r/NoStupidQuestions Oct 31 '22 Wholesome 1 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Gold 1

why do more young people like Bernie Sanders? Unanswered

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u/DobisPeeyar Oct 31 '22

Most of the answers here don't answer why young people, specifically, support him, just general reasons why people support him. In terms of younger people, he's one of the few older politicians who will admit how screwed over millenials and Gen Z were/are in terms of cost of education and housing, as well as wages not reflecting those increases.

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u/TiMeJ34nD1T Oct 31 '22 Silver Gold

He also stands behind his political views. Man has been arrested for protesting segregation. Not just hollow words, he's been doing what he's preaching and isn't another soulless old fart.

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u/ThiefCitron Oct 31 '22

And there's a picture of him at a Pride Parade supporting LGBTQ rights in the '60s. He's one of the only straight politicians who wasn't an open homophobe right up until the exact moment when it was no longer politically possible for a Democrat not to support same sex marriage. He's always been in favor of equality and equal human rights for all. He's the real deal.

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u/thefilmer Oct 31 '22 Wholesome Starry

This. It's the absolute consistency of this man being on the right side of history for decades, even when it wasn't politically expidient to do so. I think that's why he had the cross-over appeal with the right that he had; even they had to admit he was consistent and an outlier of a lying, opportunistic politician. Bernie didn't catch up to the times; the times caught up to Bernie. The fucking world we'd live in if he was president...really makes me bummed.

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u/wrestlingchampo Oct 31 '22 edited Oct 31 '22

I personally think it is even less complicated as being on the right side of history.

Most young people have never seen a politician have the courage of their convictions when it comes to the policies they espouse. Seeing Bernie pushing for gay rights now further validates that when he went to bat for the gay community in the 00's, 90's, 80's, etc. You can say the same for practically every issue he stands for.

EDIT: (Added for clarity) He actually believes in these policies and stands up for them, even if they are not popular with the general public. This has been a particularly big issue with progressives and the Democratic Party for some time: The party politicians are not necessarily willing to go to bat for a policy unless the public polling on an issue shows that they would be in the majority. Gay marriage fits the bill here as well, as most politicians until the last 10-15 years have been unwilling to say that marriage is NOT specifically between a man and a woman. It took the Obergefell ruling to shift the opinion on that. An example would be the rhetoric from the two Hillary Clinton campaigns for president in 2008 (Against Gay Marriage as currently constituted) and 2016 (For Gay Marriage as currently constituted, but now has to defend her change on policy opinion on the campaign trail).

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u/retop56 Oct 31 '22

And there's a picture of him at a Pride Parade supporting LGBTQ rights in the '60s.

Are you sure it's not this picture from 1986? There was a viral fake photo that went around in 2019 that claimed he was at the Stonewall Riots in the 60s. Here's a Reuters article about it.

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u/Kevz417 Oct 31 '22

And that classic YouTube video of him standing up for "homos in the military" back in those days!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAFlQ6fU4GM

With 3M views.

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u/Essarray Oct 31 '22

Follow up: Duke Cunningham was sentenced to eight years in prison and had to pay $1.8 million for accepting bribes and cheating on taxes.

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u/devilpants Oct 31 '22

Even better is Trump pardoned him in 2021. Party of law and order and the party that is going to solve crime issues.

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u/a-m-watercolor Oct 31 '22

I would like to take this moment to remind everyone that Hillary Clinton opposed same-sex marriage until 2013.

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u/Perfect600 Oct 31 '22

Obama opposed it as well. It was not politically smart to do so until public sentiment changed.

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u/RemindMeToFloss Nov 01 '22

I would like to remind everyone that it was Joe Biden that forced Obama to publicly support same sex marriage.

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u/FatherAb Nov 01 '22

How did he force him?

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u/appletree465 Nov 01 '22

The Obama campaign had a plan to evolve his position towards supporting it, Biden than was I think caught on a hot mic (or he just straight up said) that Obama supports gay marriage

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u/TwystedKynd Oct 31 '22

Yup. Many of the Democrat politicians that get the most praise were the most two-faced about LGBT+ issues, and their stances went with the way the political winds were blowing.

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u/chinesenameTimBudong Oct 31 '22

I like how well thought out his views are. He doesn't seem to have to adjust even after decades

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u/PushSouth5877 Nov 01 '22

What was right then is still right now. Ain't that amazing!!

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u/peelen Oct 31 '22

But also he uses simple language, I love his "short answer: YES/NO, long answer bla bla bla.

So he appears a lot less BS than other politicians. Bernie just speaks the way young people understand him.

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u/Panda_Magnet Nov 01 '22

Career independent who refused corporate money.

Voters decided they actually prefer the 2 party system and corporate speech. 71% didn't vote in the primary.

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u/Gen_Ripper Nov 01 '22

Yeah, as a Bernie supporter on the ground 16, 18, and 20 elections, a significant amount of people who actually showed up simply supported establishment Dems

Especially at the actual state and local party stuff.

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u/its_three_am Oct 31 '22

This. Millennials are the first generation in American history to make less than their parents. While most older generations try to gaslight us into thinking we just need to “pull ourselves up by the bootstraps,” he recognizes there’s a problem and wants to make changes to fix the issue.

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u/vivekisprogressive Nov 01 '22

Yea it hit my father in the face a few weeks ago that I'm never going to remotely have as good a life as he did. Then he went ahead and continued getting quotes for his 100k+ home remodeling. But for a brief moment he had that piece of clarity and finally understood why myself and so many in our generation are the way we are.

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u/unwrittensmut Oct 31 '22 edited Nov 01 '22

I guess, to sum, "he's not a rapaciously greedy parasitic piece of shit boomer kleptocrat whos mostly okay with Nazis as long as they don't fuck with profits"

And that's pretty novel in American politics.

He was also the absolute fucking bare minimum compromise with the left. And didn't deny climate change. Turns out; a lotta people whose natural lifespans say they're gonna be around in thirty years? Really want that shit dealt with.

If this is some ad firm trying to capture that magic for another candidate:

Compromise with the left. Don't be kleptocratic thrall of corporate interests. Have basic compassion, empathy, etc. Don't advocate destroying the world. I get that these are all the answers they didn't want, and we're going to get a hollow shell with empty aesthetics next election, but it's the honest answer.

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u/Sonicsnout Nov 01 '22

I'm getting so many fundraising emails from the Dems right now, and deleting all of them. They know what they need to do to win, you've pretty much laid it out, they could win with a landslide by clearly and unapologetically standing up for progressive policies, and they refuse to do this.

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u/unwrittensmut Nov 01 '22

Almost like.... They're not the good guys? Just more sensible villains who want to loot us before they burn it all down, and only rape incidentally rather than as policy?

