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Presidential Rhetoric: ‘Them’s Fightin’ Words!’

    Politics will always be a bit of a touchy subject no matter where you are because as humans, we all have our own opinions. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are particularly triggering presidential candidates and many people have no idea who they will be voting for come this next Election Day. If you are also one of the many undecided, you may decide to base your decision on the language that each candidate has used in his or her speeches, advertisements, debates and responses, as well as the points they emphasize.

Clinton has always put a large emphasis on women, children and the family throughout her campaign. Even in her time as First Lady, she did a lot of work for the American family and many of her advertisements remind the public of this. Her advertisement entitled “Mirrors” shows young girls looking at their reflections with the audio of Trump speaking negatively of the physical attributes of certain women in various interviews over the years. Another advertisement questions Trump as a role model for children by having children watch video clips in which he has said particularly controversial statements. Clinton seems to be asking the American people if they want a professional with experience, or someone who either doesn’t see or doesn’t care about the effect their words have on others.

We are all aware of Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” Much like Jeff Daniels in the pilot of HBO’s The Newsroom, Trump believes that our country has fallen from greatness, but can and should get back up again. He has shared his contempt for political correctness and many of his supporters have resonated with this. Trump’s rhetoric is undeniably less polished than Clinton’s and he takes a certain amount of pride in this as it distinguishes him from other “lying politicians.” He has put much emphasis on the fact that he has always cared about the country; in fact, a video on his website features interviews from his younger years in which he talks about how the country needs fixing and how much he cares for the American people.

Please take the time to research both of the presidential candidates and their running mates. Look at their policies, not just their advertisements, and be aware of when their statements are emotionally manipulative. Most politicians, if not all, are guilty of manipulation and it is very important to be hyper-aware of what you are hearing and what the politician is trying to make you feel.

Many may not think that their one vote means anything, but it does. It is the decisions we make today that shape tomorrow and to stand on the side and watch current events and do nothing is as bad as going into the voting booth and flipping a coin to determine for whom we will vote. We should take pride in our decisions and do what we can to make the changes we see necessary in our country. Register to vote, do your research, and most importantly, vote.  

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