Much Pity for the Republican Party

By: Maggie Kovick

*All opinions are entitled to the authour, and are not meant to offend anyone.

If you are a democrat, it’s easy to look at the current state of the 2016 presidential election and think, “what the heck.” Actually, regardless of your party affiliation, you’re probably thinking “what the heck,” and have been for the past eight months. I was watching John Oliver the other night, and a quote stood out to me: a pedestrian being interviewed about his opinions on the election said, “318.9 million people and we got stuck with these two as our potential presidents?” I have a deep resonation with these words. For all intents and purposes today, how we got to this stage doesn’t matter. The fact is and will remain to be, we are here.

This election has been so media fueled (by tweets, clickbait articles, uploaded videos, political commentary television shows like the Daily Show, Last Week Tonight, and the Late Show, etc.) it’s easy for our generation to lose sight of the fact that the election is about more than electing a character. The president is more than a mere figurehead. As first time voters, this is a frustrating election because the real issues that should be talked about (healthcare, foreign policy, national debt, etc.) are being overshadowed by petty scandals.

There is one particular point I think should be brought to attention. If you don’t already know, this election is important because whoever takes office will be appointing at least four supreme court justices. So, in short, the ideals of these justices hinge greatly on whether the president is a democrat or a republican. The ideals of this country, in fact, hinge greatly on this national decision. The outcome of this election will have a heavy influence on women’s rights, LBGTQ+ rights, and the overall liberalism or conservatism of the next generation’s values.

In the midst of this messy election season, it’s easy to point fingers. It’s easy to see issues as black and white and candidates as good or bad. It is our jobs as citizens of this country to honor each and every vote that is cast, as well as every voice behind it. Our right to vote and elect a leader of this country is what makes the United States of America a democracy. It is our right and obligation to help make this country the place we envision our children and grandchildren growing and prospering. We all have differences, we all have our own opinions and our reasons for having them. If we all conformed to one set of ideals, this would not be a free country. I will say again: we must honor each vote that is cast. I want to make it clear that I am not condoning racism, sexism, or any form of hatred. Votes cast with those ideals in mind are their own sick reality. I’m referring to the overall difference of opinions of how our government should function with regard to the people. And while those differences do pose moral separations, they are not matters of right and wrong.

In the end, this is a tough election because many of us do have to compromise our beliefs in order to cast a vote. We do so because the right to vote is the most important right we have; it puts the future of the nation in our hands.



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