A nation divided: Race for the White House leaves country looking for more options

The President of the United States has many important jobs such as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, demonstrating hospitality to foreign ambassadors, and appointing the Supreme Court Justices. Looking at the two presidential candidates, some people, including myself, are concerned about the future of this great nation. Around 55% of Americans have said that they want a third party candidate, which demonstrates an overwhelming amount of dissatisfaction in the current choices.

The Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, is more qualified to sit in the oval office according to her resume. She has served as First Lady while her husband Bill Clinton was in President of the United States, a United States Senator, and as the US Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. However, a lot of her time in these positions has included shady dealings such as the Benghazi attack and the infamous classified emails. The president needs to be someone who can be trusted to do what is best for the people, not just themselves. Hillary Clinton is not capable of performing this task.

The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, is the underdog in this election with almost no political credentials. Not only is he a businessman, but his business has gone bankrupt 3 times. He is also friends with the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, who recently announced that he would endorse Trump in his run for president. Putin is not someone to underestimate. Putin is stepping up his game on fighting ISIS after they attacked a Russian Airliner and seems to believe that Donald Trump will take a similar stance against the Islamic State. He also is one of the world’s most dangerous communist leaders right next to Kim Jong Un of North Korea. Being close friends with the President of the United States could be a dangerous thing. Trump seems to have adopted some of the dictator’s traits in that most of his political arguments consist of attacking the opposition and avoiding the main question. This brings into question whether or not Trump even knows what he’s talking about. He can easily be compared to the kid who the teacher calls on in class that tries to make up some answer because he has no idea what the question is even asking.

The American public is unhappy with the choices for president and are hoping for a third party candidate. Libertarian Gary Johnson is from the border state of New Mexico and knows the importance and complexity of border control and believes that simply building a wall will not solve this issue. He also believes in legalizing and regulating marijuana for medical purposes. Most of his opinions on political issues seem to be a balance between Republican and Democratic, which makes him more electable. However, the last time that happened was in 1992 when Bill Clinton was running for president. H. Ross Perot ran as an independent and split the Republican vote with President George H.W. Bush, handing the election to Bill Clinton almost by default.

The current state of the US is rapidly deteriorating. I don’t know what is going to happen come this November but what I am sure of is that God does know. No matter who gets elected, this is the most important election of this generation and will define what this nation becomes.