Hindsight for 2020


Olivia Braito, Graphics Manager

Graphics by Olivia Braito.

John Geba, Contributing Writer

So far, 2019 has brought us a government shutdown, a Venezuelan presidential crisis, and an overrated egg. Although some of these events are tragic, 2019 has also ushered in another round of presidential campaigning that has already garnered a great deal of interest. As always, there are some familiar faces who are considering running, including Senator Elizabeth Warren and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. With the obvious exception of President Donald Trump who started his 2020 campaign the same day he was inaugurated as president, the new official candidates have yet to drop much money into their respective campaign funds.

Although this election cycle (and the American people) demand a moderate Democratic candidate, there is one main exception who is still running, Elizabeth Warren. Because the country is so divided, the most loyal voters of each party are nearly impossible to reach. The electorate—who can still be swayed—are the moderate voters who chose Trump because of non-policy related issues like Hillary’s emails, weak debate skills, and lack of charisma. One of the only perceivable ways that Democrats could lose the 2020 campaign is by selecting an unlikable candidate. However, there is still hope for democratic and liberal ideals, which can be found in some of the newly declared candidates for president.

Notwithstanding the differences in policy that each candidate is proposing, there are some similarities between them. Many campaigners are either former or active senators, soldiers, or representatives, and they all appear to support a generally progressive and peaceful policy with regard to the border and immigration. Additionally, they all harbor a strong dislike for the current Commander in Chief.

Hopefully, the Democratic Party can wash away the corporate stains of the Clinton campaign and select a candidate who is willing and capable of maintaining liberal thought and practice. A less divisive candidate who seems superior to Trump in both political and personal posture would lead to a clear and swift end to the Trump era. If the Democrats care for the general American public, they will spare us the gladiator-like battle between two radically different candidates involving Trump and some corporate Democrat, and instead, choose someone who is ready to take on the burden of rebuilding American morale.

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