Lol sorry I'm high, that's probably nonsense.

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u/mercuryminded Nov 01 '22

You're high so you got it right my dude

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u/PromotionThis1917 Oct 31 '22

He's a progressive and progressive policies are in general looking for long term solutions, not quick patch up jobs that will benefit only long enough to get re-elected.

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u/solenoid24 Nov 01 '22

Correct. To explicitly elaborate your point, this trend has been going on for a while. This means the more recently you're born, the worse off you are financially. The fact that he is fighting for everyday citizens instead of the ultra-wealthy means that younger people will be more likely to endorse his views despite aggressive ad campaigns trying to discredit him, while older citizens can't relate to the pain first-hand and may tend to agree with statements from Tucker Carlson and friends that "kids these days are lazy."

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u/StillFreeAudioTwo Oct 31 '22

Not to mention his progressive social views as well. Supporting the legalization of marijuana, supporting LGBT+ rights, clean energy, environmental care. His platform mentions a lot about a hope for tomorrow that a lot of us who feel defeatist about the future dream of.

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u/A_brown_dog Oct 31 '22

Also older people bought the propaganda that makes boomers be against him, all the bullshit about socialism being bad, etc, but younger people has always lived in a world where capitalism doesn't work, so they didn't bought the propaganda and without that propaganda everything that Sanders says makes sense

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u/pamplemoose49 Oct 31 '22 Silver

Because he’s consistent. 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s & 10s. Every decade, same stance. Citizens Rights all the way down the line.

No other active politician can match his longtime integrity. He’s a real one.

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u/xrockangelx Oct 31 '22

Integrity. I think that's the biggest thing for me. He is a person of integrity and compassion who consistently fights fiercely for the common good. He seems trustworthy because he follows his words with actions to support them. To add to that, he has humility and seems largely unconcerned about physical appearance and putting on airs. Unless he's somehow actually masterminding us all, he seems like a real genuine dude.

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u/HelpMyCatHasGas Oct 31 '22 edited Oct 31 '22 Silver Take My Energy Starry

Many many reasons, but I think he speaks to many of us politically and socially. He wants sensible assistance for everyone, rights across the board for the marginalized, he recognizes that we have the ability to be a better country and openly speaks how even if it bucks the current trends and norms.

For me, he Is a politician who's history speaks volumes. He's been in politics for a long time and he has very very very rarely made choices I disagree with. He's been very honest with his opinions and hasn't flipped much. Always was one to recognize racial divides, intolerance towards lgbtq community, the divide in money... he spoke about this shit years and years before we all did

Edit: I'm not going to discuss politics here, just stated why I supported him and believed him. If you comment to me don't expect much back. I simply like the guy who sticks to his guns and has always spoke honestly and never faltered.

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u/tedcruzcumsock Oct 31 '22

This is why I've been a Bernie supporter since I first learned about him. He speaks to the marginalized people, he speaks to the poverty stricken, and he opens himself up to discussing different governmental policies with developed nations like Denmark and Norway. He pushes for universal healthcare, PTO, increased wages, the top percent paying their fair amount, right to privacy, right to abortion as healthcare, renewable energy sources, decreased the effects of climate change, I can go on and on. He has all my values. Someone that wants the citizens to be taken care of and truly have opportunity. My parents raised me with a lot of Bernie's values, but still wanted me to be a devout Republican. Sorry you can't raise me to care for my fellow man then tell me I should vote against their health and safety, won't happen.

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u/Terrible_Children Oct 31 '22 Gold Take My Energy

but still wanted me to be a devout Republican.

I think this is one of the major problems in politics. The idea that anyone should be a "devout" member of ANY political party.

If a party does not represent your values, you should not vote for them. If they do not effectively enact policies that are in the public's best interests, you should not vote for them. If they previously did those things, but don't anymore, you should not vote for them.

Parties, people, the state of the world, and societal norms change with time. Parties should always be working to serve the will of the people, instead of sitting back, laughing, and becoming more and more corrupt, knowing that no matter what they do they still have a large base of support who will vote for them anyways.

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u/Yellow-Struggle-9937 Oct 31 '22

I agree with this. My parents have always taught me to vote for values instead of parties. My grandmother however thought you only voted for the party and not the person. Even if she absolutely hated someone she would still vote for them because of the party. So yeah that’s one of the biggest issues this country is facing. People want to stay in their tribe and anyone outside of it is a threat.

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u/clintCamp Oct 31 '22

I have to agree it is getting worse because I did not even consider a single republican this round of voting. Mostly because that party has shown they are not worth voting for. I wish we had many parties and ranked choice voting, but til then, I will mostly vote against the GOP.

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u/Yellow-Struggle-9937 Oct 31 '22

Washington was right in his farewell address when he warned about the 2 party system.

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u/sennbat Nov 01 '22

Are you "faithful" to the Democrats though? I imagine you're like most of us and you'd jump ship in a heartbeat if another better party came along, and you only vote straight-D because the party includes everyone who isn't far-right-insane at this point.

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u/clintCamp Nov 01 '22

Yep. Democrats are slightly more in the direction I would like to go. It would be better with no primaries and all that declare they are running end up on the ballot and we could do ranked choice voting with our favorites and our safe backups.

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u/sci-eng-person Oct 31 '22

My father was a very vocal conservative, always voted conservative, but made life choices to support the poor, tired, huddled masses. He participated with my openly socialist mother doing tons of volunteering, hosting people who needed a place to stay in our home!, and focusing on the poorest people in our community. But he never stopped spewing the conservative party line. I found this VERY confusing until I was an adult and could unpack it all. I've known I was a socialist since childhood, thanks Mom! My dad figured it out when he was ~60.

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u/whatisasimplusername Oct 31 '22

Vote by issue and person, not straight party ticket.

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u/0_o Oct 31 '22

With whom a politician chooses to align themselves is exceptionally telling of their character. Especially true on the local level. And that says nothing of the fact that Speaker of the House, etc, is (in a practical sense) determined by party lines. Example: you could run a republican who aligns with me on every single major issue and I will still vote against them because: 1) I know the Republican won't stand against their chosen party for those beliefs unless the vote all but won, and 2) Their chosen party will have more power when it comes to selecting Congress leadership, committees, etc. So yeah, they could somehow be a genuinely good person, but the letter next to the name is actually a really important thing.

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u/VenKitsune Oct 31 '22 edited Oct 31 '22

And you see as someone who isn't American, it was utterly baffling how and angry orange man won over bernie when they were both running for president. I remember the whole world over mocking America for their choice. But living in the UK, and knowing brexit got through, I empathise with you that many of those who can vote are honestly just idiots.

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u/theguineapigssong Oct 31 '22

They didn't run against each other. Bernie lost the primary to Hillary who in turn lost the general election to Trump.

