Make America Proud Again: Vote Blue

Kaylee Haynes, Staff Writer

As election day rapidly approaches, the 2020 Presidential Election has been one like no other. Both Candidates, former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, campaign nonstop to secure the spot of President of the United States for the next four years.

Although we all have varying political beliefs, ideas, and opinions, we must all take into consideration the deplorable actions of our current President. He is the first United States President to be elected with no prior political or military experience. His inexperience, or incompetence, time and again manifests itself as President Trump demonstrates that he is simply unfit for the position he currently holds.

Not only does his inexperience limit his ability and his campaign, but his Presidency has been based on lies and broken promises. Among his many broken promises, President Trump “promised” the American people that he would build a wall at the Mexican border to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering the country, give the middle class a tax break, and repeal Obamacare.

However, President Trump has not delivered to the American people, and every single promised statement above has not been fulfilled.

The Washington Post conducted a study to follow President Trump’s progress on the wall. They stated, “The data shows the Trump administration is far from delivering on the president’s promise to finish more than 500 miles of new barriers by early next year. Though Trump insisted that Mexico would pay for the project, it has been funded entirely by the U.S. government, at costs that reach nearly $30 million per mile in southern Texas.” Clearly, there is no finished product of Trump’s wall.

Moving onto broken promise number two. He promised to greatly reduce taxes on the middle class and that was never put into action. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, in 2020, the richest 1% of taxpayers will get an average tax cut of about $50,000, which is 75 times more than the average cut for the bottom 80% of Americans (Los Angeles Times).

Again, President Trump cannot and will not keep his promises to the American people.

Lastly, the president said repeatedly that he would have the ability to repeal Obamacare. Now, regardless of your stance or opinion on Obamacare, you cannot shy away from the fact that this is, yet again, another broken promise via the Trump Administration. Although President Trump has almost been in office for four years, Obamacare is still in place.

He promised to “Make America Great Again,” yet over 200,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, while he mocked and played down the severity of the deadly virus. The president and his running mate Vice President Mike Pence have even held rallies where those in attendance were in close proximity to one another, and many were not wearing masks.

Additionally, President Trump would not condemn white supremacy on national television during the Presidential debate; this has shown his opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement, and even peaceful protest.

He is simply not mature enough for this job. The bottom line is that Trump has proven that he does not care about the American people. He may preach his loyalty to the people, but actions speak far louder than words, and it is clear that he does not care for those he serves. This is not “fake news,” this is real, and it impacts those around us every single day. His actions are undeniable proof that in order to actually make America great again, we must vote him out.

So why Biden? As the Democratic Nominee for the Presidential Election, former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris have made big promises to the American people.

Their support for the BIPOC Community, LGBTQIA Community, and other marginalized groups such as women and those living in poverty have won over millions of citizens.

Biden served with former President Barack Obama as the Vice President for two terms. While in office, they oversaw the legalization of gay marriage in 2015 and provided healthcare for those that could not afford it.

Biden has promised the American people that he will work with states to combat COVID-19 and has a plan in place to build back our economy while including every citizen, not just the rich and white.

He realizes that there is inequity in the healthcare system and that Black citizens have died from COVID-19 at rates far higher than white Americans. Biden does not shy away from the racial inequality in America, and he plans to fix it.

Specifically, his plan is to make housing available and affordable to the BIPOC Community and promote capital investments into small businesses owned by those who are marginalized in America.

Overall, former VP Joe Biden has a plan, while President Trump has been far too neglectful of the American people. It is undeniably clear that he has failed. He has failed, and people have died because of his failures. We must no longer make excuses for Trump. He must be held accountable for what he has done.

With election day approaching, please go out and vote blue. President Donald Trump is blatantly unqualified, and he never cared about you. We cannot afford to have people like him in office again. It’s time to wake up and make America proud.