Bernie Sanders’ Political Revolution Is Tackling THE Issues of Our Day


Some political pundits and Hillary Clinton backers have rallied behind the still-Democratic-frontrunner’s closing statement in last night’s debate where she stated, “I am not a single-issue candidate and I do not believe we live in a single-issue country.” Some feel that Clinton finally found her message on why she is running for President of the United States, comparing this to her “I found my voice” moment in New Hampshire during her 2008 race against Barack Obama. While a true statement and a decent line, it isn’t a game-changer as it isn’t remotely true that Bernie Sanders is a single-issue candidate himself.

While the anti-establishment Sanders centers his candidacy on the singular message around a rigged system that favors the wealthy over the interests of everyday Americans, this is hardly a single issue. The money that has corrupted our political system has corrupted virtually all facets of our life, impacting many issues.

Bernie Sanders’ campaign is tackling all of these issues directly, unlike other campaigns that nibble around the edges of big issues, in the name of pragmatism, declaring that only incremental change is possible. Sanders, on the other hand, urges us to dream big, declaring that together we can fulfill the promise of Barack Obama’s candidacy and transform our political system. That transformation starts with ending the obscene amount of money contributed to candidates, a system that encourages private speeches to big-money interests that must be kept secret from the voting public.

This political revolution that Sanders is leading isn’t just about economics, while combatting our troubling income inequality is definitely a cornerstone of his platform. The Vermont Senator is also calling for progressive change regarding our drug laws, including ending cannabis prohibition, and reforming our criminal justice system, tackling institutional racism head-on in the process.

On the environment, Bernie is also calling for huge reforms, including banning fracking (a strong policy disagreement with former Secretary Clinton, whose history on the issue is far from progressive) to fight climate change, an issue that he has declared the biggest threat to all of us. I don’t think that there is any doubt that a President Sanders would use his executive authority to be one of, if not the most environmentally-conscience presidents in our nation’s history.

On foreign policy, Sanders, while being wrongly portrayed as out-of-touch, promotes an approach where we learn from our mistakes (what a novel concept!), avoiding entanglements that only create more death and destruction and in the end, hurt the interests of the United States. Senator Sanders doesn’t want to follow in the footsteps of Henry Kissinger’s missteps, George W. Bush’s Iraq War or even President Obama’s and then-Secretary of State Clinton’s regime change in Libya, a decision that has created a failed state run by warlords that provides a safe-haven for ISIS and other terrorist groups to thrive.

Of course, here at Marijuana Politics we have been focusing on his call to legalize cannabis and implement Drug War, racial justice and criminal justice reforms, but the notion that Sen. Sanders is a single-issue candidate is blatantly absurd. There are reasons that one may support Hillary Clinton for president, but not because of the false claim that Bernie Sanders is a one-issue candidate. This political revolution, that is more about us as a nation more than it is about Bernie Sanders, is boldly tackling important issues that are greatly impacting the lives of Americans across all demographics.

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Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.