Happy Sunday! Welcome to Politics, Politalks, a weekly segment dedicated to talking about noteworthy events that are occurring in the political field. Before I begin, I need to make a few things blatantly clear. I have worked as an intern for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. I have also worked, and will work in the future, as an intern for Sen. Mark Miller. Any views or opinions I express in this piece are entirely my own and should in no way be thought of as a representation of either of these entities. Alright, with that out of the way, here is what’s going on in the political world and my thoughts on them.
Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! This is an awful time to write about politics!!! Seriously, go onto CNN.com and click on the politics section. It’s all crap either about the primaries or Donald Trump! Both of which I despise for a medley of reasons. I would have liked for today’s post to be about some of the great things that are happening in politics, how we are growing as a society and how great institutional strides have been made in the last few years, but this is the real world and sometimes shit pisses you off. With that in mind, here’s what sucks about the primary system and Trump.
Before the primary election system came to exist, presidential candidates were determined by the Republican and Democratic parties. Each party would select a representative and those two individuals would run for president against each other. This system was problematic for several reasons, the most obvious being that voters had a very limited influence regarding who became president.
However, in the process of developing a primary system, several new, arguably more detrimental problems emerged, thanks Oregon (the first state to adopt a primary election). One of the biggest problems of a primary election is that it gives more power and influence to state’s that hold their primary election earlier. You know how during the primaries candidates are notorious for changing their positions on issues, this is because that if it becomes apparent that a candidate will not win in a particular state, they will change their view to match the popular opinion of the next state to hold a primary election, in the hopes of winning that election.
Another issue with the primary election system is that it is far to long. The voting date for the 2016 election is November 18th, 2016. That is still well over a year away. It is impossible to sustain a meaningful conversation about policies or opinions over that long of a period of time, so candidates are reduced to the most basic of buzzwords and personalities. The president should be more than just a collection of buzzwords and something vaguely resembling an identity.
Speaking of buzzwords and crumby personalities, I loath the fact that Donald Trump is running for president. I DESPERATELY hope that this is just some ill advised advertising stunt and in a moth we find out that this was just a big gimmick to get people excited for a new “The Apprentice” season.
However, I’m also a little grateful for Trump’s presidential bid. Thanks to Trump, it is pretty much guaranteed that Hillary Clinton will win the overall election. Trump is going to drag the Republican party further down in public perception than the Tea Party could ever hope to due. As the election goes one, Trumps actions are going to force other candidates to take stands on issues that will help them win the primary election, but will prove to be extremely detrimental to them in the general election, where the “most conservative” person is not guaranteed a victory. So, while it kills a tiny part of me to say this, I am grateful to Donald Trump for running for president, because it will allow Hillary Clinton to win much more easily. I’m also grateful to Bill Clinton for encouraging Trump to run and, therefore, helping his wife get into the oval office.
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