How I Feel About the Upcoming Election
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How I Feel About the Upcoming Election

I can't vote, but I can write.

How I Feel About the Upcoming Election

This is probably the only time I will ever write a piece about politics. I do not know anything about the nation's politics, other than the basic facts we learned in high school and college. I do not care to know much more than that. My birthday is in December, and I will be turning eighteen this year. This means I will miss voting registration and the presidential elections of 2016 by less than one month. This upset me when I first did the math, because voting for a person to run this country always seemed so great to me as a kid. I've wanted to vote in elections since I was a kid, because I thought kids should get to vote. However, with the presidential candidates set in stone for this year, I have never been more thrilled to not have such a responsibility. In my opinion, it is having to choose between the lesser of two evils. Voting citizens who agree with me are stuck between a rock and a hard place: a bigot and a criminal. From what I have observed throughout this race is an overwhelming hatred of Donald Trump, and a slightly extreme dislike of Hillary Clinton- Clinton being the less evil. I, for one, do not sway one way or the other, because I find both equally repulsive for their own deeds.

That all being said, I do not believe that this country is in any severe danger. Many people say something close to,"If Donald Trump becomes president, I'm moving to Canada." This country will not go down in ruins like the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan did when overtaken by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, despite what everyone assumes. What some people do not always remember is the system of checks and balances, a system that sets us apart from other nations. It is a system that makes us a democratic republic, in order to keep every branch of government in check. Each branch limits the other two branches' power, keeping one branch from becoming too powerful and ruling over everything. Laws cannot be passed without being approved first; therefore, a president cannot make rash (or stupid) decisions without consulting Congress first. Regarding the Congress, both the Senate (52% Republican) and the House of Representatives (56% Republican) would most likely- based on the numbers-agree more with the decisions of Trump. This does not mean anything flied with them, however, because everyone in Congress still gets a say. We, the people, also have the power of impeachment. If the future president steps out of line of the law, they shall be removed from office.

I do think voting is important, because every vote counts. If you genuinely care about the outcome of an election, whether presidential or something like class president, I urge you to vote. If you do not care at all, in any way, whatsoever about the result of this poll, I concur. However, you do not have an excuse to complain about the outcome of the election if you do not vote when you are able to do so. Just remember that no matter the outcome, our forefathers did think ahead to keep the United States of America from becoming a republic or a communist country.

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