To The Daily Sun,
On July 29, I attended a meeting that was held in Gilford to view a streamed live video of a presentation by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Similar meetings were held in many other cities and towns in each of the 50 states and the video was viewed by more than 100,000 people. The presentation provided an opportunity for people to obtain an understanding of who Bernie Sanders is and what he stands for as a presidential candidate.
I was first attracted to Bernie as a presidential candidate when I attended his first town meeting in New Hampshire on May 27 in Concord and listened to his message. The straight-forward nature of what I heard got my attention. Bernie doesn't talk in political riddles. He speaks about the real issues in plain terms.
Who is Bernie Sanders? To start, he's no stranger or newcomer to Washington. He is the junior senator from Vermont. He was a congressman from 1990-2006, and has been Vermont's junior senator since he won the 2006 election for that position.
He is an honest politician, even though that sounds like an oxymoron. He doesn't have baggage from scandals and other dishonorable behavior exhibited by many politicians of today, and he's not in the pocket of or beholding to large corporations or private backers for future political favors. His support comes from a grassroots movement by people who are concerned about where this country is headed.
Bernie Sanders position on key issues hasn't changed over time and he doesn't waffle on issues trying to say what he thinks will be what people want to hear. And he doesn't subscribe to negative campaigning as a way to discredit other candidates as away to gain voter support.
What's Bernie's message? For starters:
1. We need to educate young people and make that education affordable.
2. We need to provide fair wages to people so they have an opportunity to make a living wage.
3. We need to get big money out of political elections so people don't "buy" their political office.
4. We need to do something about the extreme disparity of wealth that exists today where the compensation of top corporate executives is several hundred times the wages of employees.
5. And we need to pay attention to global warming and its impact on the environment.
As Bernie said in his presentation, "enough is enough."
I could go on describing the issues Bernie Sanders sees as critical to the people of the United States in the upcoming elections that include an unfair tax structure that unjustly benefits large corporations, inadequate funding to repair failing infrastructure across the country, racial issues, and incarceration for minor crimes that's filling prisons unnecessarily.
But if these issues and the issues I outlined above are a concern to you, you'll want to learn more about Bernie Sanders position on them for yourself and you can do that at berniesanders.com.
I'm convinced that if you do that, you'll reach the same conclusion that I've reached. If this country is to survive the current crises we're in, we need to elect Bernie Sanders as the next president of the United States.
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