1. Hillary Clinton.
Basically, everyone on the Internet seems to hate Hillary. I like Hillary Clinton. Sure, she’s not my favorite presidential candidate ever. But she’s a moderate. And I think that’s great. She plays the woman card too much, yes, but at the end of the day, she’s a candidate with some great and defensible views.
2. Bernie Sanders.
In the same way that an article on the Huffington Post said that Hillary Clinton was “not Ms. Right Now,” I say the same thing about Bernie Sanders. Don’t get me wrong, I would LOVE to have Bernie Sanders as president one day, or at least a politician with more influence over policy. But right now, there’s a REASON we are seeing the crazy-Bernie-leaning people and the crazy-Cruz-leaning people. America is divided between evangelical conservative Christians and young ultra-liberal Bernie fans. Right now, we need a centrist moderate to unify America’s divided political parties, not a radical leaner to either the left or the right. And I don’t think Bernie is the right man for the job, especially today.
3. Free college.
Oh, everyone is going to hate me for saying this, if they didn’t already. But I don’t think college should be free. I am a high school student who will be in college in 2017. I live in an area that has one of the highest costs of living in the country, and people on average make more money. So I’m not getting any financial aid for college, despite probably not being able to pay for it without student loans. I agree that the cost of college is way, way too high. But I am also realizing that students gain very few real-life experiences through the education system. Living on one’s own and figuring out one’s financial situation are two of the only true “adult-life” activities that every college student engages in. And I think paying a little for college, a manageable amount, will help students understand finance in a way that no class ever will. And it’s better to mess up with money when there is still a support system to help you than when you’re 30 and living on your own.
4. Donald Trump.
Okay, so everyone knew this was going to come up, sooner or later. I think he’s a disgusting and racist human being with some of the most appalling views in the country. But I also think he’s not the worst of the Republican candidates that have not yet dropped out of the race (Jeb Bush would have been my choice originally). Trump, unlike Cruz, is not an evangelical Christian, and that matters a lot to me. It means that while he’s completely crazy and rude and insulting, he’ll generally be better with social issues such as abortion and gay rights than someone like Cruz. Except his immigration policies are insane and he’s racist.
Edit 7/26/2017: President Trump has been in office about six months now. He’s imposed a ban on Muslims (which was even more scarily upheld by the Supreme Court), denied colluding with Russia (a hostile foreign power), tried to block an investigation into Russia (said foreign power), cultivated a culture of hate, misogyny, and racism, and banned about 15,000 transgender patriots from serving in our military. Trump is nothing more than a puppet for those who want to advance their own conservative agendas, and I never should have underestimated his ability to become president or to be an awful leader.
5. Minimum wage.
I think this country is not ready for a raise in minimum wage. CEOs are going to raise prices, not take a cut to their own paycheck, to compensate for raised minimum wage. And Congress, which is Republican, is not going to approve further regulations on big businesses. I’d love it if we could have a minimum wage that would actually increase the standard of living, but since I haven’t seen any comprehensive studies that say that an increase in minimum wage will actually raise the standard of living, I don’t think it makes sense. That being said, I’m not an economist, so this has the potential to change.
6. Antonin Scalia.
I know a lot of people hated Scalia because of his radical views, but he was a great mind no matter whether I agreed with him or not. He simply interpreted the Constitution differently than most of us young’uns today, and I think we have to respect that.
I want to be able to have an honest conversation about politics, which is quite frankly redundant, I know. But I’m interested; what are your political views, especially on the subjects I mentioned?
Also, if, at the beginning of this post, you did not follow my advice and watch a segment of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (now with Trevor Noah), you need to watch this: