By Raven Bouie
With outstanding support from the younger generation and a large following from minority groups, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is recognized for his stern commitment to protect the working people and limit incentives to the wealthy. Sanders’ campaign focuses on providing free two-year college tuition, dividing large banks, creating jobs, demanding gun control and many other policies. To assist with education, Sanders plans to implement a bill to eliminate undergraduate tuition in public universities, which will lean on the federal government to cover 67 percent of costs.
According to The Washington Post, “Sanders would spend $750 billion dollars over 10 years and raise the money with a new tax on Wall Street trades.” He wants to also divide large banks into smaller units, forcing banks to loan more money to smaller industries because he says the Federal Reserve provides larger corporations with an excessive amount of support. This would allow the Feds to push banks into providing more revenue to smaller businesses.
Sanders plans to rebuild this country’s infrastructure, which in return will provide well-paying jobs while also enhancing the economic growth throughout the United States. Repairing bridges, dams, roads and various other damaged construction areas essential to productivity would result in expanding thousands of construction job openings and allow Americans to benefit from the pay.
Pertaining to gun laws, he seems to be on the fence with the underlying issue. Sanders voted to increase background checks before purchasing a weapon, and he believes if criminal records are present or domestic dispute involvement is documented then the individual should not be permitted any weapons. He is also an advocate for replacing Obamacare with a single-payer system, plans for climate change and wants to further Obama’s strategy of providing immigrants with the opportunity of citizenship.
Being the oldest candidate and inspiring the younger people by speaking of issues affecting them on a daily basis definitely presents strength in Sanders campaign. During the 2016 Democratic debate, Sanders stated that “African-American youth unemployment is 51 percent and Hispanic youth unemployment is 36 percent.” Incorporating statistics and speaking of values relating to the youth, he guarantees that he will provide education, employment and income for the up and coming generation. His high demand of social media attention also benefits his campaign through memes and hashtags associated with “FeelTheBern” as it attracts a virtual crowd that is primarily a younger crowd.
Providing campaign activity via various social media platforms assists with his chances of rising polls as the medium utilized helps promote Sanders’ policies and viewpoints. A weakness that has constantly been presented against Sanders is his older age because many believe that he will not be capable of successfully holding a presidential position. It has been said that a younger candidate is necessary for longevity, but ignoring the critics, Bernie Sanders continues to “Feel the Bern.”