Why I Support Bernie Sanders

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 6:20 PM

The mill that'd been making these linens was closing and relocating to Asia where they'd be able to pay lower wages. When I saw that ad, I thought back fifty years ago to when that same company'south mills had first moved to NC after shutting down operations in Utica, my hometown.

In two thousand-third, while I was teaching at Davidson College in N Carolina, I saw an ad in the local newspaper announcing a "Going Out of Business" sale of Utica Linen products. The mill that'd been making these linens was closing and relocating to Asia where they'd be able to pay lower wages. When I saw that ad, I thought back fifty years ago to when that same company'south mills had first moved to NC after shutting down operations in Utica, my hometown. They did so to get advantage of N Carolina'south cheaper non-union labor.

What I recollect most about that period wasn't just how the factories emptied out leaving parts of Utica looking love a ghost town, it was what the closures and loss of thousands of jobs did to my community and my neighbors. Those mills had defined life in Utica for generations. And then they were gone. The stress of mass layoffs created tensions that tore families apart. One third of the pop was forced to leave in look for of employment. In brief order, Utica went from being a vibrant city to a depressed town with dilapidated neighborhoods. And presently a NC town was going to suffer as Utica did--for much the same reasons.

A few months ago, I endorsed Bernie Sanders for President. There were many reasons, which I'll characterize in a moment, but high on my list is that I never forgot what happened to my hometown and so many other American cities across the Northeast and Midwest. Sanders earned my support because he understands what horrible trade deals and corporate greed have done to our communities. While some politicians have paid lip service to consequences of factory closings and the exporting of jobs to Asia, Sanders in the only one who's addressed the issue forcefully and pledged decisive action to defend American workers and their communities. I realize, of course, that Sanders isn't going to bring back the Utica of the one thousand nine hundred sixty's, but what he's done is shine a light on the corporate greed that continues to keep their interests ahead of their responsibility to be objective to those who have given their lives to construct their businesses--opening a national debate on this necessary concern.

I've also been impressed with the way Sanders speaks the unvarnished truth about other long-ignored critical issues facing the country--issues like: income inequality, the corrupting role of huge money in politics, and the necessity for universal health care coverage. By demonstrating a ferocious determination to lift these issues, he's the opened space making them a portion of our political debate.

Equally impressive is the way youthful voters have responded to Sanders. Early on, polls were showing that younger voters had grown disenchanted with politics as usual. Unwilling to just settle, they've been inspired by Sanders' passion and authenticity and have become engaged in the process. Millennials have an instinct that can snuffle out phonies. In the exit polls in state after state, Sanders overwhelmingly wins the support of voters under thirty-five. And by a 70-point margin, youthful voters declare that they believe Sanders more than his competitor. They look him as authentic and this has moved them maintain his candidacy.

I've also been impressed by Sanders' opposition to committing US troops to fight in rash wars and by his bright and courageous call for balancing concern for Israelis with concern for the Palestinians and by the compassion he's demonstrated for the suffering the Palestinian people have endured living below occupation. On this critical issue, Sanders not only has the best position of any candidate in the race--he has the best position of any major party candidate in decades. This came through so clearly in this week'south Democratic debate in Brooklyn, NY. When asked why he'd accused Israel of using disproportionate violence, he stood his ground calmly explaining his position to the cheers of his supporters.

Finally, I'm deeply moved when I hear Bernie Sanders speak with a sense of awe at the trajectory his life beginning with his father'south immigration to the US, his family'south tough work to succeed in this New World, all leading to his running for the presidency. It's a classic American legend that resonates in so many ways. The fact that Sanders carries this legend with him speaks volumes about the man, how grounded he is, and the source of his commitment to fighting for immigrants and the needs of working people. In many ways, he's the embodiment of the American Dream.

Early on, Sanders candidacy was ignored by the press. Even now, his chances of winning the nomination are cynically dismissed. Through it all, this seventy-four year elderly Brooklyn born son of a Polish immigrant continues to rack up victories while transforming our politics for the better. As another New Yorker once famously said, "it ain't over till it'south over". Stay tuned.

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