Bernie Sanders. A 78-year-old man from Brooklyn who is currently leading the Democratic presidential race. He is overwhelming progressive, incredibly experienced and believes he can defeat Donald Trump in the November election. This is why I love Bernie Sanders, and this is a new article in a purely American politics series in the lead up to the 2020 election.

Bernie Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist. This means he does not support capitalism and want workers to control the means of production. However, unlike communists, democratic socialist believe that socialism should be achieved democratically. This progressive agenda aligns with my own political stance. I believe in social equality and that conservative governments favour the rich and neglect those who are struggling financially. Furthermore, we are lacking a strong, charismatic, progressive leader in our world. Bernie Sanders could be the answer.

Sanders policies focus on education and healthcare. These are fundamental components of society, and regarding education, especially, I believe all other facets of society are improved by a robust education framework. Bernie Sanders guarantees tuition and debt-free public colleges, universities and trade-schools to all. He plans to cancel all student loan debt for some 45 million Americans and end equity gaps in higher education attainment. These are great ideas, I’m not sure if they are financially viable, but they indeed demonstrate his desire to improve the education sector.

Now for some smaller policies which demonstrate why I love Bernie Sanders.

Banning the sale and distribution of assault weapons and prohibit high-capacity ammunition magazines. This also involves implementing a buyback program to get assault weapons off the streets. This is a great starting point in solving gun crime in America. You can read more of my beliefs on America gun violence through this link – https://thelevinelowdown.com/2019/11/16/american-school-shootings/

Legalising marijuana in the first 100 days with executive action and ensuring the revenue from legal marijuana is reinvesting in communities hit hardest by the War on Drugs. This is a necessary change and provides a national standard for America regarding marijuana. You can read more of my beliefs on decriminalising drug use here – https://thelevinelowdown.com/2019/11/12/should-we-decriminalise-drug-use/

Implementing a foreign policy which focuses on democracy, human rights, diplomacy and peace, and economic fairness. America is a leader in foreign policy, and a peaceful approach could change the political landscape across key tension areas such as the Middle East. America’s involvements have led to some of the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe’s, there must be change.

So, do I think Bernie Sanders is the right man to lead America in the 2020s? I don’t have complete faith in his policies, his capacity to function consistently, and financial ability to pay for his ideas.

It is looking likely he will take on Donald Trump as a representative for the Democratic party. Will he succeed? What do you think? Could Bernie Sanders be the next President of the United States?

Part of the ‘American 2020 Election’ Series – https://thelevinelowdown.com/america-2020-election/

Article 9 of the ‘Why I Love…’ Series – https://thelevinelowdown.com/why-i-love/

30 thoughts on “Why I Love Bernie Sanders

  1. I really like Bernie Sanders too but I fear he may be too polarizing to win but lets hope America gets sensible and does something about the current train wreck.

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  2. Hi, I think he may get the Democratic nomination, if dirty tricks like superdelegates don’t stop him.

    If he gets the nomination, then he has the best chance of all Democratic candidates to beat Trump. Which he will do, unless some dirty tricks by Trump are effective.

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      1. From what I have heard, which is a lot, many people think that Medicare is great and there are many people who say that it is terrible. That being the case, I do not know who or what to believe.

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      1. I’d say they belong to the same political tradition. But Biden is much weaker of course. I think his greatest weakness (which I hope Sanders will exploit) is that I can’t really say what he believes in. All he talks about is how he was Obama’s VP, but he doesn’t seem to have any well known policy positions.

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      2. Ah very interesting. He reminds me of the Labor Party in Australia (where I am from). Can only point out the flaws in the other side but fails to actually state what his policies are and their ‘positive impacts’

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      3. Exactly. And the most frustrating part is how little the media pushes Biden on that. He is getting zero scrutiny.

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      4. Interesting, it seems most of the attention is on Sanders at the momet. But Biden had some impressive displays on Tuesday. I think the nomination is still in the balance?

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      5. I just hope that now that Biden is the front runner people will begin asking questions. He only won Super Tuesday because voters were being warned about Sanders day in and day out.

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