Bernie Sanders speaks for people such as me, a Black person, and he
    speaks and has spoken for other Blacks as well as minorities.

    Vermont is Bernie's State and the majority of the people are White.  
    However, minorities need to pay attention and study and explore his
    record and past.

    Bernie has been fighting for equality since his college years, so his desires
    for the majority of us has been ongoing for more than 25 years.  While in
    college, he organized protests and was active in Civil Rights.  In fact, he
    has been involved in the Civil Rights movements his entire adult.  He
    marched with Dr. Martin Luther King for jobs and freedom.  Ultimately,
    he was arrested in Chicago for protesting for better and fair housing for
    low-income tenants.
Bernard "Bernie" Sanders:
Bernie Sanders is Brooklyn-born but is a current resident and Senator of Vermont

    He is the Nation's only Democratic Socialist member of Congress.  (See shaded area above.)

    Over the years, I have noticed that he always talks about, the wealth gap between the haves and
    have-nots, climate change and a strong and dire need for campaign finance reform.  Additionally, on
    more than once occasion, I have heard him say that the U.S. should focus less on international
    conflict and more on the domestic needs of the middle class.

    My spouse and I will often recall his disgust for those on both sides of the aisle that do not do more to
    support the poor or those struggling in the middleclass.  As well as him filibustering the proposed
    extension of the Bush-era tax rates for the wealthy.

Since my years of watching Bernie, I have noticed several things that are consistent about him:
  • He is a leading progressive voice on issues like income inequality
  • Strong supporter of civil liberties
  • Strong supporter of the middle and those who live in constant poverty
  • An ardent anti-war activist who fights for military veterans
  • Supports breaking up big banks
  • Supports the Affordable Care Act/ObamaCare but has always pushed and proposed a single-payer government-
    provided health care
  • Wants taxes raised on the wealthy while cutting taxes for the middleclass.
  • He is a longtime anti-war activist and opposed the war in Iraq while constantly requesting that the troops to be sent
    home as soon as possible.

Like me, Sanders is critical of
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's actions and supports the current talks with
Iran.

Things I just learned about Bernie:
  • Education: "Two years free tuition at state colleges.  Reform student loans."
    Sanders would provide $18 billion to State governments to allow them to cut tuition at State colleges by 55%.  
    Allow anyone paying off a student loan currently to refinance at a lower rate.
  • Guns: "A mixed approach.  No federal handgun waiting period.  Some protection for gun manufacturers.  Ban
    assault weapons."
    In the House of Representatives, Sanders voted against the pro-gun-control Brady Bill, writing that he believes
    states, not the federal government, can handle waiting periods for handguns.  Soon after, he voted yes for the 1994
    Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act that included an assault weapons ban.  He has voted to ban
    some lawsuits against gun manufacturers and for the Manchin-Toomey legislation expanding federal background
    checks.
  • Immigration: "Offer path to citizenship.  Waive some deportations now."
    Sanders agrees with President Obama that most of the undocumented immigrants in the Country now should be
    given a path to citizenship.  He voted for the Senate immigration bill in 2013, which would have increased border
    security and issued a provisional immigrant status to millions of undocumented residents once some significant
    security metrics had been met.  In addition, Sanders has supported President Obama’s use of executive orders to
    waive deportation for some groups of immigrants, including those who were brought to the United States as
    children.

Sanders is a good Senator but sadly, enough Blacks do not watch the news enough to know who he is and what he has
done.  People such as me, have been watching him for years and know his record.  It is not entirely his fault that enough
Blacks do not know him but now he has the opportunity to show who he is and what they have been missing.

Bernie is one of three politicians that I would actually give money to support a campaign because he - like the other three
- is worthy of my hard-earned money.

Over the years, Bernie has always proved that he is employed by The People and stands for and with The People.

Unfortunately, not enough Blacks have been listening to Bernie whereas I have only been listening to him for over the last
decade and for as long as I can remember he has been REPEATEDLY talking about the things that concern me as a
Black person:
    Jobs, minimum wage, Unions, increase job creation and productivity, ending sending jobs overseas, ending
    disastrous trade polices such as NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR, assistance for people wanting to start their own
    business, women's right to equal pay, "health care is a right of all and not a privilege", higher education, consistent
    exhortations against the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots, restore the nation’s bridges and roads,
    put an end to seniors living in poverty, etc.

Other than Bernie Sanders saying, "I love Black people" I believe he has covered the majority of the things I have been
visioning for us as a Black community and myself.  What more could he have said previously than what he already has
said in the past and most recently?

It is obvious that I share
Bernie's vision and I will always admire him for his constant and consistent exhortations against
the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots.  Again, there are millions just like me.

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Although The United States of America is a capitalistic Country, it is also a socialist Country.  Yes, we can be both and
we are!  However, in a true capitalistic society, big companies would not be "too big to fail."  If a productive company ran
out of money or needed more money to continue business, then in a capitalistic society, that company would have to save
itself from failing.  In a capitalistic society, the government would not spend money to save a failing business.

Of course, people can easily say that if the government did not reach out to help the failing companies then the workers
would fail.  However, the workers still suffered while the CEO's of those big companies ended up with even more money
to stuff in their oversized bank accounts
while the workers are laid off.  Oh but the argument remains that under
capitalism, with its free-market economy, the rich can become poor and the poor rich.  However, there are more workers
then there are businesses, so that should mean that the workers are too big to fail
.

Cesar Chavez, Gandhi, Harry Houdini, Helen Keller,
Martin Luther King Jr., Ernest Hemmingway, Jack London, Nelson
Mandela Mark Twain
, Malcolm X, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson, were Socialist as well as Bernie
Sanders and actor Danny Glover
; openly revealed as Democratic Socialists.

While some criticize Senator Bernie Sanders for referring to himself as a socialist, the entire United States of America is
socialist Country.  It started in the early 19th Century.
References:
  • ABC News
  • AJPlus
  • American Thinker
  • Bernie Sanders, Senator
  • Biography.com
  • CNN
  • Fox News
  • Heritage.org
  • Huffington Post
  • MSNBC
  • Merriam‑Webster & Dictionary & Thesaurus
  • NBC News
  • New York Times
  • PBS.org
  • Think Progress
  • USA Today
  • Washington Post
Bernie Sanders
As Vermont's Senator, here are 12 initiatives that I will be fighting for which can restore America's middle class:
  1. We need a major investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure: roads, bridges, water systems, waste water
    plants, airports, railroads and schools..... A $1 trillion investment in infrastructure could create 13 million decent
    paying jobs and make this country more efficient and productive
  2. The United States must lead the world in reversing climate change and make certain that this planet is habitable for
    our children and grandchildren. We must transform our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy
    efficiency and sustainable energies.... and we need to greatly accelerate the progress we are already seeing in wind,
    solar, geothermal, biomass and other forms of sustainable energy.
  3. We need to develop new economic models to increase job creation and productivity. Instead of giving huge tax
    breaks to corporations which ship our jobs to China and other low-wage countries, we need to provide assistance to
    workers who want to purchase their own businesses by establishing worker-owned cooperatives.
  4. Union workers who are able to collectively bargain for higher wages and benefits earn substantially more than non-
    union workers. Today, corporate opposition to union organizing makes it extremely difficult for workers to join a
    union. We need legislation, which makes it clear that when a majority of workers sign cards in support of a union,
    they can form a union.
  5. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage. We need to raise the minimum wage to a
    living wage.
  6. Women [sic] workers today earn 78 percent of what their male counterparts make. We need pay equity in our
    country -- equal pay for equal work.
  7. Since 2001, we have lost more than 60,000 factories in this Country and more than 4.9 million decent-paying
    manufacturing jobs. We must end our disastrous trade policies (NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with China, etc.)
  8. In today's highly competitive global economy, millions of Americans are unable to afford the higher education they
    need in order to get good-paying jobs. Quality education in America, from childcare to higher education, must be
    affordable for all.
  9. The function of banking is to facilitate the flow of capital into productive and job-creating activities. Financial
    institutions cannot be an island unto themselves, standing as huge profit centers outside of the real economy. Today,
    six huge Wall Street financial institutions have assets equivalent to 61 percent of our gross domestic product - over
    $9.8 trillion.... They are too powerful to be reformed. They must be broken up.
  10. The United States must join the rest of the industrialized world and recognize that health care is a right of all, and not
    a privilege. Despite the fact that more than 40 million Americans have no health insurance, we spend almost twice as
    much per capita on health care as any other nation. We need to establish a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system.
  11. Millions of seniors live in poverty and we have the highest rate of childhood poverty of any major country. We must
    strengthen the social safety net, not weaken it. Instead of cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and nutrition
    programs, we should be expanding these programs.
  12. At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, we need a progressive tax system in this Country, which is
    based on ability to pay.
~Bernie Sanders
Senator Bernie Sanders
    After the great depression, over 30,000 socialist programs were created,
    which included health care, unemployment insurance and social security.

