Why I’m no longer voting in the 2020 presidential election

by Adnan Basic / Managing Editor

Bernie Sanders during a rally at Queensbridge Park in New York City. Photo courtesy of Andrew Kelly via Reuters Pictures.

Growing up, I was always unreasonably excited about getting to vote when I got older. Doing mock elections in elementary school was always loads of fun. Democracy seemed so cool, and it made me feel like I was part of something bigger. Thinking about getting to do it for real when I became an adult made me look forward toward the future.

The 2016 presidential elections came too soon for me, as I was still about a month away from turning 18 at the time. I saw the race play out in front of my eyes without having the chance to do anything about it. I sat at home and watched Donald Trump become president against all the odds, which was truly shocking. However, it got me excited for 2020, when I could potentially help vote him out of office and kickstart some real change.

However, the Democratic National Committee has managed to destroy all my hope and optimism for the future, which means I won’t be bothered enough to go out and vote come November. 

Growing up with mostly liberal beliefs, I pretty much became a democrat by default. They represented the left, so they were the party that shared more of my opinions. When the Republican Party chose a person like Trump as its nominee, my affiliation was confirmed.

At the start of the 2020 primaries, I quickly became a supporter of Bernie Sanders like most people my age. I wasn’t as big of a fan as others were, but he was my guy. The rest of the field was serviceable enough in my eyes (except Michael Bloomberg), and I knew they were all better than Trump, so I wasn’t too worried about who would win as long as it was a fair race.

That wasn’t the case, unfortunately. Sanders got out to an early lead and was the frontrunner for the first few months, winning a handful of states like New Hampshire and Nevada. Something fishy happened soon after, though. One by one, the rest of the candidates started dropping out of the race and publicly announced they were endorsing Joe Biden. The likes of Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Tulsi Gabbard were all putting their support in the former vice president, and their followers soon did the same. Suddenly Biden surged ahead in the race, dominating on Super Tuesday and taking an insurmountable lead. Just like that, he was the apparent nominee. It was all quite shady business, and it became clear those in charge of the DNC were doing all they could to stop Sanders and push Biden forward.

As a result, Sanders was forced to drop out this past Wednesday, breaking the hearts of many across the country. He had been screwed out of the nomination for the second time, just like back in 2016 when he was pushed aside to make room for Hillary Clinton. 

Sanders was never who the committee wanted. Deemed “too revolutionary,” officials instead decided they needed to turn to the old guard once again and pick someone who appealed to a wider audience. Biden’s centrist values, and the fact that he was Barack Obama’s vice president, made him the ideal candidate in the committee’s eyes. He’s the safe option, and he was going to always be the nominee no matter how much genuine popularity Sanders had.

Ultimately, it’s going to cost the party. He’s just another Clinton, and he’ll eventually lose to Trump just like she did. That’s why I feel no reason to vote when the general election comes around in November.

Biden has so many issues already. He’s borderline senile, as proven by his many nonsensical speeches on the campaign trail. When he’s not given an exact script to follow for his speeches, he goes off the rails. Biden only gets worse when you examine his voting record, constantly going against the needs of minorities, especially African Americans. Then there are the sexual assault allegations. He’s been painted as the lesser of two evils versus Trump, but that’s far from a convincing argument.

The biggest problem with Biden is that he’s just more of the same. The government is in need of desperate changes, and that’s exactly what Sanders was promising. That won’t happen with Biden, who’s the very definition of the status quo. Why should I vote for someone who’s not going to do anything? It’s a waste of my time and energy.

Most importantly, Biden is going to get destroyed by Trump. He might be leading in the hypothetical polls at the minute, but it won’t be too long until that all changes. With all of Biden’s aforementioned issues, Trump has plenty of things to attack him with. He’s shown that he’s willing to go low when need be and has already given the former VP a number of crude and insulting nicknames. Biden can’t think on his feet, so when the debates roll around, it’s going to get ugly. The fight is all but lost, so I’m not going to waste my vote on someone who’s set to lose anyway. 

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The DNC hasn’t learned from 2016, so it has now cursed itself to a similar fate this November. There’s nothing I can do about it at this stage, so there’s no point in even trying. My only hope now is another four years of Trump could finally make the Democratic Party realize that a full-fledged revolution is what is needed. Then, and only then, will I make my way to the polls. 

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