Why The Impact Of Bernie Sanders' Campaign Will Last Past The Polls And Rallies

Why The Impact Of Bernie Sanders' Campaign Will Last Past The Polls And Rallies

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On June 7, primary elections of states including California, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, and New Mexico were held. Bernie secured two states (Montana and North Dakota) while rival Clinton took the other three. With only Washington D.C. as the final primary, soon we’ll officially know the nominees for both parties.With Hillary Clinton declaring herself the (at this time still unofficial) nominee for the Democratic Party, it has left many Bernie supporters feeling a little down, wondering if this is the end of his presidential journey. Some have even gone as far as to say Sanders’ campaign was a complete waste and doomed from the start. The 74 year-old energetic powerhouse has nonetheless jumped from state to state winning over college students and other millennial voters. Sanders was even endorsed by a list of celebrities, including but not limited to Miley Cyrus, Danny Devito and Sarah Silverman.


Still, some have questioned how a campaign largely popular with the younger generations could ever make it as far as it did. After all, a campaign that has endless memes wouldn’t normally be taken too seriously. Sure, Bernie memes and fan art are all over the internet (who can forget #BirdieSanders?), but the presence of endearing support from Bernie’s enthusiastic fans on social media has launched an impressive movement way beyond the 2016 campaign trail.

#ThankYouBernie was trending on Twitter the night of the June 7 elections. Thousands of people thanked Bernie Sanders for what he contributed to what many consider to be an awakening of political interest and concern among younger generations.

“The political revolution isn’t over until the issues are won. #ThankYouBernie for making these issues crystal clear to all,” said Kim Horcher. The People for Bernie account tweeted, “#ThankYouBernie for last night, yesterday, and the past 40 years.”

A press release on June 8 by Bernie 2016 noted that Sanders said, “What this is about is millions of people from coast to coast knowing that we can do much, much better as a nation … Our fight is to transform this country and to understand that we are in this together, understand that all of what we believe is what the majority of American people believe and to understand that the struggle continues.”

With many already standing behind Clinton’s potential Democratic nomination with the #ImWithHer hashtag, people have been interpreting the “struggle” as the last chance to outnumber Clinton’s delegate count. A number of media sources have already embraced Clinton as the first woman nominee and soon to be President. But the “struggle” Sanders speaks of is not necessarily his own campaign for the presidency, but rather the pursuit of an America that many are demanding, one that Bernie vowed to strive for in his speeches and rallies. While Bernie couldn’t possibly accomplish all of his campaign promises if he was elected president, what he did accomplish — as the Millennials for Bernie account noted, “[Bernie] was only the spark. This political revolution is just the beginning. We are taking our country back! #ThankYouBernie.”

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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

The struggle is real, my friends.
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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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To The Generation That Might Not Care, A Green New Deal Is Crucial

Take care of our planet and our future.

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The reality of climate change and method to address the issue has been a source of contention in the United States for far too long. While Republicans trail behind Democrats a great deal in the percentage who believe long-term, irreversible climate change is a real problem, an equally if not more important gap to acknowledge is that between generations.

A universally taught science concept in elementary school is the difference between weather and climate. Weather is the day-to-day condition of the atmosphere — rainy, sunny, etc. Climate is the weather of a particular geographic location over a long period of time. The weather in an area may be snowy on a particular January day but might overall have a warm climate (Trump has yet to learn this concept).

The gap between generational support for not only believing in the reality of climate change but if the government should take steps to prevent further harm on our planet is apparent. A few reasons that older generations may not support aggressive climate change policies are that many are not going to see the lasting impact of their harmful actions, may not want to acknowledge that their way of life for a majority of their life was detrimental to the environment, or that they simply do not think it is the government's role to further regulate current practices and lifestyles in the name of the environment (an argument supported by many conservatives).

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The "Green New Deal," proposed earlier this month by Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Edward Markey is mainly a list of ideas and goals rather than a carefully laid-out plan, though aims to eliminate greenhouse emissions through the creation of millions of jobs in the renewable energy industry, moving toward public ownership (a major source of disagreement among Republicans and Democrats), and much more. This plan is a comprehensive overview of many sources of environmental degradation that our nation has not addressed, despite the majority of the nation believing the climate change is a real issue.

There will undoubtedly be a major shift in the operations of many companies due to aggressive climate change policies, which could have been avoided at a drastic level if our nation had chosen to make climate change prevention a priority. Unfortunately, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global temperatures will rise to an irreversible level in 12 years if the United States and other countries that greatly contribute to rising temperatures do not take action. A sense of urgency has been lacking for far too long is crucial.

Written into the recently proposed Green New Deal is a section detailing how it will attempt to remedy the inequality of those most directly impacted by climate change. Vulnerable communities, particularly communities of color, are not seeing an equitable distribution in disaster funding to prevent damage inflicted by the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters that have resulted as an increase in rising global temperatures — Which, regardless of your age, should be a glaring flaw in our current system.

I personally doubt that the entirety of the recently proposed Green New Deal will be enacted, however, I believe that anyone who values the quality of human life, clean air, clean water, food sources, for not just those in the United States, but around the world, should be supportive of a Green New Deal.

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