Leadership among current presidential candidates is bleak


I’m going to be honest, I wake up each day and hope that someone new has announced his or her candidacy for president. I am actually terrified what might happen to our nation if any one of the current candidates become president of the United States.

I want to talk about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. I realize that Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and John Kasich are still in the running, but the media does not follow them like they do Sanders, Clinton and Trump (and they don’t make such fools of themselves.)

I am a college student with a ton of loans and I don’t like Sanders.

Sanders calls himself a “Democratic Socialist.” I’m not sure that my peers realize what socialism is.

Socialism basically means what’s mine is yours, but the government controls how much is shared. The easiest way I can break it down is this: you make $300 in two weeks. When you get the check you share it evenly with 300 people who didn’t work at all. You made one dollar in two weeks. Fun, right?

Sanders also runs on this platform that advocates for free education.

What will happen when everyone has a degree? A four-year degree won’t matter anymore. Jobs will become more sparse and students will perform at a much lower expectation. There is no such thing as a free lunch, people.

I am a woman and I don’t like Clinton.

Clinton has been in far too many poor situations for me to believe she can run our country whole-heartedly.

I’m not even going to get into Benghazi: I just can’t stand liars. In my personal opinion, I think she campaigns too closely to everything Obama has in place already. The United States is in need of change, and Clinton won’t bring it to us.  

I also have a problem with Clinton because she is a woman. I fear that uneducated voters want to see a woman president and they don’t take into account what she really stands for and what that would mean for our country.

I can identify with the Republican Party, and I really don’t like Trump.

Trump is a bully. He has no care for anyone’s values, freedom of speech or ideas.

The only thing I find attractive about Trump is that he has enough money to run on his own, meaning he isn’t a puppet of someone with money.

Trump continually reminds me of a certain German dictator, and that is terrifying.

Trump says nothing of merit, but rather uses blanket statements that get a rise out of his followers. He is the man that says absurd things, makes people laugh and finds power in the number of followers he has. Read about Hitler circa 1929 and tell me what you think.

In the end, I don’t think that there is a strong leader in the group. When these grown adults continue to roll in the mud at every debate, stray their focus from important topics and fight like toddlers, I find it hard to see a leader in any one of them.

I’m not sure who will be the President of the United States, but I can only hope for a true leader.


 Brenna Ramsden is an agriculture communications major at SDSU and can be reached at [email protected].