    Other signs that America is a socialist Country include the highways and
    bridges we drive on and over, the electricity that goes into our homes, the
    schools our children attend to receive an education and the hospitals we
    use to receive medical care.  And that is just naming a few.

    In a roundabout and odd way, the United States military is socialist, as at
    least 27 percent of our tax dollars is spent on/towards the funding of
    wars, education, science and corporate welfare.  All being socialist
    programs.

Oh and least we forget that the United States government has given $60 billion to big business for big businesses to have
tax breaks and grants.  Yep, that is socialism.

Proudly, I join Bernie and proudly admit that I am a
Democratic Socialist too.  I am a socialist as I gladly and openly
embrace utopia.

I know God is watching my every move and to think that I do not want what is good for all, then I am going against my
belief and will of my Creator.

Oh but socialism is not a bad word but instead it disallows the rich from calling all the shots.  It also allows the following
to exist:
  • AIDS/HIV Government Programs and Assistance
  • Abandoned Infants
  • Adjustable Rate Mortgages along with the HARP Program
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Alzheimer's Disease (Government Assistance to Help Pay for Alzheimer's Care)
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)
  • Bank Secured stocks and bonds
  • Banking Loans (including FHA and VA Loans)
  • Cancer Patients Financial Assistance
  • Career Planning and Disability Benefits
  • Civil Liberties
  • Civil Rights
  • Emergency Food Assistance
  • Employment and Training Assistance
  • Financial Aid
  • Foster Care centers that help and protect orphans
  • Government insured bank funds
  • Health insurance for kids (reduced cost or free care)
  • Housing Assistance
  • Inventors Grants and Loans
  • Job security for those who are disabled and/or orphaned
  • K-12 public schools
  • Labor Unions
  • Learning Disabilities Government Program
  • Medicare
  • Pell Grants
  • Pension savings
  • Retirement Assistance
  • Small Business Association
  • Social Security
  • Taxes that help support our military
  • Unions
  • Veteran Affairs Department
  • Voting Rights
  • Welfare and/or government assistance
  • Worker's Rights

All of the above help and aid The People and I like to see people with more then without.  I can support almost anything
that allows a form of unity, peace and happiness.  Again, it helps people.  It assists those who might not be able
to help
themselves; so that they have the opportunity to
live a fulfilling life.

Again, socialism is not bad
and it works! However, when some people think of the word "Socialism," they get scared and
compare/liken it to the same definition as "Communism."  They are different by far.

Socialism is the means of production being in the hands of individuals and the government overseas distribution.  Although
everyone is responsible for one another, it also allows the responsibility to be equally shared.  IE: You pay your fair share
in taxes and I pay the same amount [in taxes].  You may earn more than I do, but it is only fair that we pay the same
amount.  Additionally, it is only fair that we both have access to the same goods and services.

Communism is the means of both production and distribution being in the hands of government.  Consequently, no matter
what you produce and earn, the government decides who receives distribution and when.  In short, Communism says
government is responsible for you and it has all the power and control.

For the sake of argument, we can look at Capitalism, which says you are responsible for yourself.  However, if you
should fail, then you are responsible in rebuilding what you used to have.  Oh but least we forget, if there is not any
Socialist programs, you are on your own.  So, if you fail to pay to live under a roof and/or not able to purchase food and
medication, then you will be just homeless, hungry and sick.

Currently, all three exist but the definition of each is profoundly different.
Senator Bernie Sanders
Below are notes on Bernie Sanders since his presidential-run announcement to "Race To The White House".
Bernie is a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist likening to Denmark, Finland and Sweden.  In those Countries, there are
larger voter turnouts, which makes sense, as it puts both politics and government policies in the hands of the people.  
There is free education, better medical care, better retirement benefits, better childcare etc.  Those are just a few things
that Bernie wants for the American People - not just for the elite/selective few.

Bernie's version of socialism is rooted in 20th-century Jewish-American leftist politics, which organized for better working
conditions, livable wages, equality for women, and civil rights for all, and assistant for those living in poverty and the
middleclass.  (Note the
above gray shaded area.)

The slogan for Democratic Socialist is simply "freedom, equality, and solidarity" for all.

Bernie's statements today and before he announced his run for president, are not new but just a reiteration of what he has
been saying for decade
s.

Now of course, most politicians will say anything and everything to be elected but as stated,
Bernie has been saying the
same thing for
decades.  He already has a comfortable and stable political position and while in that position, he has been
trying to get other politicians to stand with him and fight for the middle-class; to fight for equality
for all.
Bernie Tells the Truth About Social Security

Much of the media often approaches politics as if it were a baseball game or a soap opera. Thatís what a a lot of the media thinks modern politics should be about. I disagree; Iím old fashioned I guess. I believe we should be talking about the issues facing our people. Watch this video and tell me what you think:

Posted by Bernie Sanders on Tuesday, October 6, 2015
"One America is flowing with the milk of prosperity and the honey of equality.  That America is the habitat of millions of
people who have food and material necessities for their bodies, culture and education for their minds, freedom and human
dignity for their spirits.  …I’m sure that each of us is painfully aware of the fact that there is another America, and that
other America has a daily ugliness about it that transforms the buoyancy of hope into the fatigue of despair.
This country has socialism for the rich, rugged individualism for the poor.
"
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (March 1968)
It is obvious where Bernie Sanders stands and that is why he has our FULL support!
Bernie has made a lot of noise about the vast amount of minorities who are unemployed and in prisons.  (There are more
people in prison in America then any other Country; we spend $80 billion to keep them there.)

Bernie is a good Senator but sadly, enough Blacks do not watch the news enough to know who he is and what he has
done.
 People such as me, have been watching him for years and know his record.  It is not entirely his fault that enough
Blacks do not know him but now he has the opportunity to show who he is and what they have been missing.

Over the years, Bernie has always proved that he is employed by The People and stands for and
with The People.  
Moreover, as a Black person, these things are
very important to me:
  • Jobs and increase job creation and productivity, as well as stop ending sending U.S. jobs overseas
  • Women's right to equal pay
  • Minimum wage increase
  • Trade polices such as NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR must end
  • Assistance for people wanting to start their own business
  • "Health care is a right of all and not a privilege"
  • Higher education
  • Stop the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots
  • Restore the nation's bridges and roads
  • Seniors living in poverty must end
  • Tax increase for the wealthy while cutting taxes for the middleclass
  • Unions
Click here for Bernie's stance on Racial Justice.
Thursday, November 19, 2015:
    Fast forward to the thirty-minute mark.
    Notes from the video above:
    50: It is not so much as to how I am going to retire, but how am I going to pay for necessary medication that cost
    more than my house note.
    53:30: That darn socialist FDR!
    56:30: Free to die
    Socialism for the rich seems to work for the very few.
    1:00: In a real capitalistic society, those banks would not have been too big to fail but would have failed and rebuilt
    on their own without government welfare/bailout.
    1:03: Bernie is wrong!  It is a radical idea - radical that the government actually works for the people and not
    against the people.
    1:09: Radical idea that people should have the right and the means to work and live a productive life.
    1:13: Money is America's new idol.
    1:15: Suppressing the vote makes it easier for the radicals to win.
    1:18: No one said that all lives did not matter, but simply that Black lives matter.
    1:21: The millennials will determine this race.
    1:22: The majority is the 99 percent of Americans and the minority are those that are not forced to pay their fair
    share to live in this Country.  Bernie is running for president for the sake of the majority not the minority.
    1:25: Other Countries are able to put on expensive unnecessary celebratory events but do not fight their enemies.  
    They must stop relying on America and America's money, resources and lives.
    1:39: Okay so now he has really lost most listening ears, as he talks too much commonsense.

