My Final Thoughts on Voting in 2020

By: Hayden Cunningham

US President Donald Trump dances as he leaves a rally at Tucson International Airport in Tucson, Arizona on October 19, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Seven days. This year has been filled with historic events the likes we will never forget. And now the election that concludes all this drama is seven days away. This election will be one of the most important in our country’s history, and that is not an exaggeration. There are two options on the ballot, both an intense contrast to the other. Neither candidates are ideal to most Americans, to which the blame for this goes to the votes themselves.

I think it’s obvious to say that I casted my vote for Donald Trump. I didn’t want to. I do not think that President Trump is an ideal candidate, I don’t think he represents my views on political issues well enough, and I don’t like his personality. But what I do like is what a vote for Donald Trump represents: standing your ground against corruption and radicalism trying to take control in our country.

Many pundits will use “radicalism” and terms similar to scare you. But there is a very real threat looming in our country. The Democratic Party has chosen to play by different rules. When Trump was elected, they accused him of rigging the election. When Trump had effective foreign policy that contradicted Obama’s failures, they impeached him. When he appointed a Supreme Court justice that would value the Constitution, they threatened to expand the court with justices who will advocate for a democratic agenda (after accusing one of his appointed justices of rape). When the left fears losing another election, they try to abolish the electoral college and support unprecedented voting methods. They accuse Trump of being responsible for every COVID-19 death, and they accuse his voters of enabling racism and hatred. And while the democratic party plays this game, their supporters are watching, and they burn cities down. So tell me: who’s more divisive? The left should not be allowed to get away with this.

In many ways, voting Republican is a more empathetic and compassionate way to vote. Republicans are for freedom and individual action, so long as you do not violate another person’s freedom. Democrat’s do not have this way of thinking. They believe that some have to give up their freedom for others. It’s why they argue rioting is a justifiable form of protest because it is effective, that the rich should be forced to give up their money, that illegal immigration should be tolerated, and abortion should be applauded. These stances are unequivocally immoral.

This is not the Democratic Party of the past. Both parties used to have fundamental agreements of what made our country great (capitalism, patriotism, etc.). They now condemn Trump’s remarks of American exceptionalism. Democratic party leaders believe that America is a systemically racist country rooted in inequality. Then Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, AOC, and those alike will explain how those who are non-white have a target on their backs. What a dangerous and sad thing to do to people. How can you ever expect people to succeed when you convince them they are victims when in fact, they are not? Today’s politicians on the left do not advocate for policy changes that will unite people. Instead, they peddle the idea that we are all victims, then they tell you that they alone can fix your problems.

With 2020 being such a crazy year, let me ask you this analogy: If you’re on a large ship in the ocean that is going through a storm, who do you want at the helm? Let’s say there’s a sailor who is foul-mouthed, rude, arrogant. He’s not a friendly person, he’s not known for being the most intellectual. But he can steer the ship, and maybe he can command the ship with authority to get us through the storm.

Trump was the only Republican running in 2016 who could’ve beat Hillary Clinton. His election was a symbol for voters. It was a giant (orange, haha) middle finger to the elitists in office and the establishment.

In this year’s election, a vote for Donald Trump holds similar symbolic value. If you believe that the Democratic Party has gone too far in their societal and political values, if you believe the left should not be allowed to use Hollywood, big tech, and the media to do their bidding, if you believe we need law and order, if you believe America is a good place, then you have to vote for Donald Trump. Voting for Joe Biden because you do not like Trump is still a vote for the Democrats. And with that vote, you would be telling them that you approve of their unethical behavior. A vote for Trump says you approve of his policy, it does not mean you approve of his personality. But that’s not the point of voting in the first place. There are more important issues at hand than Trump’s off-putting personality.

Despite her youth, America has endured and accomplished so much. Our country was designed for all walks of life. We offered a promise that if you came to this country you would have opportunity to grow and succeed. This also means you have the ability to fail. But that’s the great thing about our country, if you fail you can try again tomorrow. That’s the American Dream. And yes, that dream was not given to all, and for that our former leaders were at fault. But American society has thrived and fought for equality and freedom. We’ve pushed the limits and we’ve reached for positive change. Our country leads the world in innovation, success, creativity because our people are creative. This is modern day America. Let’s move forward instead of looking at the past.

Our country could be in very serious trouble. The things that make our country great are under attack. Abraham Lincoln said it best himself when he stated…

“At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher.”

Abraham Lincoln

What we are seeing in our country is a result of privilege. The consequences of privilege is that often you don’t realize and appreciate the amazing circumstances you already have. This election is about protecting the values we have in our country that makes it so good. You don’t vote for the party that has vocally stated they plan on “uprooting” society to create a new one. America has always stood its ground when faced with challenges, and I believe that we still have enough fire in our hearts to fight back. But I believe the first step is to make a statement on your 2020 ballot. And if Joe Biden and radical politicians win, then we continue the fight. But I’m going to make damn sure I stand up for myself, my country, and the future generations to come. And that might sound dramatic to you, but 2020 has been filled with drama. There are important issues at stake in this election. So when you fill in that bubble next to the candidate of your choice, make sure you do it with confidence you will not regret.

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