MY FAMILY AND I went to a rally for Bernie Sanders, who is running for president. He is a state senator from Vermont. It was loud — it was in a big auditorium, the MassMutual Center in Springfield, that seats about 8,000 people. My mom later said 6,000 came.
Bernie Sanders is older than I expected. I thought he was going to be a young man. He had a massive amount of energy but after a while I got bored and felt like falling asleep.
I saw a lot of signs being passed around. Some people made their own signs. There were bumper stickers and pins.
My mom, my sister, three strangers who became our friends, and I held up letters that spelled out “Bernie.”
I don’t think he saw us — his back was facing us.
A lot of people were cheering. One section cheered, “Feel the Bern!” Many of his supporters started this cheer by going, “Feel the—” and the crowd cheered back, “Bern!”
He said he wants to be president because he thinks he can help the community by making four-year colleges and universities tuition-free.
He said if the police do something wrong [police brutality] they should be sent to jail, not just let off the hook.
He also said he is in favor of gun control because guns are dangerous and are used to kill people.
I agree with him. But if you don’t that’s OK. The important thing is to start getting involved in the issues. You can help in your community in lots of ways, even without voting for president. But the best way to help others is to stand up for what you believe in and care about politics.
Right now the president is Barack Obama, a Democrat, who has served almost two four-year terms, and that’s the maximum. The next presidential election is Nov. 8, 2016.
I think people should care about politics because it’s going to build our future.
Fifth-grader Diana Yaseen is a Flow staffer. These are her personal views. We welcome reader letters reflecting a wide range of respectful opinions at firstname.lastname@example.org.