Week 2 assignment – Edit an article from the web. – Excerpted from the NEW YORK Times.
NO decision we make as Americans more dramatically affects the direction of our country than our choice for president. He or she is more than the manager of the executive branch, commander in chief or appointer of judges. The president reflects, but also helps define, our national values, priorities, and direction.
Bernie Sanders is boldly and fiercely addressing the biggest challenges facing our country.
- Opposed trade deals with nations that pay their workers as little as a dollar an hour.
- Passionately advocated for pivoting from fossil fuels to renewable energy to save our planet from global warming — the greatest threat facing humanity.
- Recognizes that to accomplish this; we must keep the vast bulk of the world’s fossil fuels in the ground.
- Been unflinching in taking on predatory lending, as well as the threats to our economy from high-risk strategies at our biggest banks.
Bernie is a determined leader in taking on the concentration of campaign cash from the mega-wealthy that is corrupting the vision of opportunity embedded in our Constitution.
His leadership on these issues and his willingness to fearlessly stand up to the powers that be have galvanized a grass-roots movement. People know that we don’t just need better policies, we need a wholesale rethinking of how our economy and our politics work, and for whom they work.
Special interests, aided by their political and judicial allies, have exercised an ever-tighter grip on our political system, from the rise of unlimited, secret campaign spending to a voter suppression movement.
We need urgency. We need big ideas. We need to rethink the status quo.
The first three words of the Constitution, in bold script, are “We the People.” The American story is a journey of continuous striving to realize more fully our founding principles of hope and opportunity for all.
It is time to recommit ourselves to that vision of a country that measures our nation’s success not at the boardroom table, but at kitchen tables across America. Bernie Sanders stands for that America, and so I stand with Bernie Sanders for president.
Merkley, J. (2016). Why I’m Supporting Bernie Sanders. Retrieved April 14, 2016, from http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/13/opinion/why-im-supporting-bernie-sanders.html?_r=0