Why You Should Be Supporting Bernie Sanders

I am a staunch supporter of Bernie Sanders. Even though I will not be able to vote in the next election (sadly), I am hoping and praying that the rest of America have the good sense to vote for Sanders.

As others have pointed out, Bernie Sanders is not perfect. But he is the best option. He is a progressive Democrat, adamant in his stances on race, education, women’s rights, and healthcare. He is actually talking about hot-button issues like climate change, help for veterans and immigration. He is not just saying things in order to gain popularity with voters- these are views he has held for decades. What other candidate can say that?

Bernie Sanders is not a perfect ally to people of color, but he is adamant in his beliefs in equality. He frequently tweets statements such as “People should be elected to office based on their ideas, not their religion or the color of their skin” and “Let’s stop the racism. Sanders acknowledges that people of color suffer from four central types of violence: physical, political, legal, and economic. He acknowledges that we are allowing a system of oppression to continue in our society. But more than talking about these issues, he is proposing solutions: Give everyone a fair shot at attending college. Ban prisons for profit. Re-enfranchise the more than two million African Americans who have had their right to vote taken away by a felony conviction. Demilitarize our police forces so they don’t look and act like invading armies. These ideas are radical, but he is willing to promote radical change to get our society moving in the right way.

One of the more controversial parts of Bernie Sander’s campaign is his proposal to eliminate tuition fees for undergraduates at all public colleges and universities. Many are railing against this proposal, saying that it will cost American taxpayers too much, that we shouldn’t be giving away education for free. But why shouldn’t education be a universal right? Why are some people more deserving of higher education than others? Who decides that distinction?

News recently broke that the Republican-led House voted to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization dedicated to promoting women’s health. We are at risk of going back to the days when women had to risk their lives to end an unwanted pregnancy. Women’s bodies are being policed by the government, and this should not stand. If Bernie Sanders is elected president, he will not let gender inequality continue. He has already advocated for years on these issues, and has been a staunch supporter of feminism and women’s rights since he was a college student. We should want a president that will stand up for birth control rights, for the rights of domestic abuse survivors.

Bernie Sanders will not lead our country into ruin, like Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina or Mike Huckabee would. He is the candidate who will help solve some of our most pressing issues right now. If you’re not planning on voting for him, I ask you to seriously question what you value in your life, and #FeeltheBern.

Why Political Correctness Is Important

Recently, Donald Trump has made a lot of bold (read: offensive) statements that have garnered him a lot of attention, leading to him being the frontrunner for the GOP nomination. His “claim to fame”, so to speak, is his refusal to be politically correct. While I vehemently disagree with Trump and what he stands for, and abhor his blatant racism and sexism, I understand his (and others’) frustration with the political correctness movement. With so many different groups in society, it is hard to know what isn’t offensive and what is. But that doesn’t excuse not trying.

The term “political correctness” is a little bit of a misnomer. It’s less about actually being “correct”, but rather treating everyone, regardless of their race, sex, gender, religion, culture, etc. with equal respect and compassion. It can be difficult to navigate this landscape with politically correct terminology; As a Cosmopolitan article points out, it appears that “good people with good intentions” can be shut out of discussions because they are not aware of what is politically correct language. I disagree with this statement; political correctness is not designed to exclude people from the conversation. Rather it serves to make conversation inclusionary of all groups. Most of it is basic common sense.

