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Why I supported Sanders’ Social-Democratic Ideals

Look, I am an unabashed Millennial. I was born in 89. I loved my PS1 videogames and wrestling games like any young boy did back in the 90’s. I was lucky to have grown up during the roaring 90’s during booming economy and culture of the 90’s.  I loved the children’s cartoons of the time that, come to think of it, had a lot of suggestive and adult material. (Rocko’s Modern Life, Anamaniacs, Spongebob just to name a few)

But more and more, I’m starting to lose my nostalgia for the roaring 90’s. The 90’s were known as a time of great economic growth, vivacious pop culture, one dollarish gas and an ideal period to enter the workforce for the adults at the time.  Obviously, at the time, I wasn’t clearly old enough to contribute the economy, but despite my young age, I was very optimistic that I would get to reap these spoils up until the time that I started college.

I firmly thought back then that if I worked hard enough in school and made myself sharp and well-rounded, that someday I would get to enjoy the American dream and inherit the robust economy and economic climate of the day when it came my time to participate in the professional workforce.

I strongly believe that the main reason why Sanders, as opposed to Hillary has struck a chord with my generation is many of us in my generation, figured out on a fundamental level that we weren’t going to enjoy the same economic abundance that the adults of our childhood decade got to enjoy. And many of us are ROYALLY pissed off about being grifted for Neoliberal, FUCK you, got Mine, devil may care about how it might affect my kids/grandkids generation type of economics.

I started college at the eve of the Economic Crash in 2008. One of the first major lectures I remember attending in my college seminar was a discussion about the bailing out the Auto Industry. I remember voicing my thoughts to the class in my Anthology seminar.

My views on this were the exact same as my views are now. I firmly believed that we should have unequivocally let the individual companies fail, but work to re-train the displaced employees in other jobs. After all, it wasn’t their fault that the Auto Industry decided to stagnate with reliability, gas mileage, and overall overindulgence investing and peddling uninspiring cars.

The crash taught me about the fragility of our current neoliberalism and how so many were blindsided to the excess of indulgence of Corporate Welfare. The wealth would trickle-down they said? Tell that to so many of the CEOs, Investors and Wealthy that funnel their money to off-shore accounts or international investments to reduce their tax liability. Or that outsource labor to developing nations without being appreciative of the people that made them their money to begin with.

One would think that that money would have went towards paying the employees that made their success possible. But nope, that went towards solely making them richer instead of compensating employees with the cost of inflation. But not so much. You the tax payer, Republican, Democrat, or anything in between is left paying for their salary and covering the difference.

In our ever digitally connected society, it very easy to learn and research about other nation’s ways of life. Many Millennials are quite privy to that fact that America is not the only advanced country on the planet. The globalization of the internet, for better or for worse has exposed us to people and ideas of all likes. I know for me, and some individuals my age, it was very appalling to figure out that other First-World nations are offering a better standard of living than the US.

My concern for my country is all because I deeply love it and couldn’t picture myself anywhere else. I love America and I AM proud to consider myself American. I love our freedoms, history, geography, our ethnic-diversity and the fact that each region has its own culture and temperament.

Providing Western Democratic like reforms our center-right minded nation would only magnify the good that we already have a country. We are a country of great physical, historical and social diversity. And wide open spaces. Despite my mounting student loan debt, the desire to own a home with a nice amount of land and animals is still something I think about earning every day.

America can continue to keep itself on top by borrowing what has worked so well in other westernized nations and enhancing our free and hardworking society, while providing a healthy safety net.  I know that we’ll continue pushing towards that direction with Secretary Clinton at the helm, but I really genuinely felt that Bernie would negotiate from a stronger position to accelerate these reforms.

Watching the country vote against this direction is like being disappointed in your Straight A son or daughter for only striving for B’s when YOU know they are capable of staying and continuing to be great. Exposure to the ways that other Western Countries do some things is something that I can’t unsee or unlearn. I simply cannot go back.

There’s no denying that that the Obama Administration has been historic and has brought about a lot of progressive change, despite a hostile Congress. Up until recently, Healthcare was tied to employment. You lost your job, so did you also lose your health insurance. I’m glad that Obama was able to make inroads in this front with Obamacare, and I truly hope we can move towards a single player option, alongside the private options that we already have.

At the end of the day, I unequivocally rather have Hillary Clinton, a savvy, accomplished, and strong woman as our President over a temperamental, impulsive Narcissist like Donald Trump. Secretary Clinton would benefit greatly from moving a bit more to the left on healthcare, trade, avoiding unnecessary Middle-Eastern conflicts, and reigning in Wall-Street. Doing this will do a lot to bring Bernie’s twelve million supporters in the fold, and fully guarantee a virtual landslide in November against the Donald.

Although Bernie’s campaign is all but over, Berne has pushed the Overton Window to a much needed direction.  Although Secretary Clinton has locked up the nomination, I appreciate Sanders noble fight towards a modern, more inclusive New Deal and truly keeping America on top. In fact, I strongly feel that it would be unrealistic to not move leftwards in order for America to stay on top of its game. But at the end of the day, America needs to move this direction sooner rather than later, or risk falling behind compared the rest of western world. We need to do right by the next generation, despite the fact that it may not immediately easy or expedient. I truly hope that Secretary Clinton absorbs Sanders’ push towards more Progressive, Social-Democratic ideals at the convention.

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