Why This Year’s Presidential Election is so Important for Millennials

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

In four days, arguably one of the most important Presidential elections ever will be decided. It pits the highly qualified Hillary Clinton against the dangerously unqualified and irretrievably repugnant Donald Trump.

This election shouldn’t be viewed as one that’s about party affiliation, since Trump isn’t actually a Republican and Hillary isn’t as progressive as most left-leaning voters would like her to be.

Instead, this election should be viewed as the electorate standing up and making sure this country doesn’t elect a demagogue – someone whose presence in the White House and finger on the nuclear button should scare anyone, living in the United States or not.

And for millennials, who will make up roughly 31% of the electorate, this thing could be decided by us.

So ask yourself these questions…

If you have kids or plan to have them one day, would you want to explain to them why you voted for Trump or didn’t vote at all? Would you want to convey exactly why you didn’t do all you could to prevent an unhinged man who has disdain for nearly every flavor of life from becoming the leader of the free world?

If you’re middle or upper-middle class, do you want to see the biggest tax breaks continue to go to the wealthiest one percent of the country?


If you have family members or friends who are in the military and/or who are the appropriate age to serve, would you want to potentially put them in danger due to the whims of Trump, who has stated (and retracted) his call for the military to commit war crimes? And who has stated (and not retracted) his admiration of dictators?

I could go on and on about the ways Trump would put this country and potentially the world in peril, but then the following would get lost…

A week ago, Hillary – according to FiveThirtyEight – had about an 84% chance to win the election. As of Thursday night, her percentage was down to 66.5%.

Why has her percentage dropped so much? Part of it has to do with the absolute nonsense that was started by F.B.I. Director James Comey, who vaguely said the F.B.I. would be examining emails found on Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s laptop – and the media who irresponsibly covered this non-bombshell.

Part of it has to do with some Republicans finally deciding (per the polls) to “come home” and vote for Trump.

And part of it probably has to do with bad polling data, which could be making this thing seem closer than it actually is.

But if you want to help stave off what could be not just an embarrassment, but a calamity, heed the words President Obama has been using while stumping for Hillary. Don’t boo, vote!


Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.