.

Above all, first and foremost, Bernie Sanders is a person who cares about his fellow people. He doesn’t give a hoot what they look like or how much money they have or if they smell kind of like old cheese. He just wants everyone to be better off.

Use your hearts and your heads this election season. Vote for someone who cares.

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