November has been weighing heavily on my mind. In past years, the presidential election has been a glimmer of light in the late fall gloom. It’s given me a sense of hope and excitement that maybe we can elect a candidate who can change our country for the better. This year, though, the election looks to push the inherent bleakness of November even further.
I don’t claim to be the most politically involved guy around. I don’t even affiliate myself with a party, because I can’t make up my mind about which to support. Last year, I was in that same position, unsure whether I was a Republican or a Democrat or neither, and trying to decide which candidate to support. I still don’t know who I side with the most, but I know two candidates who aren’t in the running: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
I’m sure Colby has plenty of Clinton and Trump supporters, and I’m not out to attack anybody’s political views. But for me, the most deplorable thing about these candidates is their character. A United States president should serve as a leader in more respects than just politics. A president should embody the values that Americans hold dear. What’s difficult is that these values are ever changing. In each election, it is up to the voters to determine what values they consider important, and to elect the candidate who best represents them.
Perhaps the United States as a whole will disagree with me, but I don’t think Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump exemplify the ideals that Americans pride themselves on. Where’s the integrity? Where’s the morality? And, perhaps most importantly, where’s the concern for the well-being of the country and its citizens? Most politicians would rather be elected than advocate for the good of the nation. This is not how it’s supposed to be.
Trump or Clinton, Clinton or Trump…I just can’t get excited for this election.