The single most important concept to take from this past election is that our country is more divided than ever before. Both major political parties have used the election, social issues, and increased police violence (only to name a few) to polarize their end of the political spectrum even further. At the end of the day, the best thing we can do to move forward is to be tolerant. Understanding each other as voters, being open to new ideas, and compromising with each other is how we move forward to start making our country a better place.
I have always held a special place in my heart for nature and environmental issues which ultimately lead me to pursue a career in Environmental Engineering. Ideally some day I’ll end up working in the private sector in stormwater/sewer reconstruction or green infrastructure. My metaphorical political hot button gets triggered when people simply have a lack of knowledge and/or self awareness. People put out their trash every day and don’t know where it goes. Some people don’t recycle. Most people don’t even know where their water comes from when they turn on the faucet or where it goes when it goes down the drain. Working in municipal government for my first 2 co-ops opened my eyes as to how people under-appreciate local government and take its services for granted.
Theoretically speaking, if I ever were to be elected president there would be 3 things that I would push for immediately after being elected. First, I would make a push to get the right laws implemented that would require our country’s businesses to move towards sustainable clean energy and green infrastructure. Second, I would create a Clean Oceans Act which would repurpose some taxpayer money to an ocean trash removal and restoration program. Third and finally, I would abolish the Two-Party system. This cancerous idea has been around for far too long and simply does not accurately represent us as a nation or as individuals. The concept of labeling someone into two separate categories based on different ideologies is exactly why our nation is currently so divided.
It’s very important that we also continue to discuss the 2016 election moving forward and how we can improve. A lot of people will not move on from the 2016 election and will not accept that Donald J. Trump is our next president. I can understand as to why people do not like Trump. Personally, I did not vote in the previous election for many reasons. I do regret not voting, and if I would have voted I would have voted for Trump. I have been a huge fan of Trump my entire life, however I was not the biggest fan of how he ran his campaign. Sure he said some things I disagree with but I can look past that, because his dynasty will be built on the his economic impacts, legislation regarding social issues, and how he responds to a crisis(if necessary).
After reading all of that it may be difficult to pinpoint exactly where I fall politically, because I did not dive into the typical social issues that separate the spectrum. I love to identify myself as a right-leaning moderate. As someone who has seen the direct failure of inner-city Democratic policies, 8 years of an Obama presidency, an increased amount of violent protestors, a corrupt presidential candidate, and a ridiculous Philly soda tax that will solve absolutely nothing, I often find it difficult to to support Democratic politicians.
In regards to the broken two party system, the two lackluster presidential candidates, the division of our country, and especially the mistreatment of Mother Earth, you might think that my excitement for politics would be fading away. Wrong. Things like this actually motivate me to help make our world a better place, and to help educate people about how they can do the same. The future is on us.