9 Pros And Cons Of Bernie Sanders Running For President In 2020

9 Pros And Cons Of Bernie Sanders Running For President, AGAIN, In 2020

Will this time be different?

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Back in the 2016 election, Bernie Sanders was a candidate that captured lots of people's attention. He popularized "Democratic socialism" and seemed to win liberals over very easily. He seemed like the fun grandpa of the race.

Unfortunately, he didn't get the Democratic nominee, which ended his 2016 campaign. The focus was then on Hilary Clinton, who was the more moderate candidate that reflected the picture that the Democratic party wanted to paint.

But on February 19th, the long-awaited announcement of Bernie Sanders running for 2020 came. Within the first 24 hours of his announcement, Sanders raised $6 million. There is obviously a lot of support for Sanders in the race right now. But as things move along, will that support stay? Will the race be the same as last time?

To break it down, here are the pros and cons of Bernie Sanders running again.

Pros:

1. Bernie has lots of support.

Lot's of people like him, only having a 19% dislike rating in a poll from Monmouth University. Plus, as I stated before, he raised millions within 24 hours of his announcement of running.

2. The people who wanted to see him can vote now.

I remember back in high school, during my senior year, I wasn't old enough to vote in the 2016 election. I wouldn't be 18 until the beginning of 2017. I know that lots of my peers couldn't vote either at the time. But now that three years have passed, we will be able to voice our vote in this coming presidential election.

3. He is still a democratic socialist, and that's popular with lots of young people.

Sanders political views seem to resonate with lots of people my age, and I am seeing more and more young people becoming involved in politics. If Sanders plays his cards right, he could get the support of young people.

4. Sanders has been a senator for 12 years.

He has experience in government and knows the ins and outs of it. People usually like to see that candidates have experience in politics, but as we've seen, that's not always a determining factor for some.

5. Sanders has been a long time supporter of civil rights.

This is something that we're likely to see on his platform and it's an issue that resonates with many Americans.

Cons:

1. Lots of Democrats are running this year.

There are already 10 Democrats running, including Sanders. This will make for an interesting race, and we'll see who stays.

2. Sanders will be running in the same cycle as Trump, again.

Trump drew out lots of support from the far right last time, and Sanders drew out support from the far left. As we saw, the far right won the race, so who's to say it won't again?

3. The Democratic party is changing.

It's becoming more diverse and young, and people might want someone to represent their party that looks like them, not another old white guy.

4. He is really an independent, not a Democrat.

While he ran as a Democrat in 2016, that was only because he thought that an Independent couldn't win the presidency. Lots of his ideas align more with a Democratic Socialist, not a Democrat, which usually has more moderate views. People might want to see someone more moderate, but then again, that was the platform that Hilary ran on.

I hope that things work out this time around for Bernie, as I did want to see him get the nominee last time. But the playing field is getting tougher for him, so I'm excited to see what the 2020 race will hold.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Meet Pete: South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg Is The Democratic Party's Newest Star

The Mayor of South Bend, Indiana was once an unknown political figure that no one thought had a shot at the nomination.

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Pete Buttigieg (pronounced "boot edge-edge"), was once a relatively unknown figure in the national Democratic Party. When he announced his candidacy for president back in January, people had already written him off as someone who had no chance to even make a challenge for the Democratic Nomination. Now, Buttigieg has become the Democratic Party's new star.

(I mean, come on, the first thing that comes up when you search "Pete" on Google is his name, that has the mean something, right?)

Buttigieg is the first openly gay Democrat candidate for president, a Navy veteran, and was born and raised in South Bend. He comes from the middle of the country, which Democrats are looking to win so that they can take back the White House in 2020. The 34-year-old has been laying out his policies and ideas pretty clearly over the past two months. He has been on "The View" twice and even received positive feedback from the conservative Meghan McCain.

Buttigieg represents the Millennial generation. He graduated high school in 2000 and would be the youngest president ever if elected. Democrats are looking towards an outsider to defeat Trump, just like when a sizable group of Democratic voters supported Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Buttigieg has made it clear he won't back down from Trump, but he has also taken an even-keel approach to the way he campaigns. When he is speaking, he doesn't raise his voice or talk with his hands. He speaks calmly, as if to say, "if you like what I'm saying, great, and if you don't then that's alright." His policy ideas are leftist and progressive, but the way he presents them is less radical than, say, that of Bernie Sanders.

Pete Buttigieg will definitely be a name to watch next year. Will he rise to the top, or will his popularity fizzle out? We shall see. The first Democratic debates are in June — I know you're so excited to see election coverage yet again!

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