Are We Really Moving Forward?

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Hannah Webb, Staff Writer

It’s October, and as we all probably know the presidential election is quickly approaching. As much as I wish I could ignore the fact that our country is going to have to choose between the lesser of two extreme evils in one month, it can’t be ignored anymore.  So without further ado, let’s discuss the 2016 election.

Normally, I enjoy politics. I like hearing different perspectives on issues, I like seeing people from different backgrounds defend their arguments, and I like forming my own opinions on the issues at hand. But this election has somewhat ruined that for me.

What I’ve witnessed in this election has been nothing more than grown adults throwing petty insults at each other like children. Don’t get me wrong, I realize all presidential campaigns can get a bit messy and that candidates insulting each other isn’t a new concept. However, this election has simply been a game of who can throw around the most scathing insults instead of a matter of who has the best policies.

If you were to take any one of the insults and stereotypes thrown around in this election out of context, you’d never guess that the person being quoted was running for the highest office in the nation.

Hillary Clinton was quoted as saying you could “put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call a basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.”

So apparently, our candidates aren’t just insulting each other, they’re insulting the people they will potentially be serving—the citizens of America. Because that makes perfect sense. Nice job, 2016 politics.

Of course, such degradations aren’t just coming from the Democratic side; they’re happening on the Republican side as well. At this point, I’m sure I don’t have to say anything more for you to know who I’m referring to.

The one, the only, the infamous…Donald Trump. Trump’s been quoted as assigning his own personal nicknames for each of the candidates, such as “Lyin’ Ted,” and “Crooked Hillary.”  

Let’s not forget the fact that he’s even disregarded Senator John McCain’s war career when he notably remarked, “I like people who weren’t captured,” in reference to McCain’s time spent as a prisoner of war.

Another point for 2016 politics—insulting war heroes. Yet those who are content to ignore red flags such as these somehow insist that our country is moving in the right direction.

How can we be moving in any sort of beneficial direction when our potential leaders can’t even handle themselves in what are supposed to be civil debates? Further, how can we expect such leaders to successfully coordinate with foreign powers on important issues? I for one would not want to see Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump in any sort of negotiation with Russia.

I can’t see how either one of them would be able to make any kind of progress overseas when they only seem to be able to answer relevant and important questions by listing off their personal “accomplishments.”

Essentially, I have lost a great amount of the faith I once had for American politics. The problems our country faces today don’t seem to be problems that our present candidates will be capable of handling. With the situations such as these occurring today, it’s a question we all have to ask ourselves—are we really moving forward?