Recently, I've been reading a book I got for Christmas called Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In, written by 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
It's been pretty good so far and in fact, I have the book with me right now. I think I'm going to read a few pages before going to sleep. But I decided to talk about him today to ask this question: why did we not elect him as president? Why didn't we?
I know I had written a similar article about this in the past entitled "Why Bernie Sanders Should Be Our Next President", but I feel slightly more educated on the issues now, so let's get into it.
On many of the issues, I agree with Bernie and I believe that he is the best choice for president. Sanders wanted to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour, he supported the fight against climate change, make college tuition-free and debt-free, and he was willing to fight for racial justice, LGBT equality, women's rights, and affordable housing.
This is much better than Hillary and Trump. Clinton has flopped her stance on gay marriage in the past and Trump elected a guy who wants conversion therapy for teens as his vice president.
Sanders believed that all people in the United States should be entitled to healthcare as a right. He was fighting for you. You might say that that is something Hillary said, but Hillary fights for herself to be honest, and if she was really fighting for you, maybe she would have supported gay marriage much sooner.
I have bought this up before in the past, but I want to bring it up again. Hillary voted for the Iraq War, which was a mistake and the wrong decision, which led to thousands of American troops and civilians in Iraq dying. In fact, Bernie has questioned Hillary's judgement and bought this up as an example before.
You'll hear Trump talk about his great temperament and how he was against the Iraq War, but there is audio evidence of him telling Howard Stern that he was for invading Iraq.
This is very biased, but it is true. They're not "fake news", like Trump so often preaches about. Trump is fake news, if anything.
But who voted against the war in Iraq? Exactly. Bernie Sanders.
He has the best judgement between the three of them. And this leads us to our next point...
Trump has said in the past:
"But I'm good at war. I've had a lot of wars of my own. I'm really good at war. I love war, in a certain way."
So, Trump loves wars. Wow. I'm not even kidding. You can hear him say this yourself.
So, under his presidency, we may go to war with North Korea or another country that Trump is pissed at. Maybe China will start a war with us because of how much they hate the way he says their name. (joke)
But Hillary was not better in the war aspect. She advocated a no-fly zone in Syria, and according to US Marine Corps General Joseph Francis Dunford, in order for us to control the air in Syria, we would have to go to war with Syria and Russia, and Russia has more nukes than us. So that's not a good idea, Hillary.
However, I've been looking on Bernie Sanders's Issues page on his website and just read this inspirational, beautiful quote from his site:
Going to war is not a good idea for America, and especially not with Russia. That angry Russian (a.k.a. Dobby) will be coming at us and trying to kill us all.
Bernie brings up notable statistics when arguing about politics.
During his speeches and debates, Bernie has bought up the fact that the top one tenth of 1% of the population owns almost as much money as the bottom 90%. Yet, at the same time, a large percentage of all new income goes to the top 1%. This is an injustice that Bernie has bought to the public.
In a debate on November 14, 2015, Bernie said that he heard of the people's concern that the economy we have is a rigged economy, and that people were working longer hours for lower wages, and so much new income and wealth would go to the top 1%.
This is an intelligent person, who will work for the people and has been doing it since the 1960s. He marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and was arrested while doin so, but he never gave up his vision for a more perfect America.
Maturity, Payment Plans
One of the things we all know about Donald Trump's campaign is that he planned to build a wall on our Southern border that would separate Mexico and the United States.
Now, how would this realistically be done? Because the wall has been estimated to cost $25 billion and Trump repeatedly said that Mexico would pay for it throughout his campaign. But then they did this to him.
So now, the wall would be paid by either Congress or taxpayers. And he has no plan for how much money it would cost to deport all the undocumented immigrants. So, he just put up these plans with no plan for how to pay for them.
Bernie Sanders, on the other hand...
Sanders actually looked to the future of his plan. He actually thought about the things that he said and he actually had plans for how to make them work. And we can only hope that Sanders will work with Trump to come up with an idea that works.
This does not appear to be the case so far, as this has been happening:
Repealing Obamacare could add $9 trillion to the already large debt and would take away healthcare from millions of Americans who have it, including my parents. So, Trump had better give us a good replacement. But unlike Bernie, Trump doesn't do his research or work.
So, Bernie Sanders was clearly the strongest and most likeable candidate between Trump and Clinton (who have a number of scandals between them).
People who criticize him say that he can't be a good president because he's a socialist and that he's too old. However, he is only five years older than our President-elect, and he is a Democratic socialist.
If you think they're the same, read this.
He was an amazing candidate and this is how I feel. Political campaigns can end, but the revolution continues.
Go to OurRevolution.com to continue Bernie's amazing work. And all I have to say now is thank you. Thank you, Bernie, and thank you to all who supported him and stuck with him.