One Issue Candidate

During the run-up to political elections candidates and their followers say just about anything. One such thing is that Bernie Sanders is a one issue candidate. While it is true that income inequality is a major concern of Mr. Sanders’ campaign it is foolish to say Mr. Sanders or any other candidate at any time is a one issue candidate.

One Issue Candidate

One Issue Candidate

In Mr. Sanders’ case such a charge is especially silly as he is a member of Congress and as such he serves on many committees dealing with a plethora of issues. Is there something wrong with a candidate focusing on one issue? Not in my mind when the issue, a seminal issue, affects so many issues.


It appears that the one issue candidate charge is meant to disparage a campaign that has direction and focus. Income inequality affects standard of living, and how our economy functions and every aspect of poverty. Health, both physical and mental, combating disease, and quality of life issues are affected by this one issue. As paramount as this one issue is some of Mr. Sanders background and other positions include:


“Sanders openly praises the socialism of Scandinavian governments and believes the U.S. could benefit from following suit. Though he’s the longest serving Independent member of Congress, he endured several hard losses at the beginning of his political career. The Brooklyn native moved to Vermont with his first wife in the 1960s, when he worked as a carpenter, freelance writer, filmmaker, and researcher, according to The New York Times. After those jobs didn’t fulfill him, Sanders gave politics a shot. In 1971, he unsuccessfully ran for Senate under Vermont’s Liberty Union Party (LUP). In 1972, he lost the state’s gubernatorial election, and he faced two more failed campaigns before becoming mayor of Burlington in 1981. In 1990, he was elected the first Independent member of the House in 40 years. He moved on to the Senate eight years ago, and in 2010, Sanders famously filibustered President Barack Obama’s tax cut plan by speaking for 8.5 hours on the Senate floor.”

“Here is where Senator Sanders stands on some of the major issues you care about:”

“1. Education

Sanders resents the notion that college is a privilege, not a right. Speaking to HuffPost Live at the beginning of April, he said, “I think what we need to do is say yes, higher education should be a right. Not for everybody, people who have the ability, people who have the desire, because that makes our country stronger.”


“When it comes to free college, Sanders said, “The folks who control the politics in America, the people who control the media aren’t particularly interested in that discussion. They’re doing just fine. The top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. ‘What’s your problem? Things are going just great.'”


“Sanders added that Denmark is doing something right by providing universal healthcare and mostly free higher education. But that’s democratic socialism,” Sanders continued. “We don’t want to talk about that, do we? We love the current system, where we have massive wealth and inequality.”


“The Senator’s own upbringing in “solidly lower middle class” New York likely informed his views on the relationship between income inequality and education. “A lack of money in my family was a very significant aspect of my growing up,” he said last year. “Kids in my class would have new jackets, new coats, and I would get hand-me-downs.”


“Sanders said it’s “absurd” that some are discouraged from pursuing higher education because of costs.”


“This is absolutely counter-productive to our efforts to create a strong economy,” he continued.”


“2. Marijuana

Sanders has voiced support for medicinal marijuana use, and he’s also aware of the fact that an increasing number of Millennials want the substance legalized. “It is a trend, but I think it has a lot of political support from young people especially,” Sanders told TIME last year. “It probably will continue to move forward. Colorado led the way. Other states I expect will follow. I have supported the increased use of marijuana for medical purposes, and I can tell you when I was Mayor of the City of Burlington, which includes the University of Vermont, I don’t recall that anybody was arrested for marijuana use. And I have real concerns about implications of the War on Drugs that we have been engaged in for decades now with a huge cost and the destruction of a whole lot of lives of people who were never involved in any violent activities.”


“3. Immigration

While Senator Sanders supports the rights of children whose parents enter the country illegally, he told The Washington Post in 2013 that he is skeptical of some guest worker programs. “What I do not support is, under the guise of immigration reform, a process pushed by large corporations which results in more unemployment and lower wages for American workers,” he told the publication. “You have massively high unemployment for young people, yet we’re talking about expanding visas so that young people from abroad can serve as life guards, become ski instructors, become front desk people, when young people in this country desperately need jobs to pay for a college education … I’m very dubious about the need to bring foreign unskilled labor into this country. These are kids, young high school graduates, and the unemployment rate is just extremely high. I do not understand why they cannot hire those people and need foreign labor.”


“4. The Environment

In 2012, Sanders took to the Senate floor to blast Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Ok.) for doubting the severity of climate change. Because of Inhofe’s seniority in the Republican party, Sanders feared his climate change skepticism would sway conservatives not to do anything about the crisis at hand.”


“5. LGBT Rights

Sanders is a known supporter of gay marriage. In the 1990s, he voted against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which permitted states to refuse to acknowledge same-sex marriages that were granted in other states. So when the Supreme Court heard arguments about its constitutionality in 2013, Sanders said, “I hope the court strikes down the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. It was a bad idea when it was enacted in 1996. That’s why I voted against the law in the first place and why I am a cosponsor today of a bill to repeal the discriminatory law.”

One Issue Candidate

One Issue Candidate

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I've published an E-book (Neurotic Man), a hard copy book, (Dworb), produced movies (Woman of the Port and Liberty and Bash), and worked as a writer for Demand Media writing those ehow tidbits you've most undoubtedly seen. For many years I wrote business and marketing plans for service, retail and manufacturing businesses. Along the way I've also prepared tax returns, taught accounting, been a business start-up consultant, licensed arbiter, federal analyst, busboy, waiter, safety clerk, lighting salesman, restaurant manager, parking lot attendant, construction foreman, and cook.
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