Laura Catron ‘17: In less than a day, the curtains of voting booths across the country will swish shut. Hours after that, the next President of the United States of America will be announced and the country is stuck with that person for the next four years.
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I hope Hillary Clinton is that person. At this point, impartiality can screw itself. My personal political views lie far more left than hers, yet I am willing to settle for her over the alternative, Donald Trump. Secretary Clinton holds moderately democratic positions on the whole, but for those who are not familiar with them, or have understandably been avoiding anything involving the election, I’ll review them. Once again, please bear in mind that this article is coming from an extreme leftist perspective. All of Secretary Clinton’s policies are detailed on her website, https://www.hillaryclinton.com/.
Economics: Secretary Clinton plans to improve the economy by focusing on the America’s middle class. Her plans include improving the tax system to ensure that those in every tax bracket pay their fair share. Secretary Clinton’s agenda also involves making college debt free for those who need it. The strengthening of small businesses, fixing Social and Medicare, and allowing for paid medical leave are priorities of hers as well. The details of her policies are all outlined on her website here.
Civil and Minority Rights: This part especially is very dear to my heart. Secretary Clinton stands for the rights of those who have been slighted in this country, including women, people of color, the mentally ill, the poor, the disabled, and the LGBT+ community. She has vowed to do her utmost to end discrimination against those in the queer community and she has a comprehensive plan for putting a stop to police brutality. Criminal justice reform and making sure that people of color do not unfairly serve time or are subjected to unjust sentencing are also on her agenda. Labor and workers’ rights would be improved under Secretary Clinton with her plans to raise minimum wage. For more on her policies involving civil rights, click here.
National Security: Secretary Clinton’s security policies include maintaining the nation’s army, working to care for our veterans, and combating the rising rates of gun violence in America. Secretary Clinton also plans to work with our global allies to defeat terrorist threats abroad while fighting them in the country. To learn more about Secretary Clinton’s security policies, look here.
To comment on the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, I must first admit that he terrifies me. The fact that he has openly insulted and mocked the disabled, veterans, Muslims, African Americans, Asian people, and women, yet still could be president is unbelievable. Everyone is familiar with the audio tape in which Trump brags about committing sexual assault, and the running count of sexual assault cases against him is up to 12. Personally, I don’t want a president who will have to take time off to go to multiple court cases for violent and invasive crimes. Trump claims to be a proponent of LGBT+ rights, yet he regularly refers to them as “the gays” and his running mate has a long history of supporting conversion therapy and opposing equal treatment. The founding principle of our country is clearly stated in our Pledge of Allegiance: “liberty and justice for all.” Anyone with more than the sympathetic capacity of a teaspoon should be able to understand why this man is dangerous. During the final presidential debate Trump refused to say whether or not he would accept the outcome of the vote, disrespecting the most basic aspect of democracy. His temper is set off by a Twitter argument, so how is he supposed to handle global catastrophes? But if I were to list all the reasons not to vote for Donald Trump, I would be typing until the next presidential election, so I’ll stop here.
It has never been more important to utilize your right to vote. The United States’ political system isn’t perfect by any means, but it gives everyone the opportunity to use their voice. So for the sake of all that is holy, use it. No one can force you to vote any particular way, but I urge you to consider what it would mean if Donald Trump were to be president. The position of the leader of the free world, and the free world itself, is at stake. Vote.
Morgan Brown ‘17: Tomorrow, November 8th, millions of American citizens will line up at the polls to vote for our next president. Several news stations call the race between the first female nominee for president and a political outsider a monumental election, not only because of our two candidates, but because America seems to be struggling to make a choice.
Both candidates come with extreme flaws: lying Hillary Clinton and irrational Donald Trump. Many believe Clinton should be in jail, and many believe that Trump should drop out for his derogatory, rude comments.
Most say that this election is between the lesser of two evils. Because I agree with his policies and trust in him more than Hillary Clinton, if I could vote, I would vote for Donald Trump.
Among Trump’s many plans to help the country, he intends to implement the largest tax cut since Ronald Reagan. He wants to bring jobs back to America by expanding companies. He emphasizes the concept of improving law and order in our inner cities.
Trump understands that illegal immigrants, that make no attempts to achieve citizenship, do not belong in the country. He understands that we need increased border security, especially during an age of terror. He understands that during times when ISIS attacks at random, our military needs to be strong, big, and terrifying. Our military needs to validate our title as a national superpower.
Trump’s obvious strong points lie in business and negotiation. A leader like Trump could improve relations with other countries, negotiate trade deals that improve our national deficit, and help companies to circulate wealth and create jobs. After all, businessmen typically know how to deal with other people of power.
I think that Donald Trump accomplished exactly what he needed to throughout his campaign: he reiterated the point that America needs a new perspective to handle national issues. Running as a political outsider means that Trump must explain repeatedly how a trained politician in office hurts the country. He speaks with the voice of the American people, not the voice of a politician who practices lying through their teeth.
Most importantly, Trump intends to nominate conservative Supreme Court justices that will uphold Antonin Scalia’s former views. One of Trump’s possible nominees, Robert P. Young, currently serves as a Republican member of Michigan’s Supreme Court.
Above all, I do not believe that Trump would make any move to purposefully harm America. Clinton, however, already has.
At this point, her emails and the Benghazi incident come up so frequently that people grow sick of hearing about it. But these issues must be discussed. Clinton lied about the situation in Benghazi, playing it off as no big deal. Four Americans died because of her lies. Clinton knew that using a private email server was wrong, and she knew that deleting her emails would cause a huge scandal, but those emails no longer exist. She jeopardized American security with her carelessness.
I know that Trump isn’t perfect. Yes, he made some derogatory comments about women. Yes, he has some ideas that are not formulated enough to be rational. Yes, he interrupts during debates and he yells too loudly and he displays an extremely narcissistic attitude. Yes, he is a flawed human being, but so is Hillary, and I think that the rude comments that Trump made are nothing compared to the evils of Hillary Clinton. Every presidential candidate comes with flaws, but I think our country deserves more than the same old perspectives and the same actions that Obama took for eight years. A political outsider in office could be a refreshing change.
Now, I know that I’m outnumbered among millennials. Every time I say that if I could vote, I would vote for Donald Trump, others look at me as if devil horns just sprouted from my head. They look at me as if I lost my mind. How could I possibly support an unqualified, temperamental narcissist? I’ve received extremely nasty comments and personal attacks on social media simply for expressing my opinion.
I want to reiterate an important part of this election: we are all entitled to express our opinion without fear of attack. Sure, debating issues never hurt anyone, but when a disagreement turns into a personal attack, things have gone too far. Express your opinions, but respect the opinions of others.
The most important part of this election is to vote for whomever you truly think is right for the job. Seniors, if you turn eighteen before November 8th, vote. It’s your civic duty as an American to help choose the leader of our country. I wish I were in your shoes, because if I were eighteen, I am proud to say that I would vote to make America great again.