My Thoughts On the 2016 ElectionAlpha101 It's no secret that most Americans hated both canidates. I was part of that majority. It's also no secret that most Americans hated te outcome of the election. I was also part of this majority. I'm frustrated, scared, but, most of all, heartbroken dor this country, because it deserved much better than the two options we were given in November. I'm just going to provide my thoughts below on how we can prevent a horrifying election like we just had in the future.
Not everyone should be able to vote. I know, lots of you are already freaking out on me. The reason I say this is that most people vote based on emotions rather than fact. That's the flaw with direct democracy. For instance, a man went to a Clinton rally and asked her supporters if they supported a tax plan they claimed to be hers, but it was really Trump's. All of them said yes. When the tax plans were revealed to be Trump's, they all reversed their decisions. Another video showed a man going to a Trump rally, and asking supporters if they agreed with these quotes by Trump, when, in reality, Hitler said them. When it was revealed to one man, he said "I agree if Trump said it, but not if it was Hitler." People are sheep. They vote without realizing who they are voting for. Opponents of Trump claimed he was racist, sexist, xenophobic, etc., without providing any proof. Same goes to Clinton. Before voting, people should be forced to pass a test to see if they really know what their canidates policies are. If they fail, they cannot vote in the election. People have to take a test to drive a car, or become a citizen, why should they have to take a test to elect the most powerful person on the planet?
Also, third party canidates should receive more recognition. I'm tired of people only considering the two parties that are given to us. The required percentage of votes required to be in the debates should be reduced drasticly.
Campaigns should be publicly funded. No business, company, organization, corporation, union, etc. should be able to finance a campaign. Why? Lobbyists completely control government, not politicians. How many times have we been lied to? How many times has a politician said one thing, but then completely changed their position once in office, because of corporate lobbyists?
These are just my post-election thoughts and ramblings. I'm still angry, even though it happened a month ago. I don't think I'll ever get over it. But, we need to have hope and faith that things will get better, but that's not enough. We need to change things, not just talk about changing them. Only then will we truly be free. Thanks for reading.
As a Hispanic residing in America...I don't know how I feel. We have a 70 year old manchild as president, and if I'm being honest the fact that it didn't have to be this way shows just how pitiful a year 2016 has been, and that's depressing.
See ya in World War III, guys. - WonkeyDude98
See ya too! :D - visitor
I don't think that Trump will actually do everything he said he would do. - BeatlesFan1964
That wall proposal of his is the first getting scrapped. No way the legislative branch gonna approve that thing. I personally hope he will bring jobs to the country and fix the debt. - Nonpointed
Good post - ProPanda
I also think that people with good knowledge on both parties as well as the US government system should be the ones voting, not the ones who vote by emotion and throw the hissy fits when their preferred candidate loses. - Nonpointed
Donald=legend - Therandom
Yeah, I really hate how some people vote. Not just in America, but everywhere. To vote you should inform yourself about the candidates, see their interests, their pasts (may not seem important, but many candidates lie in their campaigns, if you inform yourself about what they thought before they were running for president) and their ideals. Do not just follow what mainstream media says, because mainstream media manipulates information a lot, more than you probably think. Also, do not just blindly support one candidate during the whole campaign. For example, at first I supported Hillary slightly more than Trump, but then I found out how Hillary literally wanted to go to war against Russia, then I supported Trump more.
Also, I agree. A vote for a third party is not a wasted vote. If a third party gets to a certain percentage of votes (I can't remember if it was 5 or 10%) they get more money to campaign for the next election. This apparently isn't interesting to the media, and that's why the common misconception that a vote for a third party wouldn't benefit them exists.
Thanks for reading this whole ramble and, finally, Bernie should have won. - Martinglez
Martinglez, it's 15%. Really needs to be around 5%. - Alpha101
We don't need a communist president. - Therandom
Not allowing some people to vote, for any reason, is really undemocratic. maybe people can be educated on the positions, but not allowing them to vote is a horrible idea. I like your other ideas though. - RecklessGreed
Its not right to stop people from voting based on what they base their vote on, but yeah - EliHbk
In conclusion, both suck - SoldierOfFortune