The Battle for the Soul of our Nation

Sammie Smulyan '22, Editor-In-Chief

It has been four years. 


Four years have passed since our nation was turned upside down, and it could all end soon. 


We are divided more than we ever have been and are split into two bubbles of reality. 


I truly fear for the soul of America if this national disgrace is voted back into the Oval Office. The pillars of democracy are deteriorating under the rule of this man who doesn’t even understand the true meaning of what it means to be a leader let alone a Republican. 


Donald Trump is killing American citizens. He still has no national plan to fight the COVID-19 Pandemic. We have lost 231,000 of our brothers and sisters because the president didn’t take it seriously. He called it a Democratic hoax and turned mask wearing into a politicized issue. 


Donald Trump has divided our country. The hatred that laid dormant has come back plaguing our nation again. It is his shadow, and he doesn’t even try to condemn it. White supremists, neo-nazi’s and QAnon believers praise this man, so of course he couldn’t possibly condemn them because they are his base. To him there are very fine people. 


Donald Trump is a liar. He has told over 25,000 lies during his four year presidency. That on average is 17 lies per day. How is that okay but a tan suit unacceptable? 


Everything about his man screams I am unfit for office. “You can grab ‘em by the *****” he said about women, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” he explained, and they are “sh*thole countries” he called some African nations.


He dishonors those who have given their lives for our country, exclaiming they are “losers” and “suckers” because they fought and died to help keep our country free. He mocked John McClain claiming “I like people who weren’t captured” because McClain became a POW during the Vietnam war while Mr. Trump dodged the draft stating he had bone spurs. 


“Okay so he isn’t a great guy but he is doing so much for the economy!”


This economy is crumbling under the weight of this administration, unemployment rates are higher than they were during the Great Depression, and we are seeing the possibility of another recession around the corner. 


“Well what about my taxes?” 


If you consider trading in thousands of years of morals and values for a tax cut, I say shame on you. 


I hear the argument that this could just be a reenactment of the 2016 election, but it won’t. In 2016, Hillary Clinton was not an extremely likeable candidate, but people didn’t think our country was insane enough to elect a man like Donald Trump. 


The result of this was low voter turnout and an imcompent man elected to run our nation.


Four years later, we are now seeing remarkably high results of early voting turnout like we have never seen before. The American people understand that we must vote him out, and they are exercising that right by coming to the polls in massive numbers. 


The future of America is now in the hands of the voters, and we will see the outcome shortly.


I hope our nation will once again be restored to The City Upon a Hill when the final vote has been counted.