Voting Values Lost in Superficiality

Posted on December 5, 2013 by


The 1920s were one of the greatest times for American wealth, culture, and happiness. It was a time of dancing and merrymaking.

But all of this stopped on the 29 October 1929: Black Tuesday. On that day, the stock market crashed, sending millions into debt, nearly tripling the suicide rate. People were losing their homes and their cars; they sold apples or anything else they could simply to make a few pennies and survive.

Companies shut down, and crime rates shot up. People were doing anything so they could survive. But, something changed in 1934: the election of a new president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Many stood behind the new president, for he shone like a beacon of hope to the homeless, the hungry, the tired, and the weak.

But there was something small behind this shift. It was a change in political parties, and it is happening again right now. After the economic recession in 2007, many people panicked, which made the problem worse. So what happened in the election that year?

The Democratic Party was elected in to office with current president Barrack Hussein Obama. He told of how he would bring us from the depths of the new depression and that he would bring change.

But, with unemployment up and money beginning to inflate, will Republicans be able to rally behind the mistakes of the Obama Administration and fix the mistakes they have made? Or, will both parties continue to drive the United States into a downward spiral of debt?

Not only have the parties changed their policies, the voters have as well. For the first time in American history, the president isn’t a rich white guy (even if he is rich and a guy).  That is the class most presidents and presidential candidates have followed. But with the first African American voted into the presidency, will other minorities, including women, become more mainstream candidates?

Hillary Clinton has considered the position, and may run for the Democratic Party candidate. But when voting does come rolling around, will citizens of the United States vote her due to their party, their policies, or their ability to break barriers?

Many Fleetwood students vocalized the belief that, when they are able to vote, the appearance of the candidate could be a deciding factor. But should it? Must a politician be good-looking in order to run, even if his or her policies could change the world for the better?

Is America as a whole so superficial that voters prefer good-looking people, who would harm the country, over a person who may not have the looks, but has the intelligence to bring them out of this slump in the economy, fix poverty levels, and maintain a consistent degree of international peace?


This is why the beauty industry, which involves makeup, clothing, even weight-loss items, such as Weight Watchers, generates trillions of dollars annually.  And candidates themselves can play off of that and warp their policies so that it is aesthetically pleasing.

Schools need to teach civic values to their students so that they, when the time comes, are able to make the right choice instead of standing in the voting booth one day and considering who “looks better”.

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