This article is slightly liberally biased.
Author Political Spectrum
Economic Viewpoint: 45% Left
Social Viewpoint: 21% Libertarian
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If you follow the news even a little bit, I’m sure you’ve heard of the tons of democrats vying for the chance to win their party’s nomination ad take on Trump.
And while we haven’t really gotten into the debates, candidates are still touring the country giving speeches and letting their positions be known. Having said that, here are the top 3 on my radar:
1. Bernie Sanders
I personally supported Bernie over Hillary in 2016 and am continuing that support in 2020. While I don’t identify as a democratic socialist, I personally consider myself a centrist, I support him and his ideas. You look at all of his proposals and you start to find that a significant amount of Americans support his ideas. Medicare for All, Liveable Minimum Wage, Tuition Free College, and so on. To me, I see this as common sense. If you’re working 40+ hours a week, you should be able to sustain yourself and family. You should be able to go to a doctor and get the care you need, regardless of your economic status, and you should be able to go to college and get your education without having to worry about a crippling debt.
While I do support his proposals, I still strongly support regulated markets. When we have huge wealth inequality and look at the greed of big corporations and CEOs, you realize we need an antidote to this ruthless capitalism, and I believe Bernie’s proposals are it. Not to mention, I admire his character. He’s been fighting for the same thing for decades and has stayed true to his beliefs and values. He didn’t give in and stuck with it. That takes persistence and I admire that.
Furthermore, I think we can all acknowledge that our current system is broken. And I think we can all agree that it’s time to get money out of politics. And Bernie is someone who is taking on the establishment by denying PAC money and relying entirely on the people to fuel and fund his campaign.
Now I’m not naive, He has his flaws. But compared to other democratic nominees and our current president, I think he’s our best choice.
2. Andrew Yang
Not many people have heard of Yang. He’s a businessman and former Obama Administration Official, so being president would be his first elected office. I watched a few videos of him on The Breakfast Club, The Joe Rogan Experience, and The Daily Wire. And I must say I like him. He’s running on a platform of Universal Basic Income and checks the rest of the other ‘Democrat Boxes’.
Personally, I’ve always supported UBI, or as he’s calling it, The Freedom Dividend. He makes a wonderfully articulated argument for referencing, AI and Automation for the growing need, and knows his economics. I think he could do a lot to not only economically, but socially benefit Americans nation-wide. I’ll defintley being keeping my eye out on him.
3. Pete Buttigieg
Mayor of South-bend, Indiana, and a proud U.S. veteran. If elected, he would be the youngest U.S. President ever. I thought he was already in the race but apparently, he officially announced his candidacy earlier today. I’ve always advocated for younger leaders as they can relate more to challenges that face the modern world. He’s been rising in the polls and gaining more support, so I definitely think he has a chance. He strikes me as a sort of Obama figure with his natural charisma. Though I will say he seems to be more rhetoric than policy, though that all could change. He is definitely on my radar.