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Elections 2020: for whom will you vote?

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Who will your choice for 2020? Photograph by Debbie Tien

Who will your choice for 2020? Photograph by Debbie Tien

Who will your choice for 2020? Photograph by Debbie Tien

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The result of the 2016 election left many in tears, but many relieved as well. Arguably it is the younger majority who were angry. On numerous polls, it was said that if millenials were to vote, the outcomes would have been dramatically different.

Being that the next election is in 2020, two years from now, there is an entire four year gap of individuals who will be able to vote by then, those born from 1999-2002, our age group.We, the people in high school right now, will be able to contribute our voice to the 2020 election.

After the list of 2016 nominees surfaced, many opted out of voting stating that all candidates were not qualified, were not up to par, or overall were not fit to lead a country. Contributing this to their actions online, their spouse, or what comes out of their mouths, a majority of the population believed no matter the results of the 2016 election, it was not going to end well.

To prevent this from occurring again for our first presidential election, let’s talk about who should be running for president, who should not, and what qualifies an individual to run.

Possible nominees have been circulating for the 2020 election the minute after the outcome of the 2016 election. Celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and even Kanye West claim to be interested or are being put up by the public as possible candidates for the 2020 election.

Being well known and having large following already, if they were to run, it is easy to predict who would win. This may be fueled by Donald Trump’s win in 2016 as he was a former television personality.

Although voting for your favorite celebrities seem appealing, there are numerous issues with this. Starting off, there are lists upon lists of individuals who have worked in government and politics their whole lives working towards eventually one day running for president.

To prevent another disastrous election like 2016, politics cannot be treated as a game or a popularity contest. The 2016 elections turned into a “who can roast the other harder” by the presidential debates. Rather than focusing on the country, the nominees were focused on who could make the other look worse, who could say or do the most obscure thing.

The Northern Lights stated, “Presidential elections are very serious and solemn affairs where we as a nation of free men and women come together to pick a person to lead our society. A presidential election is not about being entertained. It is not about who has a popular TV show or who has the most triple-platinum albums.”

Mariel Quincena, senior, says, “Celebrities running for president is fine; however, they should be well involved within politics. Considering that the media tends to alter the appearance of most celebrities, as long as they genuinely want to help make a difference in our country they have a right to run.”

Rather than looking towards your favorite celebrities or who is more obscure, you should look towards the more qualified individuals who you believe will put the US back on its legs. To bring the United States’s political nature back since the 2016 election turned politics into one large practical joke.

Looking back at the 2016 election, did you vote for someone because their beliefs lined up with yours or because he said he was going to “Make America Great Again”? The Pioneer brings up a good point; “Are we really so desperate for quality leadership that we’re willing to put another celebrity in that role?”

Another important area to consider is, are you voting for one candidate just because you do not like with the other? The number of people who simply voted for Trump rather than Hillary because of how Bill Clinton executed his time in office may have been what tipped the boat over to Trump’s win.

If you dislike both candidates, one because of their spouse’s actions and the other because of his sexist and racist nature, wouldn’t it have been better to vote for another candidate? Do not forget, there are also more party candidates than the two on the ballot.

In the end, the 2016 election is almost viewed as a joke that this country will be telling for the next four years. The only way to change politics back to a line with qualified politicians and good leadership is by having good nominees to begin with.

The Pioneer states, “We as voters must ask ourselves: is this really the America we want? Would we rather have movie stars and rappers holding the nation’s highest office instead of qualified politicians? The general public is incredibly gullible, and there are plenty of celebrities who believe mind-bogglingly stupid things. This is a very dangerous combination.”

So rather being apart of the gullible public, we, especially the young individuals who get to cast their vote for the first time, should choose our party nominees carefully and cast our votes wisely.

Remember, using your voice can result in a paradigm shift.

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