Election day is next Tuesday. This time next week, the new president of the United States of America will be decided.
The past months have been entertaining to say the least. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump going at each other’s throats like rabid dogs, Bernie Sanders appealing to millennials across the country, Gary Johnson stepping into the race last minute for the Libertarian party. Even for someone who traditionally doesn’t care a lick about politics, it has been an amusing contest.
I won’t go bad mouthing either candidate of the 2 main parties, or suggest that either is great candidate for the country. Personally, I think the bipartisan political system is terribly flawed, and we need to scrap it entirely. So many people side with either the Republican or Democratic party, and suggest that the other side are the “bad guys.” If you think any politician is a “good guy,” you’ve been hoodwinked. They’re all liars and thieves, it’s just a matter of which one will do a better job leading the country.
But my opposition to the bipartisan nature of American politics aside, we’ve got an election coming up. I’ve finally registered to vote, and plan on participating in this election (provided I can find the voting location for my precinct). Whether my vote counts or not, I plan on making my voice heard.
Am I excited about voting for the first time? Not really, no. Most of my options suck, so it’s still a matter of choosing the lesser of evils. Plus, I’m still not convinced that the electoral college is the best way to go about electing government officials. Sure, it has the benefits of minimizing the gap between urban and rural areas, but it also has plenty of problems.
The best part about the upcoming election is that people should eventually shut up once everything is said and done. Sure, people are going to complain, no matter who wins the election. But instead of hearing constantly about how “Killery” should be in jail and Trump gropes every woman he passes by, we can get back to our individual lives. Instead of hating people for their political alignment, we can hate each other because of our favorite football teams or whether we eat pineapple on pizza.
While I realize this post seems a little aimless, I felt it should be written. A presidential election is a pretty big deal, and I think it should be made note of. I’ve never voted before, I don’t follow political candidates closely (read: “at all”), but it’s something like a civil duty. We are the people of the United States of America, and we are in the process of selecting our next leader.
If you are registered to vote, go vote. Don’t worry if your state consistently votes red as blood or blue as the ocean and you feel the exact opposite. Don’t worry if people tell you, “A vote for [a candidate] is a vote for [another candidate].” It’s not. A vote is a vote, and it makes a statement.
If you aren’t registered, it’s a little too late for this election. Plus, I don’t even really care to push the topic. I didn’t register until last month, and I only did because I discovered that jury duty now pulls from licensed drivers, rather than registered voters. Avoiding voter registration was my tactic to avoid jury duty, and that doesn’t work anymore. So no, I’m not calling out into the streets for everyone to vote. I truthfully don’t care very much.
At the end of the day, the president still isn’t the king of the world. The beauty of the US government is the system of checks and balances in place. Though the president is a powerful position, no doubt, it isn’t a position that calls every shot without question. Congress members and Supreme Court justices play a huge roll in how things will play out into the future.
So I guess that’s that. I’m certainly not an expert on politics, that much is obvious. But I am a citizen of the United States. Therefore, I should probably make a decision on who I think should lead the country for the next 4 years.
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