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With conflicting views in regards to our next president, and a cloud of
uncertainty that dawdles above — as is customary for our nation, we
shall rise up again to the challenge at hand: Uniting our country and
TE X T BY FR ANCESC A CRUZ
T he last couple of months have been what feels
like a tsunami of political conundrum, and even
a slight hark back to Civil War era sentiment of
“brother fighting brother” for our country. The
divide is so deep that the rift is apparent — you
can’t avoid the conversations, be it on social media, the
proverbial locker room or the water cooler at work. People
want to vent, some want to rejoice, others weep, and many
are still overwhelmed with the outcome. What lingers behind
with a lot of the conversations I’ve had, or been privy to, is
this layer of numbed perplexed fear. A fear for what comes
next once Trump takes office, and a bewilderment of how he
was able to outwit the establishment and win.
As a journalist, my intention is to be as objective as I possibly
can with this baffling scenario that is just beginning to unfold
this month. Not since the contentious presidential debate in
118 1824 between outsider Andrew Jackson and political dandy
John Quincy Adams has there been such a drama-ridden divide.
From erased emails, to cloistered tax returns, to references
toward a portion of our countrymen being deplorable — and,
of course, we can’t omit the unnerving remarks by Trump in
reference to grabbing women by the you-know-what.
It was in 1960 in the first televised presidential debates between
John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon that the U.S. ushered in a new
era for political parties. Both parties welcomed in the practice of
crafting the public image for their respective candidates. This
was a time when we struggled with civil rights, the country was
in the midst of the Cold War, we were in a heated race with the
Soviet Union to make it into space; Fidel Castro’s regime had just
taken hold of Cuba and there were heightening fears of wide-
spread communism. Both candidates jumped at the opportunity
of taking full advantage of media exposure.