Opinion: The only logical vote for the upcoming elections

Samuel Heie, Feature Editor

The 2016 election, as we all may agree, is nausea-inducing. All of the candidates are taking advantage of the US’ electoral system so that their name can go down in the history books of the future. This is how it always been,this year more than ever due to the transition from talking policy in and out of debates, to more bellicose attacks on each other on both sides of the fight. The parties are tearing themselves apart from the inside out. Unfortunately, the Obama administration must go and American citizens will have to face the unwanted ballot box in just a few short months. Whether you like Obama or not, it is undeniable that the upcoming president, whoever it is, will not be just a step down the stairs, but a complete tumbling fall.

As of now, the predominant leader and the most likely nominee is Hillary Clinton. Clinton is by far the most experienced and qualified candidate. She has held office as First Lady of the U.S., Secretary of State, Senator of New York, and First Lady of Arkansas. This being said, she hasn’t done a whole lot in those roles to be the most favorable leader. Her platform boils down to equal rights for women and minorities, a reform in the educational system, a reform in the electoral system and cheaper if not free healthcare. Although Clinton does look like a good Democrat on the surface, she still displays more conservative views on military intervention and surveillance. Her actions as Secretary of State were questionable at least. There is plenty of evidence showing that she allowed the surveillance on private phone calls of Germany, our ally, and their top officials. The Benghazi situation is also a rather shady area for her. She also has demonstrated more conservative views as the Senator of New York, voting to allow domestic dragnet surveillance. It appears that Clinton could very well be a closet conservative trying to appeal to the public eye.

Now, I won’t spend too much time dissing Trump because almost every single major news station and comedian has taken their blows at him. The majority of his supporters are white men who have not received higher than a high school degree. He is a bigoted, homophobic, sexist, and genuinely just a xenophobic. He’s a failed businessman with no political experience whatsoever who is attempting to appeal to the white lower class by constantly changing his stances, and yet somehow, he is still the second most backed candidate in the U.S. Trump is very much in the picture right now and poses a huge risk to the U.S. as the GOP’s nominee. He is only two percent behind Hillary in terms of U.S. polls, primaries and caucuses.

Now here comes the real problem. This is not an election for moderates. Due to the drastic beliefs of both of the (likely) nominees, flocks of moderates have started to back the Libertarian party, an option they see as a solution to their political problems. No one from the Libertarian party has ever won, and it is almost definite to remain that way in this year’s election. A vote for a Libertarian is a vote for Trump because he has unconditional voters that will not sway as we have seen.

If you haven’t figured it out already, the only logical vote in this year’s presidential election, whether you like it or not, is Hillary. She is the only person that can take down Trump. If you are choosing between a bad candidate (Hillary) and a worse one (Trump), you have to make the choice to go for the lesser of two evils. If you don’t like it, you’re going to have to do the American thing and pucker up and deal with a decent president for the next couple of years.

After reading this, what are your opinions on Hillary being president?

  • She's still Madam president (78%, 219 Votes)
  • She's still "crooked Hillary" (22%, 61 Votes)

Total Voters: 280

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