Senator Kamala Harris for VP!: Thoughts on the 2020 Presidential Election No.1

With around 80 days until the November election, the race to the White House is getting more intense each day.

Because we’re so close to November and this is the first year that I will be voting in a presidential election (I’m so excited!), I am introducing a short miniseries on the blog where I share some of my thoughts about the election. There will be a post about every 2-3 weeks or whenever something monumental occurs.

This week, it is the announcement of Former Vice President Joe Biden’s choice of Senator Kamala Harris as the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee.

When I saw the breaking news, I was not surprised, but happy, nonetheless.

To get it out of the way, I am a liberally leaning teen. Nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to teenagers that are into politics nowadays, or at least it feels like it.

When it comes to this election specifically and domestic politics in the United States, I am fed up with the way that this country is run. Change is necessary. Do I think Biden is the absolute greatest person to take up the job? Not necessarily, but I know that he is on a better path to repair the country.

The same sentiments go to Harris. She wasn’t my favorite candidate in the early running for the Democratic presidential nominee, but she has good morals, political experience, and can bring a younger eye on the table.

Also, the idea that there could be a woman, Black American, South Asian American, and child of immigrants as the second-in-command of the United States is so exciting and empowering for, I hope, every person in this country.

(Side note: the fact that some people questioned her qualification for the position because of potentially not being born in the States and immigrant parents is portrayed as protecting the Constitution. However, as it was with Former President Obama, it comes across as an attack on non-white citizens that are questioned when they come to a position of power because our culture seems to say that they do not belong there. It assumes that anyone with immigrant parents are not allowed to be in power. Even though I do not aspire to be the president of the United States, as a child of immigrants, it is still offensive that we continually have this culture of people thinking that we do not belong, which does take me to other current immigration problems, but I’ll save that conversation for another post.)

Harris’s name on a presidential ticket shows the potential and hard work that is not pushed aside that people who aren’t older, white men have in this country.

For the viewpoints that I have, I am aware of the privilege that I come from as a child of a middle-class family living in the suburbs, and the ability to go to such an expensive school in the fall (though that financial aid saved me). With that being said…

There are countless situations in which the inequalities by race, gender, socio-economic, etc. are being ruined because of the current administration and exacerbated by this pandemic. The past few months have been physical proof of how this country is willing to react to injustices and how much of a divide that needs to be mended. Adding on to how the federal administration is doing so very little about it.

Because this is an opinion piece, I can say that I do hope and want anyone who cares about the future of this country to please vote blue and for Biden.

Voting in this election is crucial. Aside from the thousands of eligible voters that choose not to vote, there are thousands of undocumented immigrants in this country that need the support of the government to make this place a safe home, even if immigration policy seems to be left behind considering the pandemic and other recent events.

I leave you with a please to vote in this election if you are eligible. There will never be the perfect candidate or administration in anyone’s eyes in a country where we have the privilege of free speech and press. So, I encourage you to take advantage of your right to vote in every way possible.

Thanks for reading and stay safe.

-Madison