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Saturday 20 Jul 2024

US Election 2016
Jane Doe

The US Presidential Election, frankly, has scared many of us into believing that it is the end-all. What is going on is a macabre of vivid proportion. With one candidate throwing modern day arrogance our way and another covering up secrets and lies, who is right and who is wrong? It all comes down to the notion there's more at work here than is obvious.

Americans do not always listen to their President.

In fact, there are pressures at work, within the political realm, that prevent the President from having an honest voice. The Obama presidency is one example. Though he tried to regulate many bills and laws, it became up to Congress and the Senate to make truth out of possible lies.

Hillary knew what to say on every single time, during the debate, and Trump did not. Does the debate show who will win the election. Does a debate ever make a difference in the final vote?

It is a matter of realising the vote is for members of the Electoral College, not directly for the President. If Hillary were to win, it would not matter how well she debated; it was a matter of the Electoral College’s vote, which is where the heart of the election.

According to David Gergen, “Hillary crushed Trump, but that does not mean we will not have a locked vote.” In other words, Hillary might have won the debate, but the election remains as unsure, now, as before the debate. Although the debate featured a calmer, much more composed Donald Trump, he showed no working knowledge of policies, such as health care reform and criminal justice. Trump was in a swamp without a paddle.

At one point, Trump had the boldness to say, “Why am I bickering about this with you?” Hillary responded, “Because our youth are at stake here.” She is right. The debate focused a lot on issues the typical American must clout: health care, criminal justice reform and, at one point, how American youth got an education.

Having spoken strongly of youth, Hillary knocked Trump out of the park on this particular topic. Yet, Trump supporters remain on the fence about these issues. What exactly do Americans value?

Let us look at the facts.

As Americans, we favour the male, thinking the dominance, which someone as Trump shows at debates is not arrogance, but it is, in fact. His responses during the debate were not thought-out; tongue-tied, at times, Trump failed on answers most viewers or listeners would know. He spent more time debating against Hillary than he did speaking on the issues.

At one point, Trump had the boldness to imply she doesn’t have the stamina. Hillary list some of what she has done; her career highlights, her time as Secretary of State and as First Lady. She then replied with, “You can talk to me about stamina when you have accomplished as much as I have.”

Hillary knocked Trump out of the water, again, with vividly thought-out responses and a well-orchestrated plan of action. It was clear who won, but, historically, that means little when it comes down to the race for President.

A problem worth considering is the American people do not have a firm understanding of the issues at stake. If you ask the typical American to describe an ideal plan-of-action for school reform, it would be rare to hear a final conclusion to the matter. We are dealing with important issues, yet what is the meaning of a debate if no one understands the topics of conversation.

The heart of this inference lies here, as a President, the job is to lead, not to follow. To explain why something is going to happen, not talk in retrospect. Leading is more difficult than following, which is why so few women and men seek public office.

To win an election, a candidate must impress the Electoral College, not the people he or she represents. That is why strange wording and questions only the respondents can answer cloud debates. The popular vote is “for suckers,” said George W. Bush. “It is the Electoral Vote that wins the race.”

Unfortunately, he is right. It does not matter who wins the popular vote, the Electoral College crowns the winner, leaving the other out in the cold. What, then, is the Electoral College? It is a group comprised of the elected members that decide who will become President.

The Biden versus Palin debate, in 2008, had no clear winner.

The Biden versus Palin debate is a prime example of how there is never a clear winner. Palin and Biden battled it out in 2008, only to find the one with the most invalid responses, Sarah Palin, escaped unscathed. Biden was off his game, during the debate, yet he managed to win and work alongside President Obama. This debate shows nothing to the people of the United States, except the true face of their potential President.

In essence, the first Presidential Debate, of 2016, means nothing to those voting for or against, a candidate. Though Hillary took home the gold crown, figuratively speaking, that is, Trump may still win the election. Despite whom you intend to cast your vote, watch out for the next debate, as that is usually where the magic lies. This first debate may have been a fluke, though I do have faith that Clinton will pull it off, a second and a third time. Still, who becomes President is up to Electoral College voter.

In conclusion, Hillary Clinton easily won the first debate, but that doesn’t mean Trump has lost. This was just the first Presidential Debate. There are two more to come. Without absent-mindedly voting for the right or wrong person, the American public is beginning to see Hillary as a frontrunner. Yet, there are many hoping Trump will win; he does hover in the low forty per cent range in most polls. Does a debate show the worth of a candidate? If so, does this mean Hillary will win? We will only wait and see.


Jane Doe writes from the American South East.

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