    WE LOVE YOU BERNIE!

    1:42: What difference does it make?  He is a politician that has proved that he is employed by the People.
    1:46: It does not speak as if he is against capitalism.
    1:47: If trickle down economics worked, jobs would never have left America.  Someone said trickle down
    economics is likening to a dog with a hamburger and expecting it to share it with other dogs.
    1:51: The war in Iraq proved that we were wrong.
    1:53: He is not against any war to keep us safe, but there must be a united front - a coalition.
    1:59: Nothing against President Obama, but I think Sanders will have a much better chance in getting things passed
    through a Republican-controlled Senate and Congress.
    2:02: what I hear Bernie saying is that just because you as a voter voted, does not mean that you just stop and sit
    down.  Instead, it means that you must force your elected officials to do their job.  You hired them now make them
    accountable.

    I believe that people feel that the word "Socialist" is negative only because they do not know the meaning.  
    Additionally, they fail to realize we already live in a socialist society.
Unions Should ALWAYS Support Bernie Sanders:
    The Democrats ALWAYS have used the Unions to get into office and once they take their seat, they ignore
    them.  Bernie Sanders has been supporting the Unions for decades.  Additionally, he speaks strongly and supports
    $15 minimum wage increase.

    Bernie said, "Since 2001, we have lost more than 60,000 factories in this Country and more than 4.9 million
    decent-paying manufacturing jobs.  We must end our disastrous trade policies (NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR with
    China, etc.)."  He knows that trade policies work against the American workers.

    Bernie has been supporting Unions for decades, so it is baffling that not all of them endorsed him.  It seems that
    commonsense would step in.

    Alternatively, some Union members are not allowed to pick candidates, which does not make sense, as they are
    the ones that pay to be represented.
Thursday, November 19, 2015:
    Mother Jones' article, "The Most Important Moments From Bernie Sanders' Speech Defending Democratic
    Socialism" says "It was a first for a major candidate for the Democratic nomination."

    In regards to the article some posted, "Socialism is not a bad word when given in the context of a democracy
    and a Free Society.  Why is it that some in this country run away from the term straight into the arms of the
    oligarchs and plutocrats, who abuse them and cheat them on a daily basis, while attempting to buy the
    government of the people?  Plutocratic wealth moralism is a joke and an affront to decent Americans.  At
    what point do we finally realize that Democratic Socialism is referring to the voice of the average American
    and our rights to live decently and be paid decently and with the understanding that Healthcare is a
    RIGHT of all Americans and should be added to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United Sates.  
    The wealthiest Americans have been given all the opportunity they needed and deserved to make their
    wealth, but they are Americans who owe a debt to their country and their fellow Americans to help all of us
    to grow and prosper along with them.  The Middle Class has helped to pay the bills of this country, the
    upkeep of infrastructure, education, the support of the armed forces, along with everything else and we
    deserve some credit and support from the wealthiest Americas for our contributions.  Grow up America.  
    Socialism lays at the very foundation of our democracy and is not going away."

    The article is posted here.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015:
    Killer Mike Endorses Sanders

    I have never heard of Killer Mike, but the millennials know who he is and will listen.  Now all we have to do is get
    them to the polls and have them vote for Bernie!
    Sanders and Killer Mike met at Atlanta's Busy Bee Cafe and talked for five hours.  It has been reported that Killer
    Mike has influenced rapper El-P, another high profile rapper to stand with Sanders too.

    After Googling Killer Mike, I learned that Killer Mike is known to talk and rap about racial injustice.  I also learned
    that he has influenced rapper El-P, another high profile rapper, to stand with Sanders too.

    "I have said in many a rap, I don't trust the church or the government, a Democrat, Republican, a pope, a
    bishop or those other men," said Killer Mike.  "In my heart of hearts, I truly believe that Sen. Bernie Sanders
    is the right man to lead this country."

    Hopefully, Killer Mike's endorsement will help Bernie in the South and spread throughout the Black community.

    On Thursday, November 12, 2015 former Ohio State Senator and minority whip Nina Turner endorsed Sanders too.
Sanders & Killer Mike
Update:
    This video was originally posted September 2015 but I am just now seeing it.  Nonetheless, I like it, as it explains
    Bernie Sanders and why we must support him.
Abortion:
    "If men were giving birth to babies, there would not be a lot of discussion regarding the right to choose."~
    Bernie Sanders

    Why stop women from having abortions when the Republicans only deny them the right to life, liberty and
    happiness.  Just cut more programs and have them die in the street.  Shame that men still want to control women's
    bodies!
Breaking Up Banks:
    Some people seem a tad confused about what Bernie means when he says he wants to breakup the banks.  In
    short, it means that if a bank fails and then needs to be bailed out with taxpayer money to save the economy, it is
    too big to exist.  It would be more beneficial to the economy if the banks are split there is less of a chance of it to
    control all the money and hold the economy hostage and/or at risk.  Billions of taxpayer dollars are used to bailout
    large companies.

    If you have one big bank and turn it into four or five smaller banks, then if there is a crash one smaller bank would
    not make much of a difference.  Simply, breaking up the banks puts taxpayers less at risk.
90% Tax Hike Lie:
    Although the lie continues, Bernie has never proposed a 91% tax hike.

    In 2008, Bernie was on Fox News and the interviewer questioned him about a 90% tax increase, however Bernie
    clearly stated that he has not ever proposed a 90% tax increase.

    In 2015 Yahoo News with Katie Couric, Bernie said it again; that he does not support a 90% tax hike.  He
    repeated it again on CBS This Morning.

    In an October presidential Republican debate, Trump said that Bernie was going to "tax you people at 90 percent."  
    However, PolitiFact labeled the statement as "pants on fire"

    During one of the debates, Bernie said he did not favor a tax hike of 90%.  In fact, during that debate, he said that
    he was not as hard as Eisenhower, who raised taxes 91 percent.

    In short, the 90% tax hike lie is just that, a lie.  

    Although Bernie has not given a specific amount on how much he plans to raise taxes, he has repeatedly said, that
    it is NOT 90 percent.

    However, no matter what anyone - whether Democrat and/or Republican - says about lowering and/or increasing
    taxes, we must remember that it depends on what type of rate; regular rate, marginal rate, nominal rate or
    effective tax rate.

    A marginal rate is the amount you pay on your income above a certain amount.  Currently, the top marginal rate is
    39.5%; the lowest marginal rate is 10%.  However, that does not mean that the government automatically takes
    39.5%.  Instead, it means that if you earn $45,000 a year but take home, $45,200, then that extra two dollars ($200)
    is considered additional and is taxed at the marginal rate.  It is the same old, "The more you make, the more they
    take."  However, there are always tax deductions.
Capitalism:
    Some people have claimed that Bernie does not appreciate capitalism, but they are wrong.  He embraces it!

    Bernie is just simply saying that both capitalism and socialism has worked before in this country and can and should
    continue to work.

    He has no problem with 40% of Americans owning the most wealth in America.  However, it is unfair that "a
    handful of people makes the decisions and the vast majority of people have virtually no control over their lives…  
    The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and the vast majority in the middle are having a harder
    and harder time."

    Bernie, as well as the majority of Americans believes that everyone should pay their fair share in taxes; including
    the rich.
Foreign Policy:
    I am not educated enough to say whether Bernie has the best foreign policy plan or not.  However, he was
    insightful to look at the information that was provided on Iraq.  He did not just look at it, but studied it and
    considered the ramifications of what it would mean to America.

