Democratic Party Suffering Major Division in Policy

Mason Hendricks, Reporter

As the 2020 election  upon us, the Democratic party continues to scramble for a competent leader to run against Trump. As most voters in the United States know, the incumbent candidate usually grasps the presidency for two consecutive terms. The last president to lose their second election was George H.W. Bush to Bill Clinton in 1992. With political and social tensions rising in the country to levels comparable to those of the late 1960’s, many are left wondering if the Democrats will elect a feasible opponent to beat Trump in his reelection. However, things are not looking great for the Democrats. Their position is reminiscent of the Republican clown car that was the 2016 election, the only difference being the Democrats do not have a Trump. There is a clear division in voter type that may cause serious issues in candidacy. Bernie Sanders is now being considered more of a moderate – something unthinkable to a voter even just five years ago and the Democrats continue to push their party more to the left. Joe Biden is considering to run as well but he too seems moderate in comparison to other candidates such as Kamala Harris and Julian Castro, both of which have advocated for government mandated reparations toward blacks affected by slavery. In the wake of the Jussie Smollett and the Covington Catholic hoaxes, many of the candidates (including Harris and Castro) have alienated older, more classical Democrats that did not buy into the false, divisive narratives advocated by the neoliberals and socialist candidates in their upcoming campaigns. With policy issues such as The Green New Deal, the Trump impeachment initiative, government centralization, moves toward socialism, and border security, the Democrats seem to be in a race with who can be the most “progressive” in nature which may or may not lead to their downfall. Only time will tell if Trump will keep his presidency through 2020, or if the volatility of the Democratic Party will pay off in the end. In any case, we’re all hoping that our next leader will drive us to success and prosperity.

The U.S. Senate voted to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration. Trump has vetoed the vote, and the entire process has been controversial to say the least. Half of the country is in favor of increasing border security through the use of a physical wall or barrier while the other half completely opposes it. As more and more people move towards the idea of there being “open borders” as championed by Beto O’Rourke in his campaign to presidency, the idea of building a wall is deemed unethical, irresponsible, and unnecessary to those on the left (generally). The U.S. government, particularly the executive branch, has full legal right and responsibility to protect the borders of the United States against federal crimes like illegal immigration, drug trade, and human trafficking – all of which are highly concentrated on the Southern border. It is completely legal for Trump to redirect approved congressional funds towards the border wall in the name of National Security, but many are not convinced that the migration of Central and South Americans is an emergency. It will be up to Trump and his staff to convince the other half of America to fund his wall, and his next term may very well hinge on the success of building the wall.