Why I'm Fed Up With "Bernie or Bust"

Why I'm Fed Up With "Bernie or Bust"

It's time to stand with her.

The past month has been difficult for Bernie supporters. We've seen him endorse Hillary Clinton, which was a disappointing end to months of passionate support, to say the least. We witnessed the DNC Leak scandal, proving that Bernie was not supported by the party, and the resignation of chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, which was heartbreaking (but also, unsurprising). Most importantly, we just watched Hillary Clinton accept the Democratic nomination with Bernie's blessing, leaving many Sanders supporters feeling betrayed and lost. Here's what I have to say: Get over yourself.

Bernie Sanders started a political revolution, and nobody can deny the effect that he had on the 2016 primaries. His campaign motivated voters, young and old, while bringing attention to social disparities and other flaws in the American system. His strong beliefs and refusal to be "bought" by billionaires and businessmen gave the American middle and lower classes a voice. While the primaries were close, he came up short. No matter what you attribute that to (namely, rigging by his own party or simply less support), Bernie Sanders will not be our next president. He will not even be a candidate. And for many, including myself, that is heartbreaking. Recently, though, I have seen many, many posts and comments about "Bernie or Bust!" The idea is simple: because Bernie is no longer in the race, some of his supporters plan to vote third party, avoid the election completely, or... vote Trump.

One of the beautiful things about America is that you can vote for whomever you choose, but I simply cannot understand the train of thought that these supporters have. Hillary Clinton was not our first choice, for many reasons. But many of her platforms, including LGBTQ+ rights, environmental protection, protection of black lives, and more are very similar to Bernie's. She may not be as liberal as our beloved candidate, but she is certainly, CERTAINLY a better choice than Trump. Throwing away a vote for Hillary, whether you don't vote at all or vote for a third party, allows more votes for Trump, making it much easier for him to become our next president.

Bernie Sanders built his campaign on something different than Trump: love. Bernie still presses for economic equality, social justice, and acceptance. Donald Trump and the GOP are running a race to humiliate, objectify, and oppress the melting pot of people that make up our nation; their tactics base themselves on fear-mongering and scapegoating. Sanders has made it incredibly clear that defeating Trump is his new goal, and the goal of the entire Democratic party.

So, "Bernie or Bust" supporters, I implore you to end the bitterness and vote Clinton. America needs a Democrat in office. If you want any liberal agenda whatsoever in the coming years, Trump is not an option, and neither is a third party candidate who has 0 chance of winning an election. Put aside your animosity and accept the only candidate we have that will promote acceptance and democracy in America. It is our job to protect the minorities and groups who will flounder under a man who, time and time again, bullies and tyrannizes them. "Bernie or Bust" is not an option, because Trump is not an option.

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A Letter To My Go-To Aunt

Happiness is having the best aunt in the world.

I know I don't say it enough, so let me start off by saying thank you.

You'll never understand how incredibly blessed I am to have you in my life. You'll also never understand how special you are to me and how much I love you.

I can't thank you enough for countless days and nights at your house venting, and never being too busy when I need you. Thank you for the shopping days and always helping me find the best deals on the cutest clothes. For all the appointments I didn't want to go to by myself. Thank you for making two prom days and a graduation party days I could never forget. Thank you for being overprotective when it comes to the men in my life.

Most importantly, thank you for being my support system throughout the numerous highs and lows my life has brought me. Thank you for being honest even when it isn't what I want to hear. Thank you for always keeping my feet on the ground and keeping me sane when I feel like freaking out. Thank you for always supporting whatever dream I choose to chase that day. Thank you for being a second mom. Thank you for bringing me into your family and treating me like one of your own, for making me feel special because you do not have an obligation to spend time with me.

You've been my hero and role model from the time you came into my life. You don't know how to say no when family comes to you for help. You're understanding, kind, fun, full of life and you have the biggest heart. However, you're honest and strong and sometimes a little intimidating. No matter what will always have a special place in my heart.

There is no possible way to ever thank you for every thing you have done for me and will continue to do for me. Thank you for being you.

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Pete Buttigieg Is On Everybody's Radar Now, But Can Mayor Pete Really Become President Pete?

Charisma, polyglot and success in reviving a Midwestern city make him a viable candidate for president. But will this hold?


At the time of writing this, at least 18 people are vying for the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Donald Trump during the Presidential election in 2020. This includes some heavyweights, such as Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Cory Booker. There are also fringe candidates, like Andrew Yang. Then there are the formerly fringe candidates. One person fits that bill: Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Pete Buttigieg has erupted as a potential candidate for the Presidency. He recently took 9% of a recent poll in Iowa, the state that begins the general election season. The question is this: why has he gained so much traction? There are several potential reasons.

First, Mayor Pete has, at least compared to Trump, significant governmental experience as the mayor of South Bend. He has been mayor since 2011. He began his time in office at the age of 29 and has since been re-elected with 80% of the vote in 2015. His success in the city has shown: the city experienced significant growth following a population decline between 2000-2010.

The Mayor has also spearheaded some rebirth projects in the city, including converting the old Studebaker plant in town into a tech hub, conversion of the city streets downtown, and millions of dollars of private investment into the city. As a result, Mayor Pete can tout his success here as examples of why he could be president.

Other supporters claim that he is immensely talented and intelligent (though I do not like this reasoning). Mayor Pete was a Rhodes Scholar after attending Harvard. He knows myriad languages, including Norwegian. He is well-acquainted with various philosophies, including that of well-known intellectual Antonio Gramsci, whom his father has written on.

Though this line of thinking is flawed (I mean, Julian Castro attended Stanford, Cory Booker was also a Rhodes Scholar and Elizabeth Warren lectured at Harvard Law School), it is easy to see WHY he resonates: when compared to the President, Pete is levels above him.

Finally, a lot of what he says resonates with people. He speaks about his faith with fervor and honesty, something I appreciate greatly. He talks about the virtues of progressive politics and supporting policies like universal healthcare, labor unionism, combating climate change among other policies. His youth ideals combined are valued by many.

However, Pete still has his critics. Concerns about the gentrification of the city, wiretapping, and targeting of vacant properties that led to accusations of targeting of minorities in the city are what concerns many people. There were also previous issues with the police chief in the town, who recorded conversations, and who he demoted, which raised concerns for racial bias.

Whether or not this affects the primary at all is anyone's guess. However, he has momentum. Maybe Mayor Pete will become President Pete someday.

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