This is a completely unplanned article – probably more like a rant, but I had to get it down when I started thinking about it, before the election results came out.
For months, all anyone has been able to talk about is the 2016 US presidential race. Now I’m not an American, but we can all admit that because of the significant influence that the US has on the rest of the world, this election impacts more than just Americans.
Back in 2008, I wasn’t quite old enough to appreciate the election of Barrack Obama as the first black US president (though I was living there at the time) but I still understood how big of a deal it was. I remember all of the controversy surrounding his election: the alleged fake birth certificate, his apparent Muslim identity, some even went as far as to claim that he hated America and was on a mission for Al-Qaeda! I do not, however, remember the election being made into as much of a spectacle as the race between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The number of jokes, memes, and conflicts that have risen from this election is enough to give one pause and to think “is this really what it has come to?” Should an entire nation be subjected to leadership by people who have amounted to no more than the butt of a joke?
I know that both candidates (yes, both) must have their own strengths and promising platforms, but no one is aware of them because they spent entire campaign events in jousting matches to see who could land the most jabs! (If either of them could take their feet out of their mouths for long enough anyways). As a result, while this election has probably grabbed the attention of many, few are likely educated enough on the entirety of the platforms of either candidates to make valid decisions. This leads to a whole new problem questioning the validity of any result of the election. I won’t go on about that though, for fear of sounding too much like a certain republican candidate.
Despite all of the unnecessary hoopla going on with the elections, there is a person who is clearly suited for the position, and one who is not. I won’t name names, but I’m sure you all have your opinions on this.
Let’s analyze the candidates as neutrally as possible:
First, you have a candidate who has been involved in the political scene in one way or another since 1979. That is over 30 years of experience with US politics! 22 of those years were spent as a Senator and as a Secretary of State of the US. This person has made mistakes whilst being involved in the political scene – some that resulted unfortunately, in death during combat. This person has worked closely with the current two-term president who has produced wonderful results during his terms. To sum it up, the first candidate is one with years of experience, in depth knowledge of the workings of the White House, and new lessons learned from past mistakes.
The second candidate is a business person and reality show host turned politician (sounds ridiculous doesn’t it). They reside in the top 1% of Americans. They have had multiple law suits filed against them for maltreatment of the people they are hoping to lead. They have spoken proudly about sexual harassment. The continually mock people of minority race, religion, gender, sexuality, etc. They make bigoted comments. They insult and belittle the people who they are meant to lead. To sum it up, the second candidate is inexperienced and rude.
If these were resumés, who would you hire?
These are the two people who are running against each other for the presidency and surprisingly, it has been a close race for most of the election. Unfortunately, this says more about the American people than it does about the candidates.
The choice between presidential candidates is akin to the following scenario:
You have an illness that requires surgery and the doctor that had been working on you got called away. You need someone to continue working on you so you can become healthy again. The nurses provide you with two possible options: 1. a well known doctor who has been preforming your king of surgery for years but has had a few patients die on the operation table due to complications and 2. a mechanic who is good at their job but rude and unfair to people, and claims that if they can fix a car, they can fix a person.
Anyone in their right mind would choose the doctor, regardless of how many people had died on their operating table, because the chances of surviving with the doctor who has been trained and knows what to do will always be better than with an untrained carpenter.
So why can’t the American people see this? I’m all for having a fresh perspective on politics, but not at the expense of common human decency!
Regardless of the results of this election, we all have to live with the knowledge that there is a significant amount of people in the US (probably the most influential country in the world) that would choose the carpenter. If the second candidate wins, not only will those people be present, but they will also have a strong say in the progress of the country, which does not bode well. If candidate one wins, they inherit a country in which there are a lot of people who share the same mindset as the second candidate – a huge barrier to progression and prosperity of a country.
This election has served the purpose of creating a divided nation. The only impact the results will have is to determine if the nation will continue to be divided, or if it will begin a slow path to recovery and unity.I can only hope the madness ends here.
Happy Election Day,