A host of GOP candidates took to their podiums on Thursday night, as did the three remaining Democratic candidates on Sunday night, each one trying to convince the American public why he or she should be the next president.
Donald Trump wants you to pick him because he swears he can “Make America Great Again!” Ben Carson wants you to believe he will “Heal. Inspire. Revive.” Hillary Clinton vows to “defend and build on President Obama’s progress.” Rand Paul says he can “unleash the American dream” by defeating “the Washington machine.” Ted Cruz is calling out to all of the “courageous conservatives” to help him “reignite the Promise of America.” Marco Rubio claims he will bring “A New American Century.” And then there’s Bernie Sanders, who insists he will give Americans “a future to believe in,” where everything is magically free, free, free, or something like that.
The point is that each candidate wants you to pledge your support, and to vote for him or her because you support the policies, you believe the promises and you have faith in the future leadership.
What do Americans do? We buy into it! We act as if these candidates can and will follow through on all of their promises.
We all want someone we can believe in, someone who will stand up for our values, fight for our interests. We want the closest thing we can get to the reincarnation of Jesus in terms of a perfect candidate, and We. Want. It. Now.
It’s only logical that searching for the “perfect candidate” would put us in our current predicament with Barack Obama as Commander-in-Chief. In his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama ran on the promises of “Hope” and “Change,” and after eight years of George W. Bush, Obama had it made pandering to a country that misunderestimated the need for something different.
However, whether you were or weren’t a fan of Obama, the question is, did he follow through on all of his campaign promises, and was he the almighty deliverer of “Hope” and “Change” for the United States? Nope.
One of the biggest and most glaring similarities has been Obama’s continuance of the “War on Terror,” which was started by George W. Bush in 2001. Obama has overthrown dictators in the Middle East, creating the perfect environment for radical groups like ISIS to grow and flourish. He has conducted drone strikes in Middle Eastern countries that have resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. Not to mention the fact that he has a Presidential “Kill List” that has included the names of American citizens.
And the worst part of it is, neither the majority of the current Republican, nor the majority of the current Democratic candidates seem to have learned anything from past mistakes, and are perfectly inclined to continue the never-ending cycle of toppling Middle Eastern governments without considering the consequences.
As an American public, we want to have “hope” that there will be “change” and that it will come from a fresh candidate from the opposite party. If it was a Democrat who we didn’t like last time, then surely a Republican will fix everything this time, right?
But at the end of the day, it’s not realistic to believe that one candidate can change the entire course of this country…especially when that candidate is either a Democrat or a Republican, and the majority of the current prospective contenders all sounds a lot alike when it comes to crucial foreign policy decisisions.
It definitely puts a different outlook when you’re choosing to support the candidate who promises to “Make America Great Again,” to “Defeat the Washington Machine,” to give us a “A Future to Believe In,” or simply to “defend and build on President Obama’s progress.”