President Barack Obama ran on a platform of hope. After his two terms, the country has turned away from a quantifiable economic downfall and begun to pick up the pace while moving into a brighter future.
Moving forward during his presidency, we longed to give the next generation the hope we bought into eight years ago. That hope is not evident in this presidential race or in the opinion of the young voters we need to foster in this new world.
The young voters do not see, in either candidate, a leader they want to emulate or trust with their future. The career politician’s life is shrouded in suspicion and scandal, while the real estate mogul’s bellicose style is more appropriate for “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” than the Oval Office.
Their volleys are about accusation and demonizing the other rather than their message. Eight years later, the national discussion is more about a fear of the other than the hope we wanted for a brighter future. The Millenials are disillusioned and many threaten to sit out this year’s Election Day or vote for the Green and Libertarian party candidates.
The legislative gridlock over the past 20 years has grown and the real estate mogul has tapped into the disenfranchisement of the voters without supplanting fear with hope; the career politician just doesn’t inspire.
Millennials need to be excited about the future of our country if they are expected to create it. These candidates represent who we are as a people. If we don’t want this to happen again, we need to look into the mirror, find those parts of us that are just as despicable as the candidates, understand them, eradicate them and then create a culture of empathetic civility that will help us move on as a functional society. Without hope and understanding we have nothing.