As we are well into the month of October I am very unsettled knowing that Election Day is in a few short weeks. Rumor has it that this is the most important election of our time. If so, why? Is it because Clinton and Trump are the best that this county has to offer? Think about that for a moment. Clinton and Trump, the best of the best? What does that say about the state of our nation? What does that say about us as a people?
So like many Americans I watched the second debate last night and to my dismay I was disappointed yet again. I will say that Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz, last night’s moderators did a much better job maintaining Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton, however, like the old saying goes you can’t please everyone, and the conservatives claim that the moderators were biased against Mr. Trump by cutting short his lengthy responses and pushing him to clarify his vague answers. I may be wrong, but I thought the job of the moderators was to monitor response times and to ensure that the questions being asked were actually answered, if not answered then at least addressed. Mrs. Clinton responses were also cut short, but the difference between both candidates much like the first debate is that some of her responses were actually relevant to the question being asked.
Last night’s debate went right into meat of our country’s problems, right? Not! The debate went right into what Mr. Trump calls “locker room talk.” Yes Mr. Trump did apologize for the comments he made when he was 58 or 59, but he was actually negating his criminal behavior against women all while calling Bill Clinton a rapist. See the irony in this. Mr. Trump loves to say there are bad people out there but for the record I wish he would take a good look at himself in the mirror and really see the person staring back.
The candidates’ campaigns slogans are; “Stronger Together” and “Make America Great Again.” Let start with Mr. Trump’s “Making America Great Again.” How to achieve this one might ask? Right away that statement offends Americans because we are supposed to live in the best country in the world, right? Today the United States is plagued by racial tensions that are at an all-time high where it’s common practice for a black man, of any age to be shot down by law enforcement because of “alleged” fear. We have a media that sensationalizes all incidents perpetrated by anyone who has an Islamic sounding name as a terrorist act and linking those acts directly to Islam. Let not dismiss the fact that the medias job is to brainwash Americans into fearing Islam while that same media continues to sweep under the rug and turn a blind eye when innocent Muslims Americans are killed because of their religious beliefs like Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor and Razan Mohammad Abu Salha, or fairly recently Nazma Khanam, a woman from Queens, New York. Is not this country founded on the premise of religious freedom? Of course Craig Stephen Hicks, whose act of terror took the lives of those three students in South Carolina will not be prosecuted for the hate crime or act the of terror. Ironically his religious beliefs and affiliations will never come into the discussion. This is only the tip of the iceberg of problems and issues facing the United States today but those issues are ones dear to me.
Okay I will admit that I went off on a tangent and I digressed a little, but let’s get back on track. The two candidates spoke on many issues last night. Locker room talk and deleted emails took up a lot of time. I'm sure these are not the real issues this country faces. When presented with actual questions and real issues like Islamophobia, the questions were not answered at all. It was like watching an elementary school fight between young children were one child would yell; “You did it," and the other child would say "No I didn’t!” The back and forth displayed a clever way of avoiding the questions while they continued throwing childish jabs at each other.
Who has effective plans for the betterment of the country? Mr. Trump does have a sound plan regarding taxes which involves lowering taxes for the rich. This seems to be about right because with this plan it will benefit him and allow him to continue to legally avoid paying taxes while the middle class taxpayers are still trapped with paying higher taxes. Now think about that for a moment. His one and only plan has to do with taxes and money. He does have knowledge of money but that’s where the buck stops. Mr. Trump does talk about law and order, defeating ISIS, and improving the inner cities, but that is just locker room talk no pun intended.
Mrs. Clinton also discussed her tax plans which would involve raising taxes on the rich along with other tax provisions, but the one statement that resonated with me is when she stated she wanted to be the president for all Americans. Stronger Together! At a time when race relations are horrible and having darker skin can still be a death sentence. When Americans are considered non-patriotic if they chose not to stand for the national anthem. While our country’s poorest residents are completely invisible. A country were our veterans are overlooked and education is not a priority for all children. We do in fact need a president for all Americans of every ethnic and religious backgrounds. This is what will make America the greatest country.
This will not be an easy task. We as a country have lots of work to do. We have created this fireball effect that may explode by nominating these two candidates for this year’s election. However, we must as a nation do what’s right come November. We have to pick the lesser evil for the greater good of the country. Sure Mrs. Clinton has had her fair share of scandals and incidents over her career, but she is a fighter something Mr. Trump said he admired in her this debate. It is with that fight, experience, and compassion that she is the obvious candidate to be the next president. I am sure that Mr. Trump has some good intentions, but those intentions are drowned out by his own self-interest. Mr. Trump only cares about one thing, and that one thing is himself. Sure he wants to "Make America Great Again," but if that’s true he can start by stepping down from this election. Unfortunately, that will not happen so I encourage everyone to get off their couches, get out of your beds this election day and exercise your right to vote. Let’s vote Hillary Rodham Clinton as the next President of the United States of America. We have come far as a nation and it will be history making to have our first woman president following our first black president.