The 2020 Election Has Something New In Store

Illustration by Alexander Ontiveros.

With almost a year until the 2020 presidential election, there is a war brewing right before our eyes. Twenty Democrats and Republicans will compete for one of the most important jobs in the world: President of the United States. This election is important for the Democratic Party because there’s no Democrat seeking re-election and, due to President Donald J. Trump staining the Republican Party, there is a sudden and urgent push for a blue political future. Incumbents up for re-election usually win, and running against one is no easy task.

However, President Trump is a historically unpopular president. He lost the popular vote by around 3 million votes, and has a disapproval rating of 53% as of June 2019. Donald Trump’s overwhelming unpopularity has made for a democratic feeding ground, full of politicians pushing for an end to the Dark Ages of the Trump presidency. In fact, many of the Democratic candidates are successfully running on one promise: the defeat of Donald Trump.

From Black Lives Matter marches to a movement for greater environmental activism, it is undeniable that there has been a push for progressiveness in our country. People are becoming frustrated with the old, conservative way of life and are desperately trying to find liberty in every way they can.

This election is going to be a confusing one. People are going to watch the debates and instantly become overstimulated by the 20 candidates flooding their TV screens. For many people, it will be very difficult to choose the perfect candidate out of 24 eligible bachelors. This is not a time for panic or apathy. As voters, the future of our nation is in our hands.

The wave of Democratic candidates is overwhelming, but it is a perfect indicator of what’s coming next. Many of the Democrats agree on general issues but simply have different ideas on how to solve them. This means that most Democrats are on the same page. For the most part, we all agree that certain things should not be tolerated in this country and that the future of the U.S. is not set in stone.

Collectively, we all have the power to choose who governs over us, what issues need to be addressed, and what needs to be regulated and replaced. It is our responsibility to do our research and choose the candidate that we believe will lead us into the future we want to see, regardless of what side we lean toward.