I saw Hillary Clinton speak at the Learning Corridor. She
depressed me. I thought that she may be able to excite a crowd. Nope. Really
sad. Whatever, my whole family went to Yale, and they’re all boring, so maybe
it’s not her fault.
This was my
first time witnessing a presidential candidate speak first-hand. She did not
say anything more than any educated and intelligent person would. Coming out of
the rally, I was pondering the caliber of our recent presidents. I feel like,
at best, our presidents since JFK have been mediocre. Jimmy Carter did try, but
he failed horribly, much too idealistic.
standards for American presidents set low? Do we, or any generation close to
mine, really know what it’s like to have a model president? I’m frustrated. I
was thirteen years old and protesting the Iraq war in my History class my
freshman year in high school. I protested so much and said so many things that
people thought were unpatriotic, that the principle pulled me aside in the
hallway and demanded that I tone myself down.
How did a
thirteen year old foresee the same problems we have today? Was Vietnam and Korea not an indicator enough? Are
our senators truly corrupt? It didn’t take much sagacity for me to see all the
logistical problems with the war. Why is Barack Obama anything special?
Shouldn’t every president show us the hope and promise he does?
Or has our
country become a pessimistic world of self-proclaimed ‘realists’ that downplay
positive speculation and have to see the possibilities for defeat rather than success.
There was a time when being a Senator or Congressman was an honor. Now, it’s
the punch line for a joke. What caused the demeaning of our truest servants,
the ones on Capitol Hill? Perhaps, it’s because we can’t trust them. We don’t
know who to trust. Who’s spinning what, and why.
of spin. I’m tired of filibuster. I’m tired of fear. I’m tired of reactionary
government, rather than decisive government. Our Trade Center
was bombed in 1994, why didn’t Bill Clinton declare war after that attack? He
would have had exactly the same reasons then as Bush did in 2001. Even Bill
didn’t impress me. I don’t care if every man is horny - you’re job on Capitol
Hill is to better a country, not calm your hormones. Taxes aren’t paid for
be the staple of honor, the symbol of prudence, the benchmark for success, the
reaper of ingenuity, the calling for the winded, the gavel of justice. There
was a day when our country stood against slavery, a day when we crossed the
seas to bring an end to genocide, a day when we drafted a constitution that is
the model for every other democratic constitution written, a day when the
people truly cared. Today, we can’t get immigrant workers citizenship, instead
leaving those immigrants in shacks and citizens without jobs. Today, we wage
war when the rest of the world disagrees, and show them just how right they
were. Today, the constitution has become a set of guidelines, to be followed at
the president’s discretion. Today, apathy has taken the place of passion.
will always be true is that there is also a tomorrow. Tomorrow, we can improve
and progress. Tomorrow, we can vote. Tomorrow, we can speak. Tomorrow, we can
make this nation for and by us. We can tax the rich, and give to the poor. We
can respond quickly to natural disasters. We can provide our schools with the
funding to succeed. We can subsidize our energy sources and become energy
independent and green. We can strengthen our police forces with the resources
they need. We can bring our troops home and honor our veterans. We live in the
moment, but we work for the future.
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