In Iowa, 84% of young democrats cast their vote for Bernie and youth across the nation are announcing that they too are "Feeling the Bern." These are the children of the young people that protested the Vietnam War and spurred the environmental movement. They are the crunchy-granola-hipster-glasses-wearing- politically-correct-over-sensitive-naive youth of the 21st century and they want change. If only they understood economics and knew how politics actually work. If only they could see past the idealistic allure of the naive propositions of the old Jewish socialist that's stirring up their emotions and promising them free college.
As young Sanders supporters, we appreciate the concern, but let's set the record straight.
We don't think we are voting for a candidate who is going to instantly erase our absurdly high cost college tuition and student debt. We don't think we're voting for a candidate who can sidestep political gridlock and push through every piece of legislation we support. We are not the idealistic uninformed naive children that our elders dismiss us as. And yes, we do "understand economics".
But here's what we know. We know we are voting for a candidate who shares our values. We know we are voting for a candidate who is tirelessly running this campaign because he so passionately cares about the issues, and cares about the people of America. We know we are voting for a candidate who we can trust to make ethical decisions when it counts. We know we are voting for a candidate who is above the influence of money and political corruption. We are voting for a different kind of politician. And that alone is enough to garner our support.
This is not to say we don't support the political revolution that Bernie has suggested. But there is a lot of ground to cover between our current place as a nation and the revolutionized nation that has been proposed and carefully budgeted by Bernie Sanders in great detail. We know that. Bernie knows that. We are very aware that, even if Sanders is elected, there is a chance that backlash and contempt might prevent the proposed revolution from occurring. There might not be free public college. There might not be a 15$ minimum wage. But you know what there will be? There will be someone sitting in the oval office who will defend the values that we believe in, as he has consistently been doing with conviction for the past 30 years.
So stop laughing at us. We may be young, but we're not stupid. The outcome of this election will set our nation on a track that could affect a large portion of our lifetime, and naturally, we're concerned. We are passionate about current issues. We are just as informed in the political realm as the rest of the voting population. So let's dismiss the condescending misconception that we don't know who and what we're voting for. America, please respect us as the important, informed force in the electorate that we are. And Millennials, keep "Feeling the Bern."