The list of presidential candidates has been out for quite some time now and it seems like our choices this time around are just not the greatest. Two of the four candidates from the main parties are just more of the same. Bernie Sanders seems promising among young voters but many are complaining that his progressive ways are too forward for him to ever be a serious candidate. And then, there’s Donald Trump.
Now, I can understand why many of the other candidates have chosen to run. Each candidate has a platform of issues that are important to them, as well as years of political experience. And then, there’s Donald Trump.
The tagline of his campaign is “Make America Great Again!” which is a novel idea. But how he is planning to make it great again, he has yet to say. His main idea for fixing the country is to run it like a business. This is terrifying in and of itself, but coupled with the fact that Trump has filed bankruptcy four times, his business model does not seem like it will “Make America Great Again!” Granted, according to an article by Forbes, Trump was not solely responsible for his businesses going bankrupt. But once they have gone bankrupt, Trump shows less interest in them. Basically, when things start to go belly up, he bails ship. Is this really the person we want running our country?
Most people would say no, and here’s why: in his speech announcing his candidacy, he made a comment that Mexicans are “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.” According to a report made by the Department of Homeland Security in 2009, there are roughly 6.65 million illegal immigrants from Mexico. Comparing this to the total U.S. population of 318.9 million people, that is only about two percent of the population. Even if what he said were true (which it’s absolutely not), two percent of the population is definitely not significant enough to be the cause of America reverting to a “third world country.” Blaming ethnic minorities for the problems in a country hardly ever works out for said country.
Trump has also expressed dislike at the fact that America outsources many of its jobs to China, but seems to fail to understand why America does this. In order to keep the costs of goods down, the costs to make them must be competitively low. Certain countries such as China, India and Bangladesh do not have labor laws, much less minimum wage laws. America outsources to them because it is cost effective. It’s how businesses are run nowadays because of the rampant capitalism/consumerism behaviour in our society. By all means, Trump, bring jobs back into the country and make sure people get adequately paid for them.
On the bright side, if Trump is elected, the American people still have the right to say, “You’re fired.”