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Hello, all. I just wanted to share my story in hopes that it will help inspire you. I am a new Bernie supporter (well, I have supported him since the beginning of this run, so around February.) I used to have extremely right-wing beliefs due to being raised in a conservative family living in a VERY conservative state. I still held this ideology in 2016 when I voted for the worst President in the history of the United States. I was completely brainwashed by my family and friends, along with Fox News and other conservative media outlets that I would listen to.
In 2018, I started college late at the age of 25. I couldn't find any good jobs that paid well, so I decided to go to school and get an education. In my second semester, I took a political science class with a very good professor. While he didn't tell us what his core beliefs were, he did encourage us to be open-minded and view all of the facts about each ideology. This was the catalyst that led me to begin listening to people on the other side. Even though I was deeply rooted in conservative ideology, I decided to try and figure out why people feel differently than I do.
I eventually came across Kyle Kulinski on YouTube, and after watching a few of his videos, I was shocked to find some viewpoints that I could get on board with. For example, I have always been for marijuana legalization, so I started watching some of his videos talking about it. Since I had watched some of his videos, YouTube began recommending me more and more of them. After about a year of listening to the arguments of Kyle and other YouTube political channels, I discovered that I had become a full-on progressive.
Medicare For All was the big issue that really led me into it. I see all kinds of people in my state suffering from medical debt and not going to the doctor when they really need to. And most of these people vote for politicians who don't want to help them with that aspect of their lives but make it even worse. I eventually realized that free college would be a great equalizer to allow everyone to have a shot at a decent education to get jobs, and eventually, I started understanding why all of these policies that Bernie has been fighting for makes sense.
Now it is my mission to try and convert as many people around me to vote for Bernie as possible. I have fortunately convinced a few of my family members and friends, but my parents are absolutely disgusted with me. They can't believe the 180 that I've pulled off, and when I try to explain why they just ignore it because they honestly can't seem to come up with a good argument against progressive policies. They at least admit that Bernie is an honest candidate, so that's something I guess. I just hate that they want to vote against their own interests.
I am deeply ashamed that I ever voted for Donald Trump, but I hope that we can all fight for Bernie and get him into the White House in 2021. Even though he won't get any electoral votes from my extremely red state, he will fight for us! LET'S MAKE IT HAPPEN!