As the polls opens in the 2016 general election, over 40 million Americans have already cast their ballots in 38 States across the country, however that is roughly about a third of the voting population. Many more people are going to cast their ballots today, Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 and if you did not have the opportunity to vote earlier, this is your day.
You should definitely go and vote, this is the price we pay for living in a participatory democracy, your vote is your voice. You are not only electing a President and a Vice President, but your Senators, Congress Men and Women, your local and state representatives, but more importantly, there are several ballot initiatives that affects everyday life in communities all over this country. When you cast your ballot, you get to decide who is on your local school board, if pot should be legal in your state, etc.
This election is different, even though it is equally as important as every other election. The candidates for the office of the President of the United States cannot be more different from each other. This year, the American people have a choice of electing a woman, who has spent her life working towards this moment, an imminently qualified woman; and a man who has never held a public office, a construction magnate who has spent the past 15 months insulting his way across America.
And if anyone is thinking that this is just talk and Trump would not be able to do all the things he’s said. Maybe Mexico won’t pay for the wall, but he can try and build it; even if congress were to stand in his way as they have President Obama’s, he can go around them. He can do more damage in a short time than we can all imagine. He has shown himself to have no knowledge or understanding of how government works, the separation of powers, and the limits of the office of the president. He has shown himself as someone who has no respect for anyone and anything, he is not going to be constrained by ideals, principles and precedents.
The Republican congressional leaders have shown themselves to be unprincipled-power hungry-partisans who lacks the back bone and courage to stand up to candidate Trump, they will not stand up to him or block his hideous agendas as President. In fact, most of them would support him enthusiastically, he has been able to stand because too many Republicans agree with him. They are better politician, therefore they do not give voice to their thoughts.
There are many people in the world who do not have the opportunity to vote and choose their political leaders, there are too many places where the votes of the citizens are not counted, and you have the privilege of being able to participate in a free and fair election. This is your chance to make a choice, this is the time to put partisanship aside and choose patriotism.
Too many people shed their blood and paid the ultimate price to get us to where we are as a country today, it would be a disservice to their sacrifice if we don’t make the right choice. We are all Americans first before being a Democrat, Republican etc., our duties are to the country not the party.
After all is said and done, it only matters if you vote. So go out and make your voice heard, let us build a big beautiful wall of diverse voters between Trump and the Nuclear Codes.
Yetunde Adu is a contributing editor to Trendy Africa Magazine and writes from Washington, DC. Email; firstname.lastname@example.org