Bernie Sanders, an outspoken Socialist, now Socialist Democrat, who is campaigning to be U.S. President, and ran as an Independent until his bid for the Democratic Party’s nomination in April, 2015. Hailing from Vermont, Sanders has been working to carve out a unique position in the U.S. Senate for a decade now. With social justice as his foundation, Sanders continues to make waves in the political stratosphere, which has earned him the support of an overwhelming majority of millennials, social-democrats, and many Pacific Northwesterners’.
Like Obama in 08’, Sanders appeals to the youth of America more than any other candidate. The model of Nordic European Social Politics provides a framework for Sanders’ ideal form of government: one which challenges the establishment to meet the needs of the less fortunate above all else. Sanders’ intentions are outlined on his website, where he states, “The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides healthcare for all?”
Josh Boe, a 23 year old student at South Puget Sound Community College, stated in a recent interview with The Sounds, “The guy just radiates influence!” A passionate supporter of Sanders, Boe plans to vote for the first time this year because, “We need to turn capitalism on its side, and take a look at it.” Boe is a self-proclaimed moderate, who admittedly leans a bit left, but he acknowledges that there is a lot for him to learn about the political process in this country. Boe still contends that, “He [Bernie] is working for the people, and that’s what’s so important about him!”
Being in the right place at the right time has benefitted Sanders throughout his entire career. Today, Sanders is leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in many poles, and the young voters of this country seem to be, “Feeling the Bern!” That sentiment is reflected by many SPSCC students like Boe, who said, “We’ve got Obama who is throwing papers and dropping microphones, when we need more action, and that’s what I think Bernie Sanders is gonna do when he gets in there.”
Just take a stroll through the Student Union building of SPSCC and you will undoubtedly come across a “Bernie 2016” sticker, or five. Students at the college are proudly engaged in this year’s race, and they aren’t afraid to represent the candidate whom they view as being the best choice. The last two presidential election cycles were impacted tremendously by young voters, and it seems as though that trend will continue.
The phenomenon that is Bernie Sanders has created a political contest which is perhaps the most entertaining White House race this country has ever seen; and that’s just on the Democratic side of the isle. Pair the underdog victory of Sanders with bombastic remarks from Donald Trump, and this proves to be an unprecedented campaign season.