NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo will host the first 2020 presidential primary debate in June of 2019. This is the tenth in a series of BFIA’s coverage and commentary of the announcement speeches by the declared Democratic candidates for president for 2020 in no particular order. To view the previous candidate announcement posts type the candidate’s name in the search box on this page.
Because of a valiant underdog fight for the presidency in the 2016, Bernie Sanders is one of the four or five best known politicians in this country. Therefore we won’t need to spend a lot of time describing Sanders nor analyzing his policy positions. Both are probably about as well known as anyone’s profile and policies are known in this country.
The main point of Sanders policies is that he fights for the little guy, no matter the race, creed, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age or any other factor. Sanders has always been a man of the people. His focus on justice and equality for all has led him to embrace policies that are very popular among average citizens.
Sanders is in many respects the candidate whose policies and idealism reaches back to the days of FDR and the New Deal. In pursuit of his ideals, Sanders has taken on some of the most sacred cows in our current society – the extremely wealthy, the corporations, The oil companies, the prison industry, the insurance companies and the education industry much as FDR took on the sacred cows of his day. Many of these sacred cows have not changed.
For some, Sanders vision of the future in which the government is of the people, by the people and especially for the people is almost too much to imagine. When you listen to Sanders for a little bit, you understand that yes, it can be done and we will all benefit.
In 2016 Sanders had a nearly empty area to exploit on the left in America. Many others have moved over to join him this time. This is good for the country and for the Democratic Party. The competition will help create new ideas and help bring more and more to the ideals of candidates like Bernie Sanders.
Even if he doesn’t win, Sanders re-awakening of the left in this country has been a great service to the country.
As you listen to Sanders it becomes very clear that the lessons of his youth as a lower middle class family have shaped his beliefs of today. As he says, he knows where he came from!
The contrast between the current president and Bernie Sanders would be about as stark as the contrast between any two candidates has ever been. One who exploits and refuses to pay workers against one who has walked picket lines.
Sanders would be a leader who truly paid his dues.