    Former president George W. Bush proposed to invade Iraq and in the 2002 resolution passed in the Senate by a
    vote of 77 to 23 and the House by 296 to 133.  At the time, Bernie was a congressman and gave five reasons he
    voted the way he did:
    "One, I have not heard any estimates of how many young American men and women might die in
    such a war or how many tens of thousands of women and children in Iraq might also be killed.  As a
    caring Nation, we should do everything we can to prevent the horrible suffering that a war will
    cause.  War must be the last recourse in international relations, not the first."

    "Second, I am deeply concerned about the precedent that a unilateral invasion of Iraq could
    establish in terms of international law and the role of the United Nations.  If President Bush believes
    that the U.S. can go to war at any time against any nation, what moral or legal objection could our
    government raise if another country chose to do the same thing?"

    "Third, the United States is now involved in a very difficult war against international terrorism as we
    learned tragically on September 11.  We are opposed by Osama bin Laden and religious fanatics
    who are prepared to engage in a kind of warfare that we have never experienced before.  I agree
    with Brent Scowcroft, Republican former National Security Advisor for President George Bush, Sr.,
    who stated, 'An attack on Iraq at this time would seriously jeopardize, if not destroy, the global
    counter-terrorist campaign we have undertaken.'"

    "Fourth, at a time when this country has a $6 trillion national debt and a growing deficit, we should
    be clear that a war and a long-term American occupation of Iraq could be extremely expensive."

    "Fifth, I am concerned about the problems of so-called unintended consequences.  Who will govern
    Iraq when Saddam Hussein is removed and what role will the U.S. play in ensuing a civil war that
    could develop in that country?  Will moderate governments in the region who have large Islamic
    fundamentalist populations be overthrown and replaced by extremists?  Will the bloody conflict
    between Israel and the Palestinian Authority be exacerbated?  And these are just a few of the
    questions that remain unanswered."

    Bernie may or may not have the best foreign policy plans but he foresaw what would happen in Iraq and sadly, he
    was right.  He did not have a crystal ball but used what was proposed and weighed facts, reason and
    commonsense.

    Unfortunately, Bernie underestimated the amount of deaths, as there are several reports that show that more than
    500,000 people died in Iraq.  I am sure not many of our politicians even considered the death toll.

    Because the United Nations did not give us permission to invade Iraq, we appeared as hypocrites when we
    scorned Russia for invading the Ukraine.

    Because of our low attention span and lack of planning and leadership, we left our responsibilities to Afghanistan
    just to invade Iraq.  Afghanistan is now America's longest war.

    According to some analysts, the war in war in Iraq has cost $4.1 trillion with an estimation to cost as much as $6
    trillion over the next four decades.

    Currently, Iraq is involved in civil unrest with daily bloodshed.

    There was a time when we loved Muammar Gaddafi but then we turned our backs against him.  Bernie said it was
    the wrong idea for us to intervene in Libya and sadly, he was right.

    Fifty-four Countries opposed the Iraq war and now we sit and wonder what went so wrong.  If some of our
    Middle East allies opposed the war, then why were we involved?

    Some of our allies have said that the war in Iraq made the world a much dangerous place.  Bernie has said that it
    takes those in the region to fight against terrorist groups yet some of them are not getting involved when they are
    the directly affected.

    All too often, our politicians promote xenophobia but Bernie has steadily promoted and pushed for a strengthened
    domestic policy.  He does not see us being able to "kill our way out of terrorism" but to change minds and removing
    their power.

    On Thursday, November 19, 2015 in a speech at Georgetown University, Bernie said, "Instead of fighting ISIS,
    the Saudis have focused more on a campaign to oust Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen."  Sadly, Bernie
    was right again.

    In a Huffington Post article, Bernie said it would be wrong if the U.S. leads the fight against ISIS and Americans
    are sent back to never-ending quagmires.

    Only Bernie Sanders, not Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will refrain from sending more Americans back to failed
    counterinsurgency wars in the Middle East.  Because of his work as chairperson of the Senate Veterans
    Committee, Bernie witnessed how the perpetual wars espoused by Bush, and Democrats like Clinton, continue to
    affect American soldier and their families.  For this reason, he recently won the Congressional Award from the
    Veterans of Foreign Wars.

    As someone else said, "People keep screaming about a foreign policy when that is the biggest problem of
    all.  We don't need more foreign policy, we need someone who has a good Domestic Policy because we
    need to stop paying for wars and start paying to put this Country back on the right track."
Climate Change:
    Some people were furious when Bernie said, "…climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism."  
    He added that climate change will cause farmers in countries "all over the world" to struggle with a scarcity of
    water and land to grow crops, which he says studies have shown leads to international conflict.

    Oddly, Bernie was right.  A recent study by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that
    shortage of water sparked a crisis in regions of Syria, Iraq and Turkey that forced 1.5 million rural residents to flee
    to the border of Syria after their livestock was killed, children fell ill and food prices spiked.  According to the
    study, this crisis among other results of climate change led Syria to violence.

    The radicals know that America should be leading the fight to end climate change.  If we ignore, it does not mean
    it does not exist but that we should be doing more not only make our own Country better and healthy, but also the
    world.

    Click here to learn more about Bernie's plans on climate change.
Wealth Gap:
    "People are not truly free when they are unable to feed their family," says Bernie.  "People are not truly free
    when they are unable to retire with dignity.  People are not truly free when they are unemployed or
    underpaid or when they are exhausted by working long hours.  People are not truly free when they have
    no health care."

    Sadly, some of Republicans believe that the wealth gap is biased against the rich or wealthy however, it is just the
    opposite and Sanders wants to make sure that everyone pays their fair share.

    Sanders has continuously pointed out the problem between the haves and have nots.

    The ninety-nine percenters do not want anything from the rich and wealthy nor do we need/want our government
    to "give us free stuff" but just the opposite.  We are being wrongfully discriminated against all because we are not
    rich and demand equal pay.

    The majority of us are the middleclass and we should not be losing.  Oh but how does the majority lose against the
    lesser?  Easily!  Because they have more money and pay less while we have less money and pay more.
Congress - People say Bernie will not be able to do anything with a GOP Congress:
    Bernie is telling his supporters to remain engaged.  He does not just want us to vote for him and then walk away
    but vote during ALL elections; being an avid voter.

    Bernie is calling for a political revolution; calling for ALL voters to come out in droves to march for policies, to
    show support BEYOND voting.  He is calling on voters to not allow Congress to continue with business as usual.  
    Oh but we must remember that we must do our jobs.  I.E., know who your local government officials are and hold
    them accountable.  Voters will NEVER see change or get much accomplished if they do not know their local
    government officials by name.  Voters will NEVER see change or get much accomplished if they do not know
    their local government officials when they see their pictures.

    There is a way to legally stalk your government officials so FORCE them to answer you and DEMAND the
    changes you need and want.

    We, The People MUST DEMAND that our government works for us - not for themselves and/or against us!
Domestic Policy:
    Sanders has said, "In the last 30 years there has been a massive - we're talking about many trillions of
    dollars being redistributed from the middle class to the top one-tenth of 1 percent.  It is time to redistribute
    money back to the working families of this country from the top one-tenth of 1 percent.

    "Ordinary people are profoundly disgusted with the fact that the middle class is being destroyed and
    income going to the top 1 percent."

    "Please don't tell me that the United States of America, our great country, cannot guarantee health care to
    all people.  Don't tell me that every person in this country should not be able to get all the education that
    they need regardless of their income."

    "…ties the freedoms that we so cherish to economic justice.  Without the latter, the former is just another
    Republican myth."
Education:
    Bernie has said, "It is insane and counterproductive to the best interests of our country, that hundreds of
    thousands of bright young people cannot afford to go to college, and that millions of others leave school
    with a mountain of debt that burdens them for decades."

