I am not convinced that the fate of this United States depends on who wins the presidential election tomorrow.
I’ve concluded that those who are convinced of America’s impending doom have mostly given in to rhetoric and scare tactics. I have two reasons for disbelieving doomsayers this election year: (1) the electorate supports the two main candidates with notable apprehension and, most importantly, (2) the presidency is not a kingship.
How many times has it been said that never in America’s history have two leading presidential candidates been so highly disliked by the public? And yet, doomsayers appear not to recognize the implications of that truth: most voters would prefer another candidate. In other words, they’re not all in for Trump or Clinton.
This trend of disliking both Trump and Clinton shows that voters are still concerned about other things than just winning. Republicans have serious issues with Trump, and Democrats have serious issues with Clinton. They still value truth and morals, whether regarding Clinton’s lies or Trump’s brash comments and his lies.
Even if, however, the public was in love with Hillary or Trump, the fact remains that presidents do not operate as kings. Remember checks and balances?
The public, and even those running for office, have forgotten about the presidency’s limitations. Author Brion McClanahan discusses this phenomenon in America in his latest article for Intercollegiate Review titled “An Elected King?” McClanahan argues that voters have misguided expectations that a president can or will solve any whole list problems:
Presidential candidates of all parties feed this expectation. Their websites are full of five-point plans to fix whatever ails America, and on the stump they tout everything they will accomplish as soon as they enter the White House.
What’s worse is that our presidential candidates want us to expect too much. Public outcry for the president to fix all our problems gives officeholders the opportunity to grab more power. McClanahan suggests we ask ourselves, “Can the president actually do the things candidates promise?”
In this case, I suggest asking a similar question: “Can the president actually send the country to hell?”
No; at least, not on his or her own. Presidents simply do not have that much power. The American people do, however, and it’s time that they remember this simple fact and use their power for good.