Why I’m Voting for Bernie Sanders

Healthcare- Universal Healthcare is not a new idea. Over 50 countries have Universal Healthcare. This is a good thing, I promise.

Kindness– Bernie has never posted a negative ad. This, more than anything, really reaches to my heart.

The Middle Class– I see this argument all the time; if you want more money, you should get a better job. If you want a better job, you should have gone to college. If you want to go to a good college, you should have done more in high school…

So let me address those issues going backwards. To be involved in high school and do well, you have to live in a wealthy, good community (this isn’t a rule, just a majority). You have to not come from a lower-class, black neighborhood. You have to come from a good family that cares about your education. You have to have access to technology at home. The list goes on and on. This shouldn’t be the case. Stop making it so people have to be wealthy to succeed! Education should be for all. And the government should be invested in the future of their country- the youth.

To go to a good college, you have to have money. And lots of it. You have to be prepared to take out loans and submit application after application for scholarships. You have to rely on your parents to be wealthy and well-off enough to help you pay for school. You have to be ready to invest in a school that still may not get you a good job (I went to a wonderful school and still see my friends struggle with finding a full-time job. It’s just the reality). You have to acknowledge that you will be living in debt and paying off loans for years and years to come. Why is this the case in America when the rest of the world seems to have it figured out? The youth are the future- the government should be investing in them by offering free education for all, so we can make our country a better place.

If you want a good job, you need nice clothes, transportation, prior experience… all while you’re working off that debt from college. You’ll submit job application after job application in a job market that isn’t exactly thriving. And minimum wage just isn’t cutting it with the cost of living- it’s not balancing out. The future of this country can’t afford this country. It’s the sad truth.

We need a government that will invest in our communities. Invest in our schools. Invest in our youth. Invest in our education. Invest in our soldiers. Invest in the people who make up this country! Bernie Sanders is the answer to getting us on the same page as the rest of the world, who seem to have figured this out already.

Corruption- Bernie can’t be bought. There’s a reason the news mostly talks about Trump and Clinton- it’s because they’re paying for it. And there’s a reason Bernie, who is one of the most talked about candidates everywhere BUT the news, isn’t receiving any media attention. Because the companies and corporations that are bought by Trump and Clinton are SCARED. Because they know a country with Bernie as President means change. The news coverage of this election is proof of the corruption in politics, wall street, and the media.

Not to the mention the “convenient” DNC scandal, right as Bernie hit a milestone in his campaign. But Bernie, the only Democratic candidate to report the breach in the firewall, was also the only one investigated and frozen out from his information (which was immediately put to an end when Bernie threatened to sue, as the DNC never would have won). Considering that the chair of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, formerly worked for Clinton and is a supporter… It’s time to put these charades to an end. Bernie would put a stop to this, because he won’t be bought.

Honesty- Unlike Clinton, Bernie has been on the same page for years and years. He doesn’t conveniently change opinions based on what’s popular and what will gain him more votes. Because he knows the people. And he speaks for the people. He is the most honest politician I’ve ever seen, and he will stand by what he preaches.

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The People- Most importantly, I’m voting for Bernie Sanders because I want America to belong to the people once more. And that is what Bernie Sanders stands for. This election is about us! Not about politicians!

If you’ve never been involved in politics before, or have been involved with politics for years, I encourage you to GET INVOLVED! Politics and laws influence our every day lives. They change lives. They can make your life better or worse. Vote for what and who will make America better. And that’s Bernie Sanders!

If you’re in Iowa today, I encourage you to get out there and VOTE! Grab your friends, family, neighbors… EVERYONE YOU CAN. This is so important. We can win this!

Global Goals

Remember the ice bucket challenge? How it was fun and trendy, but also worked toward a good cause and raised a lot of money? Well, there’s a new trend in town, and this one is going to create a whole new world for all of us, if done successfully! It’s called the Global Goals.

Global Goals are a challenge for all of us, for all of our politicians, and for 193 world leaders. It will span over 15 years, in order to accomplish 3 global, political, and environmental goals- “end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.”

Here’s how it works…

There are 17 goals in total.

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good health and well-being
  4. Quality education
  5. Gender equality
  6. Clean water and sanitation
  7. Affordable and clean energy
  8. Decent work and economic growth
  9. Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  10. Reduced inequalities
  11. Sustainable cities and communities
  12. Responsible consumption and production
  13. Climate action
  14. Life below water
  15. Life on land
  16. Peace and Justice strong institutions
  17. Partnerships for the goals

So how can you get involved? How can you take part?

