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Election 2016: What If You Just Don’t Know?

By Zainab Iqbal

Published: September 21st, 2016

November 8 is just around the corner, and the only emotion I’m experiencing is frustration.

When the election season started just almost a year ago, I had absolutely no idea who I was going to vote for. The only candidate I knew was running was Hillary Clinton, and I didn’t want to vote for her. Don’t get me wrong—I used to admire Secretary Clinton a lot. When I was about twelve or thirteen years old, I thought she was the coolest person in the world. After all she’s a woman. But what did I know? I didn’t know what she believed in, what she fought for, what her judgement was like. All I knew was that she was a woman, and that if a woman could do everything then there was nothing I couldn’t do. I was young and naïve.

When President Obama ran for president in 2008, I was ecstatic. A Black man was running for president and was actually winning. Everyday after school, I would come home and glue my eyes to the T.V., watching young people show their admiration and crying because as a fifth grader, I could not vote. Fast-forward eight years to the beginning of 2016, and there I was, finally able to vote and wondering who I was going to support with all my heart.

Then, I found Bernie Sanders. I remember googling his name and spending all day reading about him. Days went by; my support grew stronger. Many other people also started discovering him, and were falling in love just as I had. It was as if he spoke to me, as if he spoke to us. And he did. I wasn’t the only one who thought so; millions of millennials across the country began to agree with me. I was so incredibly excited. I thought, if millennials supported hard enough, I would get to check off his name on the ballot in November. I would get to do it with such passion and excitement, just as the voters in ’08 had. I stayed up all night watching the countless debates, even when I had an exam the next morning. And then the Primaries came along. I switched from an Independent to a Democrat, just so I could vote for him. I remember walking happily to my polling site, listening to a lady explain how to cast a vote. I remember standing in the booth, my eyes circling the name “Bernie Sanders” millions of times just to make sure I hadn’t accidently circled the wrong bubble. I had voted for the first time in my life, and I couldn’t wait to vote for him again. But little did I know that I would not have that chance.

Now, we may never have free tuition, elimination of college debt, or get a chance to be as close as the top one tenth of the one percent. We may never get to see the change. And we may never get to witness a political revolution.

Hillary Clinton doesn’t care about us millennials. She’s too busy changing her views on key subjects like free health care and gun control. She’s too busy telling everyone that her email scandal is not a big deal. She’s too busy trying to convince the American public that she has amazing judgement, avoiding to mention her “amazing” judgement on the night of the 2012 Benghazi attack.

Don’t vote for her just because she’s a woman. Vote for her because she’s a liar.

On the opposite end of the political circus, we have the one and only, Donald Trump. You know, I used to like that man back when he wasn’t involved in politics; back when I only saw his name stamped on ginormous buildings, back when I had no clue what kind of disease he was.

For some odd reason, Mr. Trump is able to offend every single race and ethnicity in America, yet still have half of the country supporting him. From laughing at the Black Lives Matter movement, to calling Mexican’s rapists, to planning to put badges on Muslims, to wanting to deport every single illegal immigrant, Donald Trump has left no stone unturned. He has no clear plan for this country whatsoever and thinks all he does is “win, win, win.”

Don’t vote for Donald Trump because he’s going to make America great again. Vote for him because a bigot who most likely offended your ancestors.

We also have Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, and Jill Stein of the Green Party. Yet, more than half of the country has no idea who they are and what they stand for. Because all throughout history, only two parties have dominated American politics. And for some reason, we all feel as if we are burdened to support candidates from these parties. Both parties are corrupt beyond belief, not caring what the people think and just focusing on getting higher and higher on the power spectrum. So when a Socialist Democrat takes the country by storm, the DNC and the RNC are terrified; what if they lose their party once and for all?

Do you understand my dilemma? Who was once a passionate, excited millennial is now angry, sickened, and confused. November 8 is just around the corner and I don’t know who to vote for.

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