Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Andrew's Endorsement: Gasp! It's Bernie Sanders

For those curious where I stand on the 2016 presidential race, I support Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders because of his very vocal acknowledgement of the alarming decrease in upward mobility taking place in America today.

There is a reason why Bernie Sanders has been consistently finding overwhelming support from voters 30 and under.  First: younger Americans are much more aware of the shortchanging they're receiving.  Secondly, as with all generations, it is the young who are willing to reject the notion that the way things have been done in the past is the only way that they can be done.  Social security was once an ambitious new idea.  The highway system was once new.  Medicare and Medicaid too.  Also, these are all completely socialist programs which most Americans are extremely fond of.

Is Bernie Sanders electable?  Absolutely.  He's already shown himself to be a formidable contender against Hillary Clinton.  Furthermore, with the impending nomination of Donald Trump... well I could go into reasons why Sanders would be a strong match against Trump, but I'm not going to.  Because the truth is, Sanders is very, very unlikely to get the nomination at this point.  But you know what?  It doesn't really matter.  Firstly, I'd already accepted Hillary Clinton as the democratic nominee and eventual 45th president of the United States.  I'm not excited for her presidency because she doesn't reflect my personal values, but I think she'll be a perfectly acceptable ruler.  But more importantly, there is foreshadowing in this election:  8 years from now, Bernie Sanders' platform will not be a fringe one in the slightest.  The dissatisfaction he represents and the insistence the the government support American workers is the future.

Automation and globalization are reducing the number of jobs needed to produce our goods and provide services.  Eventually, we will need to find a way to support citizens when we are faced with abundance of everything but a need for workers.  When we own up to this fact, the answer will most likely be a Basic Minimum Income.  But that is a blog post for another day.

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