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A kid's view of the Bernie rally

Gideon BarnesI was one of the estimated 11,500 people at the Bernie Sanders rally on Friday, March 25, at the Moda Center in Portland. I’m a 12-year-old kid. I don’t have a favorite candidate, but if I had to pick a party now, I’d probably be a Democrat.

Leaving the house at 8 a.m. kind of sucked and I didn’t like waiting in line for three hours. But when Bernie finally got up there to speak, I really liked some of the things he said.

My favorite part was when he said that we are going to fight back against the terrorist organization ISIS, not against the religion Islam. Some of my friends at school are Muslim. I don’t know what they might be going through right now listening to the threats of people like Donald Trump, because I’m white, but I imagine it’s bigger than a #firstworldproblem. I feel like lots of people stereotype Muslims as terrorists and these stereotypes are racist. I believe stopping racism is a way of fighting against terrorism. I think Bernie really understands that.

One of the things that Bernie said that really touched me was when he talked about how Obama’s dad was from Kenya, so people demanded to see his birth certificate.

Bernie admitted that his own dad was born in Poland, but no one has ever asked to see his birth certificate.

Bernie understands that minorities are treated with suspicion and whites get a lot more power than they deserve.

I like the fact that Bernie wants to raise the minimum wage. (My dad and I don’t agree on this issue.)

Raising the minimum wage might lower the percentage of people living in poverty. If people have better paying jobs, they might be able to afford the education they need to get better paying jobs.

Bernie said that he doesn’t like college debt and wants to make college free. I liked that, but wondered how the colleges are going to get more money. Would they have to lower professors’ salaries? Would the best professors leave the colleges?

I’m not sure how that’s going to work.

As for the famous bird that landed on the podium, I thought it was so weird, it was amazing.

Obviously, it’s just a coincidence, but it’s fun to think that maybe that bird cares about politics and came to hear what Bernie had to say.

Gideon Barnes, 12, is a 6th-grade student at Jackson Elementary in Hillsboro. He is a Boy Scout, Hillsboro HEAT swimmer and likes to play video games.