Although clear winners have emerged within each respective party as presidential hopefuls, the question remains as to whether either candidate is up to the challenges that accompany the reins of state.
As Election 2016 rapidly approaches, it is fairly certain that Hillary Clinton will face Donald Trump in the race for president but will a win for Clinton or Trump equate to a win for the American people? In order to answer this question we must take a closer look at both candidates and their stated goals versus their actions to bring them to fruition.
First, let us take a look at Clinton. In addition to being the wife of former president Bill Clinton, she has also earned a place in the political arena in her own right. Clinton made history by becoming the first and only woman to be elected to the Senate while serving as First Lady. Clinton later distinguished herself by becoming top contender against Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Clinton would then go on to become Secretary of State–here is where Clinton’s career took a decidedly darker turn.
On Sept. 11, 2011, the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya was overrun during a terror attack, alleged to have been orchestrated by the infamous Al-Qaeda. When the dust settled, four Americans were dead, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Subsequent investigations revealed that several requests for additional security went unheeded during the time leading up to the attack, including purported information that an attack was being planned.
These revelations led to much criticism of the State Department and of Clinton who said that that she was unaware of the situation. However, Clinton managed to turn the debacle in her favor by taking personal responsibility for the lapse–a move that would earn her the admiration of many Americans who live in an age where lax political accountability and buck-passing is par for the course.
Although the shadow of Benghazi continued to follow Clinton for years to come, she still remained a relevant and potent force to be reckoned with in Washington. Then the arrival of the infamous “Emailgate Scandal” threatened to destroy all hope of Clinton making history again by becoming the first American woman to become a U.S. president. Amazingly, despite the volatility and far-reaching scope of this current scandal, Clinton is still managing to outshine her opponent Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination.
But does this really bode well for America? Does Clinton truly have what it takes to run this country? While she certainly has vast political experience, does she have the will and the integrity to steer this nation into the right direction?
Lastly we have the projected Republican nominee Donald Trump. While Trump has shown proficiency as an entrepreneur and businessman, his political track record is unarguably nonexistent. Despite his business acumen, Trump is completely untested when it comes to making the crucial decisions of a head of state.
Trump may be a fiery and somewhat unkempt orator but his heart appears to be in the right place–at least according to those who support him. In fact, a surprisingly sizable portion of Americans seem to believe that Trump’s lack of political seasoning might just be the boon this country so desperately needs. Many Americans feel that since Trump has remained relatively untouched by the taint of Washington politics, with its myriad lobbyists and special interests, he may be just the one to breathe new life into American politics.
However, does being able to broker multibillion-dollar deals mean that he has the wherewithal to broker peace treaties and other deals that are integral to maintaining the safety of this nation? Will his uncanny ability to continue riding waves of support in spite of his demonstrably woeful knowledge of international diplomacy and foreign policy equate to a better country for all Americans rather than a select few, or would he simply fall in line and follow those before him who seemingly forgot about the pledges they made to the people?
As the time draws closer to elect our next president, what will be the ultimate outcome? Will we end up a richer, more prosperous, and more cohesive nation, or will we continue on an inexorable decline toward the waiting embrace of failed statehood?