    As written on Bernie's site: "As President, Bernie Sanders will fight to make sure that every American who studies
    hard in school can go to college regardless of how much money their parents make and without going deeply into
    debt."

    While President Obama has done a good job implemented plans for lower college interest, I believe it is necessary
    for willing college participants be able to go to college without being straddled with a bunch of debt.  Once a
    student leaves college, it does not mean they automatically obtain a job to pay of their student loans.  It takes
    awhile but in the mean time, they should not be forced into bankruptcy and other debt.  Money for life's necessities
    does not come easy so a relief on college loans would be beneficial and better for the economy.
Guns:
    On guns, Bernie has made the following statements:
  • "Folks who do not like guns [are] fine.  But we have millions of people who are gun owners in this
    country - 99.9 percent of those people obey the law.  I want to see real, serious debate and action on
    guns, but it is not going to take place if we simply have extreme positions on both sides.  I think I can
    bring us to the middle."
  • "Let me hear if there's any difference between the Secretary and myself.  I have voted time and again
    for background checks, and I want to see it improved and expanded.  I want to see us do away with
    the gun show loophole.  In 1988, I lost an election because I said we should not have assault
    weapons on the streets of America.  I don't know that there's any disagreement here."
  • "…do I think that a gun shop in the state of Vermont that sells legally a gun to somebody, and that
    somebody goes out and does something crazy, that that gun shop owner should be held
    responsible?  I don't.  On the other hand, where you have manufacturers and where you have gun
    shops knowingly giving guns to criminals or aiding and abetting that, of course we should take
    action."

    Vermont has the lowest gun fatality rate in the country.  Bernie's position to not allow for suits against gun
    manufacturers matches the concept of not suing car manufactures for car accidents.

    Bernie wants better background checks, ban military grade assault weapons, and close the gun show loophole.  He
    does not want to take away anyone's guns but just enforce the laws we already have in place.

    The National Riffle Association gave Bernie a D for his stance on guns.

    Bernie has supported a ban on assault weapons since the late '80s, when he lost his first race for the House of
    Representatives based on his pledge to ban those weapons.  He has supported background checks as well, and
    supports a law preventing straw purchases of guns.

    Bernie supports President Obama's executive actions on guns, and the president's efforts to take on the gun lobby.

    As someone once stated, "The truth is, while there are past differences on some gun legislation, going
    forward there are not big differences on this issue.  Ultimately, I do not think the gun issue will change the
    outcome of the race."

    In my opinion, I believe that Bernie knows this is the only monstrous issue he has trouble defending.  However, his
    strong fight to ban military assault weapons, is now Hillary's fight too.  (#BernieSaidItFirst.)
Health Care:
    Bernie said, "So I do believe that we have to move toward a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system.  I think
    it's not going to happen tomorrow, but that certainly should be the goal."

    Because I have heard arguments from both sides, I cannot say much about whether we should have universal
    health care and/or single-payer care.  I do know that for the past fifteen years, my premiums have been steadily
    increasing.  I assumed the ObamaCare aka, the Affordable Care Act would stop that from happening but so far, it
    has not.  I have checked both the ACA and Colorado websites but they do not lessen what I currently pay.  If they
    are cheaper, then they do not cover everything I need.

    Since the passing of the ACA, my spouse's medications have increased in addition he is being forced to change
    insurance plans.

    I have read a variety of articles, each saying that the ACA is helping millions of people.  Although we are not one
    of them, I still wonder why 33 million people still are not covered.

    We are supposed to be thankful for the ACA act, but because health care is such a divisive issue, I doubt any
    Democrat will win on this issue.  I do know that someone should and must do something because people such as
    me, will continue to avoid seeing the doctor until something changes.
Latinos/South Americans:
    Says Bernie, "Despite the central role that undocumented workers play in our economy and in our daily
    lives, these workers are too often reviled by many for political gain and shunted into the shadows."

    Sadly, many if not all of our politicians link all South Americans under one group.  Instead, they are separate.

    Just as Asians being Chinese, Japanese or Vietnamese, there are Cubans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, El
    Salvadorians, etc. They are not one group of people but because some people do not understand that, they can and
    have been easily exploited and/or misunderstood.  Another misconception is that Mexicans are the most
    undocumented people in America but that is not true.  Asians are.
Jobs:
    Bernie says, "We got to put young people to work, we got to give them an education, rather than putting
    them in jail."

    He goes on to say, "Our goal as a nation is that if somebody works 40 hours a week, that person will not be
    living in poverty."
Socialism:
    "I think there are a lot of people who, when they hear the word 'socialist,' get very, very nervous, says
    Bernie.  "To me, democratic socialism means democracy.  It means creating a government that represents all
    of us, not just the wealthiest people in the country."

    Sadly, some people do not realize that we are already a socialist Country.  

    Medicare, the VA, social security, free K-12 education, etc. are just some of the signs of a socialist society.

    We cannot choose what type of socialism we want to practice or adhere to.  Jesus Christ Himself would be
    considered socialist.  IE, healing, feeding the hungry, housing the homeless, blessed the peacemakers etc.

    As stated previously:
    Socialism means equality in the society and democratic socialism means equality in a democratic state.
    Stalin, the person the Koch Brothers' dad gave American oil and gas technology to was a socialist.  All
    those countries with low infant death rates, long life spans and positive current account balances, are
    democratic socialists.
    Socialism can be defined as a system of collective ownership and management of the means of production
    and the distribution of goods.  Socialism also views that in a capitalist state, the wealth and power is
    concentrated among a small section of the society.  Socialism can also be stated to be a society where all
    people work as equals in cooperation for the common good of all.
    Democratic socialism gives more importance to a democratic character.  While having almost the same
    principles as that of socialism, democratic socialism believes in socialism through the ballot box.  It states
    that any change in government and society should be through fair elections.
Blacks/African Americans:
    A good argument that Bernie has made is that minorities are ten times more likely to spend an extended amount of
    time in prison than Whites.  He goes on to state that a minority can have one marijuana joint and do a lot of time
    locked up whereas corporations get caught stealing red handed and not spend one day behind bars.

    "We've got to demilitarize the police - we don't need tanks, you don't need heavy military equipment in the
    communities of the United States," said Bernie.  ""

    After being disrespected by two Black Lives Matter women, Bernie has added to his site about racial injustice.

    Oh and speaking of the BLM organization.  Those women did not have the right to do that to Bernie.  Had they
    done their homework, they would have known that Bernie was jailed fighting for some of the same issues: black
    injustice.  They would have known that he took part in Civil Rights and implemented and joined similar
    organizations.

    Sadly, I have to agree with some people who say that until recently most minorities had not been exposed to
    Bernie.  He has always been out there, but not enough minorities have been paying attention.  Hopefully, this will
    be their wakeup call and will pay more attention to the political process and become more involved.

    I am Black and have been watching and listening to Bernie for the past fifteen years.  However, not enough
    Blacks listen to or follow politics.  Some of us (thankfully not all) only are interested in voting for president.  Sadly,
    not enough people know that Congress holds the power and not the presidency.  Consequently, voting for president
    is not the answer but voting in every election.

    People such as me have an ongoing job to do and that is trying to get minorities interested in every voting session
    and getting the word out; especially about Bernie Sanders.

    I have never purchased anything to promote a presidential candidate but for Bernie Sanders, I will continue to
    purchase as much as I can possibly afford.  And when I wear my Bernie Sanders t-shirts and hat out in public, I
    want people to ask me about him and why I am supporting him.  It is my hope and prayer that I change some
    minds.
Campaign Finance / Ending Citizens United:
    Bernie says, "A major problem of our campaign finance system is that anybody can start a super PAC on
    behalf of anybody and can say anything.  And this is what makes our current campaign finance situation
    totally absurd."

    I agree!  Just because someone has the most money, it should not mean they should be able to continue to buy our
    politicians!

    It is supposed to be "We, The People", not "We The Corporations"!
Big Business:
    Bernie said, "If a bank is too big to fail, that bank is too big to exist."