Right now, what you can do is spread the word. Get the Global Goals as popular as the ice bucket challenge! Pick a number goal that is important to you and that you stand behind, and share it with everyone!

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Once you share your number/goal, get your friends to pick one to share, as well. Spread the word! Make this campaign famous, because what will really help it work is if it gets noticed by politicians and world leaders. We need to spread the word that these are the changes we want to see, and that is how we can bring about the change we seek.

You can go here to download free packages to help you spread the word. You can also upload pictures or videos or some other way to advertise your favorite goal.

You probably heard about the Global Goals most recently through the Global Citizen Festival (which, unfortunately, I was unable to attend. But my friend went and she said it was amazing)! Or maybe you saw it front and center under the search bar on Google. Or maybe you saw it on your feed on Twitter. It’s everyone!

I can already tell that this is going to be huge. This is something that is going to make an impact and make a change. And trust me, you’re going to want to be a part of it. So pick a number (or two or three), stick with your goal, educate yourself on your local political figures and make sure that they’re educated on the issues, and get involved! Global Goals are happening, and they’re going to change the world.

If you want to learn more about the Global Goals, check out their website!

The Presidential Election: Round 13 (Rick Perry)

Honestly, you guys, it is getting so much harder each and every week to give you an unbiased profile on these politicians. I’m doing the best I can! Can’t wait to wrap these up and start really talking to you guys about these issues and these candidates, however.

And, no, I did not watch the Republican debate. I plan to watch highlights and read transcripts from it soon, though. And I’ll get back to you guys about the debate as soon as I can! But, in the meantime, here’s the low-down on Rick Perry!

Who is Ricky Perry?

– Governor of Texas
– Republican
– Nondenominational Evangelicalism
– Entered the 2012 Presidential Race

Where does Rick Perry stand on certain issues?

  1. Gay Rights: Released a video in 2012 that stated “there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.”
  2. Women’s Rights: …I’ve got nothing. Sorry.
  3. War: Wants to rebuild the military.
  4. Foreign Policy: Does not agree with Obama’s Iran deal. “I would do away with that and clearly put sanctions back into place, put back an ability to be able to squeeze Iran.”
  5. Abortion: Pro-Life. “I signed a parental consent law. I signed an ultrasound law so mothers facing that agonizing choice can actually see. I’m not sure there’s been a more powerful tool in the great repertoire of technology than that sonogram to protect the life of the innocent in America.”
  6. Student Loans/Debt: I mean, I guess he’s planning to lower it? However, during his time as governor of Texas, cost of college tuition rose. “I know you face rising health care costs, rising child care costs, skyrocketing tuition costs, and mounting student loan debt. I hear you, and I am going to do something about it.”
  7. Healthcare: Wants to repeal Obamacare. Texas had the highest rate of uninsured residents among the states when he was governor.
  8. Criminal Justice: Wants to reduce incarceration rates. Endorses the group called Right on Crime.
  9. Marijuana: Is not in favor of legalizing marijuana, but believes it is the right of the States to let each state choose for itself. “Well, I’m a big believer in the 10th Amendment. I don’t agree with those decisions that were made by that, by the state of Colorado or Washington, but I will defend it to my death, if you will, to allow them to make those decisions. So I happen to believe that those states have that right to experiment if you want to call it that. I think they will look back and they will find that it was a huge error that they made.”
  10. Immigration: Is concerned about illegal immigrants that are entering the country and committing crimes. Believes real immigration reform can not happen until the border is secure. Wants to secure the border so he can lower crime rates committed by immigrants.

What are the highlights of Rick Perry’s campaign?
-The economy (lowering taxes, increase jobs, etc).

The Presidential Election: Round 12 (Rick Santorum)

Who’s left for me to write about?
Democrats- Lincoln Chafee, Jim Webb
Republicans- George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and John Kasich.

This week, though, I’ll be writing about a familiar candidate: Rick Santorum.

Who is Rick Santorum?
-Conservative Republican
-Senator from Pennsylvania
-Roman Catholic
-Runner up to Mitt Romney in the 2012 Presidential Election

Where does Rick Santorum stand on certain issues?

