Story by: Sydney Shurman, Reviews Editor
The current state of politics is an interesting one, to say the least. Currently in the running are Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democrats, and Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and John Kasich for the Republicans.
On the Democratic side, not many people could have guessed that one of the candidates would be a self-proclaimed “Democratic Socialist.” However, Bernie Sanders has actually gained far more support than I would have suspected. He has managed to get many younger Americans on board with his political campaign, especially with his promise of affordable higher education.
As a liberal, I believe that many of his ideas could benefit our country, but the term Socialist tends to be off-putting to quite a few Americans. Unfortunately for supporters like me, this means that Sanders has been unable to garner enough delegates so far, especially with most of the superdelegates pledged to Clinton. Superdelegates have quite a bit of sway, since they are free to vote however they choose, or however their party wants them to.
According to Real Clear Politics, Hillary has a total of 1,712 delegates, with 1,243 coming from the American people and 469 coming from the Democratic Party’s superdelegates. Sanders only has a total of 1,004, with 975 coming from Americans and 29 coming from superdelegates. While he may sadly be losing, there is still a chance that he can win the nomination, and he has still managed to get enough support to cause quite a stir and prove that there are plenty of people who want change. Or perhaps some people are just afraid of the Clintons’ corruption.
The Republicans have no shortage of controversy with their candidates either. In a shocking turn of events, Donald Trump has been consistently leading in the Republican polls. A man who had his own reality television show, talks about building a wall every five minutes, and is a businessman who has gone bankrupt four times is the current leader in the Republican party.
Whatever issues I or anyone else may have with Trump, he has managed to gather a huge following. Out of the 1,237 delegates needed to win, Trump has 739. This is probably for the same reason that Bernie Sanders has gotten support: people want change.
“I think the American political system is corrupt, and I think we need a political revolution,” said Geneva Pleasant, 11. “There should be more than two political parties, because those do not cover what everyone wants.”
The other Republican candidate that promotes change is Ted Cruz, and he is quickly gaining momentum. Coming up in a close second with 465 delegates, he might be the only person able to give Trump a run for his money. The only problem is, he might not be any better than Trump. Cruz’s solution to a problem seems to be to simply shut down the government, which would not really get much done.
Rubio recently announced his shocking departure from the Republican race, leaving Trump, Cruz, and Kasich as the only Republican candidates. Kasich is trailing far behind Trump and Cruz though, leaving me wondering why he is even still in the race.
The 2016 election has no lack of entertainment value, but witty quips and shocking statements are not enough to run a country. It seems that people are more and more disillusioned with how our government is run, and rightfully so. However, change can come in many forms, and not all of them are positive.