Okay, stop running up to every millennial you see asking, "Why Bernie?" As a millennial myself who can't even vote yet, I know we need Bernie Sanders in the White House. And no, it's not because he sounds impeccably similar to Larry David. That's just a plus...
Before you say, "He's a socialist!" please acknowledge that democratic socialism is not the message of the crazy Karl Marx so appealing to our 20th-century friends from across the pond, whom I learned about in freshman year history class. Hey! Looks like education is useful; too bad so many young Americans can't afford college. Bernie!
Bernie's Democratic Socialism focuses on the serious gaps, holes, tears, stitches, dents, and every other synonym for the damage done to America's economy, government and, most importantly, the relations between social classes. In the past few decades, the rich have become richer, while the poor are becoming poorer. Talk about a gap? There's a mighty large one for you. The 20 wealthiest families in this country own more wealth than the bottom half of America. The lows are low, and the highs are high. I'm talking 1960s "Lucy in the Sky" with too many diamonds high. Yes, I am 16, and I listen to the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and obviously The Stones. Queue the "See! There it is! She's a hippie. No wonder she supports Bernie." Oh the ignorance; I can feel it in the air.
Let's break it down. As a young liberal, I am saddened to see Obama finishing his reign of the Oval Office. As we contemplate his replacement, I think most of us had hoped to see more of a fighting democratic candidate in the race, which Hillary is, no doubt. But the reams of not-so-positive media, whether true or not, (think Benghazi, "The Emails," Lewinsky, etc.) and inability to grasp young people's vote makes her campaign look less like one of a strong female nominee, and more like that viral video of the guy falling down for nine seconds. But what is it about Bernie that has over 80 percent of 20-somethings defending and rooting for him like Daryl Dixon from The Walking Dead? That's right. You kill him, AMC; we riot. Well, looking through Bernie's Twitter, which I do keep up with almost religiously -- even more than the Kardashians' -- there's just something about him!
Here's that something. Bernie targets the influence of Wall Street on politics. More specifically, political campaigns, and the influence of the big banks on economic policy. After all, the banks were behind the housing market crash in 2008 and absolutely no one was held accountable. The immeasurable lies of the cowards who run the big banks secretly destroyed what was thought to be "the most stable" market. The Hercules of markets, if you will. Nothing happened to them. They're still rich. They're still in charge. You asked, "But why Bernie?" Well, if he wins, for most of America and Billy Joel, "honesty" will no longer be such a lonely word. Now, I am not saying that every millennial totally wants to take down Wall Street, as most NFL fans wanted to do to The Patriots all season.
All I have to say to that is, you know how you feel about deflate gate? Yeah, that's how Bernie feels about Wall Street and the big banks. Bernie is especially likable, because he is not afraid to call bullsh*t. Sorry, mom, at least I only have a potty mouth with politics.
From Bernie's Twitter, you can see that a good percentage of the tweets are about how much money is poured into every presidential race by the billionaires and multimillionaires of America. I was under the impression that the presidency should be won by way of ideas, and not endorsements. Unlike almost every other candidate, he doesn't take money from large donors or corporate America. Bernie has the largest amount of small donors in the history of presidential campaigns, EVER -- the kind of donors who are regular, average Americans who want him to be president. There we go; that's the one person-one vote democracy that we all know and love. Well, except for the billionaires. Sorry, you can't buy this election. That's right, he is already breaking the link between money and influence.
Another victim of Bernie's economic sword is the wage gap. People working for the minimum wage are starving; kids who are still in school can't afford college; and people who went to college and pay taxes are being dragged down by student loans and debt -- all for wanting a decent education. Bernie wants to change that; he wants a rational minimum wage that is actually able to support working families, and to give young Americans the chance to receive affordable education.
We want Bernie, because he is not fueled by an egotist's dream of presidency. He is real. He is fueled by the issues of people who need help. He is a candidate that says his campaign, "is not about Bernie Sanders. It's about the needs of the American People." Bernie is not running for the presidency. He is running for the people who are not getting the voice they deserve.