Let’s just get this out in the open before I begin; I am a democrat and I am a liberal. Sure, I may be the typical 16-year old boy still discovering his political views and still might not have a complete view or taste of what it’s like out in the “real world”, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t any truth to what I feel. This past election has taken such a massive toll on our country, and due to the actions of President Trump and Hillary Clinton, tensions are high as ever. People feel that it is ok to discriminate Muslims because of the rhetoric of President Trump and his highly questionable Muslim Ban. But on the other hand, if Clinton was to be our president, things would not have been as great either. Electing Clinton would have essentially have put a criminal in office, deleting over 30,000 emails not used on a private server when her husband Bill was in office. Where the issue starts for me is the large majority of people who were stuck in the middle, including I felt myself. There were tons of people who felt unsure who to vote for, for if they voted for Trump, they would be in support of a racist in office, but if they voted for Clinton, they would be in support of a criminal in office from one of the most corrupt families in America. The ideals of both of these candidates were at extremes, on one you side you had a corrupt politician that was vying to be the first female president in the United States, where on the other hand, you had the most insensitive, egotistical maniac you have ever seen. If I were 18, I don’t think I would have voted. I would have stuck to my conscience, because whichever of the two candidates I voted for, it would have been assumed that I was in full support or tolerant of their policies, and even be deemed as a racist or a crook, which some of these other citizens in the middle were afraid of. This is where the issue begins. But it’s not because of the people, it’s the politicians themselves. What the politicians of this era lack is some damn COMMON SENSE. They are so hung up on taking on an issue this way or that way, and if you support it this way, you’re Republican and if you support it this way, you’re Democratic. That’s the problem, and even though we do live in a two-party society, it doesn’t mean that you can’t open your eyes to see what is right in front of you. The candidates this year did such a miserable job of this, and tons of the citizens stuck in the middle or who didn’t even vote were the ones who suffered. President Trump in specific has been fatally bad. Once he entered office, he made it clear that he wanted to eradicate foreign threats like ISIS, which is fine, but the way he went about it was very ill-hearted. He passed a Muslim ban, which prevented immigration from Saudi Arabia, Iran, Syria, Sudan and Libya, even though the majority of the people immigrating were refugees that wanted to avoid persecution and danger in their homeland. Trump failed to use any common sense; his intentions were good, but failed to look at how it affects people who didn’t have relations with ISIS, for many of them just wanted to escape the turmoil in the Middle East. The lack of common sense in politics is going to hurt us in the future unless we do something about it and if it wasn’t already answered already…
That’s the problem with our politicians.