“Courage, a Necessary Virtue in 2016” By: Terence Rosenthal

Russian intervention in Ukraine and a return to Soviet style foreign policy, Chinese imperial aggression on the South China Sea, and a future nuclear arms race in the Middle East will demand both sacrifice and courage for U.S. citizens and their next President. Similar to preceding Presidential elections, 2016 offers two distinct political paths in which voters will have to decide.

It is important to note that now more than ever, the world is becoming more compact. What happens in the U.S. affects political and economic developments in Europe and Asia. Likewise, events occurring in the Middle East have a profound effect on political and economic developments in the U.S. In 2016, it is virtually impossible to exist in a political and economic bubble. As countries become more interdependent, global developments will have even greater significance with respect to how they affect the U.S. Domestic political and economic decisions will limit or enhance what the U.S. is capable of internationally.

In 2016, some will prefer a continuation of current policies. Voters who fall into this camp desire a large federal government capable of providing a more comfortable safety net. In addition, these voters believe that it is more realistic to have a multilateral approach to foreign policy. This ideological camp believes that the U.S. has enough problems of its own, and that to endure another war with an enemy thousands of miles away is simply not worth it.

On the other hand, due to present global threats, there are those who view the world as a more dangerous place without the U.S. functioning as its defining superpower. Voters in this ideological camp are concerned about the current political trajectory of the U.S. They prefer a Federal government which promotes greater individual liberty, allows for greater state’s rights, and less regulation with respect to business taxation. In addition, these voters are concerned that in terms of corporate taxes and business regulations, the U.S. may be pricing itself out of the market, particularly with respect to mid-size enterprises.

There will be a few voters who are a mix of these aforementioned political camps. Ultimately, these voters will be forced to decide between choosing a candidate of which they do not completely agree or to staying home on election night. It is certain that no matter who is elected, in 2016, all U.S. citizens will be forced to confront political and economic sacrifice. Many running for President will attempt to buy votes with fancy talk and impossible promises. In 2016, perhaps what voters should be searching for is a candidate who exemplifies and inspires courage.

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