For over two centuries, the United States of America has prided itself on showcasing the best leaders during election season. Men like Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama all ran for president at some point. While their policies were analyzed and critiqued left and right, no one (maybe a few) ever questioned their character, morals, decency, or fitness to bear the title of "President of the United States." But in 2016, that has changed with the Republican candidate for president, Donald Trump.
As a country, did we ever think we would get to the point where a person who incites violence, has a history of and brags about sexual assault, has no political or public service experience, and demeans multiple groups of people has a serious chance of becoming President of the United States?
What's interesting is not how Donald Trump's campaign has blossomed into a public frenzy, or how this madman has gotten even remotely close to the White House. What's interesting is what Donald Trump-mania says about the state of our country and our society.
For one, there are people who actually support Donald Trump and his dangerous rhetoric and proposed policies, which means that almost half of our country supports systematic racism, sexual assault against women, violence against racial and religious minorities, poor international and economic policy, and corruption. It also means that his supporters aren't too pleased with society progressing and becoming a more inclusive and safe place for people of all colors and creeds (can't say I'm too surprised about that one).
Secondly, instead of suppressing the emptiness and foolishness of Donald Trump's campaign, our media organizations have amplified his rhetoric and antics, which has basically added fuel to his campaign and has given him a viable chance at occupying the White House. Instead of showing you what you ought to know to become a more knowledgeable citizen of this country and the world at-large, the media feeds you empty and useless information on repeat to drive engagement and capitalize on what's hot. This tells you that ratings have priority over quality news and information and that our most essential sources of news are tainted.
Thirdly, instead of decreasing the chances of a Trump presidency by voting for his opponent, there are people who have grossly vowed to opt out of voting this election season. This is proof that we continue underestimate the power of our votes and our voices. Moreover, this indicates that the quality of leadership has gotten so bad that not voting has become a serious option for some people.
Lastly, Donald Trump's candidacy proves that America is far from where we need to be when it comes to eradicating our most-pressing societal issues like racism, gender inequality, and violence. History will be revived if Donald Trump is elected president.
Overall, Donald Trump's candidacy is a microcosm of America's shortcomings. Hopefully, it's not an indicator of America's downfall.