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Why this midterm election season was so important

Jessica Belousov, Staff writer

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Election season has finally come to an end, and what a unique election season it was.

For the past month, it seems as if voting for the midterm elections has been on everyone’s minds.

Activists, celebrities, politicians, academics and regular citizens motivated one another to get out and vote.

Former President Barack Obama himself even came out of his political retirement to urge Americans to get out and vote.

It was stressed repeatedly by everybody involved that this election was one of the most important in this decade, if not century.

Why did everyone, even people who don’t normally vote, insist that it was so important?

Well, Democrats were hoping to reduce the Republican control in the House and Senate.

They wanted to do this by taking back either the House of Representatives or the Senate from the Republicans.

They hoped to do this in order to, among other things, push back against some of President Donald Trump’s controversial policies.

Republicans, on the other hand, were hoping to keep the control of the House and Senate that they had solidified back in the 2016 election.

Now Election Day has finally passed, and we’re in the aftermath.

One might discuss the political outcomes, such as Democrats gaining control of the House and Republicans retaining control of the Senate.

But what about the social outcomes?

And what do those outcomes mean for America?

Many people today discuss America’s political climate in terms of it being divided and aggressive.

However, it seemed as if the entire country could agree on at least one idea: People need to vote.

I believe, for the first time in Trump’s presidency, America was actually completely united on an issue.

Republicans, Democrats, independents and other political parties agreed that people needed to vote.

And people voting in droves is what happened.

America finally showed up to vote.

Everybody was able to unite under the idea that everyone should exercise their right to vote.

That is quite impressive for a country that seems to be divided and constantly at war with one another’s ideals.

Beyond just the unification of the country on the issue of voting, the midterm election also had several other net positive effects.

More women and people of color were voted into a political office than in any other election in American history.

Also for the first time in history, an openly gay governor was elected.

These are major milestones that are certainly cause for celebration.

Although some still worry over the conditions of politics and the president’s tactics, America is still making progress in these divisive times.

This midterm election has proved that America will not simply collapse.

Nor will the United States of America tear itself apart from the inside out.

It proved that we, the people, can still unite over something that is deeply important to every single one of us.

Unification, even in the lowest form of the word, is incredibly vital for the United States of America going forward.

Because it is only when we reach that crucial state of unification that we will finally see truly beneficial change begins to occur.

 

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