I am not voting for Bernie Sanders because I’m young and naive. I am voting for Bernie Sanders because the world that was left to us is one of rampant corporate corruption and greed. The only country my generation has ever known is a country where more attention is paid to the “planned parenthood exposed” video series, than is paid to the millions of jobs, our jobs, that have been shipped overseas.
I am not voting for Bernie Sanders because, as so many of you like to say, “I just want to be a rebel.” If you believe Bernie Sanders policies are “rebellious, outlandish, foolhardy, or impossible,” then I advise you to research the policies of several leading European countries.
I am not voting for Bernie Sanders because I hate capitalism. I am voting for Bernie Sanders because I believe that capitalism, like any other economic system, must be regulated in a reasonable manner in order to prevent the kind of catastrophe we saw in 2008.
I am not voting for Bernie Sanders because I want “free stuff.” I am voting for Bernie Sanders because I worked hard and put myself through college, all while maintaining a full time job, and believe that I deserve more for my effort than a collections notice for my student loan debt. My story is not the exception, it is a reality for millions of recent college graduates.
I am not voting for Bernie Sanders because I am envious of the upper class, nor because I believe that they should be punished for their success. I am voting for Bernie Sanders because I believe that my parents, two of the hardest working people I know, have the right to retire at a reasonable age. I believe that after a lifetime of hard work, work that began as a child when he earned extra money for his family by laboring in the fields as a picker, my father has earned a retirement free from constant financial worry. I believe that after dedicating her life to the betterment of her children, my mother deserves the peace of mind that comes with knowing her prescriptions will not one day be unaffordable.
While referring to his opponents, former President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “They say that those on relief are not merely jobless—that they are worthless. Their solution for the relief problem is to end relief—to purge the rolls by starvation. You and I will continue to refuse to accept that estimate of our unemployed fellow Americans. Your Government is still on the same side of the street with the Good Samaritan and not with those who pass by on the other side.”
We are voting for Bernie Sanders because he stands on the same side of the street that we stand on. Our side of the street is not paved with gold. It was not paid for by a Wall Street executive or a pharmaceutical lobbyist. Our side of the street was built by the people. It was laid brick by brick and through the sweat and hard work of people like my mother and father. The time has come for all of Washington to respect and remember those who built this great country, and that is why I am voting for Bernie Sanders.
Written By Brett Howell