Opinion: The story so far


Jared Strubel is a junior political science major and columnist for the Kent Stater. Contact him at [email protected]

Jared Strubel Kent State College Democrats

At the beginning of this year’s election cycle, there were five Democratic candidates. After an eventful and arduous journey, it has been narrowed down to two potentials. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both possess the drive and ideals this nation needs, so no matter how the remaining primaries and the convention go this summer, the Democratic Party and the American people will have a strong candidate ready to fight for progressive ideals.

We will come out with someone ready to take on student debt, to ensure all people have access to healthcare, to protect women’s reproductive rights and who will keep us safe with a sensible foreign policy.

The road leading up to today has been not without its bumps, though. On the campaign trail of GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, violence has erupted among protestors and supporters at his rallies.

Trump did nothing to stifle the violence. “I love the old days,” he said. “You know what they used to do (to protestors) like that when they got out of line? They’d be carried away on a stretcher, folks.”

The hypocrisy of the political right to claim that personal freedoms and rights are under attack by “liberals” in an attempt to be politically-correct is illuminated by their own intolerance of dissent. When protestors appear at a Republican rally, they are thrown out or dealt with in other ways. On the other hand, Democratic candidates such as Sanders are seen giving their stage to Black Lives Matter protestors. As university students, the right to assemble and protest should be protected and violence against peaceful organization should not be tolerated.

Beyond individual actions, we have also seen the influential role that the media can play in political discourse. The media has come under attack for underreporting on some candidates and have been accused of portraying the Democratic race as already decided. While Sanders has an uphill battle ahead of him to secure the nomination, neither he nor Clinton are giving up the fight before the convention.

Beyond candidate coverage, the media has also helped determine what Americans think are important issues. Through a lack of coverage of certain rallies, a limitation on discussion of policy and redundancy regarding over-discussed issues, the media at all levels has stifled the political discourse. This is the case because it has either worried too much about ratings and money or has been too timid to ask real questions and draw true comparisons between candidates or hold them accountable for what they have done or said.

This election cycle has thus far proven to be an adventure; The Zodiac Killer, a bird whisperer, an irrelevant governor, a fascist with a bad spray tan and a hot-sauce lover have all ran or are still running for president of the United States.

From a Democratic perspective, it has been a thrilling ride—though not filled with nearly as much controversy as the Republican side—with it narrowed down to two candidates who are both committed to taking this contest to the convention. No matter how the convention shakes out, the Democratic Party will have a far more sensible and progressive candidate for president, ready and capable of taking on whoever the other side may choose.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the College Democrats as an organization.