    The majority agrees, as no one is going to bail us out.  In fact, the majority has been waiting for and needing a
    bailout long before I was born.  Again, it does not make sense; there are more of us than there are of them yet we
    continue to lose.  Money talks!
Debunked Rumor:
    "…I do not have dual citizenship with Israel, Bernie has said.  "I'm an American.  I don't know where that
    question came from.  I am an American citizen, and I have visited Israel on a couple of occasions.  No, I'm
    an American citizen, period."

    I am glad to know that I am not that much of a political junkie, as I had not heard of that rumor until now.
Democratic Socialist vs. Socialism:
    In short, socialism means equality in the society and democratic socialism means equality in a democratic state.

    Stalin, the person the Koch Brothers' dad gave American oil and gas technology to was a socialist.  All those
    countries with low infant death rates, long life spans and positive current account balances, are democratic
    socialists.

    Socialism can be defined as a system of collective ownership and management of the means of production and the
    distribution of goods.  Socialism also views that in a capitalist state, the wealth and power is concentrated among a
    small section of the society.  Socialism can also be stated to be a society where all people work as equals in
    cooperation for the common good of all.

    Democratic socialism gives more importance to a democratic character.  While having almost the same principles
    as that of socialism, democratic socialism believes in socialism through the ballot box.  It states that any change in
    government and society should be through fair elections.

    Bernie is a self-described Democratic Socialist.
War on Drugs:
    Says Bernie, "What I can tell you is this: We have far, far, far too many people in jail for nonviolent crimes,
    and I think in many ways, the war against drugs has not been successful, and I think we've got to rethink
    that."

    I never believed there was ever a war on drugs.  If there were, then people in behind bars would not have access
    to it.

    As long as our government is playing pussyfoot with known foreign dealers, then there will never be anything such
    as a war on drugs.  Actually, it is laughable that we lack intelligence to believe it and is insulting to those of us that
    no better.
Voters Change Party Affiliation:
    Bernie represents the middle and working class and that is why some people have changed Parties so that they
    can support him during the primaries.

    Before Bernie, some people never bothered to vote because they thought neither the Democrats nor Republicans
    represented their best interest.  Luckily, Bernie has changed their minds.

    Important Note:
    Anyone that plans to vote for Bernie Sanders in the Primaries, they must be registered Democrat.
Blacks Being Murdered by Cops:
    People should take some time to look over Bernie's policies on racial justice as well as other issues concerning us
    Blacks.

    Of course, I want everyone to vote for Bernie but for those that do not know me, I simply ask that you consider all
    of his issues and how you can/will agree with ninety-nine percent of them.

    It was not on the news but Bernie met with Ms. Reed-Veal, Sandra Smith's Mom.  He did not met with Ms. Reed-
    Veal for political gain but because he had sincere sympathy for the loss of her child.  Before their meeting ended,
    Sanders promised Sandra Bland's Mom that he would mention her daughter's name during the next debate and he
    did.  He has more than once mentioned Sandra Bland's name in public and has listed hers, Tamir Rice and several
    other victims that were murdered by the police on his website: https://berniesanders.com/issues/racial-justice/

    Unfortunately, Sandra Smith's Mom, Ms. Reed-Veal decided to endorse Hillary.

    Nonetheless, I have only been following Bernie Sanders for fifteen years so I am a tad behind, but I feel VERY
    comfortable and STRONGLY support him!

    Let me say that this does not mean that I am naïve enough to believe that Bernie or any other politician will be able
    to stop the cops from murdering us; NONE of the candidates can.  (In my heart of hearts, I TRULY believe that
    the cops get away with their murderous crimes because our local politicians allow it while they oppress our rights.)

    Nonetheless, I believe that Bernie Sanders' record speaks for itself.
Free Stuff????:
    I want my taxes go to help the people not to help the rich or for endless wars. Where do people get the idea that
    Bernie Sanders is giving away free stuff when we pay taxes.

    Now before people start talking about "free stuff," note that I am a taxpayer - a taxpayer that has never received
    government assistance or welfare.  Alternatively, is government assistance/welfare any worse and/or more
    expensive than corporate welfare?  I simply believe in equality for all.

    It is not about "free stuff" or giving things away.  America has been giving "free stuff" to corporations for decades
    and it is about time that Americans enjoy inexpensive education, health care and increased minimum wage.  How
    our politicians justify giving away our tax dollars to other Countries when there is a great need right here in
    America!  Ninety one percent of American citizens need help but our politicians CONTINUE to ignore it.  Why is
    it okay to waste our tax dollars on corporate welfare and wars and not for education, health care, environmental
    programs, child programs and ways to lower crime.

    Our politicians - the people that we elected to run our Country - willingly spends $13 Billion of OUR MONEY on a
    new aircraft carrier but will not spend money on the lively hood of The People.  The 99% receive less but are
    expected to do more - with less!  Where is the outrage?

    The Republicans created a huge mess for America and thankfully, President Obama was elected to do what he
    could.  No offense to HRC, but 99% of Americans are tired of the dribbles and drabs that fall from the top.  HRC,
    again no offense, is just going to provide/be the more of the same - business as usual.  However, Bernie Sanders
    has been speaking up and out about inequality for decades and now, we The People FINALLY have a chance to
    elect someone who is looking out for us - the 99.

    Again, it is not about free stuff but about giving the 99% their fair share.  Again, we do not want a handout or any
    "free stuff" but simply OUR FAIR SHARE.  Now what is wrong with that?  How is that "free stuff"?
Minorities Support Bernie Sanders:
    While searching the web, social media and watching the news, it is obvious that minorities are paying attention to
    Bernie Sanders.  However, if our vote is CONSTANTLY suppressed, then neither Bernie nor Hillary has a
    chance.

    Bernie has long supported us, so I believe it is now time for us to support him!

    It is rather odd though, Black politicians seem to support Hillary because she is a friend and they did not support
    her in 2008.  Never mind us, We The People that hired them!  Nonetheless, it is just as notable that Black activist
    support Bernie Sanders.  To me, that says a lot.  To me, it says who supports another do-nothing politician and
    those that support the majority of Americans.
Health Care (Update):
    It has always been understood that Bernie has always supported and proposed universal health care.  Although he
    helped implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA/ObamaCare), he like most Americans does not believe it goes
    far enough.  (The ACA has hurt people such as me.)

    In the late 1990's, Bernie proposed universal health coverage that provides health care and financial protection to
    all Americans.  At the time, he said that health care was a right.

    In July 2015, Bernie's campaign has proposed "Medicare For All."

    In December 2013, Bernie introduced Bill S.1782 - American Health Security Act of 2013.  The Bill was proposed
    "to provide for health care for every American and to control the cost and enhance the quality of the health care
    system."

    On Tuesday, January 12, 2016, while campaigning for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire Chelsea Clinton made the
    following public statement: "I worry if we give Republicans Democratic permission to do that, we'll go back to
    an era - before we had the Affordable Care Act - that would strip millions and millions and millions of
    people off their health insurance."

    Although the Clinton campaign said the statement was spontaneous, Chelsea went on to say, "Senator Sanders
    wants to dismantle Obamacare, dismantle the CHIP program, dismantle Medicare, and dismantle private
    insurance.  I don't want to empower Republican governors to take away Medicaid, to take away health
    insurance for low-income and middle-income working Americans.  And I think very much that's what
    Senator Sanders' plan would do."

    Although Politifact rated Chelsea's claim "Mostly False"; the statement itself is unwarranted, as Bernie has never
    deviated from his original plan.  It would be senseless for Bernie to help write and create a plan he had been
    fighting for decades to implement and then run for president just to tear it all down.

    Both Rep. Raúl Grijalva and former adviser to President Obama, David Axelrod noted Chelsea's attack was
    dishonest and showed that Hillary's campaign is desperate.  (Sounds like a repeat of 2008.)
Millennials For Bernie Sanders?:
    No one knows for sure if the millennials will vote for Bernie Sanders, but when I consider it, I cannot help but
    wonder if they were the push that President Obama needed in 2008.

