Taking the Election Seriously


Michael Holst, Staff Writer

This year’s presidential election is a very close race between two very different candidates. One candidate, Senator Hillary Clinton, would be the first woman president in U.S. history if elected. The other, Donald Trump, is running as a businessman, not a politician. Both candidates have plans to bring about big changes for America. No matter which candidate gets elected, they will be one of the most powerful people in the world for the next four years, yet no one seems to be taking the election seriously.

The other day, I watched part of the first presidential debate in U.S. history class. Many times throughout the debate people laughed at the ridiculous things that both candidates were saying and the childish way that they were acting. As I was laughing, I realized something: this should not be funny. The fact that what Clinton and Trump are saying and the way they are acting is outrageous should be concerning, not humorous. No one seems to care that both candidates have shown evidence that they may not be fit for office. Many people are voting based on which candidate is the lesser of the two evils. This is not good for the future of America.

Earlier this week, people were joking about Trump’s plan for building a wall along the U.S./Mexican border. They were joking about its ineffectiveness. They were also joking about Trump possibly building a dome that completely cuts us off from the rest of the world, or building walls between different states. These ideas should not be funny at all. The fact that what one of the candidates has said causes these thoughts to come into our heads should worry us. But no one seems to care.

Trump has been known to say racist, sexist, and other offensive things about minorities, women, his opposing politicians, other countries, and more. There is also controversy around the fact that he has not released his tax returns to the public. Clinton was recently in the center of a huge controversy involving her e-mails in which she had her staff plead the fifth amendment in order to not be prosecuted.

People have been too quick to dismiss the candidates’ faults or laugh off the outrageous things they say. Instead of making light of one candidate’s faults and religiously pointing out how terrible the other candidate is just because you side with a certain political party, people need to think about which candidate would be the best leader of our country for the next four years. If you don’t think that either candidate is a good choice, then you should be showing concern, not laughing.