During winter quarter, Josh Hutcherson visited UCSB to march with students in solidarity and support for Bernie Sanders. The Hunger Games star shared some of his insight on Sanders’ presidential campaign and notes that he highly supports his progressive democratic socialist platform. On Twitter, Hutcherson tweeted about the “amazing turnout” for the #StudentsForBernie march on campus.
Attending such a liberal university full of students who fight for what they deserve, it looked like Sanders would clearly win the Democratic nomination for the 2020 Presidential Election. But after Super Tuesday, the odds don’t seem to be in our favor.
With Joe Biden taking the lead in the 2020 United States Democratic presidential primary results, it feels like a harsh slap to the face. Sanders continues to emphasize his plan of reversing economic inequality which would limit the power of the wealthiest one percent of Americans.
The lower and middle classes need the pro-labor rights that Sanders advocates for as well as pursue the truest form of democratic socialism the United States needs.
Seeing the current results leaves me with a sense of defeat. We the students need Bernie. Working families need Bernie. The incarcerated need Bernie. Corporations, the government, and the rest of the wealthiest one percent of Americans have enjoyed their corruption long enough. We need equality, and we need it now.
We must continue to fight and vote for what we deserve. The hardships we face do not compare to what the wealthiest of Americans experience. Should a student face home and food insecurity while billionaire Kylie Jenner can “at least pay $100,000” for her daughter’s second birthday party? The answer is no.
America’s dominant ideologies and its free-market economy have become so ingrained in our daily lives that we simply accept things as they are. In spite of this depressing reality, I propose that we no longer accept this growing inequality.
Enough is enough. Voting matters. Your voice matters. Together, in solidarity, we must fight for democratic socialism. If not, the top one percent of Americans will continue to gain power and wealth while we struggle to live comfortably. Vote Bernie 2020.
Alyssa Tinoco is a second-year film and media studies major at UC Santa Barbara.