Courtesy of the Democratic National Committe via Twitter
Courtesy of the Democratic National Committe via Twitter

If you watched the recent Democratic debates, you now know as much as we do about the 20 featured contenders all vying to take on Donald Trump in next year’s general election — very little given the time allotted for each candidate on stages that included far too many individuals.

And while several hopefuls, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, Pete Buttigieg and Cory Booker, may have left their mark on voters, joining the top two contenders, based on polls prior to the debates, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, the race will continue for more than year before we know who Democrats will choose during their convention to take on Trump.

Rather than debunking the criticisms and evaluations of political pundits who spewed their assessments incessantly on talk shows and news reports both before and certainly after the two days of debates, we encourage readers to take a few simple actions.

First, think about what matters most to you as an American citizen and evaluate what shortcomings, if any, the current president has in terms of representing your specific needs.

Second, refrain from getting bogged down in the notion of “electability” — code for ongoing efforts by the Democratic Party to promote a moderate candidate who they allege has a better chance of speaking to their base and beating Trump. Of course, let us not forget that Trump himself entered the political sphere and remains, without remorse, far removed from the vanguard of the Republican Party and the tenets to which they hold so firmly.

Finally, and we hope most important, make sure you’re registered to vote and do your own homework and research about the candidates. Twitter, Instagram and other means of social media may yield today’s trending thoughts and observations about the presidential hopefuls but nothing can replace the results of individual, carefully-calculated study.

One more recommendation: We implore our readers to refrain from staying home on Election Day with the excuse that “your candidate” did not make it to the “big dance.” If the current president’s policies, procedures and demeanor do not resonate with yours, then you must do your duty as an American citizen and cast your vote for his opponent — whether that person be male, female, Black or white.

Voter oppression aside, we still possess certain unalienable rights in this country. Let us not shy away from exercising our right to vote — one of the most essential elements of our democracy.

WI Guest Author

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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