If you didn't already know Bernie Sanders is a leading Democratic candidate in the presidential race. And it's getting hot (pun intended). Because I'm feeling the Bern! Here's why:
He's straight to the point.
We need a Democratic candidate who isn't afraid to tell the truth the way an average American would. Not only are we tired of those damn emails, we're tired of these sound byte answers for which politicians have become so infamous.
He supports a woman's right to choose.
With the Republican's continued attack on Planned Parenthood, we need a commander-in-chief who will side with women and their right to health care. In addition to this support for women's healthcare, he believes that everyone has a fundamental right to receive the care they need.
He believes in the equality of every man, woman, and child.
At a time when our nation is more polarized and divided than ever before, we need someone who wants to bring people together, not tear us apart.
He acknowledges the reality of race relations in the United States.
He's not hiding his support for #blacklivesmatter either, he said that black lives matter in front of millions during the debate.
He wants to take on the influence of money in politics.
It seems these days every politician will talk a handout from a big company or billionaire, whether they denounce wealth inequality or not. If you're looking for a candidate who doesn't dance to the tune of super PACs, Bernie is your man.
He acknowledges that climate change is the biggest threat facing our world.
This stands in stark contrast to the Republican Party, who think that the Soviets (Russians) are still trying to nuke us, or that ISIS wants to bomb us with their aircraft. Climate change threatens the future of every generation to follow, we have to work together and save the planet, literally.
He's an ally of labor.
The reality of today is that the middle class is evaporating. One of the human institutions that helped build it was the labor movement. Over the decades, Republicans have launched an offense against labor to make an example of them.
His donation list proves he's an ally.
You just won't see the typical Democratic donor roster for Mr. Sanders. When he says he's on the side of workers, he means it.
There are very few issues which Bernie has "evolved" on, but he doesn't change his views based on the American political atmosphere *cough cough* Hillary *cough cough*.
He knows he may not win...
But the reality is not trying to fix these fundamental issues is far worse than not succeeding.