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Bernie Sanders inspires a new generation of young voters

In this June 14 photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference outside his campaign headquarters in Washington.
In this June 14 photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference outside his campaign headquarters in Washington. Associated Press

As many are aware, there is a presidential election this November. We also all (hopefully) just voted in the primaries to select our chosen candidate for said election.

Although it seems that Sen. Bernie Sanders will not be selected as the Democratic presidential nominee, he has certainly altered the way Americans, specifically young Americans, view politics. Sanders has given a voice to many people who are discontented with the way our country is being run and sparked a fire of change in them.

This change has a name, one that has been avoided for decades: socialism. However, it is not socialism in the classic sense that was created by Karl Marx, where the government owns and runs everything, pushing for equality on a level that is certainly unachievable. No, this “new” system goes by a different name: social democracy. It is a system that advocates for equality while still allowing each person to have their individual freedoms.

Though many hoped for change, it would seem the time for those changes may not be in this specific election. However, a new generation of passionate and involved voters has been created — voters who will not go quietly into the night.

Kaelyn Molle, San Luis Obispo

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