Ahh! Another celebrity enters the political race! How fun.
A vote for Kanye West is a vote for Donald Trump, and I stand by that. A third party candidate will merely divide the Democratic, youthful prospective voters and prevent a Biden win. We cannot let that happen. This election is too important. The stakes are so, so high.
It is 2020, which means that it is time to tackle issues that are going to be pertinent as we head into the next century. Climate change, economic inequality, technology, poverty, et cetera. I do not want four more years in which mainstream news is flooded with our President's erratic tweets. I, like many others, want four years of purposeful progress, in which our leader tactfully makes decisions based on data and history, rather than decisions made capriciously and without regard for humanity.
Admittedly, Biden is flawed. He is not a perfect candidate, but everyone has skeletons in the closet right? At some point, we have to settle for the candidate who will do the best job. Biden is somebody who was recently in the White House. He is a somebody with a commitment to diversity in his cabinet, and somebody who is open to reinvention and new ideas.
Kanye West is NOT that candidate for eager, young voters. Why? He is an unstable, self-proclaimed genius who has no business leading the country. Do we really want him to have our nuclear launch codes? Somebody who claimed slavery was a "choice"?
Right now, amid a pandemic and impending internal doom, we need somebody to unify us. Biden, albeit that he has his fallacies, is a believer in bipartisanship and unity. Trump's presidency screams division, and Kanye, new to politics and missing all of the experience traditionally required, would continue that pattern.
Politics should not be a game of settling, and I think we can all agree that Biden is not perfect, but, nevertheless, I think he has the experience required and the adaptability to be successful. A win for Trump in November means four more years of nail-biting international relations, growing economic inequality, a dying planet, and much more. For all of the seniors who are voting this November, please be sensible, and instead of happily flaunting a 'MAGA' hat, think about the implications of Trump's actions. And, please, please, do not vote for Kanye.
Willis Hall Herald
Gracean Ratliff '23