If you want to know how to ensure that you are being politically correct, I would strongly suggest reading this Wikihow article, as it offers really sound advice. I’ll summarize the points below:

  1. To become more politically correct, assess your own prejudices, and look at how those prejudices manifest in your life.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask others what is the politically correct term for an individual or group- it is far better to ask than to inadvertently insult someone
  3. Respect people of different races.
    1. many common phrases are actually insulting. “Chinese auction”, “gyp” (coming from a demeaning term for Roma, or Gypsies), “Jew down” (meaning to negotiate), etc come from cultural arrogance and a lack of diversity
    2. Many common words are inherently offensive, such as “gypsy” or “Oriental.” Instead, use “Roma” or “Asian”, respectively.
    3. Common actions, like choosing a Halloween costume, involve cultural appropriation (for a look at this problem look at an earlier article I wrote.)
      1. essentially, this is borrowing aspects of culture from an oppressed group (such as people of color or Native American) and using it as a “trend” or a “game” without facing the discrimination that a member of the oppressed group would face for doing the same thing.
  4. Never make sexist, racist, or homophobic jokes. They are always politically incorrect.
  5.  Use language that includes LGBTQIA people. Some people are bisexual, transgender, asexual, genderfluid, etc. and they deserve respect and inclusion. Try to use gender-neutral language.
    1. For example, ask “do you have a partner?” instead of “do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?” Don’t assume all people are heterosexual.
    2. respect everyone’s gender identity that they want you to recognize them as.
  6. Try to avoid gendering things, like jobs or traits.
  7. Support victims of abuse, sexual harassment or rape.
    1. While doing this, acknowledge that most victims, but not all, are female. Use gender-inclusive language.
  8. Avoid expressions that demean those with disabilities.
  9. Be accepting towards people of different sizes.

When you really think about it, it isn’t that difficult to be politically correct. Sure, you might slip up, and if you do apologize for your mistake. But being politically correct isn’t meant to prevent you from speaking your mind. As critics have claimed, it is not “thought policing” and it certainly isn’t tyranny. It’s common courtesy- why should we be trying to offend people? Everyone deserves respect and kindness. It’s that simple.

Stop Joking About Voting for Donald Trump.

Donald Trump is currently first in the polls for the Republican party. There are people who are actually going to vote for trump because they think it is funny. This. Is. No. Joke. The man is a racist, homophobic, misogynistic businessman who cannot possibly lead a country built on the ideals of equality and freedom.

If you still think this is a laughing matter, take a look at these hilarious (my computer screen cannot convey the sarcasm dripping from this word) facts about Mr. Donald Trump…

  1. His first wife said he made her feel violated during sex, but dropped the matter after a divorce settlement.
  2. He quoted a tweet that said if Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband, she can’t satisfy America.
  3. He said he would date his daughter if she wasn’t his daughter.
  4. Mr. Trump told a contestant on the ‘The Apprentice’ that it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.
  5. His response to Meghan Kelly asking him tough, relevant questions about his attitude towards women was that she must be on her period.
  6. Trump gave out a US Senator’s private cellphone number out of spite on national television.
  7. Trump said John McCain, who was a war prisoner for five years, was no war hero because he was captured.
  8. There are people who scream “white power!” at his rallies, and they are there in support of Trump. That alone says quite a bit.
  9. Trump tweeted that because Barack Obama was a disappointing president, there wouldn’t be another black president for a long time.
  10. At his campaign announcement, he called undocumented mexican immigrants drug dealers, criminals and rapists.
  11. Trump’s idea of Border Security is to force Mexico to build a giant wall.
  12. When told that his statement about rape at the border was inaccurate, he just said “well someone’s doing the raping!”
  13. Trump has the full support of a former KKK leader.
  14. Trump inspired a father and son to beat up and urinate on a mexican homeless man. His response: “My followers are passionate.”
  15. Trump wants mass deportation, and to bring an end to birthright citizenship, referring to these children as anchor babies.
  16. He wants to go back into the middle east, bomb them for their oil, and then take it.

The fact is this: This is no longer a joke. As a society, we can no longer support a man who makes such horrible comments openly, and is even proud of anti-immigrant, racist, homophobic remarks. PLEASE stop supporting this politician who stands for white supremacy, racism, and sexism. As a feminist, and human being. PLEASE. STOP.

To see the Twitter user who inspired this post, with full credit for the facts listed above going to her, please click here . She is an awesome inspiration, a feminist, and everyone should look up to her!