The Presidency Needs Recalibration with Bernie Sanders
The name Bernie Sanders may not be as recognizable as Clinton, Bush or Trump, but that is because mainstream media is doing best to give as little recognition to the Vermont Senator and 2016 Presidential Candidate as possible. Many people are quick to put him in the same category as Ralph Nader and tell you he is “unelectable”. If you take a look at his political track record, the 74-year-old has all of the qualities and qualifications we not only want our President to have, but mostly, need him to have.
We live in very important time right now, it’s a time when some things are changing rapidly, and some at a slower pace. As a country, the United States of America is the wealthiest nation in the history of the world, while 14.8% or around 46.7 million people live in poverty, while some countries enjoy free health care and free college education. These countries are able to pull this off, but the wealthiest nation in the world can’t? What could help us accomplish this? Bernie Sanders. Well not one man. Him being elected President would certainly help get us there.
Problem is when you turn on your TV, you don’t see much mentioned of Sanders, because the networks you are watching are owned by Ted Turner or Rupert Murdoch, who both donate generously to either the Republican or Democratic Party. Even though Sanders caucuses with the democratic party, he considers himself a Democratic Socialist. He is the longest serving independent in Congressional history, and it is for a reason. He has been the leading voice for many years on issues like universal healthcare, global warming, and rights for LGBT. He is the only Senator to continuously vote every time in favor of better health care for our veterans. While Republicans continue to vote these proposals down.
The following is a recent quote from Sanders after Republicans voted down a bill for better healthcare for veterans:
“I had hoped from the bottom of my heart that at least on this issue – the need to protect and defend our veterans and their families – we could rise above the day-to-day rancor and party politics that we see here in Congress… The cost of war does not end once the last shots are fired and last battles are fought. When members of the military lose arms, legs, and eyesight fighting in wars that Congress authorized, we have a moral obligation to make sure that those Americans receive all of the benefits they have earned and deserve. When American soldiers die in combat, we have a moral obligation to make sure the spouses and children they leave behind are taken care of and do not live in abject poverty.”
In a political system that has become more about individual and corporate profit, Sanders has proven time after time that he is not afraid to vote against these big corporations and vote for equal rights for all citizens. He has accomplished so much in his political career, with a single vote from congress, and it has always been for the benefit of American citizens, that if he were to be elected President, he could truly make history, instead of just talk about history.
Its time for us to say no to big business, no to tax breaks for the rich, and no to wars being fought only for profit. And the only way to do that is to elect a President who votes, and speaks for the people. Not whoever happens to be writing him a nice big check at the moment. We need a candidate willing to take a stand on the issues that matter. Sanders has passed Hillary already in some states, and can continue to do so if the Republican-Democrat Circus continues. While these candidates are busy taking shots at each other, calling names, and blaming each other for the countries problems, Sanders stands alone as a man willing take the first step to fix it. Sanders remains the underdog in this race, but, looking at all that he has accomplished in his lifetime, in the eyes of many voters, he has already won.