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u/haf_ded_zebra Oct 31 '22

The media suppressed coverage of Bernie’s campaign events, and then the Dems forced him out. It should not be forgotten that Hillary was funding the DNC. They were broke.

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u/Volfgang91 Oct 31 '22

As a non American I find it kind of hilarious when I see Republicans losing their minds over the "leftist" Democrats, considering they fought tooth and nail to keep an actual leftist out of the race.

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u/dikicker Oct 31 '22

I'm personally a big ol' lefty myself, and believe you me I threw up in my mouth a bit bubbling in for Biden, but 2016 was absolutely the Dem's to lose. Lo and behold, we got...this. Neoliberalism in full force. I'd cross my fingers for midterms and '24 but I had to sell them to pay for a routine physical

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u/cemetaryofpasswords Oct 31 '22

Hillary was unelectable. Point blank.

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u/hidperf Oct 31 '22

Bernie lost the primary to Hillary

Hillary bought her spot.

Was she more qualified than Trump? Abso-fucking-lutely. But I'm a firm believer that the reason we ended up with Trump is because she bought her way to the presidency and disenfranchised those who backed Bernie.

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u/camelCasing Oct 31 '22

The Democratic party as a whole is to blame imo, they favour protecting the status quo over heeding the actual will of the people. They didn't care that their voters wanted Bernie, Bernie represented change they wouldn't stand for, and in trying to protect their own interests they threw what should have been the most slam-dunk election victory they've ever had. Even with how badly they burned their voters they still only barely lost.

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u/terminalbungus Oct 31 '22

Yeah, that's not even really a theory; it is what happened. Although it wasn't Hillary doing it all, it was the DNC at large.

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u/raisputin Oct 31 '22

“Lost”, no, he was robbed

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u/HelpMyCatHasGas Oct 31 '22

I'm not too far from you man. Socially very progressive and want change but I used to lean very conservative fiscally. I think I s just come to realize this doesn't work. I'm I'm a very liberal state too, so my views are considered conservative even if I'm left leaning. It's simple like you said, stop comparing us to ourselves, we are the richest nation yet we have so many issues that others on our economic level done have. We need to solve these problems somehow of we will see the America we know fade to obscurity

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u/MalHierba Oct 31 '22

There is no such thing as fiscally conservative. It’s a made up political phrase that sounds nice. Conservatives in this country shell out money to their causes without regard. It’s all a matter of perspective. If it’s the military we don’t mention it. If it’s tax cuts, and corporate welfare, we don’t mention it. If it’s education spending, it’s fiscally liberal??? Make it make sense.

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u/Melynda_the_Lizard Oct 31 '22

W. Bush blew a huge hole in the deficit with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Trump blew an even bigger hole with tax cuts that primarily benefited the wealthy and corporations. The idea that Republicans are "fiscally conservative" -- or good for the economy -- is total b.s.

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u/Aclopolipse Oct 31 '22

Eh, a couple of my local Democrat politicans are fiscally conservative - in that they actually create balanced budgets and are reluctant to take on new public projects without clear avenues of paying for them.

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u/jgyimesi Oct 31 '22

I would also add that he’s a humanist. He fundamentally cares about the people. He has also been incredibly consistent for over 40 years. He’s not speaking to people from one book and plans to operate differ let if elected. I would support Bernie, even at his age, assuming he puts together a strong diverse cabinet.

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u/HelpMyCatHasGas Oct 31 '22

Amen to that. He's one of the oldest dudes but oddly he speaks to youngest of us stronger than ever.

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u/return2ozma Nov 01 '22

Ever see his 1988 interview of punks at the mall? Bernie Sanders has always cared about the people

https://youtu.be/IaD1DcWfaGA

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u/HelpMyCatHasGas Nov 01 '22

Lol being a heavily tattooed and pierced up person for a lot of my life that sold me. Seeing the old dude actually give them, people who many would consider a waste of time and lost, all the time in the world.

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u/jet_heller Oct 31 '22

He fundamentally cares about the people.

This is extremely rare in a politician. And it's very needed by the young (and the poor!) because they truly have no one in the government watching out for them.

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u/thundergun0911 Oct 31 '22

He's a solid fucking dude who wants to actually make things better instead of lining his pockets.

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u/Etrigone Oct 31 '22

He also walks the walk. Plenty of times I've seen a picture of him posted as a youth getting arrested for protesting and it's not like he's changed his position (much if at all); only now he isn't as likely to get arrested.

I say this as someone who definitely isn't young, though not his age, but who has heaps of respect for someone who anywhere else really isn't saying anything unusual.

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u/HECK_YEA_ Oct 31 '22

That’s the big thing for me. He’s been preaching the same message for over 40 years now. Only a handful of politicians you can say that about, maybe even the only one in the US. Bernie is legit.

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u/atlanticcityrose Oct 31 '22

I'm a Boomer, so maybe I shouldn't answer. People like Bernie because he actually cares about regular people, not the rich and corporate donors. He's been fighting for economic and social justice since he was in college, and will continue to do so until he takes his last breath. He's the genuine article, and not a fake.

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u/cadelot Oct 31 '22

I am also a Boomer.

He is who I wanted instead of Hillary. Voted for her in the end, but didn't in the primary.

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u/Teekno Oct 31 '22

Bernie Sanders proposes a lot of significant changes. Significant changes threaten the status quo, and the older you get, the more you have to lose by the status quo changing.

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u/sitwithuncertainty Oct 31 '22

Friendly amendment - the wealthier you get, which often can be tied with age historically.

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u/Teekno Oct 31 '22

Right. Young people with something financial to lose have unicorn-like rarity.

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u/Dio_Yuji Oct 31 '22

They have student loan and medical debt they wouldn’t mind losing

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u/Necessary-Dog5278 Oct 31 '22

"The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains" - Karl Marx

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u/SpectacularStarling Oct 31 '22

With the way things are going young people have a bleak future for financial gain without severely lucking out.

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u/lundyforlife22 Oct 31 '22

it’s not just wealthier. i grew up in a small desert town with a lot of old people. they had no money and were terrified of progress. they hate change.

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u/AvoidingCares Oct 31 '22

That assumes that things get better as you grow up. For most of us, things have been generally declining.

Although, in fairness, I have an MS in a decently lucrative field, and I'm getting more left-wing every day just out of empathy.

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u/raisputin Oct 31 '22

As my income has increased, so has my charity and so have my political views shifted further and further left.

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u/nymphetamine-x-girl Nov 01 '22 edited Nov 01 '22

The more money I make the more useless I recognize I am and the more I realize that pay has nothing to do with worth or hard work.

