In a little over two years, millions of Americans will walk into a small booth and cast their vote on who should lead this country of over 350 million citizens. At that moment the United States will likely have two candidates from which to choose from. One Democrat, and one Republican. Today, despite rumors and speculation, we have no nominated candidate for president. Two years from today, Americans will be bombarded with debate and rhetoric about every aspect of their presidential candidates’ lives. Our emphasis should be on the pressing issues. Let’s save the opinions and politics of our future candidates for the future.
There is always room in this democracy to speculate, and speak ones’ mind. There is always room to investigate both recent and ancient history. Judging the rights and wrongs of a community, country, or individual is an integral part of the freedom we seek to bathe in every day. But, to speculate on our potential presidential candidates today is an exercise of entertainment. Because today we are not six seeks away from a presidential election.
Today, we are six weeks away from a midterm election. And these midterm elections are far more important than any hard line opinions attacking possible presidential candidates in two years. Especially when those attacks are personal, and lack any substantive policy debate, or meaningful deliberation. Today, the current balance of power between Democrats and Republicans in Congress could not be more in the air. And with 435 congressional, as well as 33 Senate seats up for election this year, it may be more important than ever to talk about the issues rather than any specific individuals (especially hypothetical or potential presidential candidates who aren’t up for election this November).
Democrats and Republicans, more often than not, have incredibly differing views on any number of issues facing this country today. Both parties, and indeed most of their candidates across the country will debate and promulgate their views ceaselessly over the next six weeks. They will offer different views on a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. They talk about their distinctly different approaches to managing the economy. They will talk about marriage equality. They will speak on the topic of environmental protection, alternative energy policy, and federal funding for scientific research. They will debate the role of government in healthcare, the use of military power abroad, and American responsibility in humanitarian crisis.
Surely these questions, and an incredibly important election in the next six weeks are more important right now than substance-less, extreme political attacks on might-be presidential candidates in two years. At least, that’s what Hilary was proposing when she urged focus on the midterms instead of her possible presidential run in a speech last week.
Benjamin Stern and J.M. Wilkins
Class of 2015