  1. Gay Rights: Believes marriage should be between a man and woman. “If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual [gay] sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right to adultery. You have the right to anything.”
  2. Women’s Rights: Has no ideas to support women’s rights. Does not care to further women as equals in society. “What happened in America so that mothers and fathers who leave their children in the care of someone else — or worse yet, home alone after school between three and six in the afternoon — find themselves more affirmed by society? Here, we can thank the influence of radical feminism.”
  3. War: Believes ISIS is winning this war and wants to arm the Kurds and give them direct military aid so they can fight.
  4. Foreign Policy: Authored the “Syria Accountability Act” and the “Iran Freedom Support Act.” Stands by Israel and does not want Iran to have any access to nuclear weapons.
  5. Abortion: Pro-life. “I would advocate that any doctor that performs an abortion should be criminally charged for doing so.”
  6. Student Loans/Debt: Is an advocate for technical training for jobs. Is not concerned with lowering student loans/debt.
  7. Healthcare: Does not support Obamacare. Hopes to repeal it.
  8. Criminal Justice: In favor of reforming the criminal justice system. “We need to take a look at some of our laws and say, you know, do we really need to have three strikes and you’re out for certain drug crimes?”
  9. Marijuana: Does not want to legalize marijuana.
  10. Immigration: Believes there are too many immigrants. He wants to reduce the number of immigrants per year “in order to protect American workers from foreign labor that is taking jobs that Americans could otherwise hold.”

What are the highlights of Rick Santorum’s campaign?
-Economics: completely recreating the IRS and taxes
-Conservative values: protecting traditional families and unborn babies, as well as promoting adult stem cell research to fight diseases.

The Presidential Election: Round 11 (Donald Trump)

Who else is running that I have yet to write about?
Democrats- Lincoln Chafee, Jim Webb
Republicans- Rick Santorum, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, and Chris Christie.

For now, however, let’s talk about the most surprising candidate, Donald Trump. (I can’t believe I’m doing this right now…) I also feel the need to say that this was a super hard post to research. The media are going crazy with Donald Trump and all the outrageous things he’s saying, both out loud and on Twitter. So, instead of talking about Donald Trump’s stance on the issues, most of the news about him is more gossip-centered. That being said, I did the best I could to find information for you guys!

Who is Donald Trump?
-Republican (Previously Democrat and Independent)
-Businessman/Real Estate Developer/Star and Co-Producer of The Apprentice/Billionaire
-Presbyterian

Where does Donald Trump stand on certain issues?

  1. Gay Rights: Opposes same-sex marriage. Values traditional marriage.
  2. Women’s Rights: Has not announced a stance.
  3. War: I don’t know if he’s for it or against it. He claims he has a plan to take down ISIS, but he won’t reveal what it is, because he doesn’t want the enemy privy to his plans.
  4. Foreign Policy: Would send limited troops on the ground to fight ISIS. Does not believe that we should be negotiating with Iran. Wants to increase sanctions
  5. Abortion: Pro-life. Wants to fight Obamacare due to allowing abortion funding.
  6. Student loans/debt: Has not announced a stance.
  7. Health Care: Does not support ObamaCare- wants it repealed and replaced with universal health care.
  8. Criminal Justice: Has not announced a stance.
  9. Marijuana: Would legalize and tax marijuana.
  10. Immigration: Believes that illegal immigrants from Mexico are bringing drugs and crime when they come to America, and that many are rapists. Wants to strengthen the border of Mexico to keep immigrants out. Called for people to boycott Macys, as the company is “weak on border security & stopping illegal immigration.” Believes that the shooting in San Francisco proves his point that we need to secure the border. Believes there should be no path to citizenship for illegal immigrants

What are the highlights of Donald Trump’s campaign?
-Creating jobs for Americans
-Fixing the immigration system

The Presidential Election: Round 10 (Jeb Bush)

We have one more addition to the running- Republican Bobby Jindal. Add him to the list of profiles you can expect in the future. But, for now, Jeb Bush!
*Disclaimer- I’m sorry if a lot of these answers are vague or just sound like I’m talking in circles. But this is the information I found. So, it’s what I’m going with.

Who is Jeb Bush?
-Brother of George W. Bush and Son of George H.W. Bush
-Former Governor of Florida
-Republican
-Roman Catholic

Where does Jeb Bush stand on certain issues?