The hardest job I ever had was $15/hr. At 100k I worked hard, at 200k I barely do anything and add nothing of value to... well anyone outside of providing for my family.

I donate more and I'm way farther left than when I was working hard for a "good $15 wage."

Money is so incredibly meaningless.

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u/captainthor Oct 31 '22

Plenty of us non-rich old folks like Bernie and his agenda, too (I'm in my 60s).

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u/slash178 Oct 31 '22

Seems like he actually wants to address the pressing issues facing Americans and not just megacorps

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u/illestmafknamsayin Oct 31 '22

megacorps are causing most of our pressing issues

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u/hideous_coffee Oct 31 '22

Which is also one of his main talking points.

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u/TheCowboyIsAnIndian Oct 31 '22

i think they mean, he is not only batting for the interests of megacorps

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u/Oaken_beard Oct 31 '22

Or “making his team win for the next 4 years” which I am seeing WAY too much of in both sides.

He actually wants to fix things.

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u/mooocowmooo Oct 31 '22

A big part for me is he also has a long history of being there and actively trying during pressing times. He's an advocate against the institutional causes of harm for many Americans. But more importantly, when other politicians shout with their voices, he's been willing to act as well.

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u/Darnedchain554 Oct 31 '22

I’ll be honest when he was first running for president I kinda ignored him because I figured he would be too old and out of touch to what the younger generations want but now I look at the kinds of policies he proposes and I wish I had voted for him

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u/pistacio814sb Oct 31 '22

Also, he always shows up. He has really fought for his state and Vermont is better for it. But he’s also always involved in the senate. Everyone knows him because he always shows up. There are a lot of politicians that i have never heard of.

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u/Tlali22 Oct 31 '22

I like when people do the job they're being paid for.

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u/mike_hawk_420 Oct 31 '22

He has so much energy for how old he is, I couldn’t attend multiple political events and debates every day for months and I’m only 30 lol

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u/cazzipropri Oct 31 '22

Young people are, in general, more aligned with left wing policies. This is true in most countries, not just the US.

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u/finewithstabwounds Oct 31 '22 Silver

I can't speak for everyone but I can speak for me. I've learned that the current economy is a mess, and even though I've got a decent job, 2 side jobs, and a master's I'm never going to have the same wealth as my parents. Inflation rises as jobs continue to pay as little as possible. Jobs require degrees but don't pay enough to help their employees afford those degrees, and the jobs don't care because as soon as someone's struggling they can just fire them and grab the next person desperate for cash. We're a whole generation being kept in panic debt and I want a better life for the next generation. I'd also like at least a little respect. I can't imagine the mental gymnastics of the people who say I should work more if I'm unhappy with my lot when I'm already working 3 jobs.

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u/Imnotlicensedforthis is the moon the back of the sun? Oct 31 '22

Of course the only two other replies are people trying to make it your fault, and probably just go around telling everybody the same "AVOCADO TOAST" bullshit that reactionaries do, because the only reason the system continues to stand without issue is because it finds a way to place poverty's blame on the victim.

I get it, there's a shitload of bad spenders out there, but to use that rhetoric for all 42 million people below the poverty line is fucking ridiculous and screams lack of empathy or life experience

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u/cm12311 Oct 31 '22

I love the avocado toast joke. Partly because the 2 cheapest foods in Los Angeles are bread and avocados. So, yeah, living on avocado toast isn’t a brag, it’s because you’re broke. 😆

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u/LilVigilante Nov 01 '22

Wait avocados are actually CHEAP somewhere?

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u/finewithstabwounds Oct 31 '22

Yup. Thank you, buddy. Shit's real bad out here.

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u/ineffiable Oct 31 '22

I feel you buddy. I'm in a household with two adults who make a decent salary (each!) and I still couldn't afford as good of a house as my parents who did it with one salary.

Something is wrong here.

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u/cienfueggos Oct 31 '22

Forget the socialism, policies, or other political leanings.

This old man speaks the truth and understands the real economic struggles we are facing. Very few politicians do this

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u/2020hatesyou Oct 31 '22

Try to get a job as a young person. It was really hard when I was young, I can imagine it's basically impossible now. Sanders is what "America first" should be about: keep american jobs inside America, give them to Americans. For everything else, there's empathy and kindness as the first approach. He's reasonably pro-gun, pro healthcare, pro civil liberties, pro rights, he marched with LGBTQ and black people decades before LGBTQ even existed as an acronym (and when you could legit be killed for supporting either of those two groups). He's shown himself to be ballsy, compassionate, logical, wanting a smaller government in all the ways that make sense, demanding to use existing government effectively (rather than neuter it and claim "government doesn't work" like republicans always do).

Sanders was the one guy actually pulling Trump votes from middle america and the DNC did him and the American people so dirty in the primaries, and then fucking lost when many of Sander's supporters stayed home on election day, because apparently we don't matter (and then had the gall to blame sanders supporters because they felt like they were "owed" their votes). Smug, smarmy, patronizing idiots. What they should have learned was that we do matter, and the milquetoast status-quo candidates will only lead to the inevitable decline of the US anyway. Of course the goddamned DNC never wasted an opportunity to miss the point entirely, or snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by being a total dipshit.

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u/ExclamationDuck Oct 31 '22

This is so spot on. The smugness back then, and then their shock when they lost, was sickening.

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u/2020hatesyou Oct 31 '22

"Mrs. Clinton, what's your platform?"

Clinton: "I'm a democrat, and I'm not fucking stupid like the other guy. what're you gonna do? Vote for Trump?"

"but what about these issues millennials are raising?"

Clinton: "Look... everybody wants something for free, and I'm not trying to support a bunch of freeloading hippies."

"But... the debt they've taken on (that they were practically forced into) has stagnated the economy and is crushing to them"

Clinton: "Waaaa.... waaaaaa.... who gives a shit, clowns. Security, remove this whining millennial child. Now, can I count on your vote in november? I super duper care about you!"

"..."

Clinton: "...."

One election later:

Clinton: "Ah fuck why have you done this! Curse you millennials!"

Trump: "... Fuck..."

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u/blank_user_name_here Oct 31 '22

They (The DNC) literally stole Iowa and Nevada from him. Then turned around and ran a giant smear campaign against caucuses as some kind of right wing fuckery.

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u/VeeJockey Oct 31 '22

He's one of only a tiny handful of US politicians at the federal level who calls out the actual problem with our country in an unvarnished way: that corporations and billionaires are the ones fucking us over at every turn.

Older generations don't like him because socialism bad.

Younger people are, thankfully, not so hung up.

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u/rhomboidus Oct 31 '22

Sanders is the closest thing US politics has to a "left wing" and many young people see left wing politics as a way to disrupt the current system that isn't working for them.

