The presidential race is a political soap opera

Edwin J. Viera, Columnist

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In life, there is that one special moment that you never want to miss. For some, it’s Haley’s Comet, catching a legendary Pokémon, getting that job you always wanted or finding money on the side of the street. Unfortunately, for this generation, it was when we got the ability to vote.

This is the only time where it’s a game. The game being who gets the vote. Since many people don’t care for Donald Trump and others think Hillary Clinton can’t tell a decent lie, it presents a conundrum of massive proportions.

Here we are, a country built on equality and diversity, then there’s this presidential election from Hell. It’s not that the candidates are unqualified, but it’s that these candidates are in a word… horrendous! Sure, they may have economic policies to save us, but it seems that most of the job may be falling on the vice president.

Perhaps it’s not that the candidates are bad, but is it possible they suffer from lack of communication? They say good things at speeches, which appeases one party but how do they please both sides?

Sure they are fighting for the people, but it seems as though they are fighting to win this new game show called “Who Wants to Be the President.”

Trump, if elected president, might be like a kid on the leash; able to do some things, but if he goes too far, he may be restrained, or impeached. Clinton is something else because of all of her political clout.

She seems like the perfect candidate because she has worked for so many political offices in her life, but with the scandal of her private emails still lingering in the minds of many, it seems as though her hopes for a quick win are dashed. So now we wait and wait until November when we find ourselves behind a curtain tasked with an important decision. The question is what do we do now?

Have we come to a political stalemate? Unable to vote for anyone? Are we settling for a candidate and hoping that they end up doing the right thing? I couldn’t help but think.

In this world of political debates: what draws the line between a debate and fighting?

For starters, anyone that remembers the Republican National Convention also remembers the people chanting, “Lock her up!” Seriously, is this the type of image that the party is trying to promote. It seems that this is somewhat of a one-sided battle.

This reminds me of the 1980’s soap opera, “Dynasty,” specifically the character Alexis Carrington-Colby and the many catfights she had with the other characters. All throughout this election it seems like one big cat fight.

Candidates have no qualms expressing their feelings on a particular issue, but it seems that is merely a fraction of what the public hears regarding this election. George Washington had a quote about partisan politics that relates to the election.

“Let me … warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party … in [governments] of the popular form, it is seen in its greatest rankness, and is truly their worst enemy,” said Washington in his farewell address.

In this quote Washington is talking about not allowing partisan politics to control a person way of life. Boy, was he wrong.

Now it seems that aside from race, this is one of the major factors that separates people in the world. It was okay in the beginning of the election because people had a few different candidates to believe in. For this it seems we are stuck between two people who aren’t quite qualified for the job.

Many of the things that come out of what Trump says are about Clinton and how she should be in prison for her email server scandal. Clinton isn’t talking too much about Trump, except at the debate when she made a comment about Trump not paying his federal income tax.

“Or maybe he doesn’t want the American people – all of you watching tonight – to know that he’s paid nothing in federal taxes,” Clinton said on Sept. 26 at a presidential debate. “Because the only years that anybody’s ever seen were a couple of years when he had to turn them over to state authorities when he was trying to get a casino license, and they showed he didn’t pay any federal income tax.”

Overall, it seems as though this election is only going to be fought through the press, and since taking sides is not an option, that makes it all the more interesting.

Fighting seems to be the only way to stay alive in politics, but this is the only thing that people seem to bear about the election. As November nears the fighting is only going to continue, though, if we can tolerate and focus on the fighting we’ll see that the fighting is worth it.

Politics is a tough game and if you have to butt heads then that’s what happens. Trump and Clinton fighting is going to happen because of the large difference created by the ideals of Democrats and Republicans. I guess if there isn’t fighting then that means nothing is getting done, so perhaps the fighting is a sign of progress.

email: viera.record@outlook.com

 

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