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?
While I go into extensive detail in the pilot of my podcast E Pluribus Unum's Fireside Chats but to summarize my views, the ideologies I adhere to are Progressivism and Social Democracy. Meaning some issues I take to heart are pushing for a Single-Payer Healthcare System, institute a living wage, and getting money out of politics. I also identify as a Civil-Libertarian, meaning on social issues I feel that you should be free to do whatever you want as long as everyone involved is a consenting adult, I.E. Decriminalizing drug use & legalizing marijuana, and legalizing prostitution & polygamy.
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.
Are there any Politicians you admire or look up to?
I mostly look up to Social Democratic or Progressive Politicians who fought for the issues to help the American People. For modern day politicians I admire and look up to Bernie Sanders, Ralph Nader, Dennis Kucinich, Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson, Ro Khanna, Raúl Grijalva, and Cecil Bothwell among others. Whereas for past politicians I admire William Jennings Bryan, Eugene Victor Debs, Teddy Roosevelt, Robert Marion La Follette Sr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Henry Agard Wallace, Estes Kefauver, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Eugene McCarthy.
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.
Who are some of your favorite political figures that aren't politicians?
Well for non-politician political figures it'd be former Daily Show host Jon Stewart, Radio Host Thom Hartmann, media figure Ed Schultz, writer Upton Sinclair, novelist George Orwell, journalist Hunter S. Thompson, activist Cornel West, singer Pete Seeger, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.