With the US Federal Election looming, I felt it would be the perfect opportunity to throw in my two cents about the candidates our neighbours to the south have to choose between. Both candidates come with a fair amount of baggage, and a substantial amount of controversy. Personally, I was feeling the Bern, and even though my opinion is essentially irrelevant I felt disappointed when he was defeated in the primary race. Nonetheless, America gets to decide between who South Park deems a Douche and a Turd Sandwich.
Sure, I know name calling will get us nowhere in discussing politics, but isn’t that what this election has already become? A slew of personal attacks, lies, mockery, and memes is what stands out in this election more than others.
America’s two candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, make me uneasy when thinking one of them will be in charge of the most powerful country in the world. Ultimately the President of the United States only has so much power, but this election has the potential to be a tremendous shift in the dynamic of international relations worldwide.
Donald Trump has been reported to have a friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to which Trump denies the fact. This could improve the relationship with not only these two nations, but between the entire western civilization and Russia. However, we also know Donald Trump has a short fuse. I mean, could a simple communication error be the cause of conflict?
Trump has also babbled on about anti-immigration laws with incredible racist overtones, and has proposed an illustrious wall between the USA and Mexico to prevent illegal immigrants, to which Mexico will front the bill. Donald presents himself as an incredibly unstable, self-conscious human being with conflicted views on society. In my opinion, not fit to run the USA.
That’s not to say I would support Hillary Clinton. Hillary has been on the brunt of controversy since before her campaign even began. Somehow, after using a private email address to discuss confidential information (to which other nations have been credited to have accessed), the FBI elected not to press charges. I know everybody makes mistakes, but in a position with that much power there is little room for error.
Clinton also funded a large portion of her campaign through donations from Wall Street such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase & Co, and Bank of America. This already seems corrupt to me, but this doesn’t differentiate much from previous electorates. The issue with Hillary is, it will likely be much the same for the US citizens, which has been fairly grim despite promises of hope from Obama in 2008.
Life for citizens may get marginally better for the people of America under Hillary Clinton, but not to the degree in which they not only deserve but can easily provide. Stains of a money-hungry, corrupt system will remain on American politics in the event she becomes the next president.
American citizens are noticeably dissatisfied with the current state of affairs within the nation. Perhaps they’re ripe for the picking of a political revolution. Personally I don’t blame them, and with these two candidates on the forefront, the future seems bleaker than ever. Good luck America, you’re going to need it.
My bad.. I see now.