When I began writing this, the Presidential election of the United States was among us, however, now that this article is about to be published, we know that the American people have already casted their ballots, and the President of the United States of America (of the next four years) has already been determined.
For the past year and-a-half, the Presidential race and election campaign has infiltrated the media of the “Great White North”. Over the past little while especially, many Americans have shown their immense frustration with the American electoral system. Because of this, there have been a large number of increasingly disappointed Americans threatening to move to the “Great White North” as well. Some notable Americans considering making this trek consist of Robert De Niro, Whoopi Goldberg, Lena Dunham and Bryan Cranston. Other notable American celebrities such as Cher and Jon Stewart said they would not only leave the US but Planet Earth itself if the Republican nominee is elected as President before the fact that he was actually chosen.
That being said, the chaos created by the election campaign has unearthed the flaws of the US two-party system, even though theoretically, Uncle Sam labels itself as a multi-party country. This two-party system ultimately benefits the Democratic and Republican parties, leaving out the others that fall somewhere else on the political spectrum, such as our NDP and Green Parties.
This two-party system dominated by the Democratic and Republican parties has created an intense political arena that has become the home of political confrontation and extreme polarization in the forms of policy-related grievances and personal attacks. When such political polarization occurs, the other political powers outside of the two-party system are unable to give the American people an alternative party for political reform thus still leaving them undesirable one or undesirable two to vote for.
The many personal attacks between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, seemed to be more about the person and their past wrongdoings then what they had planned and were hoping to bring forward for the betterment of their country and its people. Yet some people argued “how could one vote for someone to become the President of their country when the candidate(s) do(es) not share the same or similar moral, ethical and political beliefs as yourself”.
The American people have spoken, and after everything that has happened, all the discomfort, the hate, the hope and the frustration. After Canada’s immigration page crashed and the many, many, many tweets. Trump was victorious, and with respect to the majority of the people in America, we too hope that he can “make America great again”, or at least keep it together for four more years.
By: Allison C