Elections 2020: who you gonna call?

Kyle Fossé- Staff Writer

Just over a month ago, one of the most common phrases I’d been hearing was some variation of “I’d vote third party, but they just don’t stand a chance.” Don’t get me wrong; on the one hand, this sort of mentality makes perfect sense. Technically, the US hasn’t had an independent president since George Washington.

Since then, the nation has been beguiled into the mentality that one of two parties needs to run the country, and it has proved a dangerous game. Not only does it limit the nation’s options, but it allows the leading parties to become lazy in finding suitable candidates.

The more I heard people talk about the impossibility of escaping this ideology, the more I started to realise the irony that if everyone who considered voting third party did so, the independent might have stood a chance. No, they probably wouldn’t have won – in fact, they definitely wouldn’t have – but they might have caused just enough stir to get the country talking.

And that’s what we need to do – start talking, and start thinking. Believing that things can change is a step towards changing them. And maybe when the opportunity to do so comes around again in four years, we’ll actually take it.

For better or for worse, Donald Trump is going to be the president of the United States for the next four years. After that comes another presidential race, followed by another presidential election. You, the people, have the power to choose who becomes the next president, and now is the time to begin thinking about what you want that president to look like.

We don’t need to “choose between the lesser of two evils” (which is possibly one of the most ironic and self-defeating situations that a republic can face), and we shouldn’t let ourselves be tricked into the need to be bipartisan again. With a potential presidential pool as large as that which the United States possesses, we have the luxury to hold our leaders up to higher standards.

If a candidate does not strike the majority of the nation as fit for the presidency, then they should not be elected into office. Simple as that.

The trick is to be ready for it. Let’s start talking now, and maybe in four years’ time, we’ll know what kind of leader we want to have. The only way that a poor leader gets elected is when a population votes for one.

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