Is America ready for the first Democratic Socialist? Is America ready for Bernie Sanders? Well I don’t know if America is ready but I know America needs Bernie Sanders. I had the pleasure of attending Bernie Sanders’ rally in Boston last weekend. The line was out the door with eager ears waiting to hear the Democratic socialist’s platform, and I think it is safe to say that he did not disappoint. For those of you who are not quite sure who Bernie Sanders is, or what his goals are, or what a Democratic Socialist means, I’m here to explain it all.
Bernie Sanders is a US Senator for the state of Vermont, and he has held this position since 2007. Before that, he was a US House Representative for 16 years. Sanders has always been a big activist for civil rights, job equality, racial equality and things of that nature. These topics are apart of Sanders’ main platform for this upcoming presidential election. His platform consists of focusing on climate change, labor and wage equality, free tuition for undergraduates at public universities/colleges, racial equality, and focusing on education instead of incarceration. Bernie Sanders’ goal is to represent the 99% and to help the hard working Americans reap the benefits and rewards or their labor. At the rally, Sanders stated that everyone is “more productive, but forced to work longer hours for a lower wage.” This goes along with his hopes to raise minimum wage from 7.25/hour to 15/hour. He said it best, “Wages in America are just too damn low” and I couldn’t agree more. He went further to state that, “minimum wage of 7.25 is a starvation wage” and he is right. No one can live off of minimum wage. In fact, it is relatively impossible because the standard of living is well above 7.25/hour. Sanders knows this which is why he said “this is a rigged economy; heads they win tales you lose.” Moreover, not only does he want to raise minimum wage, but he also wants pay equity for women workers. It’s the 21st century and as a woman, I believe that it is about time that women start being paid fairly and equally for doing the same work as their male counterparts. Many of Sanders’ supporters are young adults and college students who are probably going to be drowning in debt upon graduation, and he wants to change that. He wants to enact free tuition for undergraduate students attending public colleges. One aspect of Sanders’ platform that I really agree with and feel is very important is investing in jobs instead of investing in prisons. The prison industry is a multibillion-dollar business and he realizes that, which is why he said, “instead of letting kids drop out, it makes a lot more sense to me to invest in jobs and education and not in jails and incarceration.” All the money being invested in prisons should really be going to building better schools, getting students better textbooks, and breeding a school environment that helps students excel.
These are just some of Bernie Sanders’ main points. If his goals peak your interest, which they should if you are a conscious American and apart of the 99%, then I recommend you look more into Bernie Sanders and his campaign. I’m not telling you to vote for him but I am telling you this: Bernie Sanders is still a politician, but he is a man that really wants to see change in this country. As a result, I’m not sure if America is ready for a Democratic Socialist president. American history has proven over and over again that dramatic change is very unfavorable in the eyes of those holding mass amounts of power. It will only take a simple google search of the assassinations of President JFK, Martin Luther King, and Malcolm X to see what I am talking about. Therefore, I’m not sure if America is ready for Bernie Sanders. However, I’m ready for Bernie Sanders, and I am ready to see this country progress towards the great country I know it has the potential to be.