    I hope and pray that the millennials have just as much fire and will vote for Bernie Sanders.
Minimum Wage:

    Bernie says, "Millions of Americans are working for totally inadequate wages.  We must ensure that no full-
    time worker lives in poverty.  The current federal minimum wage is starvation pay and must become a living
    wage."

    If the government were actually keeping up with minimum wage, The People would be earning up to $17 per hour.

    If what they say is true, minimum wage would have always kept up with the rate of inflation also, which it has not
    since the 70's.

    Some people are rightfully concerned about Bernie's ideas of increasing the minimum wage.  They fear that his
    plan will not be able to protect middleclass businesses if minimum wage is increased to $15 an hour.

    Big businesses can handle the increase of wage over a period of a few years to help inflation.  Alternatively, I do
    not believe the economist are naïve to believe or say there will not be any closing of some businesses, but believe
    that the economy will grow due to increased economic activity.  Think supply and demand and then consider
    capitalism.  Likewise, there are plenty of successful companies that run as a coop and the employees own a share.

    Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour will not only put more money into people's pockets, but also will
    encourage the people into buying more.  Many economists believe it will benefit the economy to have high wages.

    Not only will the increase in minimum wage help employees be to buy more; it also allows them to be less likely to
    rely on the government for public assistant.  It helps reduce the tax burden on those above the minimum wage
    bracket.  They will also be able to improve their homes or buy new ones, pushing up the value of your home as
    well as stimulating the banking sector.  The government constantly speaks of carbon reduction but too many people
    cannot afford new vehicles but with higher wages, they would and thus would stimulate car manufacturing.

    One thing to note, it has been repeatedly proven that healthy happy workers are more dedicated and innovative.  
    The more respect and money earned, the more productive the employee.  Likewise, as productivity increases and
    the more money earned, the more likely gleeful employees will shop and spend.  It creates a cycle: stable
    employees, stable company.  The stable companies increase their value because they value their employees and
    thus will have the need to employee additional employees to fit the demand of all the purchased products.

    The minimum wage increase affects everyone in a good way.  It is the start of a virtuous circle and ends the
    vicious spiral from middleclass to poverty for millions.  However, the most important thing to note, is that the
    minimum wage increase will not happen all at once but gradually.

    We know increasing the minimum wage helps.  Just look at Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles how they
    gradually raised their minimum wages to $15 an hour.  However, it is important to note that not every City will be
    able to raise their minimum wage, but it is a start.  If we never raised it - ever again - then how does it prove that
    America is profitable - if at all?

    Some people say that no one has the "right" to a livable wage.  Oh but the years of old!  Americans used to have a
    right to own slaves.  America used to have a right to keep women from voting.  However, today no one has the
    right to possess slaves or keep women from voting.  No one would ever question rights.

    Over the decades and centuries we did not have rights of certain things but learned that rights are what we, as a
    society, say they are.  We, the People fight for rights.

    Some day in the future, people will look at this "right" as absolutely obvious, that people need a reasonable wage.  
    Future generations will look at us and wages they way we now look at slavery and a woman's right to vote.

    We, The People determine our rights and it is time we demand our right to a livable wage.
American Socialism
In 1963, Bernie Sanders was a young activist at the University of Chicago, where he fought for racial equality.  In that
same year, he was arrested during a demonstration protesting the City's segregated schools.  For the first time, he
traveled to Washington D.C. to hear Dr. Martin Luther King speak at the March on Washington for "Jobs and Freedom."

Some people may not know that as undergraduate, Bernie was not only arrested for protesting but was also a member of
the following extracurricular organizations:
  • The Young People’s Socialist League
  • The Congress for Racial Equality
  • The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • The Student Peace Union

    In the 1970's, Bernie Sanders, Judith Sargent, John Bloch and Betty Clark
    were active members of the new, small, pro-labor, anti-war Third Party in
    Vermont.  Bernie deemed himself a socialist.

    "He was unusual for a political activist at that point because he was
    willing to include not only women but children," said Sargent.  "Hell,"
    said Bloch.  "I think I had my kids there, too.  We were not terribly
    formal back then."

"
He just had a difference about him," said Clark.  "He was not like the rest of us kooks, who didn't know what we
were doing.  He had more ideas, and he spoke better.
"

In 1972, Bernie wrote an article in a Liberty Union Party newsletter and it he wrote, "
Everybody knows what's
happening — who wants to know.  A handful of people own almost everything … and almost everybody owns
nothing.  A handful of people make the decisions and the vast majority of people have virtually no control over
their lives.  The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, and the vast majority in the middle are
having a harder and harder time
."

    In his first election win, Bernie was elected the mayor of Burlington,
    Vermont in March of 1981.  He won by just 10 votes and received press
    attention from all over the Country and the world.  Rolling Stone called
    the "socialist" who was elected six weeks after the inauguration of Ronald
    Reagan the "red mayor in the Green Mountains."

    Linda Niedweske, who helped run the campaign said, "He's very bright,
    and he's very persistent."


After being elected mayor, Bernie picked up trash in the park.  He was not your everyday status quo politician but donned
work shirts, work boots and jeans.  Fancy clothes were not high on his list of priorities but service to the people was.

As mayor, Bernie helped bring minor league baseball (the Vermont Reds) to Burlington.  In 1987, U.S. News & World
Report said he was one of America’s best mayors.

Bernie was reelected mayor in 1983, 1985, and again in 1987.

    A month after his re-election in 1983, Bernie told students at the University of
    Connecticut's West Hartford campus that his tenure as a socialist mayor was evidence
    that people are willing to support radical change.

    Some people may not know that while mayor, the people of Burlington would boast that
    Bernie would check in on women with abused husbands.  Moreover, he took
    consideration of those less fortunate and took a homeless man to a shoe store to
    purchase shoes.

    Political science professor at the University of Vermont, Garrison Nelson said, "Most
    socialist candidates do not want to win.  They want to lose and blame the system
    for their defeat.  They revel in their defeats.  Bernie believes that to be absurd."  
    Nelson went on to say that Sanders is "the most successful socialist candidate in
    the history of the U.S."

In 1986, Bernie ran for governor of Vermont but lost.  In his career, he has won fourteen elections.

Bernie's
message started long before many of us came on board, but it has not changed, as Bernie Sanders is consistent
and is determined in his fight for equality for ALL Americans.  Just listen to what he is saying and remember that it all
started around the early 1960's - BEFORE many of us were born.  Then consider that his fight has not wavered.  He
certainly is NOT like your average politician.

In 1988, Bernie supported Jesse Jackson's presidential candidacy.

    The Observer writes: "During the 1988 Democratic Presidential
    Primaries, Rev. Jesse Jackson emerged as a viable contender for the
    Democratic nomination against establishment-backed Massachusetts
    Governor Michael Dukakis.  An ardent supporter of Mr. Jackson’s
    presidential bid was Bernie Sanders—then mayor of Burlington,
    Vermont.  During a Democratic caucus, Mr. Sanders gave a speech
    in support of Mr. Jackson while Democrats in the room turned their
    backs—and, as he walked off stage, a woman slapped him across
    the face.  Mr. Sanders was one of the few elected officials to cross-
    racial lines and openly endorse Mr. Jackson, ultimately helping Mr.
    Jackson win Vermont against Mr. Dukakis by one delegate in 1988.  
    Although Mr. Dukakis would win the Democratic presidential
    nomination, Mr. Jackson made it closer to the presidency than any
    black person before him."

Bernie lost his congressional bid in 1988 but ran again in 1990 and won.  At the time, former editor of Vermont Vanguard
Press, Greg Guma said, "
He's the best left-wing politician I've ever seen."  And longtime friend and lawyer John
Franco, said, "
He didn't want to sit around and theorize.  He wanted to actually do things."

    Bernie spent 16 years in the House and although an Independent, the
    Democrat Party helped him run for the Senate in 2006.  (He never
    officially joined the Democrat Party but votes with them the majority of
    the time.)