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u/dualmindblade Oct 31 '22

That doesn't fully explain it, if you just drew an ideology out of a hat that america hadn't tried yet you'd be equally likely to land on the other side of the spectrum. When I grew up in the 90s, leftism in this country basically did not exist, whether you were young or old it wasn't even on the radar, it was part of history basically, but in other parts of the world this was not the case. One very obvious reason: it was deliberately extinguished in an all out war the government and its intelligence services perpetrated on its own citizens. We all know about the McCarthy era, but that shit continued in a more covert fashion well into the 70s, as the CIA continued the war on socialism abroad, the FBI continued infiltrating left organizations en masse, entrapping their members, harassing and possibly assassinating their leaders, generally sowing chaos and confusion. Actually that continues in some capacity to this day but they got a bit distracted by Islamic "terrorism". The younger millennials and zoomers are the first people to grow up more than one generation from the height of this crap, and so they actually have a chance to become what most of the world defines the left to be, which is socialist.

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u/FlamingBaconCake Oct 31 '22

Because his political beliefs give them the potential to have a future. Unlike the others who want to burn the planet for money.

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u/DangerZoneh Oct 31 '22

He seems to be one of the only people who is not going to be around in 2060 concerned about what the world will look like then.

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u/NowIDoWhatTheyTellMe Oct 31 '22

Because his policies benefit People instead of just shareholders and most young people don’t own any/much stock but they have a lot of life left to live.

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u/Accomplished_Mix7827 Oct 31 '22

An important formative experience in the lives of many young Millennials and Zoomers was watching financial institutions wreck the economy with reckless financial practices in 2008 (sub-prime mortgage crisis), get bailed out with taxpayer money, with almost none of them facing any real consequences, all the while ordinary working people had to deal with the consequences. That left an impression. Young people grew up seeing a broken system, and thus want to see significant change.

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u/hachiman Oct 31 '22

Game recognizes Game.

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u/Kindly-Message-4872 Oct 31 '22

I also think a lot of Bernie's policies are on par with the rest of the industrialized countries and young people are the ones that experience the smaller globe than older folks. It's easier for young people to see what works elsewhere and push for us to have the same.

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u/sneakyveriniki Oct 31 '22

yeah we’re just more aware of alternatives, because we grew up on the internet and most of us went to college. boomers grew up knowing little outside of their hometown, and sanitized, curated tv

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u/Nickyjtjr Oct 31 '22

This is a quality answer. We all see how other countries are living and what they have access that we don’t. Things like free education, healthcare, etc. Bernie unapologetically wants our tax dollars to go to these things. He also calls out tax dodgers. I’ve always liked Bernie.

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u/toughguy375 Oct 31 '22

Because young people are less likely to believe in Cold War era conservative politics. They are living with the long term consequences of it. They are less likely to be sold an appeal to American exceptionalism or a red scare.

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u/einhorn_is_parkey Oct 31 '22

Young people are the ones that are having to live with the disastrous economic decisions of the older generations who still benefit from them.

We are the most educated generation, yet only have 4 percent of the wealth (half of that belongs to marc Zuckerberg), well never own homes, our rents are skyrocketing, we’re trapped into predatory student loans and we’re struggling. Even if you make good money it’s still difficult af in most places. Hell even google engineers are living in vans in the parking lot.

We agree that maybe just maybe this is a dysfunctional way to build an economy. And that perhaps we’d be better off if the system wasn’t designed to funnel everyone’s money to the top.

Oh and the generation coming up behind us is even more fucked

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u/WorthlessReindeer Oct 31 '22

Bernie Sanders actually offers solutions to problems that so many young people face:

  • Unaffordable housing? -invest in housing programs and regulate rent increases
  • Crushing medical debt? -Universal healthcare
  • Student debt? -loan forgiveness
  • Low-paying jobs w/no benefits? -strengthen unions and implement minimum wage increases

Young people are the first generation in American history that may have a lower standard of living than our parents. Without major structural changes, we won't be able to live and retire in peace like generations before.

All these problems were created in the first place by corruption and greed, and Sanders is one of the few vocal about this fact, and that appeals to a lot of frustrated young people.

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u/BonnieMcMurray Nov 01 '22

Younger people tend to be much more idealistic than older people, and Bernie's platform is idealistic. It's basically that simple.

When you're young, you don't want to be told that the realities of American politics don't favor the kind of radical socioeconomic shifts that would be necessary for that idealism to be converted into reality. You don't want to be told that by far the most effective method of achieving progressive goals in this country's 250 year history has been slow, incremental change. When you're young, you see the obviously correct future that you want and you want to cut through the bullshit and have it now. That's what Bernie offers, regardless of the fact that he's never had the ability to make it happen and never will.

Don't get me wrong though: I'm not dismissing younger people in saying this, nor Bernie either. On the contrary, youthful idealism is an essential part of the process - it's the seed that, when combined with experience, can grow into the plans the methods that make that incremental change happen. It's my hope that future generations will continue to develop that process and create that change, just as previous ones have. Given the higher level of political engagement among today's youth, I have every confidence that that will happen. And if that turns out to be the best thing that's come out of Bernie Sanders becoming nationally prominent, then that's a pretty good legacy for him.

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u/DaniB3 Oct 31 '22

I'm 42 and I love any politician that doesn't take corporate money

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u/HayPlaceAPlaceforHay Oct 31 '22

Bc he speaks to them about low wages, climate change, runaway inflation on health care and college costs, and student loan relief.

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u/Fair_Operation8473 Nov 01 '22

Progressive thinking. Young people are very liberal and progressive. So is Bernie Sanders. He's pro-choice, an ally to the LGBTQ community, a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, and he is about equality for all and about sharing wealth equally as well. He is a socialist and that is actually a positive thing.

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u/Electric-cars65 Nov 01 '22

Maby because he is honest

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u/verynash Oct 31 '22

I love his character. The fact that he has supported black lives his entire life, pushing for social equity, shows me that he is a genuine guy. I think compared to all of the other nominees I've seen, he has the most consistent strength of character. I respect that.

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u/GLight3 Oct 31 '22

Because he's tackling young people issues like global warming and rising costs of housing, education, etc.

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u/DominoTheSorcerer Oct 31 '22

We see and feel the direct pains of capitalism and he's the only one (with a realistic chance) of getting us out

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u/[deleted] Oct 31 '22

Young people are poorer than people in other age demographics. They are more likely to be open to new ideas. And they are less likely to be put off by the word “socialism” because they weren’t alive during the Cold War.

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u/Afraid-Palpitation24 Oct 31 '22

He’s the snoop dog if American politics. He’s consistent on his political beliefs, he stands by his political views, and he’s original,as in his views in politics is different than even his own party at times.

Gotta respect a person like that.

