Update on the Democrats: Bernie Sanders

BernieIn this 2016 presidential race, pundits are stumped in their inability to explain the soaring poll numbers of outsiders like Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina in the Republican race, and the rocketing popularity of Socialist Bernie Sanders on the Democrat side.

Sanders is receiving small donations from large numbers of people, such that he has raised $26 million in a single fundraising quarter. He is also number one in many polls, while Hillary Clinton continues to have lackluster turn-outs for her campaign events and is losing traction in the polls. In the end though, Clinton has a total of $92 million in her coffers, most of it coming from large-money donors. Most pundits believe she will be the Democrat nominee.

Who is Bernie Sanders?

  • Senator from Vermont
  • Self-described Socialist running as a Democrat
  • Believes in a 90% tax rate on wealthiest Americans
  • Wants healthcare, college (including grad school) to be free
  • Pro-abortion
  • Voted against the Iraq war and the Patriot Act (extending ability of government to gather personal information)
  • Considered by all to be an “outsider” in Congress

Why this Matters: Sanders appeals to a broad base of voters because he appears to be honest and doesn’t snipe at other politicians. Because he is from Vermont, a very liberal state, he stands to do well in the New Hampshire primary.

How to Pray: Father, we believe there are enough Christians and right-thinking people that if we all get out and vote we will elect a president who represents godly values and will govern well. We ask to be convicted of our sins as a nation and that all believers will turn again to You and find compassion and blessings. We ask you to preserve this nation for our children.

2Ch 30:9 – For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children [shall find] compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God [is] gracious and merciful, and will not turn away [his] face from you, if ye return unto him. 

 

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