Fernando Miguel Mercado is a 20-year-old Political Aficionado. While I had always liked History and US Presidents, even giving my first political endorsement to Barack Obama in 2008, my Interest in the realm of politics in general came in three major waves that happened in a short period of time and defined my understanding of the subject. The fist wave began in 2012 or 13 and ended in 2015 with shows like Family Guy introducing me to the issue of Marijuana Legalization, being introduced to The Young Turks on YouTube, and my overall growth as a human being started shifting my views from a rather Socially Conservative kid to a Progressive-Minded Teenager, The Second Wave began in 2015 and ended 7/26/16, with the rise of the Bernie Sanders campaign making me identify as a full-fledged Democrat. But after Wikileaks exposed the DNC rigged the Primaries against him I moved on to the Third Wave. The Third Wave began late 2016 and is still going on to this day, it is the most prominent wave which started with me supporting Dr. Jill Stein and Gov. Gary Johnson and doing more research into Third Parties, Ideologies, and Politicians leading me to want to inform you about what I know.
What are your political views?
I would identify as a Left-Winger. The closest ideology I would identify as is Progressive or Social Democrat, but I am open to a lot of ideologies in the Left Libertarian Square. For example political quizzes have given me ideologies like Libertarian Socialism and Centrist Marxism, but in the United States political sphere, neither of those ideologies are practical to pursue in the immediate short term.
What Political Party do you identify with?
I am a Political Independent because in my home state of North Carolina we have Semi-Closed primaries, which means people registered as a member of a Political Party can only vote in their party's primary whereas Independents can vote in any parties primary. I am open to supporting Leftists regardless of the letter they put on the side of their name, what matters to me is the policies.
Who would you say are your biggest Political Influences?
I would say Bernie Sanders is my primary motivation for my political beliefs, not the sole one but a primary one. Other political influences in the "politician class" would be: Jill Stein, Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich, and Eugene Debs. For the Indy Media Sphere it would be the likes of Secular Talk, Humanist Report, and sadly Jimmy Dore that would be influences in that field.
I like the kind of content you make but hate you, are there any other individuals that make your content but better?
OK first of all that question is worded in a very mean way, secondly Yes. Check my Friends of the Show Tab.
When are you doing a face reveal?
Get me to 1 Million Subs, then we will talk....