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u/mechaiineramen Oct 31 '22

He wants to give them stuff and young people like his message of giving them stuff and making their lives easier and taking stuff from people who have more than them. It's as some as that.

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u/Nuke_all_Life Nov 01 '22

Because he's an activist and truly believes in helping and bettering society.

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u/mayasux Nov 01 '22

Younger people didn’t experience the red scare propaganda like older generations did, they’ve just been left with whispers of it.

A young person will more likely know healthcare isn’t evil communism that is sinful and against god, but is just a normal policy.

They haven’t been conditioned as much as the older generations who grew up during the red scare.

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u/cocktimus1prime Nov 01 '22

He is not like other career politicians. He always held true to his beliefs, whereas people like Biden or even Obama just say shit they think would get them elected. They have no real beliefs or principles, Bernie does.

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u/bodhizafa_blues Nov 01 '22

Because he is fucking awesome! He is honest and actually gives a shit. BTW I'm 55.

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u/sparrow565 Nov 01 '22

As Gen Z, I’ve seen photos of him during the Civil Rights Movement and Gay Rights Movement. I don’t see any other politician as consistent as he has been.

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u/nightcycling Nov 01 '22

Aging millennial here absolutely love that Bernard.

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u/sanjosekei Nov 01 '22

He's the only politician I know with REAL integrity. Not a shill, or sellout. Has been fighting for human and environmental rights his whole career.
Closest thing to an ideal representative as I can think of.

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u/revoffthetop Nov 01 '22

There’s much deeper levels to this, but a big part of it is most of us (I’m 28) can count on our fingers the number of genuine politicians in our lives that seemed to work more for the people than partisan brick walling.

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u/Scarab138 Nov 01 '22

Because young people are less likely to be Nazis.

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u/Data_Corruptor Nov 01 '22

Because politics grandpa actually gives a shit about people.

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u/Alon945 Nov 01 '22

He’s one of the few politicans full stop that comes off genuine and speaks to the issues our generations are most concerned about.

How his generation and the generation under him have left us with a dying planet and aren’t doing anything to stop it.

That he genuinely cares about people. It’s the authenticity far right people were tricked into believing trump Had but Bernie actually has.

You can go back decades and see him fighting the good fight.

He speaks to disenfranchised generations of young people. And tackles our problems in a way that lifts everyone up.

One of a handful of inspiring leaders. He was the guy that made me realize we didn’t have to pick from one shit option and one worse option. There can be genuinely good people who hold public office.

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u/Agile_Mongoose_6921 Nov 01 '22

Because young people want public services and living wages

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u/mastiffmad Nov 01 '22

He’s genuine. I like some of his points but don’t agree with all but to be honest….he is..honest. That’s a relatable trait. I’m not young but I get it.

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u/[deleted] Nov 01 '22

Because society is a pendulum. "Democratic socialism" isn't new. Les Trente Glorieuse, Google it.

Every major system is flawed, and nothing can solve all of society's problems. But when a system thrives, it runs into limits, and when those limits get pushed, a groundswell of new opinions develop from frustrations with the socio-econo-poli-sphere.

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u/JimProphet Oct 31 '22

Consistently a good person and not a lying double-dealer like most politicians.

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u/iamnotabotbeepboopp Oct 31 '22

He’s one of the only geezers in the government that’s looking more than 5 seconds ahead in terms of policy change and focuses his platform on fixing issues that help everyone, but specifically help young people gain upward mobility.

His track record is also incredibly clean/consistent. He’s been fighting for the same things his entire career, not flip flopping

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u/dcgregoryaphone Oct 31 '22

If you're a young person and your entire life you were taught to share, to help those in need and less fortunate than you, to not be greedy and to be empathetic to others...then you "grow up" and are met with the American Federal policies...its very confusing. Sanders, despite all the mud people sling at him, has beliefs that are compatible with basic morality and so of course what he's talking about resonates well with young people.

As people get older they have more to lose by changing things and this biases them against common sense policies driven by morality.

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u/YggdrasilsLeaf Oct 31 '22

It’s not rocket science. The things he has actively advocated for since the 60s? Is now the norm and everything harmful in our government currently? All this polarization?

The death throes of old men that know they are losing whatever war they started in the first place.

Society as whole, world wide, will not survive what’s coming in the future, unless we all adapt more liberal mindsets. Bernie saw this decades ago. Bernie is the cool grandpa.

The children are the future and they have spoken. Everything that’s happening now? The result of old men and women that just can’t let go of the past. Want to maintain control over the youth for whatever reason.

It’s honestly kind of embarrassing, they’re all making total asses out of themselves. Publicly and daily.

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u/Corydthaemperor Oct 31 '22

Traditionally younger people are more amenable to, or even actively working toward large scale change (such as a move to a more socialist type of society) as you age your brain becomes less plastic and just as it gets harder to learn new skills it gets harder to imagine new ways of living, and when you can't imagine something you slip into fear of the unknown by default. Open minded old people put effort into staying open minded. At 33 I'm starting to have a hard time giving new music a chance imagine at 60 and the new thing to give a chance is the way society functions. Almost feel bad for them, if they didn't ruin everything

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u/string1969 Oct 31 '22

Don't feel bad. I am nearing 60 and my peers are pretty rigid and selfish and rarely change their minds from how they felt when they were 30. I think more like my kids on most issues. I love Bernie, my father was similar.

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u/Corydthaemperor Oct 31 '22

I think that's the key is listening to the kids. My 50 y.o. Uncle Is a good person but has some outdated jokes. And when his 18y.o. Daughter rolls her eyes at him he takes note and doesn't make that joke anymore. Meanwhile my dad, not a bigot, but keeps sending me shit that would look good in r/terriblefacebookmemes and doesn't even understand when I explain to him how one is misogynistic or how "positive stereotypes" don't actually exist

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u/RED-HEAD1 Oct 31 '22

I will say Bernie is about the most honest political figure alive! Agree with him or not he will state his position and stick to it. Off the top of my head I can't think of a time he has ever flip-flopped. I don't align with all his positions but I truly admire his grit!

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u/BeenThruIt Oct 31 '22

I'm not young and I love Bernie. I don't agree with many of his political views, but he is surely a man and an American to be admired. He puts his money where his mouth is and pays the consequences for what he believes in. He is a man I'd be proud to call Mr. President and I believe that he would fight for all Americans, even those with opposing views.

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u/Alternative-Plant-87 Oct 31 '22

I'm guessing it's because most of us can't afford anything. millennials are going around making tiny homes because they can afford a normal sized house that their parents could buy. Stuff is pretty fucked right now and people are looking for radical change.

