Editorial: Pick Your Poison

by John Barry
Class of 2016

As 2016 begins, the coming year holds many changes to each individual along with the U.S. nation as a whole. One of these changes is that it is now time to elect a new President to replace Obama. Obama was one of the greatest presidents we’ve ever had? No, but he also wasn’t the worst. President Obama managed to officially end the war in Iraq and begin to move soldiers out of Afghanistan along with managing to turn the U.S. automobile industry around from the 2008 economic depression. But now that his 8 year term is now over, the people of the United States now must decide a new leader and, from the look of things, the candidates this time around don’t seem too great. In reality no presidential candidate is perfect, but this year the candidates all seem more distasteful than usual. In the 2016 election, it’s going to be less “pick your next amazing leader” and more “pick your poison.”

Based on the primary elections that were held earlier this week, the three frontrunners for president are Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and Donald Trump, with 431 delegates won, 1,058 delegates won, and 329 delegates won; respectively. Let’s start with Bernie Sanders, a major part of his presidential agenda is that he wants to make state college tuition free. To do this he says he plans on taxing the high rollers of Wall Street. At first glance this seems like a great idea, yet in reality it’s a pretty far-fetched idea. If college tuition becomes free, then application rates for private universities drop significantly and those private colleges end up going out of business, leaving the people who work at those universities jobless. Does Bernie’s free college idea look good at a quick glance? Yes, but in reality it’s going to do more harm than good.

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the name “Hillary Clinton” is what happened in Benghazi. I’ll be honest, I’m not quite sure what happened in Benghazi, but what I do know is that people died and Hillary Clinton hid a lot of emails from the public about what had happened. I’m not going to even take into account what Hillary’s agenda is, the simple fact is that there is already distrust revolving around her. Can we trust Hillary to be our president if she can’t even be completely honest about what had happened in Benghazi?

And last. but not least, Donald Trump. Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” makes it seem like Trump would be a great candidate, but his agenda might say otherwise. Trump’s plan is to build a massive wall between Mexico and the U.S. and to stop Muslims from immigrating into the United States. I don’t know about you, but that seems like a really quick way to make Mexico the Middle East really mad at the U.S., but good thing relations between the U.S. and these two areas of the world are fantastic…WRONG. These two ideas sound just as bad as Bernie’s idea of free college.

There you have it, now pick your poison. Bernie Sanders, who could lead to the demise of private colleges and result in thousands of people becoming jobless, Hillary Clinton, who is untrustworthy based on what happened in Benghazi, or Donald Trump, whose plans will only make relations with Mexico and the Middle East even worse than they already are. One of these three people will become our next president, don’t pick the wrong one, whoever that could be.

John Barry is a student in Advanced Placement English Language and Composition