This election, you have the power to change the future of America for the better by casting a ballot for Joe Biden. It is the most likely way of voting current President and Republican candidate Donald Trump out of office.
Or you can watch the end of an American government founded on our nation’s longstanding ideals of integrity, freedom, and democracy crumble in the next four years.
So far in the polls, the 2020 election has been a close one. As of 6:46 p.m. on Oct. 25, Joe Biden has 51.2% of American votes, while Trump has 43.5%—this according to NBC News’ live election updates.
While things are looking up for Biden and early votes continue to roll in, many are still undecided on who they’re voting for. But even after four years of questioning his leadership, sanity, and financial and legal credibility during his time in office, Trump still has a surprising number of supporters.
Seeing Trump signs and flags in the yards of Maryville homes always causes me to think, “why are people still okay with this?” Why are people still okay with a racist, sexist, ableist, ivory-tower, lying, narcissistic sexual offender with no regard for justice or common decency holding the reins to our government? The answers I’ve gathered are filled with flaws.
Many are voting for Trump because they believe he represents the values of a true, American Christian. But I am not the first to say that Trump is anything but a godly person. Christ feeds the faithful. Trump is the money-changer in the temple who fleeces the faithful.
Trump lacks the compassion, kindness and patience that Christ asks of God’s chosen ones. Trump lacks humility when the Bible says, “blessed are the meek,” and “blessed are the merciful.” A Christian American has every right to vote for Trump, but I believe they’re lying if they claim to truly understand Trump or the teachings of the Bible.
Others are voting for Trump because they don’t want to see a rise in taxes. However, under Biden presidency, only large corporations and the top 1% of individual earners would see a noticeable raise in taxes.
Furthermore, Trump is the only modern American president to never release any of his tax returns (either while running for office or during his time in office), and recent findings by the New York Times suggest he has paid little to no federal taxes in the last two decades. Any voter who sees taxes as a point of concern should not vote for a person who has not paid them in 20 years.
Some are voting for Trump because they want stronger border enforcement, even though the United States of America was founded by immigrants. Some are voting for him because they believe he supports working-class Americans, when he himself has never known what it is to struggle. In fact, thanks to an investigation conducted by The New York Times, we now know that Trump’s father actually lent his son closer to $60.7 million in 1975 rather than the “small loan of a million dollars,” he claimed to have received. That would be equivalent to $140 million today.
Whatever the reason people vote for Trump, there’s usually a more humanitarian and American argument against it.
The answer I choose to tell myself to my previous question is this: most people are simply misinformed. Most people are simply blinded by Trump’s divisive, isolationist, and volatile rhetoric, so they fail to see the many ways he is corrupting American ideals.
But I think the true answer is that people simply don’t care enough. Many of you probably dislike Trump but still don’t have a plan to make it to a polling booth this election season. Many of you probably dislike Trump but don’t like Biden, so you’ll vote for a third-party candidate and forget about the whole thing.
Come the aftermath of Nov. 3, we will know who the President of the United States will be for the next four years, and you will have a say in the matter if you vote for Biden or Trump.
I voted early for Biden not because he is exactly the person I want to see as my president. Up until he dropped out of the race, I planned on voting for Bernie Sanders.
However, I know casting my vote for Biden is the best chance at real, positive, and progressive change in America. I care about climate change and how it will affect my future and the future of all humans. Biden has an effective plan to combat climate change in America, which includes ensuring that the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050.
I care about the future of healthcare as an unemployed college senior living in a dangerously unstable American economy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden has an effective plan to provide affordable, quality healthcare to all Americans and to stand up to the abuse of power by prescription drug corporations.
“We need a public option, now more than ever, especially when more than 20 million people are unemployed. That public option will allow every American, regardless of their employment status, the choice to get a Medicare-like plan,” Biden said on the campaign trail.
I care about decreasing gun violence. I care about repairing foreign relations. I care about rights for African Americans and queer Americans and trans Americans and Latino Americans and Asian Americans and Americans with vaginas. I care about the environment and food safety and higher education.
I care about all of these things, and that is why I’m voting for Biden. It is the best possible way to get that leather-skinned, toupee-topped liar out of office.