If I could sum up the upcoming U.S presidential election into one word, that word would be: paramount. This upcoming election is crucial and it is important that we understand just how critical it is. Serious issues that should really concern us during this upcoming election are: the fight against terrorism, gun control regulations, immigration reform, cost of education, healthcare, and the economic justice and the economy, among others. Our number one focus during this upcoming election ought to be to choose the best candidate who can intelligently pursue solutions to those critical issues. While our upbringing may have conditioned some of us to pledge allegiance to a particular party, e.g. Democrat or Republican, we must break with tradition and vote for the man or woman who is best equipped for the job and who will best serve the interest of the Country. In other words, don’t simply vote for Donald Trump because he’s a Republican just like you and vice versa for Hillary Clinton. Rather, research the candidate’s agenda and make an intelligent decision based upon your findings.
As for me, Hillary Clinton has my vote. She has my vote because her resume, in comparison to her opponent, is impressive. She was an active First Lady of the U.S for two terms fighting for issues such as women’s rights and children’s healthcare. She served as a U.S Senator from New York for two terms, and she served as the U.S Secretary of State under President Obama’s administration. Hillary Clinton is well-spoken, intelligent, and is supremely qualified for the job. Above all, she is undeniably a better choice than her opponent Donald Trump. Donald Trump has my respect for being a successful businessman, but his experience does not translate to being able to run a powerful country such as the United States. His views on immigration, on minority groups, and on terrorism are dangerous and are a threat to the progression of this country. His policies would place us in serious jeopardy and would compromise our safety and security. Furthermore, his inability to construct full and complete sentences on important political issues highlights his careless attitude. Simply put, there is nothing presidential about Donald Trump.
I charge all Americans who are able to vote to exercise that right in November. I realize that there are voters who dislike both candidates and who as a result are considering not voting at all. To those voters I say, do not be foolish. Whether you vote or not, one of the two candidates WILL be president. Wouldn’t you prefer the best person for the job to win? Would you leave your children’s future to chance? Exercise your right to vote—we owe it to our predecessors who fought for that right. Our future as a country lies in your hands.
Jennifer M. Joseph