Sanders vs. Clinton: Student encourages colleagues to vote

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For many of us students, this is our first time voting. Not to mention it’s one of the most controversial Presidential races in history. No pressure, right?

The 2016 Race for the White House is one for the books. Our generation can be the authors of one of two versions: either we get our shit together and vote for the candidate who has the best interest of the American people in mind, or the middle class will be stomped on by the oligarchy that will continue to take what does not belong to them.

Bernie Sanders has a combined experience of 34 years. In those 34 years, Sanders has consistently advocated for addressing income inequality, affordable healthcare and education and women’s, veteran’s and voter’s rights (just to name a few).

His message resonates with Americans because his focus is closing the gap between the poor and the one percent. I hear a lot of people, especially young people, who are truly unaware of how different the two Democratic candidates really are. The main contrast is that one accepts money from billionaires (remember the ones who made a bunch of money off of the 2008 financial crisis?) and the other funds his campaign with individual contributions from every-day Americans.

Clinton’s Super Political Actions Committee donors consist of Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, JP Morgan and Time Warner. All of who were major players in the financial crisis of 2008. In fact, Sanders issued a list of CEO’s that he would open an investigation on when elected which no surprise contains the names of the chairmen of said companies.

Now let’s cut the bullshit. Clinton is human, meaning she is not immune to the influence of money. She made 91 speeches to corporations with an average payout of $250,000. If any other candidate got this kind of payment for making a speech, they might be influenced, but apparently not Hillary Clinton.

Hillary has received millions from these corporations. To be honest, there’s not a lot I wouldn’t do for that amount of money. I think many people feel the same way. So what makes Hillary immune?

For the average American it seems plausible, but somehow people still argue that Clinton is not capable of being influenced. Let’s not forget how many positions she’s “evolved” on over the years— like being in opposition of gay marriage for 15 years, and then endorsing gay marriage in 2013. If there is one thing Hillary Clinton is not, it’s consistent. Why would you want a President who might “evolve” on issues they promised to fix when elected?

Why vote for a candidate who is accepting donations from the very corporations who destroyed our economy, when you could vote for someone who is working with and for the American people? It’s up to us, Millennials. Let’s not screw this up. Really think about voting this presidential election. If you don’t vote, don’t complain.


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