Bernie Sanders to Bennington Students: Use your energy, intelligence and idealism

March 17, 2017 07:05 PM

BENNINGTON - He doesn't stand at the podium like a politician.  Look like a politician and, more often than not, doesn't act like a politician.  And that's exactly how Senator Bernie Sanders endeared himself to millions of voters, 13.2 million to be exact, including many students at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington.

"Watching him on tv, you get excited about the issues he talks about but seeing him in person, live, at your high school is really exciting," explains Ally White, a senior at MAUHS.

The points Senator Sanders drove home to the packed auditorium could have been taken directly from the playbook of his underdog Presidential campaign: Universal Health Care, Government Funded College, Climate Change, Gender and Race Equality and, of course, the shrinking middle class.

"Your generation may have the dubious distinction of being the first generation in modern history to have lower standard of living compared to your parents," said Sanders, from the podium.

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Sanders reminded the students that he didn't give up - not after losing a hard fought primary and a disappointing, to him, outcome in the general election.

"Listen to people who have different points of view than you do," advises Sanders.

And that their job, now and in the future, is to fight for what they believe in as well.

"Don't sit back and complain 'This is terrible.'  We have the ability to make things happen if you use your brains and figure out how to do it," adds Sanders.

Click here to hear students' reactions to the speech.


Abigail Bleck

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