  1. Gay Rights: Does not seek to make an amendment that would allow states to outlaw the right for gay marriage in all 50 states. “Guided by my faith, I believe in traditional marriage.  I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed the states to make this decision.  I also believe that we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments.  In a country as diverse as ours, good people who have opposing views should be able to live side by side.”
  2. Women’s Rights: All the information I could find on this dates back to the 90s. I will update as I find information that is more current to this election.
  3. War: I honestly have no idea at this point. I’ll try to update when I learn a bit more about his stance. Sorry guys!
  4. Foreign Policy: Wants more military spending. Wants to strengthen the US military. Stands against Russia- wants deeper economic and security ties with eastern European countries that are vulnerable against Russia.
  5. Abortion: Pro-life, with the exception of rape, incest, or when the mother’s life is in danger. Does not support the public funding of abortion clinics.
  6. Student Loans/Debts: Believes On-Line classes and For-Profit Institutions for future students will reduce the number of loans being taken out in the pursuit of higher education.
  7. Health Care: Wants to repeal ObamaCare and enact a free-market healthcare system. “As president of the United States, I would make fixing our broken health-care system one of my top priorities. I will work with Congress to repeal and replace this flawed law with conservative reforms that empower consumers with more choices and control over their health care decisions,”
  8. Criminal Justice: Supports the death penalty. Wants to reform the criminal justice system.
  9. Marijuana: Does not think it’s a good idea to legalize marijuana, but believes it should be left up to the states to decide.
  10. Immigration: Wants immigration reform. Believes that illegal immigrants should be granted legal status if they take steps toward become a legal citizen. “My belief is we need to give people a path to legal status. You pay your fines, you get provisional work permits, where you come out of the shadows, you pay taxes, you pay fines, you don’t receive government assistance, you learn English, you don’t commit crimes.”

What are the highlights of Jeb Bush’s campaign?
-sigh- You guys, I know these profiles are supposed to be completely unbiased and just stating the facts, but the fact of the matter is, this guy is just like his father and just like his brother. He’s talking in circles without saying anything, and I hardly know where he stands on the issues, let alone what he hopes to accomplish as President and what he’s highlighting in his campaign. I’ll likely delete this and update with actual bullet points once I learn what they are. But, in the meantime, I apologize that this is all you get. I encourage you all to comment below with links to articles about his campaign, and with any information, along with sources, that you may have. Thank you!

The Presidential Election: Round 9 (Ben Carson)

Since I’ve missed two weeks and, obviously, many more have announced their intent to run in the presidential election, I am posting two profiles today!

Here’s the low-down on Ben Carson!

Who is Ben Carson?
-Pediatric Neurosurgeon
-First surgeon to ever separate conjoined twins at the head
-Conservative Republican
-No professional political experience. Is joining the presidential race because “I believe it is a very good idea for physicians, scientists, engineers, and others trained to make decisions based on facts and empirical data to get involved in the political arena.”
-Seventh-day Adventist

Where does Ben Carson stand on certain issues?

  1. Gay rights: Does not support gay marriage. “Marriage is between a man and a woman. No group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are. They don’t get to change the definition.”
  2. Women’s Rights: “There are those of us in this society who have told women that there’s a war on them because that cute little baby inside of them, they may want to get rid of it and there are people that are keeping you from doing that. And women say, ‘No, no, they’re not doing that to me! No!’ And they get all riled up. What we need to do is re-educate the women to understand that they are the defenders of these babies.” Believes that what happened in Ferguson all began with the women’s liberation movement in the 60s. “I hate to say it, but a lot of it had to do with the women’s lib movement.” Doubts the high numbers of domestic violence cases in America.
  3. War: Believes all rules should be demolished in the war against ISIS. “There is no such thing as a politically correct war. If you’re gonna have rules for war, you should just have a rule that says no war. Other than that, we have to win.”
  4. Foreign Policy: “All options should remain on the table when dealing with international bullies such as President Putin (in Russia).” Stands by Israel.
  5. Abortion: 100% Pro-Life.
  6. Student Loans/Debt: Believes the best way for students to afford college is for them to work. Believes there’s nothing wrong with taking a few years before college to work and save up money. Does not support Obama’s idea to allow two years of community college for free.
  7. Healthcare: Opposes Obamacare- quoted saying it’s the worst thing since slavery. Supports Health Savings Accounts. Believes the government should be less involved in health care and that it should be in the hands of families.
  8. Criminal Justice: Wants to keep the detention facility at Gitmo opened.
  9. Marijuana: Against legalizing recreational marijuana. Believes it is a gateway drug.
  10. Immigration: “Incentives for illegal immigration are easy enrollment in public schools, easy employment for those willing to take jobs others don’t want, easy access to health care, and easy acquisition of public support through welfare programs. Yet this population cannot participate in the formal workforce, which means they cannot contribute fully to their local economies. Any discussion of immigration reform should include bipartisan solutions that both address the undocumented population here today and discourage illegal immigration going forward.” Wants to secure the borders.

What are the highlights of Ben Carson’s campaign?
-Keeping faith in our society
-Protecting America from outside threats
-Reforming health care