By: Ariane Cracolice
“No one asked me, whether I’m a citizen or not, my father came from Poland. Gee what’s the difference? Maybe the color of our skin,” Sanders stated during the debate on March 9, 2015 in Miami. His clever comparison was aimed at the constant ridicule that President Obama is under regarding his nationality and skin color.
Regardless of whether people think he’ll be the democratic nominee or not, Sanders carries the mindset of an overwhelming amount of Americans. At the pristine age of 74, Sanders is capable of not only maintaining a level head, but sharing the same political and social views as many modern-day young adults.
Aside from his ability to remain modern and “hip,” Bernie Sanders has accomplished plenty of things that are well knowledgeable, but people aren’t informed on.
One of his well-known quirks that people admire and respect is that he’s an open Democratic Socialist. Sanders is quick to distance himself from the autocratic iterations of his philosophy. This means that Sanders believes in the theory of social organization that advocates for the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole. One thing people don’t know regarding Sanders’ socialism is that he’s the first socialist elected in Senate history.
In addition to being a Socialist, it’s important to note that Sanders has trounced a self-funded billionaire. Vermont had only voted once for a Democratic president since 1922. Sanders trounced business mogul Rich Tarrant in 2006 when running for state Senate in Vermont. Tarrant had spent roughly $7,000,000 on his own campaign attempting to defeat Sanders which in turn made their contest for State Senate one of the most expensive in U.S. history. However, Sanders won by a 2-1 margin.
Lastly, one of the most overlooked accomplishments of Sanders is how he made Republicans quiver over a climate change amendment. Bernie was exhausted over the commonly used “I’m not a scientist” excuse that Republicans often resort to in reference to the worldly theory. Sanders had devised a way to make senators reply with “yes” or “no” answers. He proposed an amendment to Keystone Pipeline legislation, stating:
“One, climate change is real. Two, climate change is caused by human activity. Three, climate change has already caused devastating problems in the United States and around the world. And, four, it is imperative the United States transform its energy system away from fossil fuels and toward energy efficiency and sustainable energy.”
Sanders has always been active on climate change whilst he’s been in the Senate chambers, but they’ve not seen eye-to-eye on his state of urgency and immediacy. So, in 2013 Senator Barbara Boxer and Bernie Sanders joined together to propose the “gold standard” climate change bill. This bill proposed to tax carbon emissions to pay for massive expansion in green energy rather than continuing to use limited resources. By taxing carbon emissions the usage of fracking would also reduce. This would provide renewable energy and cleaner air, possibly limiting occurrences of earthquakes as well. The bill refused half-measures, aiming towards a surefire solution for the climate crisis. This bill, however, was stated too ambitious for Congress and was never passed.
In closing, Bernie Sanders is one of the most honest and caring candidates we’ve seen in a very long time; and it’s looking good for his supporter-funded campaign.