“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr. could be living at present to believe it takes chaos to bring out the heroic acts in people. Bernie Sanders has turned on the green light for the presidential race in response to the pressing need for change on what he coined as “obscene levels” of wealth and income disparity in the country today that leans towards the wealthy as opposed to the low- or middle-income majority. He believes that the country is facing far greater crisis that encompasses even the catastrophic “Great Depression”.
Bernie Sanders, the 73-year-old self-proclaimed Socialist-running-Democrat was a former Mayor and Congressman of Vermont before he became US Senator for this term. He has been eyed as a potential candidate for presidency as early as November 2013, but had no actual plans or proclamations of running yet at that time. He was interviewed in The Nation on March 6, 2014, wherein he said that he is prepared to run for presidency in 2016 but rallied on the thought that it was still premature to be mapping out plans and held back on making official pronouncements of going forward with his clamor for presidency. Political experts and critics would beckon on how Sanders could keep up with the Jones especially when he is up against candidates who are more popular, has inevitably larger connections, and fuller pockets. He lacks the charisma; some would say – but nevertheless, he has the authenticity and boldness it takes to win the 2016 presidential race. He represents the voice of the less- or underprivileged as well as the low-income bracket to middle-wage earners in the United States. To a lot of political gurus, his presidential run seems to be an absurd conquest and overly ambitious mainly because of the fact that he is up against Hillary Clinton; who has strong connections of wealthy backers and supporters that fuels her campaign.
He is the unconventional type of politician shaking grounds to air the grievances of the common people. Does he stand a chance beside the likes of Hillary Clinton who has mapped out the largest presidential campaign operations for 2016 with two floors allocated primarily as headquarters and Rand Paul who won the annual Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) presidential preference straw poll for three consecutive years? He is a strong contender indeed. His uncanny prototype of a politician and realistic propositions give this underdog contender the edge he needs to keep up and even move ahead of the race.
Sanders, an independent socialist has strong and radical convictions for equality that has not dwindled a bit over the years. He has the consistency and direction, qualities which are presumably very hard to find with today’s modern politicians. He has the conservative ideology with the ways and means of a liberal. Some of his propositions for 2016 are the following:
- Free College Tuition. This speaks volumes of how he puts much priority on high-quality education without getting families into piles of debt.
- Breaking up the Giants in the Financial Sector. When you are strategically up, there would be no other way to go – but down. He further stressed that “If they are too big to fail, then they are too big to exist”.
- $1-trillion Infrastructure Project. He has this lined up geared to enhance freight and commerce mobility as well as to provide more job opportunities for people.
- Higher Taxes Imposed for the Rich. The bigwigs in the industry are the big-time tax evaders as well. Most of the taxes are carried on by the low- and middle-salaried individuals which is a huge weight to carry especially when you are surviving on a minimum wage while the giants in the industry are not playing fair and relying on financial trickery done on balance sheets and spending lavishly on luxurious mansions and cars.
- Government-owned Health-Care Facilities. This one is very classic socialist. This aims to provide public health-care services for everyone; or more commonly referred to as Medicare act for elderly people aged 64 and up.
- Minimum Wage Increase. Sanders support organized labor and is all out for the proposed $15 per hour minimum wage.
Many people could easily compare her to fellow Senator presidentiable Elizabeth Warren, who share the same socialist views and ideologies as his. Could he be the second best choice now that Elizabeth Warren has decided not to run for President?Bernie Sanders could predictably be a lot like Warren but he is not playing second fiddle to anyone as he has made a difference in the political scene for decades. He has been a prominent and unwavering voice for the masses. In his interview with This Week host George Stephanooulos, he said “We need a political revolution in this country”. He believed that it’s high time the United States government lives up to its claim of being a government of the people, by the people, and for the people; and not just a government that seeks out the interest of the elite few.
A political shakeup is deemed necessary merged with that strong political will to create and define changes in how the system has been working for the billionaires alone rather than for the greater majority. In addition, he said America could certainly learn a thing or two from Scandinavia, a country of democracy. He pointed out “In those countries, by and large, the government works for ordinary people and the middle class, rather than, as is the case right now in our country, for the billionaire class.” This is certainly the man you should never underestimate in the presidential race. He has genuine clamor for change and it’s not just for show – he has been fighting for these social impediments for a long time and he is not planning on quitting anytime soon. Bernie Sanders is a political jargon. He is not the conventional politician who goes for the safe and tested routes. He takes calculated risks and fights for the people whose voices are least heard. When Stephanopoulos remarked that the Republican ad could be screaming “He wants America to look more like Scandinavia”. Sanders rebutted “What’s wrong with that?”. Nothing wrong at all.