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Why Are So Many Millennials Feeling the Bern?

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Thanks to the millennials, Bernie Sanders has just beaten Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire and continues to surprise both Democrats and Republicans across the nation. Many people struggle to understand how a 74-year-old white male has managed to lock in the votes of the young adult population.

Young adults have become increasingly fed up with the status quo and can connect with a candidate like Sanders, who has been a voice for them since he emerged. If you ask college students or recent graduates why they support Bernie, you will likely get several different answers, but all of those answers will be filled with passionate energy.

The most pressing issue concerning young voters is higher education. This is no surprise when the average college graduate is $30,000 in debt. College debt is the highest form of debt in America at 1.3 trillion and continues to increase.

Often times, these students are underemployed years after graduation while the interest on their student loans piles up. Sanders promises to make tuition free and put an end to the higher education crisis.

When wealth consistently influences politicians and the policies they pass, the average American no longer has a voice.
With Sanders, millennials who are not apart of the wealthy class feel they may actually have a fighting chance in this uncertain economy.

Some millennials have praised Sanders for taking a stand against the influence of money in politics. Corporations that only value profit are able to pay lobbyists to push policies in their favor, regardless of what it does to the environment or the people.

When wealth consistently influences politicians and the policies they pass, the average American no longer has a voice.

Donald Trump has argued that other politicians are “puppets” being controlled by their wealthy donors. This is also a commonly held belief among millennials. For that reason, it is refreshing to hear that over 80 percent of Bernie’s campaign donations have been under $200.

Sanders has the grassroots support of the people. Many young voters no longer believe the system is fair, but they have faith that Sanders will fight to fix it.

With Sanders, many young voters believe they finally have an honest politician to get behind. They finally have a politician that is genuinely upset about wealth inequality, climate change, health care, women’s rights, the Black Lives Matter movement, undocumented families, the middle class, and even Muslims who have been targeted throughout the past decade.

Sanders is supported by a diverse group of college students and young adults, and their reasons to support him vary, but their excitement for the upcoming election is equal across the board. They can sense that despite being 74 years old, Sanders cares about our nation’s future.

In other words, millennials can sense that Sanders cares about them.

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6 comments
David in MA
David in MA

Why is this a rerun of a Feb article?

David in MA
David in MA

"America Is About To Enter A Downward Spiral"


I got news: America has been in a downward spiral for eight years!

sisi22
sisi22

Read this off a blog it said A politician looks to the next election a leader looks to the next generation.

I guess the  millennials feel Bernie is looking out for their future, so they are looking out for him.

Here's a quote I think fits well.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

cjdariso
cjdariso

@beverly I appreciate your comment and agree 100 percent. I am not a fan of Trump but I have to admit that he does make good points on rare occasion. He is more honest than most politicians but would not be a good president in my opinion. Also, I agree that it is not just about young people. It is about the US Citizens. I chose to write about why young people support trump specifically because I have been speaking with many college students like my self lately. This is the first election I have been this involved in. 

beverly
beverly

I am a Guest, but I myself - a US Citizen living for many years living in Australia (my daughter and grand-daughter live here also, so I will Stay), but Still, I Remain a US Citizen and I Care about this next election and about my Country and my relativew who live there.

At 71 years' of age, I have lived through many Presidencies, through many "booms and busts" and learned to respect my Conservative Parents' view of life, ie, that you Judge an Individual, Especially a Political Candidate - by their intelligence and also, regarding their Compassion/Policies, related to All US Citizens, Black, White, Asian, Latin, etc.

I contributed a bit of $$ to Bernie, as I feel that his plan/as out-lined, ie, HOW he will move to Finance major policies - he has at least made A Plan. Trump the Rump- on the back-side of the Republican Party - is like Rump Steak - a bit Tough - a bit "hardened" and not the most Choice Cut!  He is also a "bump" in the Repub. road/push for the White House! Cruz?  He is Extreme and has already demonstrated that he is quite willing to shut down the Government - with a Filibuster - and he did Not care who suffered as a result.  He Still doesn't care about who might Suffer, re: his policies.  Bernie?  I am 71 and Know that I can think clearly, but Also....how many of us Oldies are Disgusted with the US Political Scene, ie, "the status quo/same-old-same-old!"  it is Not just about "young" people.  It is about US Citizens.   As Well, I Cannot Support someone like Trump who "plays" to the Crowds and who also uses Language that no Presidential Candidate should Ever Use, Particularly as a US President is Supposed to be/Is the "Leader of the Free World."  Trump's Random and Often-Offensive Comments - as if he has No Control over his Mouth - is Not Presidential.