Why I’m supporting Bernie Sanders in the 2016 election.
Bernie Sanders official Senate photo
I got quite a bit of flack for backing and voting for Gary Johnson in the 2012 election. Most people’s chief complaint seemed to be that, as a result of my living in Florida (a swing state), that I might make it easier for Mitt Romney to win. They didn’t seem to give one iota about the countless people President Obama is drone bombing in the middle east every day.
So today, I am formally announcing that I will be supporting the independent (but running as a Democrat) candidate for president, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. It really didn’t take much for me to come to this conclusion, either, having admired the Senator for years. He’s one of the few politicians that I actually believe when he opens his mouth.
He’s also one of the few candidates for president that is openly speaking out against the ever growing income inequality in this country. “Today, the top one percent owns 38 percent of the nation’s financial wealth. Meanwhile, the bottom sixty percent owns just 2.3 percent,” he said in 2014. “Today, the richest 400 Americans own over $2 trillion in wealth, more than the bottom 150 million Americans combined.”
And he’s obviously striking a chord with a great many Americans. He’s raised more money from actual people than any Republican running ($15.2 million as of July 16). And he’s doing it all from mainly small donations from regular people like you and me. The only candidate that has raised more money than Bernie is Hillary Clinton, at a staggering $47.5 million. But that shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, seeing as how Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein has actually fundraised for Clinton.
All I ask is that everyone take a very close look at all of the candidates running for president, and cast your vote with whomever speaks to you the loudest. For me, that’s Bernie Sanders.