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Opinion | Believe victims even if you don鈥檛 like them
Opinion | Believe victims even if you don鈥檛 like them
By Delaney Rauscher Adams, Staff Columnist • July 12, 2024
Opinion | Women pop stars and the pressure to evolve
By Livia LaMarca, Assistant Opinions Editor • July 10, 2024

Opinion | Hold your elected officials morally responsible

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Former President and convicted felon Donald Trump menaces at the camera during his hearing.

The John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe affair will go down in history as one of the greatest tall tales of the 1960s. To this day, whether or not the two truly had relations with one another is debated. While the consensus 60 years later is that they did in fact, at one point see each other behind Jackie Kennedy鈥檚 back, the reputation of being a cheater has never seemed to besmirch JFK鈥檚 too-short political legacy. And even if the affair isn鈥檛 factual, the mere allegation never tarnished JFK鈥檚 shiny, Catholic reputation.

As our elected officials, we ask our representatives to be their truest, most dutiful selves. We ask them to faithfully represent us and our desires, be outstanding citizens and create the image that the United States is a fortified and united nation 鈥 despite it being anything but. And while our representatives, elected officials and bureaucrats are just like us 鈥 human 鈥 and prone to making mistakes no different than ourselves, at what point do we peel back the patriotic veil and punish our representatives for their moral wrongdoings? At what point do their mistakes become too hefty and lethal to successfully lead a political campaign? Do we really want those so morally inept to be the faces and identities that lead this country and henceforth mar it with their detestable behavior?

Former President Donald Trump was of fraud on May 30, 11 counts of fraudulent invoices for legal services, 11 fraudulent checks paid for legal services and 12 fraudulent ledger entries for legal expenses. All 12 jurors unanimously agreed that Trump falsified business records to conceal a hush money payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Looking beyond his politics and policy inclinations, do we, as Americans, really want to elect and be led by someone who is now a convicted felon? His charges were not some low-level possession charge or a self-defense matter. This was a man who actively was crooked but did so anyway to gain power from the highest office in the country. Not only that, but Trump was said to have been gloating about his encounter with Daniels, well after he married his third and current wife Melania Trump, the former first lady of the United States. Friends of his on the golf course that he specifically said 鈥淚t added 20 yards to my drive today,鈥 implying that the hookup was recent and therefore after he and Melania had been married and sometime around the time his youngest son was born.

While we can recognize that people make mistakes, Trump has made quite a few doozies, with many and other allegations throughout the years. He has not only emphatically boasted about assaulting women and but was also unanimously to have sexually abused columnist Jean Carroll in 1996.听

Polls are showing a for his campaign this upcoming November and a decrease in the number of those willing to vote for him. Seemingly, a majority of moderates and independents are truly holding the former president to a higher moral standard, and believe that the conviction was fair despite many Republicans, own, claiming otherwise.

Our other option doesn鈥檛 fare much better. President Biden鈥檚 already imperfect and criticized administration has been tainted by his the state currently against the people of Palestine. While we can sit back and watch Biden鈥檚 administration and staff fight for our reproductive rights, the right for all to legally be wed and work to lessen the impact of student debt on the population, how can we be content with his policy and actions when he is complicit in a genocide? We are being asked to keep the government out of our uteruses, marginally make better the situation for people of color and keep the US from committing environmental atrocities by voting for Biden, but in doing so choosing the candidate who Israel鈥檚 militia and therefore the slaughter of Palestinians.

Policy is important, and it is important to vote in the way we think is best. In a two-party system, it is nearly impossible to find a representative who we agree with 100% of the time or find one we can blindly trust. But we must ask ourselves how important policy is when the person you are voting for is morally abhorrent. There is a lot of give and take in politics and when it comes to voting. Most of us have to set aside some of our beliefs to make sure our more important ones are heard, and in times like this, many must set aside their morality to ensure that their other rights and freedoms are not taken away. But when is a line drawn in the sand that makes such moral deficiencies too egregious for us to be willing to vote for them?听

Perhaps we have failed this Presidential cycle to choose candidates who are morally alright, but moving forward, we must place morality at the center of who we elect. We must hold our elected officials to higher moral standards, or else we will continuously be put in positions to either vote with our conscience or in spite of it.

Livia LaMarca is the assistant editor of the opinions desk who misses using the Oxford comma. She mostly writes about American political discourse, US pop culture and social movements. Write to her at [email protected] to share your own opinions!

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Livia LaMarca
Livia LaMarca, Assistant Opinions Editor
Livia LaMarca is a senior political science and sociology student from outside of Chicago. You can often find her studying for the LSAT and drinking copious amounts of coffee. Her hobbies include singing, crocheting & knitting, Marvel movies, and hanging with her dog Leo (who she misses very much). She enjoys writing about American political discourse and U.S. pop culture with a particular passion for social justice and equitable social programs. Livia's email 鈥 听鈥 is always open if you'd like to share your own opinions or respond to an opinion column of hers.