    Some people may not know that in 2011, Bernie was ranked the third -
    most popular Senator in the Country and the NAACP and the NHLA
    gave him a 100% rating for his time as a Senator.  And by 2015, his
    approval ratings increased and he became the most popular Senator
    among any of his colleagues.

Bernie Sanders has done a lot in his lifetime but it was not until the late 1990's that I began to listen to him.  Each time I
heard him, he made it very clear where he stood; never evading talking about issues that concerned most Americans.  He
paid attention to the people's reaction to the issues that concerned them most.  And because the economy was always at
the top of the list, he was hardened to fight for and talk about jobs, minimum wage increase, Unions, increase job creation
and productivity, ending sending jobs overseas, ending disastrous trade polices such as NAFTA, CAFTA, PNTR,
assistance for people wanting to start their own business, women's right to equal pay, "health care is a right of all and not
a privilege", higher education, consistent exhortations against the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots,
restore the nation’s bridges and roads, put an end to seniors living in poverty, etc.

    As the Observer writes, "Nearly two decades later, not much has changed in that
    the issues brought to the national spotlight by Mr. Jackson have yet to be
    adequately addressed by the Democratic Party in a meaningful way.  Mr.
    Sanders' campaign provides hope that those inadequacies may be resolved."

    When will The People's concerns be addressed?  We continue to wait and wait!  If it is
    not our time yet, then when?  In my opinion, no other presidential contender has
    addressed the serious concerns of the people such as Bernie Sanders and that is just
    one of MANY reasons we support him.

    After watching Bernie over 17 years (more than a decade) the more I liked him and
    the more it seemed fitting to just call him Bernie.  (He became a household name.)

Other than what was listed, two things standout about Bernie:
    1. He is an Independent  (Besides Angus King, Bernie Sanders is the only Independent.)
    2. He is a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist  (Some untutored folks cringe when they hear the word "socialist"
    often confusing it with communism and not realizing that America has been a socialist Country for 70's plus years.)

    Some of those that oppose Bernie, refer to him as old and grumpy, and he is
    indeed both of those, as he has only spent over forty years fighting with his
    colleagues to do the right thing for the people.  Constantly fighting greed and
    corruption would anger any reasonable and moral person.

    Call Bernie what you will, but several things he is certain; he is hard working,
    dedicated, authentic, credible, honorable and committed to the fight.  However
    when given the opportunity to use just one word to describe himself, Bernie said,
    "Compassionate".  Yes indeed!

    As stated I have only been listening to Bernie just over a decade so I am late in
    following him but this is what I have learned: He is finally here and is running for
    president of the United States of America!
My parents always stressed how importuning voting was and taught all their children to vote.  On my eighteenth birthday,
my Dad drove me to the nearest registration site to register to vote and I have not missed an election since.  (If I did not
do anything else to make my parents proud, I was going to vote - as instructed.)

Although I listened to my parents about the importance of voting, I know that they said were Democrats and so was I.  
However, at 18 years old, I hardly had the commonsense to consider the differences between a Republican or Democrat,
a Lefty or a Righty, or a Conservative verses a Liberal.

    As I grew older I still hardly paid attention to politics and the two Parties
    but in time, I would learn that I did not need to vote for every Democrat
    that came my way.  Because I did not favor every Democrat nominee, I
    would secretly vote Republican.

    Before 1997, I had been a registered Democrat, Republican and
    Independent.  Because I took my voting seriously, after that, I remained a
    registered Democrat; those Republicans were getting out of hand!

    After 1997, I decided I could no longer support anyone other than the
    Democrat Party, as I had a local government official that needed my help
    in every election; I was a going to be a Dem forever more.

Fifteen years ago, I became an avid and crazed mentally insane political news watcher and from time to time, MSNBC,
CNN and Fox News journalist would interview Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders.

During those crazed mentally ill for politics days, I became a devoted Bernie Sanders fan.  The passion and determination
he showed made both my spouse, his brother and I wonder when he would run for president.  I kept wondering where the
other compassionate politicians were.  Where were the Independents?  Why don't voters support more people such as
Bernie Sanders?  Where there any more like him?

Sadly, there are only seems to be a handful of politicians such as Bernie Sanders, Congressman Alan Grayson, former
Senator Nina Turner, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, Congressman Keith Ellison, Congressman John Lewis and
Congressman Elijah Cummings.  We, The People hire 535 Senators and Congress members but only a handful of them
does their job!  Something is wrong with that, but I digress.

Some Blacks are not interested in politics because they do not trust their government.  I agree and disagree.  For
decades, our government has lied, cheated and misled us Black, so no we should not trust.  However, because we need
our government to some degree, we have no other choice to attempt to trust it.  All of us - no matter the race - must rely
on it.

I have a few trusted local politicians that I would go to the mat for but there is just this one Colorado Senator that if I ever
took the time, I would call, email, fax, email and/or visit his office just to give him a piece of my mind!  But I digress.

I just think that some Blacks vote for Democrats because the Party is not as confining as the Republican Party.  
However, it is sad that some of us Blacks do not pay close enough attention and not realize that the Democrat Party
takes us for granted.  The Democrat Party takes Blacks and Unions for granted just to be elected but once in office, they
ignore us.

I am a Bernie supporter because he fights for all the things I believe in; things that I believe will help all Americans and
not just the selected few.

To me - and I might be naïve - it is less about race but more about class.  The middleclass is shrinking and each politician
is ignoring the problem.  Yeah, President Obama's HARP has helped lower the interest rate on my home, but just as the
majority, I cannot get ahead.  I cannot win for losing.  I can work two jobs and even seek employment overseas but it is
an uphill battle.

Let me be clear.  I am not looking for a handout nor am I lazily onus.  No one deserves the so-called "free stuff" but it
would help people such me - the shrinking middleclass - if our government would end corporate welfare and corporate
greed.  It would help the working class, the middleclass, the working poor - the majority - if everyone paid their fair share
in taxes.  

For decades, the majority has been waiting and expecting our government to do right by us - to work for us as they
should, but they do not.  Instead, they take us for granted but we the people have no one to blame but ourselves because
we are the ones that keep them in office.  Each voting session, we continue to vote for the same politician; it is a different
face or even race and gender, but they are the same.

Sadly, some parents do not teach their children about the importance of voting.  When a person is struggling and cannot
see a way out or up, they will follow the drug dealers and gangs.  One of my favorite poets said that the gangs became
his family.  Would I do it too in the same circumstances?  Probably.  I truly do not know and at my age, I do not want to
even fathom the thought; it is scary.

WHEN Bernie takes office and implements his plans, I know that some people will not take advantage of the discounted
college programs and job initiatives but I am pretty sure many will.  Bernie is the man to see us through this old game of
playing politics but help us see through the old and help build a revolution; something new.  Something that works for (not
against) We, The People!
Longtime Democrat changed Democratic Socialist
Accepting Who I am!
Update:
    Hillary has said that Bernie is a "one-issue candidate."  But let us be clear and truly honest.  Yes!  Bernie talks a
    lot about breaking up big businesses, Wall Street, the wealth gap and the like.  But we must consider that ALL the
    issues that each candidate talks about come back to one thing: MONEY.

    Taxes, Abortion Right, Capitalism, Campaign Finance, Climate Change, Congress, Domestic Policy, Foreign Policy,
    Education, Health Care, Jobs, Minimum Wage, Social Security etc, all revolve around money.  It is repeatedly the
    same old thing: the difference between the haves and the have-nots.  Hillary and the Republicans are okay with
    the way things are whereas Bernie wants the status quo to end.  Bernie is fighting for We, The People!  No other
    candidate can honestly say that.

    It is as if each candidate is scared or hesitant to talk about the thing that concerns the majority of the people the
    most: money!

    The Each presidential candidate's focus is in the wrong place and thing.  We need them to talk about how they will
    work and govern and  help us - the majority - yet they only want to talk about what they want to talk about:
    themselves.
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