Why I’m voting for Bernie


Lansing Voices

Tom Stepp

Tom Stepp
I’m voting for Bernie because I believe in a future worth fighting for.

I’m voting for Bernie because the stakes are simply too high to settle for what we’ve had before. We cannot erase history, we cannot undo the disease that has plagued our system. We do not live in a vacuum. The system is fundamentally flawed, and it needs to be rebuilt. People have suffered for far too long for us to pretend that we’ve ever had a period of “glory days.” It’s time to move forward.

It’s time to pursue policies that can equip us to fight for progress in a world of automation, a crumbling healthcare system, and a shrinking middle class.

The Obama years are over. The Clinton years are over. The Bush years are over. What we know about politics has fundamentally changed. Trump isn’t a fluke but a symptom of a disease that will keep spreading unless we act with power and purpose.

The stakes of this election are great, and the current pandemic illustrates this clearly. We can choose to move forward and work to rebuild our crumbling nation, or we can choose to let our values, our principles, and our work fall into the dark. I hope you join me, if not in this vote, then in the fight.

Tom Stepp
Lansing, Illinois

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    You may email me directly ([email protected]) with your input on our attempts at a comment policy. It will most likely be a “living” document that we update as new situations develop, and we appreciate our community’s involvement in developing it.

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