The progressive leader finally steps down.
By Luca | 4/8/20
Today Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race. A campaign lasting five whole years and a movement lasting his entire life, Sanders has and will have a lasting legacy. From a fringe mayor in Burlington, Vermont to a household name in every political circle, Bernie has made a name for himself and the issues he fought for.
I was first introduced to the idea of Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primaries. Although unfamiliar with his platform, I can distinctly remember the meme that traveled the internet of the young man perking up during Sanders’ rally when he mentioned he wanted to fully legalize marijuana. At that time, I wasn’t averse to Bernie but as someone who was more concerned with Clinton’s ability to beat Trump, I felt Sanders was really just getting in the way.
I got to know Bernie Sanders through a series of interviews on Youtube from MSNBC, CNN, Joe Rogan, and others. I was particularly impressed with his town halls on Fox, the only Democratic candidate to do so. He was poised, presentable, and a brick wall against the petty Fox hosts’ attacks. A particularly memorable moment was when the Fox hosts wondered if anyone in the audience actually wanted to give up their healthcare and switch to a system like Medicare4All. Almost all of them raised their hands. These were Fox News town hall members agreeing with a democratic socialist from rural Vermont.
This is the type of movement that Bernie created: a broad coalition of individuals from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, and incomes. Championing ideas that benefit everyone, not just the top 1% of income earners in this country, Bernie appealed to many for his yearning for immediate change and equality. Sanders’ consistency was also a major part of his appeal. For almost all of his life, he has fought for universal healthcare, workers rights, and less corporate exploitation.
And so I thank you Bernie, for inspiring me to get invested in politics, to hope for a better country, and to fight for someone you don’t know. Because that's what justice is all about. Although you may never be president, your ideas live on. Let’s beat Donald Trump. Let’s restore this country and fight for a better future, for us, our children, our grandchildren, and generations to come.