As a 15-year-old high school sophomore, I have been closely following the presidential campaigns. After watching numerous Republican and Democratic presidential debates, I believe the best candidate for president is Democrat Bernie Sanders.
Sanders is speaking to the middle class like no other presidential candidate we’ve seen before, promising things like universal health care as a right, free college tuition and more.
Some people immediately dismiss him and his ideas solely because he is a self-proclaimed democratic socialist. However, a Democratic socialist is not a Marxist socialist or a communist. A democratic socialist is still a capitalist, just one who seeks to restrain the self-destructive excesses of capitalism and to channel government’s use of our tax money into creating opportunities for everyone. Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically to meet human needs, not simply to make profits for a greedy few.
Even though I am not eligible to vote, I support Sanders and hope that people who are eligible to vote will support him as well.