Bernie Sanders is the first Democratic presidential candidate to ever speak at Liberty University’s weekly convocations. And if you haven’t listened to the speech, you really should . There are two reasons to watch this full speech, one being that the majority of speeches we are seeing in full are the Donald and Hillary and very few others. Watching all the candidates give their full speeches, coupled with reading their policy position stances and looking at their track records prepares one to make the most educated decision possible at the polls in November. Side note: September 22 is National Voter Registration Day. Go Register!
The second reason you should watch the full speech is because he is doing something unique. Sanders is attempting to find common ground, and it shows in the way he is quoting bible verse and talking about the morality of the issues at a place like Liberty University. This is unique because very few Presidential candidates are willing to find the common ground outside of their base supporters at this early date in the presidential race.
In no way shape or form is this an endorsement for any candidate, but its worth listening to the speech because starting with common ground is the only real way we are going to fix our political system. Most of what we are told is there is never common ground and as a result, we have to put up with the ridiculous posturing on Capital Hill. In an election season that is just about in full-swing, we should all be looking at how we approach our political discussions around the dinner tables and our social media. At this point though, we have been lambasted with so much divisive rhetoric over the years that is difficult to even know what the actual issues are to the majority of people.
Frankly, I think the rise of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Bernie Sanders couldn’t be more of a indictment of the political rhetoric we’ve had to stomach. I recognize Sanders is a career politician and I recognize he probably shouldn’t be classified in the same category of the other two, but one can’t help but wonder, in the small political field of Democratic presidential candidates, why is the democratic socialist creeping up on Hillary who was supposed to be the wonder woman? In the Republican field, one can say, well, the Donald and Carson are a little more than 40% of the vote, and once the field of 16 (now that Perry has suspended his campaign) starts to whittle down their numbers might not really be so high, because there is still a majority of the party that would vote for someone other than either Trump or Carson. For the democrats, there’s three, four, five candidates(?) and Bernie is neck and neck with Hillary, there’s not really too much to lose in this case.
We all have a civic duty to be involved in the process, regardless of how it begins to shake out in the next few months. Being involved in the process is figuring out what is best for our country – remember its a country of for the people by the people – and picking the candidate that best represents our goals for the future as a society. To do so, we will need to find common ground to start our discussions.
The Christian Science Monitor article below is a look at why Bernie Sanders spoke at the Conservative Liberty University. This might be a good place for some to start in the quest for understand where there might be some common ground in the political discourse of our country. Another good place to start would be CommonCause.org. This organization has a very interesting site in that it shows very basic issues that most people can agree on. If nothing else, its a good place to figure out how to start the conversation with someone on the other side of most issues.
Read the Full article:
Why Bernie Sanders spoke at conservative Liberty University
Bernie Sanders, who’s been electrifying liberal Democrats on the presidential campaign trail, spoke Monday morning in a decidedly unlikely setting: Liberty University, a longtime political bastion for conservative Evangelicals. But even at this conservative stronghold, there are signs of some shifts in how young Evangelicals are viewing hot-button issues.
True, the audience for Senator Sanders’s speech erupted in cheers when, afterward, a college official promoted an antiabortion stance. But this is also a student body that appears to have diversified somewhat in recent years, with some students reportedly supporting causes that aren’t traditionally associated with Republicans.
Sanders’s courting of young and more liberal-minded Evangelicals is not likely to change the race to any significant degree; their numbers just aren’t big enough. But his presence at Liberty shines a light on an evolving voting bloc that is perhaps more open to his message of income inequality and social justice than in the past.
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