Bernie Is Running Again, But This Time Is Different

Bernie Is Running Again, But This Time Is Different

This time, it's personal.

Ellie
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This is not going to be the same as what we saw in 2016. When Senator Bernie Sanders entered the race in 2016 he, came out at the bottom. But that was three years ago. Now he is coming in at the top of those who have declared they are running so far. He has a bigger name than many of the Democratic candidates running in this elections and existing support. This is almost the complete opposite of the last presidential election. He was an underdog who had to struggle to get air time. People barely took him seriously till it was pretty much too late. It is no secret Hilary Clinton was the party's favorite. Also, she engaged in less than ethical behavior in attempts to win the presidency. The Democratic party made it very clear who they wanted to go forward from the start of the last election season, but now that might change.

Although the setting has dramatically changed for Sen. Sanders since his past run, he has not changed all that much. He still has not officially joined the democratic party and remains an independent. In addition, his stance on issues is pretty much the exact same as they have always been. Many of the things he ran on in the 2016 election were not the democratic party's main concerns. Now they are important factors in many democratic voters decision. He gave a platform to many issues that had previously been nothing more than side comments. The main thing is that everyone should have Medicare, stating "healthcare is a right, not a privilege." Also, now many people are seeking a minimum wage increase to $15 since he made it a focal point.

What has changed is this time Sen. Sanders is running against people with very similar beliefs as him. He was born in 1941, which makes him now 77 years old. This time he is not running against a political machine, he is not the new face. He is not what change looks like to many people. This time he is some old white guy running against his own campaign, just coming from younger, fresher, and more diverse faces. Many people feel he is too old to run, and that this country needs new, younger people to be the ones to make a change.

Also, many people find Senator Sander's goals unrealistic and too socialistic. It is just about proven that raising the minimum wage is only a short term fix and will damage the economy in the long run. Many people also question where we will get the needed funding for universal health care policies. Although Senator Sanders has a large following on a social policy front, many find him lacking in economic and world policies. One of his biggest criticisms in the past election from Hilary Clinton is that he did not have any sort of foreign policy plans in place, and lacked knowledge and experience in that area. Also, it is common to make out big business to be bad and we should raise their taxes. Yet, this will pretty much drive out all American companies. We have one of the highest tax rates as it is making other countries more appealing to create internationally competitive businesses in.

If all stays as is, he has a strong chance of coming out on top of the primaries and gaining the democratic bid this time around. Yet, it is still a possibility that Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton may join the race, which will be his largest competitors. Even if he wins the primaries beating a sitting president is still very hard. Only time will tell if he will come out on top.

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Irish-American History Is Just As Important As Any Other Culture, You Can't Prove Me Wrong

I cherish being Irish and I will not let anyone let me feel bad for that.

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Depending on when you're reading this, Saint Patrick's day has either just passed or is around the corner. For me, Saint Patrick's day is tomorrow. I've been debating this article for some time now because I didn't know how it would be perceived. At this point, though, I feel it's important for me to get out. No, Irish people were never kept as slaves in America, and I will never be one to try and say they were. However, Irish people were treated tremendously awful in America. A lot of people tend to forget, or just try to erase entirely, the history of the Irish in America. So much so that I felt shameful for wanting to celebrate my heritage. Therefore, I want to bring to light the history that everyone brushes under the rug.

In 1845, a potato famine broke out across Ireland. This was a big deal because the Irish lived off, mainly, potatoes. They were cheap, easy to grow, and had tons of nutrients. So when the famine struck, many people either died of starvation or fled to America in seek of refuge. When the Irish arrived in America they were seen as a threat to the decency of America. People viewed them as drunk beasts, sinful savages, barbaric, violent, belligerent, stupid, and white apes. When the Irish would go to look for jobs, many times they found signs that read "Irish Need Not Apply," even when the job was hiring. Therefore, the Irish did the jobs no one wanted, and even jobs African slaves wouldn't do. The biggest example of this is when Irishmen built canals and drained swamps. They were sent to do these things because of the enormous amount of mosquitoes; in the swamp, they would get bit and ultimately die of malaria.

Also, during this time, Irish people were poor and therefore lived in the same neighborhoods as the free African Americans. A lot of the Irish people were friendly with their neighbors of color and even got into interracial relationships. Because the Irish lived in these neighborhoods they were seen as dirty and even a lot of people at this time put African Americans higher on the totem pole than Irish. One person during the time even said, "At least the black families keep their homes clean."

The main reason American's outlook on Irish people changed was that most Irishmen took up fighting for the Union in the Civil War. I make this argument, not because I think the Irish suffered more than African slaves. I don't say this in means of trying to erase the struggles of the African slaves. I do not think that any of our ancestors should have been treated the way they were. I mean to say that the Irish did in fact suffer. Irish people were treated wrongly on the basis of...nothing. Simply because my ancestors hailed from the shores of Eire, they were treated with malice. And I write this simply because I want people to remember. I want people to understand what happened.

On Saint Patrick's Day this year, next year, and for the many years to come, I want people to embrace the Irish culture. I want the folks of Irish heritage to not be ashamed of where they come from; to not be ashamed to share their culture the way I have for many years. I want everyone to have a beer, wear some green, eat a potato or two, and dance the Irish step; to celebrate the history of Irish people with a bit more understanding than before.

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I'm Supporting Toni Preckwinkle For Mayor Of Chicago And You Should, Too

Chicago is at a historical crossroads with this election, and Toni is the best choice for this moment.

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Earlier this year, I announced my endorsement for Amara Enyia for the February 26 Chicago mayoral election.

Unfortunately, Amara did not win, and with the election gone, we now have two candidates that will advance to an additional runoff election on Tuesday, April 2: Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle.

While I do have my reservations for both of these candidates, who will guarantee that Chicago's next mayor will be a black woman, given the history of both of these candidates on the issues facing the city, one of them seems to come on top as being the best out of the two.

And that woman is Toni Preckwinkle.

With the mayoral election not turning out as planned, Chicago could see up to 5 progressives join the ranks of City Council. Even if the top jobs end up to be the worst-case scenario, there seems to be a sizable resistance against that should it ever be needed.

With that being said, Toni Preckwinkle is the best candidate in this race because she is not tied to a deeply tied history with the police that enables some of Chicago's longstanding and infamous segregation. And while her history of taking full credit for bringing justice for Laquan McDonald is troubling, she opposes the building of the controversial $95 million cop academy, establish an office of criminal justice, and hold Chicago Police accountable in order to end the culture of the code of silence within the police department.

Lori Lightfoot, on the other hand, is the complete opposite. While Lightfoot touts her time on the Chicago Police board as proof she's held cops accountable, the fact of the matter is that only 21 cops were fired under her 3-year tenure on the board. Moreover, she's also been known for chastising the families of Ronald Johnson, Rekia Boyd, and Bettie Jones at a board hearing, threatening them to leave.

This is also not to mention that Lightfoot has been buddying up with conservative Aldermen Nicholas Sposato and Anthony Napolitano, the former of which has come under fire for hurling racist name-calling towards Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa. Lightfoot's inability to denounce these two men is very concerning given her claims to be a progressive.

So at the end of the day, the choice between these two candidates seems clear. Toni Preckwinkle is perhaps our best bet if we want to put Chicago on a more progressive track.

Both of these candidates are problematic in their own right, but from the looks of it, Lightfoot's history seems much rockier than Preckwinkle's. And with the next mayor having to choose to continue or clean up Rahm Emanuel's mess, it seems that Lori will continue it.

Preckwinkle is endorsed.

The Chicago runoff election is on Tuesday, April 2.

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