The GOP is falling; you need to vote

Whether it be Donald Trump’s unconventional, yet extraordinary trek to obtaining the Grand Old Party’s (GOP) nomination, or Hillary Clinton’s Email-gate – the 2016 presidential election has been nothing short of a political Twilight Zone. A sharp, blatant and appropriate negative light has been shined upon Trump throughout his climb to political power. He is the evident antagonist of this storybook election. In contrast, Clinton has had so many controversial holes in her family’s 20-year empire, it’s still hard to make her out to be America’s next political hero.

Yes, Clinton and Trump both have blemishes, but to even consider putting the two potential chief-executives in the same category in regard to presidential-readiness, nobility or even intelligence is absurdly scorning Clinton.

On July 27, President Barack Obama delivered a speech during the second-to-last day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. When the incumbent mentioned the DNC’s foe, Trump, the crowd erupted in wave of boos. In response – Obama off-script, uttered the simple, but powerful three words – “don’t boo, vote.”

Like mentioned earlier, the 2016 election has been illusory. It is more than crucial, but pivotal that you vote and have your voice count. Obama is correct, arguing on Twitter with “Make America Great Again-ers” is not going to count for anything in the election. Facebook sharing New York Times and Washington Post op/ed’s is not going to count for anything in the election. Having the confidence that – ‘there is no way Trump will when this election, so why bother even voting”, is not going to count for anything in the election.

“Don’t boo, vote.”

This is also not a call for the millennials, or even the Atlanta University Center to reclaim democracy with the power of youth. This is literally an endorsement for Hillary Clinton. Trump’s hurtful rhetoric in correlation to the United States of America’s beautiful diversity is not what this country needs as a representation of what we are as a collective.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people,” Trump said.

“Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore,” Trump said.

“26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” Trump said.

His appeal to ethos targets the conscience of American inequality. This is all not to even mention the numerous lawsuits against Trump University, a proposition to ban Muslims in America and a subtle hint for second amendment supporters to “deal” with Clinton. Donald Trump is in no way fit, but more importantly –  no way deserving to be President of the United States. This isn’t politics anymore It’s a spectacle of embarrassment. America can’t afford four years of vacuous leadership, not now, not ever.


Chad Rhym

Managing Editor

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