Sanders an independent candidate

Sanders should take the leap into upcoming presidential race

Tannen Todd, Staff Writer

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) announced recently that he is considering running for President in 2016.  To this I say, “run Bernie, please!” This country has been without a leader that is for the people for far too long, and the unrest is starting to show.

In an interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press, Mr. Sanders ignored the continuing questions on what he thinks about Hillary Clinton and got down to the cold hard facts, “The truth is, there is profound anger at both political parties,” Sanders explained to Todd. “More and more people are becoming independent.”

This statement could not be truer.  According to a recent Gallup poll, the percentage of voters labeling themselves as independents is at an all time high.

With this, Sanders is contemplating whether he will run as an Independent, or switch parties and run as a Democrat.

In America, with its two party system, the Senator bares the question of how to set up a 50-state infrastructure as an independent? That would be a great feat in and of itself. An independent has never won a Presidential election in the short time America has been here, but it’s never too late for it to happen.

In his first appearance on Meet the Press, Sanders wasted no time telling the viewers who the real problem in this country is. Hint: It’s not the poor.  On the mainstream media, he had the courage to voice his opinion about the big political spenders, the Koch brothers, and showed Wall Street that he meant business.

He terrifies the billionaire class as he comes out and educates American people on what needs to happen if we are to be successful in the future.

“It is essential to have someone in the 2106 presidential campaign who is willing to take on Wall Street, address the collapse of the middle class, tackle the spread of poverty, and fiercely oppose cuts to Social Security and Medicare,” he said.

When asked if people were more on his side or the Clinton’s in terms of political belief, Sanders responded, “I think anybody who speaks to the needs of the working class and the middle class of this country and shows the courage to take on the billionaire class, I think that candidate will do pretty well.”

Since he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, by just 14 votes in 1981, that’s exactly what he’s been doing.

Sanders has the interest of the people in mind every day, shedding light on controversial topics that many other politicians simply ignore. In this day and age, he is among the few who haven’t been bought out by corporate interests.

Sanders said in an interview, “We’ve cut back on education, we’ve cut back on nutrition programs, we’ve thrown kids off Head Start. We have billions to spend on a war but no money to take care of the very pressing needs of the American people. That bothers me a lot.”

For his entire career, he has fought for what’s best for the people.  He has had the courage to stand up to big money and special interests, including while campaigning, by not taking money from them.

If he becomes President, this country will have a chance to continue on.  It will spark a political revolution, turning us in the right direction. In a society that is quickly losing its right to speak up, he is the American people’s microphone.  With an ever-growing gap between the rich and the 98 percent, he is our ticket to a better country and a better world.

If Sanders chooses to run in 2016, make him your choice as the next President of the United States.