Irrational election

Irrational+election

Alex McMullen

Billie Firmin, Editor

The majority of FHS students are not eligible to vote, but many seem to have strong, albeit negative, opinions about the upcoming presidential election .

“Trump is a hypocritical maniac,” said sophomore Bretley Russell.

In this case, Russell is right. Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s nominee for president, is unstable and dangerous. He consistently makes bigoted and unthinkable remarks, yet he still has a massive, enthusiastic fanbase.

Even worse than the ignorance Trump spews almost daily are the plans he has in mind for our country-from advocating for a wall along the border between Mexico and the United States, to saying that he would put a database in place to identify Muslim Americans by their religion, Trump’s proposals are unfounded and oftentimes offensive.

Trump has also said in an interview with Fox News that he would “strongly consider” appointing new Supreme Court justices in an attempt to overturn same sex marriage in the United States, As a strong supporter of LGBT+ rights, it’s hard to think about such blatant discrimination towards people who simply want to get married to the person they love– and it’s hard to think he still has millions of supporters who agree with his proposals.

Yet another group that Trump has shown discrimination towards is women. In addition to calling women he dislikes “fat pigs,” Trump has said that if abortions were outlawed in the United States that women looking to perform them should be subject to “some sort of punishment,” according to a New York Times article. Statements like these are appalling, especially because under a Trump presidency other women, or even I, could be fined or thrown in jail for not wanting to give birth to a child.

Even though the freshmen through junior classes won’t be able to vote in this election, it still affects all students. FHS alone has its own LGBT+, Muslim-American and Hispanic communities, and nearly half of our student body is composed of females. If Donald Trump is elected, their communities will experience discrimination and bigotry that shouldn’t exist in 2016. A teenage girl could be raped and attempt to get an abortion and be considered a criminal. A Muslim-American student could be accused of terrorism simply for wearing a hijab. A Mexican-American student and their family could be deported despite contributing to American society.

With only a few weeks left until Election Day, the only thing that Americans can do is wait, watch, hope for the best and of course vote.

 

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