Amidst cheering crowds and bright blue signs, Senator Bernie Sanders ascended the podium proudly at his March 14th rally in the Royal Family Life Center in North Charleston.
It’s been less than a month since the seventy-seven year-old senator announced his second candidacy for President of the United States. Senator Sanders first campaigned in 2016 against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
“Brothers and Sisters, welcome to the political revolution”
Sanders outlined his ideal principles of government to a crowd of supporters. One that adhered to his sense of justice, and not the dividing rhetoric of hatred or lies that he sees in today’s administration. He is actively seeking a presidency that treats all citizens as if they have a voice. He is actively trying to create an administration filled with people that “look like America, not the country club”.
If elected President, Sanders will endeavor to “transform our country and create an economy and government that works for all, not just one percent.” That’s the economy and government he sees today in our current administration with a businessman for President (Donald Trump), and he is not pleased.
In fact, this “top one percent” occupied much of his speech throughout the night. Sanders made it clear that defeating the President is not his only goal. He also seeks to defeat the large institutions and businesses he claims make most of the political and economic decisions
In taking power back from that “one percent,” Sanders hopes to accomplish many of his other goals, a number of which he stated throughout the rally. Free college education, healthcare for all, a minimum wage of $15.00, expansion of social security, a plan for combating climate change, and more were part of the promises he made that night. At least, if he were to win the White House seat.
In the most humorous portion of the night, Sanders outlined his ideals that were once “too radical” to even be considered. Now they are the basis of many Democratic Presidential hopefuls.
He lead a string of jokes that stated his policies followed by the phrase (which the audience quickly adopted) “too radical”.
“Healthcare for all? TOO RADICAL!”
“Livable minimum wage? TOO RADICAL!”
“Plan to combat climate change? TOO RADICAL!”
Yet it’s very evident that many Presidential candidates have now integrated these ideas into their own platform.
“You’re (Not) Fired”
In addition, Sanders spent time emphasizing that he “came from a family that knew all too well the frightening power employers have on working people.” Which, as he made sure to point out, was the direct opposite of Trump’s old catchphrase “You’re fired.”
Bernie Sanders assured the audience that he understood the needs of working class people. His family often lived paycheck to paycheck. The Senator wants his base to be assured that he will represent these working class sentiments if he enters the White House.
Sanders consistently used the term “brothers and sisters” in reference to the audience and his base at large. This helped