Opinion by Andrew Weidman
If you read the last election article published in the Sounding Board, you’ll have found out that there are four major candidates for the 2016 presidency: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders.
What has changed since then? Not much. One of these four candidates will be the next president of the United States. While I think some candidates like Rand Paul and Marco Rubio provide some rather intriguing arguments and bring things to the table, the “Big Four” will be hard to unseat.
Let’s take a look at Ben Carson again. Carson has been sort of quiet as of late. Not much has changed. Carson has provided an incredible healthcare plan, which completely takes care of Obamacare, which, being honest, hasn’t done what it was supposed to do. So he has launched a great healthcare plan, but, as one of the most successful surgeons in American history, who is surprised? While Carson still does lack foreign policy and economic issues, he is still a practical candidate.
Now, let’s focus our views on Sir Donald Trump. Trump became the first candidate to release a political television ad, and boy, was that a doozy. In his television ad, Trump “addresses issues” such as Islamic terrorism and immigration. Trump sees the Syrian refugees coming into the United States as Islamic terrorists who “may or may not have ties to ISIS” and thus would call a ban on refugees seeking shelter in the United States. Speaking of ISIS, Trump also plans to “cut the head” off of ISIS. Trump then says that the U.S. will build a wall on our southern border that Mexico “WILL pay for.” (There is a clear emphasis on the word “will” in the ad.) Not sure how or why Mexico would pay for it, but the words did come from Trump. Despite the stupidity of his ad, Trump does have a leg up on the candidates as being the first one to release an ad.
Stay tuned for our next issue and I will recap the Democratic candidates, or keep up with them online. Just google! It’s that simple. Don’t be swayed by what you see on television and/or the Internet from your friends. Read the facts.