Presidential candidates use political bashing to gain votes

Mar. 7, 2016

Abbie Stillman
astillma@uccs.edu

In September, Donald Trump had a comment regarding early Republican candidate Carly Fiorina.

“Look at that face,” he said. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”

Politicians, on both a national and educational level, use attacks on other candidates as a campaign strategy to win the most votes.

I find political bashing to be childish and a waste of time.

Politicians use commercials, radio and social media to bully their opponents more than they discuss what they’ll do for the country if elected president.

I’m hesitant to vote during elections due to the insults and disrespect the candidates send toward one another. I have little respect left for politicians.

Candidates hold the belief that if they point out their competitor’s faults it makes them more eligible for president.

The notion that a highly ignorant, disrespectful, aggressor could become president is terrifying.

I refuse to stay in the U.S. if a tormenter is elected to run this country. Hate is not an American value.

The way national politics run is similar to high school. There is a lot of name calling and rude interruptions when expressing “resolutions” to ongoing issues.

Yes, everyone has faults.

Hillary Clinton is being investigated by the FBI and Trump is planning World War III.

But no one seems to have realistic and logical plans to help make this country a better place. They talk your ear off about their ideas, but it’s the actions that count.

It’s two months into 2016 and I have yet to see candidates with decent goals and objectives for becoming president without bashing other competitors.

Also, it’s a terrible influence on future presidential candidates. It tells them that bullying is an effective way to get what you want. Today’s politics is why I have no faith in humanity.

It breaks my heart knowing this influences our kids.

We try to teach children how to be polite, to share and accept one another only for them to grow up and realize that many adults don’t even follow these rules.

A bully in charge of the country does not represent our values.

We’ve turned politics and government into an insulting joke that gives Saturday Night Live excellent material.