Bernie Sanders continues to gain ground with the revolutionary approach of honesty
In a presidential election year, it becomes blatantly apparent how politicians and the media go back and forth, shaping just the right sound bites, drumming up ridiculous smoke screen scandals, and prizing the headline grabbing photo-op over a tackling of the real issues. The name-calling and character attacking by the candidates are an attempt to win us over to one side, to plant into our minds a superficial reason to join them.
They want to finish our sentences with worthless words of deflection, when what we really want to say is that we are having a very hard time believing that any one of the candidates that have been put before us have any actual clue as to what the American people need or want.
In my adult life, I believe that I have only seen three people ask for the public’s support and backing because they actually believed they could lead this country to greatness. Two of them got it, and for the third, time will tell. Those three people were Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama and the only present hope, Bernie Sanders.
Progressives may not have liked Reagan’s policies and President Obama has his critics, but going into their respective campaigns for president, the American people knew where each candidate stood. Their platforms were solid and unambiguous.
The only candidate that has laid everything out on the table with no smoke screens or double talk is the senator from Vermont. He’s the only candidate in the entire presidential race that seems capable of actually telling the truth.
The older I get, the stronger my BS meter becomes. I can smell when someone is lying straight through my television set. What I’ve been smelling from the majority of the front-running candidates so far is agenda-driven ideology that employs scare tactics and half-truths, name calling and bully posturing, and promises to tackle partisan issues like the eighth grade class presidential candidate promising to tackle the pressing issue of too much homework.
What I see in Bernie Sanders is not a candidate pretending he is for the people while pocketing money from those who expect favors in return, but a man with principle and integrity trying to fix a broken system by representing all Americans.
Sanders isn’t answering questions like auto-correct on my iPhone, replacing truth with blatantly false words that serve a different agenda. He has not wavered from his goal of representing all Americans – black, white, gay, straight, young, old, rich or poor.
I need 2016 to be the year that my faith is restored in our system of electing our leaders. I support Bernie Sanders because I truly believe he wants to support me. He wants to lift up every individual, not just the richest among us. For years I have heard pundits and politicians talk about the opportunity that can only be found in the United States, but when anyone dares to look deeper into that claim, they find that the playing field is not as level as we’re led to believe in our youth.
For every one that claws his way from the bottom up, there are literally thousands of others who can’t catch a break. We’re led to believe that this is because they don’t actually want to work hard enough, or because they prefer a life of crime because it’s easier. In fact, the systemic injustices that stem from generational poverty, educational inequalities, and the lack of a solid health care system contribute to the growing chasm of financial and social inequity.
My hope for this new year is that I can wade through the political campaign muck from both parties and enter a voting both in November confident that I know who and what I’m voting for. I need something to be confident in. I need someone to be confident about. Who do I think that candidate is? For me, it’s Bernie. Don’t try to finish my political sentences. I can be swayed, but I won’t be auto-corrected.