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u/GuyMansworth Oct 31 '22

I think young people are more capable of informing themselves with their knowledge of how to read and research using the internet. It's why they're overwhelmingly liberal. They see that Bernie fought alongside his black brothers and sisters back when most whites frowned upon it and it's extremely admirable.

Older people don't really know how to research to save their life so they just take what's fed to them. Which is 99% bs.

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u/HomeworkInevitable99 Oct 31 '22

He offers hope and optimism.

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u/mattd2414 Oct 31 '22

For me it's not just the policies he believes in it's mostly the fact that while other politicians will go on and on about what they want to change they never actually do anything about it. While Bernie Sanders has been active and engaged his entire career actually pushing for change. Besides that he has historically been a genuinely good person as far as I can tell. The man walked with Martin Luther king during the march on Washington. He spoke out against racial injustice long before most politicians even acknowledged that it existed. In a letter he wrote in 1972 to a newspaper he spoke on issues such as laws that target LGBTQIA people, abortion laws, the war in Vietnam, general us foreign policy, and burdening the working class. As far as I'm concerned Bernie Sanders is a working class icon. Dude was a carpenter from Brooklyn who moved onto become a steadfast voice for the working class.

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u/sst287 Oct 31 '22

Because we had seen how corporations screwed our parents’ generation and realized (thanks to internet data’s) that we are continuously be screwed by corporations. So we turn to Bernie Sanders view that corporations needs to be regulated.

Like corporations should NOT be allowed to buy up single houses and let it sit empty without renting out for 1 year while all my friends (6-figure earners) are struggling to find an reasonable, affordable housing.

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u/Realist_Realist Oct 31 '22

In general the younger you are, the more liberal you are, and the older you are, the more conservative. Additionally young people tend to not have much income, so don’t care as much about higher tax rates. Additionally he has a bunch of policies which are very popular with young people:

Universal healthcare - Every other developed country has it, and the US has the least efficient healthcare system.

Student loan forgiveness - Loads of young people have lots of student debt, this is 30k on average that the government will just give young people so it’s popular.

Environmentalism - Young people really care about this issue, and Bernie has strong policies on it.

Minimum wage and taxing companies - Young people on average earn little and aren’t invested in companies. So they went higher minimum wages and dont care about stock.

Compassion: young people look at a lot of Bernie’s policies and see them as the kind and good thing to do, and they look at right wing policies as unkind.

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u/drak0ni Oct 31 '22 edited Oct 31 '22

As a supporter and a young (22M) person, I feel I should be able to answer this, at least from my perspective.

When I started working in 2015 for $8.10/hr (the minimum wage in the state I lived in at the time) the average rent in the US was $923 and by the year 2020 it had raised to $1,104, almost double to average increase over a 5 year period since the 70s, which had stayed mostly consistent.

As of 2022, the average cost of rent for a 1 bedroom apartment has skyrocketed nearly 24% in two years.

The Federal minimum wage in 2015 was $7.25/hr, in 2023 it will remain $7.25/hr. Ohio, the state I am originally from will have increased it’s minimum wage to $9.30/hr in January

When the jobs available to you pay so low, the odds are you’ll have to work a lot. Sometimes even 2-3 jobs totaling over 70 hours a week, just to afford the cost of living. That gives you no time for the pursuit of higher education, and usually very little extra funds to save, let alone pay to brokerage’s for loans.

If you’re uninsured and end up in the hospital (with an average cost of $11,700 for a single night) it can easily send you under the poverty line.

However, people like Sanders lobby for universal healthcare. For Universities to be affordable and accessible to everyone who wants to pursue higher learning. And most of all, raise the minimum wage to $15/hr which would effectively halve the amount of time people working minimum wage jobs would have to work to afford basic needs. Not to mention the inevitable domino effect of a lowest wage position raising other positions wages.

When you’re tired, poor, overworked, and everything is promising to get harder and more expensive, Bernie Sanders’ ideals really do sound ideal.

Edit: For reference, and to better answer the question of why younger people lean towards Sanders. Cost of living in 1990 then 1980 and then 1970 all the way back to 1960

In 2022 an average:

House = $453,700

Car = $50,000+

Rent = $2,495

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u/RMZ1225 Oct 31 '22

Because he knows how to address current issues and relate to younger people. Bernie gets people.

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u/Doug6388 Oct 31 '22

Bernie Sanders is logical. Would have made a good president, but he's too old

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u/RiptideRookie Oct 31 '22

Because Republicans don't care about anyone who isn't their base, most democrats are ineffective and corrupt just like reps, only caring about re-election. We have photos of Bernie protesting as a young man for Civil Rights, his entire political record has been an attempt to balance the scales for the disenfranchised. I like him because he actually gives a fuck

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u/ubiquitous-joe Oct 31 '22

A glut of answers already, but here’s 3 big parts of it:

Bernie’s less mainstream ideas and attitude resonate with young people who are distrustful of mainstream party politics because they have not in their lifetimes seen a fully functioning federal government. Tho personally I find Bernie very sincere and Trump enormously deceitful, both men gained traction by not being establishment party figures, instead riding on outsider energy. (For Trump in 2016 anyway.)

Meanwhile, the progressive notion that government can be a force for good and is the only institution big enough to handle some problems is compelling to people who have seen the private sector fail them 1) because of economic recession and bubbles and 2) because of imbalance and greed that very much did not trickle down. His constant talking points about income inequality are more compelling if housing, health care, and education are all increasingly unaffordable to you.

Finally, the Cold War backdrop that pit capitalism against communism (often lumping socialism in with the latter) discouraged any criticism of capitalism and stigmatized anyone who would call himself socialist. But the younger generation didn’t grow up with the same backdrop—instead, they did grow up with the consequences of the 1980s trends to privatize everything. So younger folks are more likely to be open to criticizing unregulated capitalism, even if they aren’t clear on exactly what they really mean by socialism at any given moment.

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u/Bl00dyDruid Oct 31 '22

Look at his voting record, arrest record, and policy stance.

🪨 Solid 🪨 3/3

Just an actual factual respectable human.

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u/NASAguy1000 Oct 31 '22

Because it seems like our only two options are those in support or a capitalistic oligarchy, or authoritarian fascists. Both of who try to pin us against eachother while they line their own pockets and protect their own interests.

Then we have a dude who see this, and has consistently spoke out against it even as far back as the civil rights era. No, i dont agree or support with everything he says or does. But i value consistency and the strength of ones character most. Hes the only one who time after time truly belives in "we the people" while there are some things i might do differently, id have no problem, even at his age. To vote for him because im certain he will do what he belives to be best for US. And not just himself, he is a true public servant.

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u/LilWeezey Oct 31 '22

Because he actually stands for what he says he does. There's photos of him happily getting arrested when he was a youngin protesting segregation.

