Whatever you think of all the candidates running in this year’s presidential election, one thing is for sure: whoever gets elected, it won’t be the end of the world. Now while this may seem like a point that’s somewhat obvious, it is something that needs to be reiterated due to the polarizing nature of the race to far. There’s no disputing that there is a vast difference between candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, or Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz; due to this, the supporters for each usually find themselves at very opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of how they believe the county should be run.
Full disclaimer:I love to joke about moving to England as much as others in the wake of a particular candidate getting into office, but in all seriousness, it isn’t the end of the world. Whoever gets in, and whatever ideas they bring into the Executive branch, we as young U.S citizens and ultimately (even if it sounds corny,) the future of the United States, have to be able to work with our president to accomplish great achievements for the U.S, one way or another.
While some, including myself, may be reluctant to want to work with or hear out particular candidates, it’s important to remember that in a democratic republic such as the United States, nothing stops progress more than a lack of cooperation. It wasn’t too long ago that a lack of cooperation between just branches of government caused a government shutdown in 2013, costing the U.S an estimated nearly 24 billion dollars. If just a lack of cooperation in government can do that much damage, a lack of cooperation between a large sum of the U.S populace and the government would likely result in nothing less than more damage for the U.S.
This doesn’t mean that we should just give up our ideals either, even if they’re in conflict with what the future President is pushing for. If history has taught us anything it’s that eventually progress forward will always win, at least in the lense of American history. If the president attempts to push back that progress, for example fight the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage, it is the duty of U.S citizens to of course fight that, in whatever political and peaceful ways we can.
Ultimately it is still the people of the United States that hold the real power when it comes to the future of our country. The point being, while it’s fun to suggest a mass exodus in the U.S if any particular candidate gets in, it’s our duty as citizens to work with our government and each other, to further progress in the U.S regardless of who the president is.