The People vs. The Candidates
Jennifer Richardson, Business Contributor
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off tonight in a heated debate that mirrors an age old tradition of publicly humiliating and undermining the traditional values of the republic. By traditional values I mean that elections have been about the candidate, rather than the people the candidates are there to represent.
Tonight’s 90-minute debate speaks to whole a new level of voting age constituents, the Millennials. During tonight’s debate Trump and Clinton started off calm and collected, and then it quickly turned on its head. Clinton took the first question asked by Lester Holt, and eloquently changed the question to suit her own needs. Trump, while not as graceful of a speaker, answered the question adequately.
This campaign and the election as a whole resonates with an election from America’s early years. The election of 1828 between Andrew Jackson, the democrat, and John Quincy Adams, the National Republican. The campaign between Jackson and Adams has been named the “dirtiest” campaign to happen in America. The 1828 election was won by Andrew Jackson, a hot head and a fighter for the common man. It is important to keep Jackson’s and Adams’ political party affiliation with historical lenses in mind, because Jackson’s values, although a democrat, align with today’s Republican party. Adams’ values align with today’s democratic party.
he Jackson and Adams campaign focused on the other candidate’s personal life, which has no bearing on the candidates’ ability to effectively govern. Just like how both the Clinton and Trump campaigns focus on each other’s personal lives, rather than their constituents. Perhaps this is why Bernie Sanders appealed to so many Americans. Whereas Trump and Clinton come from wealthy backgrounds, and championed themselves rather than the constituents. Once a person accepts a presidential nomination from a political party it should no longer be about the candidate, but about the people.
Clinton and Trump are trying to undermine each other’s candidacy by making the other look bad like a high school popularity contest. Not only are they failing to reach their constituency, but they are undermining their campaign. Americans are tired of hearing the negative rhetoric associated with these events. Americans don’t care who did what happened 25 years ago. Americans want to know what the candidates are going to do for them.
A New York Times article compares Trump’s campaign and rhetoric to the,
Within the the first fifteen minutes it could be easily seen that Lester Holt had trouble containing Clinton and Trump as they attacked each other like bullies. The American people were hoping to see a debate between civilized and educated people, but instead the American people received two candidates who cannot cast aside their petty squabbles for 90-minutes and put the people first.
As the debate dwindles down the American people need to realize that this country can no longer rely on two bickering ideologies. There is more to America than Republican and Democrat. We are more than our political identification. So for this election please remember that we are all Americans, and that is far more valuable.
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