Fate of America

Katy Raya, Journalist

Will you be voting in the 2020 election?

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On November 3rd, 2020, citizens across the United States will be voting for the new, or returning, President of the United States. A new generation with different thoughts, ideas, and beliefs will be allowed to vote and change the course of America. There are multiple Democrats and Republicans running for the Presidential Nominee of each party. So far, multiple citizens, old and young, have strong opinions over the heated Presidential race. 

“I don’t know who I’m for sure voting for, but I know for a fact that I’ll be voting,” said Everman Alumni Jesus Raya. “I voted for Beto O’ Rourke whenever he ran for Senate, he was full of passion and promised to make changes to benefit the citizens of Texas, so I’m most likely going to vote for him.” Raya leans toward the progressive party. He wants a President that will not only help the citizens of the united states, but also make an effort to change the course of the planet. “I encourage those who are turning 18 to vote, actually, I encourage everyone to vote. It’s for our future, and the future of our children and their children.”

The Democratic Party believes that the government should plan/play a major role in ensuring fairness, justice, and progression in society. They promote the notion of societal responsibility, meaning the community (as represented by the government) has the obligation to ensure that everyone living with it has an equal opportunity to succeed and achieve a certain standard of living. They propose doing this by means of social programs such as welfare, food stamps, and housing assistance (often called “safety nets.”) They also provide educational and training opportunities and access to free or low-cost healthcare. 

“I’m not allowed to vote because I immigrated here illegally,” said Silvia Troche, mother  of Raya. “I have my papers, and if I had the ability to vote though, I’d vote for anyone other than the current president.” After the claims over immigrants Trump made, Troche believed that he is against her people and doesn’t want someone like him to represent the country. “And his thoughts, ideas, and beliefs contradict mine. I want someone who will support the people of America.” 

From an economic standpoint, Democrats believe that the government should regulate business, commerce and the economy to ensure that no company, sector or industry oversteps its bounds. In order to pay for social programs that benefit the poor, they favor higher tax rates for those in the upper brackets. This is sometimes called redistribution of income and wealth. 

The Republican Party believes that the government’s size and role should be limited. They promote the notion of individual responsibility, meaning that they believe people should be free to live their lives and make decisions on their own terms without government intrusion. They believe that with all government opportunities present in America, whether a person succeeds or not is entirely up to them. From an economic standpoint, Republicans believe that the government should maintain a hands-off approach to businesses and commerce. 

There are currently 19 Democrats and 4 Republicans running for the presidential nominee. The Democratic candidates are: Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, John Delaney, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Wayne Messam, Beto O’ Rourke, Tim Ryan, Bernie Sanders, Joe Sestak, TOm Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang. The Republican candidates are: Mark Sanford, Joe Walsh, Bill Weld, and current President Donald Trump. 

Although we have more than a year to vote for our next president, we have to think critically about the choices we make and who we endorse. It’s our future, as well as the future of the generations behind us. We have to make sure our children and grandchildren have a bright future and make an effort towards improving the country.