As the nation draws closer to the end of President Barack Obama’s second term, it’s that time once again—time for another presidential election, and the wild and raucous “Race to the White House” that comes with it.
I’m positive most of you readers have heard about the two prime Democratic candidates, noted player Hilary Clinton and beloved underdog Bernie Sanders, but I think there’s been far too little discussion on campus of the Republican candidates in this race—and being uninformed in politics is never a good idea, particularly in a critical election like this one.
We’re a pretty long way from the decisive Voting Day on Tuesday, November 8, but until the party primaries take place, this could be anyone’s race—for the Republicans, at least, as worrying as that might be. Since his campaign declaration in June, noted scumbag businessman Donald Trump has taken up most of the Republican press coverage and far too much of the poll popularity, with a terrifying lead of 27.2% as of September 4. Trump is not the only candidate to rival the Democratic candidates, luckily. The most notable non-Trump (and thus, non-nightmarish) candidates on the Republican side are Trump’s immediate rival in popularity Ben Carson, Jeb Bush of the twice-presidential Bush family, and Ted Cruz.
Of the three candidates—because, let’s be honest: Trump as a candidate is political suicide, regardless of his popularity—I found myself wondering who might be the most acceptable president, in case a Democratic candidate lost the race. Based on my research, the answer appears to be Carson.
Carson is an oddity in the race. Much like Trump, he has no overt political background, being a neurosurgeon. It appears that his distance from core party politics has given him a different set of views as to how the country should be run. Carson declined to organize a SuperPAC to fund his campaign, and his stances seem more fair to the average person.
I would advise you to watch Carson in this campaign. His lack of desire to expand the military and his support for the avoidance of military entanglements shows promise, as does his disapproval over the idea that the solution to crime is stricter punishment. It is also pleasant to hear that Carson rejects the idea that EPA standards are too restrictive to businesses. His staggeringly high popularity suggests that, perhaps, if Carson were to be elected president, we might see a more cooperative, slightly-less-scummy government.
Look into his ideas, Gophers. Carson is certainly no angel, but in the shadow of Trump’s horrifying hair-equivalent, he’s the most pleasant of the devils.