I am not here to tell you who you should vote for. It is your own job and responsibility as a citizen of the United States of America to decide for yourself which candidate you share beliefs with and want to support. I am here to tell you to vote. As a resident of Wisconsin, I have primaries I need to vote in, but some states may have caucuses. If you do not know which type of vote your state participates in I will show you through a link here so now you know:
As it so happens, I am a college freshman and not at all qualified to teach you about the United States government and how voting works or who to vote for for that matter. Teachers get paid to do that and who am I to steal their thunder? If you have questions (and who doesn’t?) I suggest paying your high school Law & Gov teacher a visit, but I will provide some links if that is just too much of a hassle for your busy life.
As a few of you may know, on Tuesday I went to the Saint Paul River Center to cheer on Senator Bernie Sanders. And according to the Hill I was not alone, Minnesota turned up to cheer on my favorite candidate. Senator Sanders did not disappoint with his speech. He talked about Planned Parenthood, tuition prices, minimum wage, citizenship, jail sizes, and racism. A lot of issues that are heavy on the minds of Americans today. A good friend of mind was not messing around with a camera the whole time and had the great idea to take notes instead of trying to get the lighting right around Bernie’s face during his speech. Here are a couple of great quotes from Tuesday night’s rally, courtesy of Autumn Askew:
“it is not a radical notion that someone working 40 hours a week in this country should not be living in poverty”
“this is the wealthiest country in the history of the world, we should not have 2.2 million people in jail.”
“what Republicans are saying when they say they love families is that no women in this room should have the right to their own bodies. we disagree. they say that we should defund planned parenthood. we disagree.”
“our job as a nation, as human beings, is to encourage young people to get as much education as they can. why, in God’s name, are we punishing people for doing just that?”
“the debate is over. climate change is real, and it is caused by human activity… we have a moral responsibility to work with countries all over the world to transform our energy system and move away from fossil fuels.”
“we are going to demilitarize the police force. we are going to make police forces look like the communities they represent.”
Although my friend, Autumn, got a bunch of great quotes, everyone of you are able to find out where Senator Sanders stands at Bernie’s Platform. I didn’t feel the need to include all of the quotes for that reason.
Aside from doing my best to convince everyone of age to go vote in the primary or the caucus, I wanted to talk a little bit about college. College is a huge step in the lives of many young people, myself included. If I hadn’t been attending school during this time I would have never known about this opportunity and it was so worth the time and the light rail trip. Experiences are so important in forming who you are as a person. There is no better place than college to gain experiences. College is important for a majority of young people. College is where people go to learn and experience and get ready for the workforce and I believe it is an opportunity all people should have access to, no matter their backgrounds.
Please go vote.