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Especially since the quarantine, my family has been having a lot of political discussions.
I've been trying to explain that this country has never needed these policies more than it does now – the virus has brought everything to a head. Now everyone realizes the importance of healthcare. Few people can pay their loans or mortgages. We've realized how fragile the economy and job market really are. Everyone's got their hands out for a government check.
I've also been pretty vocal about how things have drastically changed since my dad was growing up; the vast majority can't afford houses anymore. School loans are debilitating. Most of us wont end up having kids because we barely make enough to support ourselves.
Up until now, my dad's stance has been "Sanders' policies are too radical to ever win" and "our generation struggled, too."
Last night, however, we had a breakthrough. He told me, "If you really think that Bernie is the answer, I'd vote for him to secure your future." It meant everything to me and for the first time in months, I have some hope.