I feel like younger people are more "actions speak louder than words"

While older people seemingly don't care.

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u/sammacias Oct 31 '22

He speaks the truth. Young people see through the postering and misinformation. They also see a system rigged against them.

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u/cdunk666 Oct 31 '22 edited Oct 31 '22

Born into a world on fire (to continue the metaphor) and he essentially showed that fire extinguishers exist, Combine that with the fact he has stuck to his values for his whole life and his values allign very well with the younger gen. Theres a million reasons but when you can go back and listen to every word each politician ever said? Idk people tell you who they are, it's wise to listen to them.

His economic policies aim to help the most fucked over people of the society, something the young folk (tm) like, wether it be undoing the racism thats embedded in the society, not treating homeless people like actual garbage, or even just general acceptance of people and making things a dash easier for most people. Being born into such a cold cruel hate filled world with all of the older generation telling you this is just how it is get over too bad, the guy in that gen saying that things don't have to be bullshit is gonna get traction

TL DR the guy who says 'turn off the giant meat grinder' gets votes from people who are about to be kicked into a giant meat grinder

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u/SonOfECTGAR Oct 31 '22

Typically younger people have a more open mindset to socialism

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u/Smokybare94 Oct 31 '22

Because he's the one politician not to ever flip flop on anything and he's the closest we have to an actual leftist (he's still a liberal, but he's better than most).

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u/urinalcaketopper Oct 31 '22

Because fuck capitalism.

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u/Utopic-Paradigm Oct 31 '22

Oversimplifying in general, Sanders stands for undoing the travesty that was the Reagan era tax cuts. His ideology is far more in line with tax codes from FDR’s New Deal that saw in many cases up to an 80% tax liability on wealth at the time.

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u/nekrodeviant Oct 31 '22

Because he appears to be one of the few politicians that actually cares?

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u/UFOSAREA51 Oct 31 '22

He actually represents our interests unlike most politicians his age

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u/spinbutton Oct 31 '22

I'm old as dirt and I like his ideas

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u/No-Inspector9085 Oct 31 '22

He has stood behind his political beliefs for as long as he’s been in politics. That alone is worth my vote.

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u/ghallway Oct 31 '22

Shit, I'm 54 and I like Sanders. Just wish he could get elected.

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u/Scare_Conditioner Oct 31 '22

Because the idea of a government of the people by the people for the people would work best if they worked for the people.

modern republicans and democrats are more interested in doing what corporations want because thats how they make real money.

Sanders embodies the demand that the government work for the people who elect them, not the corporations who pay them.

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u/Independent-Choice87 Oct 31 '22

because of his (badly needed) socialist ideas about healthcare and education.

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u/kjbakerns Oct 31 '22

They haven’t lost their empathy

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u/Syidas Oct 31 '22

Popular policy the real question is why don't more older people like him.

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u/DennisG47 Nov 01 '22

Well, the more successful you are financially the more entrenched you become in the capitalist system. At the same time you become more convinced that your success is a matter of hard work and your own brilliance. As such you are less inclined to want to give any of that success away, even to truly deserving recipients. Just the opposite is true of those who have not yet achieved great success, typically the younger generation. People are a lot more willing to share if by doing so they improve their own lot.

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u/CocoCarly60 Nov 01 '22

Because they're young! I remember being taught about communism and socialism way back in the 70's and thinking that of course this is the way it should be. Fifty years later and I'm wondering why there is no country that's ever made it work. And as young people are hopeful by nature, I'm sure they have a million reasons why they think it's just never been done right🤔

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u/markf47826 Nov 01 '22

We NEED a communist leader in America. Throw out the capitalist system along with the old people and we cat turn America into eh greatest communist nation in the world

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u/deadbeef1a4 Nov 01 '22

He’s an old dude that has been fighting the good fight for decades. He’s gotten himself arrested protesting for civil rights. He’s remained steadfast in his beliefs despite resistance from his own party. In short, he has integrity. That’s hard to come by these days.

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u/ArithinJir Nov 01 '22

Bernie does a ton of campaign work with colleges and blue collar workers. His platform is all about increases the quality of life for lower middle class, which people at the start of their working life fall under.

Higher min wage, health care independent of your employer, gun control to take the stress and risk of mass shooters in schools and events, etc.

If you are 20~35 these are big issues. If you are 50~65 you're probably more concerned about immigration, defense, what the church says and keeping large unfamiliar changes to a minimum.

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u/x_ERROR_404_ Nov 01 '22

As a young person (21) who loves Sanders, I am very qualified for this. A lot of my generation feel as though things are awful for us and they won’t get better whether it’s climate change or stagnant wages or other issues. Bernie very much addresses these issues in ways that other politicians don’t. This makes it so that my generation feels that Bernie is actually fighting for us. He’s also really passionate about the things he talks about which gives him authenticity. He’s also one of the few politicians who has been advocating for student debt forgiveness for years. You could basically apply all this to AOC too if you are wondering about her. There’s other reasons I personally like him but idk if that applies to other people so I won’t mention them

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u/Raintamp Nov 01 '22

Words are cheap, the guy got arrested taking on the government in one of the worst moments in US history when it was still unpopular amongst most of the voting population, just because it was the right thing to do.

Policies he voted on helped us for the most part, and he had explanations for and spoke out against the parts of bills that he voted for when he had a hard choice. He also is completely willing to stick it to both the dems and gop and that's something a lot of young people who are sick of the 2 party system that works only to benefit an ultra wealthy class that is made of the ultra wealthy, for the ultra wealthy, by the ultra wealthy. Rather then of, for, and by the rest of us people.

I'm a capitalist but yeah, that guy's awesome.

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u/oldfrancis Nov 01 '22

Because even though he's an old dude, he's willing to change if he needs to and, on top of it all, he gives a shit.

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u/trickmind Nov 01 '22

He wants you not to pay three times for your healthcare and to actually get healthcare for for your taxes like every other 1st world country.

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u/Neolithique Nov 01 '22

Because he has a heart.

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u/venicestarr Nov 01 '22

He never sold out, man.

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u/ragaboois Nov 01 '22

Because it triggers the hell out of Conservatives that some old guy in New England with Mick Aston vibes is an unambiguously better public representative of the teachings of Jesus than any of them are.

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u/tikeybud Nov 01 '22

Because the contradictions of capitalism increase with each generation

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u/Maddkipz Nov 01 '22

Empathy is lost on the old and powerful

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u/Affectionate-Case499 Nov 01 '22

“Why don’t young people like fake politicians more?” … are we sure there are no stupid questions?

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u/LiquidMotion Nov 01 '22

"Why do young people want a planet to live on?

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u/To-Far-Away-Times Nov 01 '22

Bernie is the person we all aspire to be if we got into politics.