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Building A Future To Believe In

A campaign slogan can say a lot about a candidate. Bernie Sanders’ “A Future to Believe In” campaign slogan reveals Bernie’s innate optimism and faith in future generations (e.g., the Millennial generation) to be able to change the world for the better. With Bernie’s strong leadership and honest laws and practices empowering Americans to tackle the challenges of global climate change, humanity has a hope of a habitable planet in the future.

To equip current and future generations to solve the crises of frequent droughts, flooding, and other disastrous weather changes, our country needs more trained scientists and engineers. Many more. But how can we produce these necessary professionals without affordable educational opportunities? Our next Einstein or Madame Curie could be growing up today in an impoverished household one paycheck away from homelessness.

Without offering even a hope that advanced education is possible for all students, our society effectively condemns itself. We’ve created a “throw-away” mentality that says children of the lower economic strata –predominantly minorities–don’t deserve the education necessary to succeed in life. We’ve taken away their chance to make our world and our future better through their gifts and vision.

So, when Bernie Sanders states we need to “stop penalizing students for getting an education” and offer free tuition at public colleges (as states such as New York and California have done in the past), he is expressing an optimistic opinion that the talent to solve the daunting tasks of climate change already  exists. All we have to do is recognize it, cherish it and encourage it to grow. (Click here for how Bernie plans to pay for free public college:

Offering free public college tuition is just one step in building “A Future to Believe In,” but it is the greatest step. Face it–what is our alternative? To keep students perpetually in debt through outrageous student loans? The last twenty-five years has created a new form of disenfranchisement, the debt slave, a person who can’t get ahead because of crushing college loan debt – debt which prevents the former student from succeeding and cripples our economy. How does creating horrendous stresses on our fellow citizens encourage the talents we need to solve problems such as curing disease or developing alternative energy sources? Answer: It doesn’t.

For optimists, Bernie Sanders’ “A Future to Believe In” is the obvious path to travel. It’s the only sane and humane path. Candidates afraid to do anything to upset the billionaire-friendly status quo are essentially pessimists and narcissists. Think about it. When has a “No, we can’t!” attitude ever made the world a better place?


Bio: Cindy A. Matthews is a freelance writer, novelist and editor of The Bernie Blog.


  • This link leads to an article that is very racist and provincial in tone. For example: “The proportion of adults who want to work has been sliding over the last 17 years. In West Virginia, only half of working-age adults have a job.” Okay, so why are these West Virginians being accused of “not wanting” to work? Perhaps they’re unemployed because there are no jobs left in their towns because their former well-paying jobs have been shipped overseas to China or Mexico by greedy former employers who only pay foreign workers pennies on the dollar and provide zero healthcare or other benefits? The idea of blaming the victims for their plight is a very old one, and an inherently racist/sexist/ageist one. You usually find these types of opinion pieces written by old white males who inherited money and never went a day hungry in their life and always had access to health care. We really need to stop thinking that America is all about rich white old men and their pocketbooks and prejudices–it’s not. The one-percenters need to stop acting selfish with their resources and keep jobs inside the USA and stop blaming the unemployed for destroying the jobs. It’s the greed of the rich white males who have caused most of the grief. It’s just amazing how much prejudice there still is in 2016. You’d think it was 1816 and non-whites and non-males didn’t have the right to vote. (I forget — they keep trying to take that away from us through their voter suppression techniques.)

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Cindy A Matthews

Cindy A. Matthews is a freelance writer, novelist and editor of The Bernie Blog.