Sanders rally

Story by: Ian Carson, Editor in Chief
Photo by:Mackenzie Carpenter, Photography Editor

Bernie rally

I recently had the pleasure of attending a rally for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders in Indianapolis. It was a very positive experience, and it only confirmed my furthered support for the candidate. Being my first political rally, it was also an interesting chance to take in the atmosphere and compare it to what I have seen of rallies for Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.

The rally started around 7, but I arrived at about 5. Monument circle was already packed with supporters for the candidate, cheering with signs and singing songs. There were a number of performers who kept the atmosphere alive with folk music before Sanders arrived. In addition, the main Sanders organizer for the area, a local IPS English teacher, gave a short speech about her support for Sanders before he arrived.

There was something different about this rally that what I have seen of Trump’s rallies. There was more of a sense of community among the members. Of course most of us were there to see Bernie Sanders, but we were also there to support each other. At Trump rallies it often seems like the members gather in some sort of weird, adulative ceremony for Trump, fuling his ego.

Sanders finally arrived, by way of helicopter, which was the only viable mode of transport considering he was campaigning in Fort Wayne a few hours earlier. In his speech, Sanders focused primarily on his plans to improve America, rather than speaking about other candidates. It is notable that Trump’s speeches are often accusatory. Although Sanders had points in his speech where he accused others for contributing to problems in America, they were not the focus of his speech. He also laid out his plans to cover the cost of his plans, something which candidates have attacked him for not doing.

MV students who attended the rally had positive opinions.

“I thought that Sander’s speech was powerful and really moving,” said Geneva Pleasant, 11.

All in all, the Sanders rally was a success and I am glad to have been able to attend.

Mudslinging at its finest

Story by: Sydney Blankenship, staff writer
Photo of Cruz by: Sydney Blankenship, staff writer
Photo of sign by: Amanda Wiggins, staff photographer

Ted Cruz

On March 31, 2016, a video appeared in the “What’s Hot” section on Youtube of Ted Cruz on Jimmy Kimmel’s show. The clip of the interview was definitely funny. While I am not a fan of Ted Cruz myself, the words he had to say about Donald Trump did have me chuckling.

Cruz said that if he sees Trump in his rearview mirror while backing up, he would not know which pedal to press. His joke, although funny, showed how brutal the run for presidency is. I have not been following politics as much as I should be, but it seems to me that they are insulting each other more than talking about actual issues that need to be fixed. No matter what they say though, someone will think they are wrong. Everyone believes their opinion or method is right.

I do give credit to all of them. It takes serious guts and determination to run for the presidency. They have to deal with people not liking them and attacking everyone they know. But it is another thing when the attacking comes from the candidates, or, at least, Donald Trump. He has been attacking not only Cruz’s policies, which is normal, but also his family.

trump signTrump was not meant to be a politician. He should have just stayed on “The Apprentice,” complaining about how he only had a small loan of a million dollars.

Then, there is John Kasich, who only has one percent of the votes, sitting in the background in his own little world trying to get more voters.

Now I do not necessarily know what is going on in the Democratic side of politics, mainly because my parents love talking about Cruz. It seems like there is a good debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. There has been drama and mudslinging, do not get me wrong, but I feel as though the only super interesting thing that happened was the bird that flew up to Sanders, dubbing him Birdie Sanders. They are not as cutthroat as the Republicans, or, should I say, Donald Trump.

Overall, the competition is brutal on the Republican side. The closer we are to the end of the election, the more cutthroat it will be. In my opinion, whoever the president is will probably send people running and scream, demanding that they are correct. There is no winning here, only losing.

Keeping current on current events

Story by: Sydney Shurman, Reviews Editor

The current state of politics is an interesting one, to say the least. Currently in the running are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democrats, and Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and John Kasich for the Republicans.

On the Democratic side, not many people could have guessed that one of the candidates would be a self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist.” However, Bernie Sanders has actually gained far more support than I would have suspected. He has managed to get many younger Americans on board with his political campaign, especially with his promise of affordable higher education.

As a liberal, I believe that many of his ideas could benefit our country, but the term Socialist tends to be off-putting to quite a few Americans. Unfortunately for supporters like me, this means that Sanders has been unable to garner enough delegates so far, especially with most of the superdelegates pledged to Clinton. Superdelegates have quite a bit of sway, since they are free to vote however they choose, or however their party wants them to.

According to Real Clear Politics, Hillary has a total of 1,712 delegates, with 1,243 coming from the American people and 469 coming from the Democratic Party’s superdelegates. Sanders only has a total of 1,004, with 975 coming from Americans and 29 coming from superdelegates. While he may sadly be losing, there is still a chance that he can win the nomination, and he has still managed to get enough support to cause quite a stir and prove that there are plenty of people who want change. Or perhaps some people are just afraid of the Clintons’ corruption.

The Republicans have no shortage of controversy with their candidates either. In a shocking turn of events, Donald Trump has been consistently leading in the Republican polls. A man who had his own reality television show, talks about building a wall every five minutes, and is a businessman who has gone bankrupt four times is the current leader in the Republican party.

Whatever issues I or anyone else may have with Trump, he has managed to gather a huge following. Out of the 1,237 delegates needed to win, Trump has 739. This is probably for the same reason that Bernie Sanders has gotten support: people want change.

“I think the American political system is corrupt, and I think we need a political revolution,” said Geneva Pleasant, 11. “There should be more than two political parties, because those do not cover what everyone wants.”

The other Republican candidate that promotes change is Ted Cruz, and he is quickly gaining momentum. Coming up in a close second with 465 delegates, he might be the only person able to give Trump a run for his money. The only problem is, he might not be any better than Trump. Cruz’s solution to a problem seems to be to simply shut down the government, which would not really get much done.

Rubio recently announced his shocking departure from the Republican race, leaving Trump, Cruz, and Kasich as the only Republican candidates. Kasich is trailing far behind Trump and Cruz though, leaving me wondering why he is even still in the race.

The 2016 election has no lack of entertainment value, but witty quips and shocking statements are not enough to run a country. It seems that people are more and more disillusioned with how our government is run, and rightfully so. However, change can come in many forms, and not all of them are positive.