The choice between 2 Americas

By the time this edition of the Lorian runs, it will be Nov. 3, and only five days before Election Day, Nov. 8. And, if you’re able to read this, you can probably register to vote in the state of Iowa—an important swing state in the upcoming election.

I’ve already voted and voted for Hillary when I did, and I wouldn’t be doing my part if I didn’t try one last time to persuade however many of you reading this I can to vote the same; likewise if I didn’t try to persuade those of you reading this and choosing not to vote to, at the very least, cast a ballot and contribute your voice to the national conversation in this election.

Heard pretty much every election is some variation of “the upcoming election is the most important election in American history,” and it’s almost always an exaggeration. Rick Perry, during his speech announcing the suspension of his presidential campaign, said very much the same thing in September of last year.

What happens on the night of Nov. 8, no matter what anyone says, is not an election which will determine the future of the U.S. The only impact the president will have on our country’s politics will be the frame in which our politics changes, but not how our politics will change. No, the future of the U.S. will be determined by what happens after election night.

It’s been said that Democracy is the form of government which the people get what they deserve, and I think that true. Good governance is only carried out by good public officials, and good public officials only come about when they are elected by good American people. In recent times it has been more popular to hold a cynical view of our government and have become disengaged from the political process as a result. As a result, so many good people choose to sit on the political sidelines in disillusioned disgust rather than participate in our electoral process—and look at what has happened as a consequence. Obstructionism and inaction has become the Washington status quo as a result of a loud cynical minority who have been elected and have thrived due to the absence of good people putting an end to bad governance.

Which brings me back to my original goal of motivating ya’ll to get to the polls and vote for Hillary, but casting a ballot in the very least. Because, as I mentioned earlier, there are two visions for America each candidate embodies. Donald Trump wants to “Make America Great Again” by reverting to some golden age of Pax Americana’s past, and closing the door on a diverse, cosmopolitan American future. Hillary stands for just the opposite and has routinely emphasized the importance diversity has in the American experience.

So ask yourself this: do I believe in an America where we can all get along despite our differences, where we find the common ground which binds us together as a people rather than focusing on only the differences which wedge us apart; or do I believe in an America under attack from threats all around us which demand immediate, forceful, and uncompromising responses? If the former, you must vote for Hillary. If the latter, then you’ll probably end up voting Trump.

Look, this election is not a choice between two evils—it’s a choice between two Americas. Your two options are to either vote for the candidate planning for another American century, or to vote for the candidate too busy reminiscing about the last American century to do the same. Voting for Hillary is voting for good governance. What “good governance” means, however, will be decided by the good people of America who re-engage — rather than disengage — with the political system starting Nov. 9. So be a good citizen and have your voice be heard!

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