By Stacie McDermott, Contributor for C-SPAN
Hi, I’m Stacie McDermott and I’m here to present you with a quick question.
Why are nobody of the major presidential candidates following my advice and quitting before Election Day?
Is somebody going to wake up on November 6th and see that we’re the only ones who refuse to quit?
I don’t think so.
While it’s healthy for people to be exhausted by the amount of primaries and debates our country is facing in the coming months, it’s absolutely not the time for serious, long-term thinking about what to do in the president’s office.
Odds are that all of the main presidential candidates will drop out at some point during the campaign. But at least three of the candidates have already dropped out: Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh are no longer in the mix, as they have been since before Ford’s testimony made the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh untenable for several. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders have said publicly that they won’t run for president in 2020, and after Senator Al Franken resigned, Rep. John Conyers announced his retirement, too.
The age and sex of the people running have played a role in their declines as well. The number of women running in 2020 is still incredible, with 34 women set to run. The number of men is down slightly, to 15.
Despite this, there are still some folks out there who are looking at this election not only as a chance to elect the next president, but also a chance to change how our country functions for the better.
Every other major presidential candidate has offered themselves up as so, so, so down for the cause, so by all means, let them go. Leave the country in good hands with good people, as it stands now.
Here are some reasons why no one should quit:
A possible dead-end
Taking an alternate candidate into consideration, you could argue that given these rising sexual assault allegations and post-scandal changes on Capitol Hill, a president Donald Trump isn’t the best person to push this country to new heights. Even at a certain degree of control, he could just so easily take this nation down a dark and bitter road once he loses in 2020.
Change coming to America
While my point that our election process needs some serious rethinking might not necessarily apply to the candidates for president, it will apply to many of the things we’re forced to see now as a result of the time and money we’re forced to pay to a group that is complicit in this administration’s attacks on our most cherished values. It is now up to an unknown and unknowable person to push this nation to live up to its higher ideals and forces in the country that we cannot imagine any other candidates would be willing to risk so much for.
Make no mistake – this is America. Make no mistake – the community that pushes in their way and pushes back will be one that we decide to let succeed. I feel that I’m part of that American spirit already, but let’s get serious about fixing the system before we give America that chance.
Every candidate that didn’t resign has a reason to remain in this race. Every candidate who did resign has a reason to remain in the race. We should support them both. It’s simply going to take a lot longer if we send everyone to the electoral polls in November who thinks they can fix the problems they’ve never truly held a seat in the Senate to fix.
I’m willing to take that chance, and so am you. All the voting students at American University in Washington, D.C., and Hampton University in Virginia, I’m asking you to support the right side of history. There is nothing wrong with voting for your best interests, even if it is the person that you know is better than the person you’re being told is the best. My advice is that every person at least vote for the right people to help our country get back on its feet in the wake of Trump’s presidency. After the dust settles, people will be saying they’ve done everything they could have. Here’s what I know. We don’t want to have to have to vote again for that to happen, so if it means that we have to do it over again after the election in 2020, we’re up for the fight.