The United States of America’s Presidential Primary Election is only three months away before its citizens finally unite behind the presidential frontrunner for the Democratic Party to contend against Trump in November this year. Since the last Primary election in the states of Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Washington, the corporate media have been trying to portray Bernie Sander’s campaign as coming to an end. With several more remaining states to hold a caucus and counting ballots from the states from Super Tuesday’s elections who up to this day are still counting the votes, Bernie Sanders’ race is far from over! With Joe Biden being the presumptive presidential runner; tables could still be turned.
Senator Bernie Sanders is a true Progressive candidate in the sense that he values the very essence of patriotism; putting his countrymen above self. His voting records over time as a member of congress attest to this. Senator Sanders has championed the Universal Healthcare Legislation, supported labor rights and paid-parental leave, free-tuition for colleges and public universities, and supporting the challenge of creating new jobs amidst the global climate change crisis via the Green New Deal. He is also well-known for his opposition to economic inequality and oppression.
His political policies are aligned with the ideals of the late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and his “New Deal” which was a series of public programs and work projects to reform the economic failure brought about by the “Great Depression”. These financial reforms, and regulations were instrumental in alleviating the country from the severe economic state, finally leading to the nation’s recovery.
Senator Bernie Sanders is facing the same criticism from his political rivals and the Super PACS as FDR did back in his time as the president of this country. Both outstanding leaders have demonstrated the willpower and leadership to shift the economic tone from rugged individualism to collectivism in order to benefit the working class in this country; by expanding the welfare state and regulating the economy to work for everyone and not just a handful of billionaires. These policies are not radical but are the norm in the 33 major countries of the civilized world. Their citizens benefit from the taxes on their wages, instead of being wasted lining the pockets of corporations.
We do not want the Regressive Policies that are being proposed by Joe Biden because they merely support the “status quo.” These are policies that have been implemented for ages in this country that has proven nothing but a disaster. Biden opposes “Medicare for All” and has reiterated it numerous times during debates, stating that when he gets elected to the office of the president he is going to veto or “kill” any “Medicare for All” bill put on his desk. No real change will occur in this country once he gets elected to the office.
Joe Biden’s voting records clearly expose the political interests he serves. During his term as a senator, he voted to cut Social Security, Medicare , Medicaid and Veteran’s Programs numerous times. In 1983, he also pushed to raise the Social Security Retirement Age to 69 years of age. Below is the clip from the debate when these issues were brought up by Senator Bernie Sanders against Joe Biden. He also sponsored the the 1994 Federal Crime Bill putting a lot of people in prison for life for drug offenses. Another thing is that Biden not only voted for the 2001 Patriot Act, he, on many occasions, claimed credit for writing it which covered a lot of unfair grounds like detaining immigrants indefinitely who were not charged with crimes. Biden worked so hard for 40 years to strip the people of their rights to live with decency.
The Coronavirus Pandemic must be changing Bernie Sanders’ campaign perspective. With his recent clash with the Republicans who were trying to block the bill as US Senate debated a historic $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Emergency Relief Bill, Sanders fought so hard for laid-off workers. The bill would astronomically expand unemployment benefits, providing laid-off workers up to 100% of their salary and health insurance benefits for four months, plus $600 a week extra in unemployment insurance benefits to the poorest Americans.
In this unprecedented economic crisis, Bernie Sanders is in the frontline again for the people with no voice, condemning the Republicans’ bill corporate bail out fund. He has championed so many great causes that benefit the working class. Now, the ball is in your court to make a difference in the lives of the majority of the American people or to regress and remain economically oppressed.