tonight’s the night | what’s a registered independent to do?


Tonight, September 26, marks the first official Presidential debate between the two candidates. Where has the time gone? I miss the days of last fall for a few reasons: the class I took at CSN, the days discovering the hidden gems of my new neighbourhood, and the ridiculously entertaining political debates.

I loved watching the Republican debates for the sheer amount of people on the stage. These televised spectacles seemed akin to the “Real Housewives” because of all the drama, emotion, talking over each other, and too many faces to keep the names and tag lines straight.

The Democratic debates were equally entertaining. With far less people on the stage, it was easier to pay attention to what was happening and the actual discussions. Every time Bernie started talking all I wanted was to be his grandchild and to visit him at his home in Vermont, hopefully a cabin. We would make dinner, wear delightfully tacky sweaters, and he would reminisce about his days of protesting.

Fast forward to now, this year, the year we vote for our next President. The next leader of thee greatest country on Earth and spouse of the follow up to Michelle Obama’s Carpool Karaoke. (Which was fantastic btw.)

And I can honestly say…that I am terrified to vote. But at the same time, I’m terrified NOT to vote. What’s a registered independent to do?

There are a couple local issues here in Nevada that I want to put my vote towards. However, in terms of the national election, I can’t say I want to participate.

I must admit, when The Donald was the host of “The Apprentice” and he was building his business, I was a fan. Last year when he was opening his mouth and letting whatever he wanted fall out, I found it hilarious. But when everyone started dropping out of the race and it looked like he was on his way to solidifying the nomination, I was horrified. I could not and still cannot believe the nation let someone like this get this far. A poor, poor representation of who we are as a country. His attitude, negativity, and disregard for thinking before speaking are enough to make me cringe.

On the other side, I can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of Hillary. I don’t like the amount of political scandals she’s been involved with. (However, I will acknowledge the fact that when you’ve been in the political arena as long as she has this type of thing is inevitable.) I also don’t like the fact that she’s giving speeches about equality wearing suits that cost more than one year’s rent here in Vegas.

I do want to mention a moment I found very important and powerful.  As I watched the Democratic National Convention and the video presentation about Hillary’s nomination, I teared up. I felt so proud and excited that finally, finally a woman was nominated to be President. While we were always told growing up that a woman could be President, we never saw it. And as a visual learner, seeing is everything to me. This moment was a powerful visual representation meant to empower women and girls growing up today and it’s something I will never forget.

So it begs the question, do I want a woman to be the President?

Answer: I want anyone, regardless of gender, race, sexuality etc. to be President, IF and only IF they are qualified.

Unfortunately, Hillary’s not the one for me.

So what am I to do? I’ll be 25 at the end of this year and I’m voting for the person who will be the leader of our country for the next 4-8 years. If we look at recent trends, Presidents usually end up serving two terms. Which means we’re selecting the course of our country, society, and economy for the next 10 years.

This means we have to look at ourselves, our lives, and what we want those to become over the next 10 years. I feel it’s important to take this into account when voting. Which candidate will help our country, society, and economy not only survive, but thrive for the next 10 years?

At this point in time, I still don’t see the candidate and I still don’t have the answer.

Maybe tonight’s debate will help provide some clarity?


photos: Marc Nozell & Ninian Reid via Creative Commons

Author: Jess

Las Vegas local / writer, creator, festival goer, explorer, marketer, promoter, special event & experience curator

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