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Editorial: Homogeneity in politics is a cry for diverse representation

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Aimee Teyssier
Candidates for the 2024 presidential election appear monolithic, preventing diverse options from being available to voters.

In the upcoming presidential election, Americans find themselves navigating a political landscape that seems eerily homogeneous. The lack of diverse options for voters raises questions about the authenticity of representation in a country built on cultural and ideological diversity.

As of Nov. 12, 2023, there are 14 noteworthy presidential candidates: three from the Democratic Party, eight from the Republican Party, and four third-party or independent candidates. However, as we approach the polls, it becomes apparent that a significant portion of these political representatives, regardless of party affiliation, share remarkably similar ideals on various wedge issues. 

One glaring example of this political uniformity is the issue of support for Israel, with presidential candidates largely aligning on the same side of the debate. The absence of substantial discourse on supporting Palestine further limits the choices available to American voters.

The current candidate frontrunners, former President Donald Trump and President Joseph Biden, specifically are replying to the conflict through similar approaches. Although Biden’s response is much more minimal than what Trump has implied, both neglect the Palestinians.

Many young voters are refusing to vote for candidates that support Israel. The absence of this candidate might mean less support for the Democratic Party if Biden is nominated as the Democrat representative.

Diversity in candidates’ stances on environmental issues is another area of concern. While Biden has proposed an ambitious climate and environmental justice agenda, his approval of the Willow oil drilling project in Alaska has alienated climate advocate voters, casting doubt on the effectiveness of his environmental policies.

Conversely, Trump, known for his history of environmental policy dismantling, lacks a protective stance on the environment. For voters deeply invested in environmental concerns, the choice between these two candidates lacks diversity and fails to capture the broader American perspective.

This scarcity of variety in political representation is continuing to contribute to the inconsistent voter turnout trend; voters are often motivated by opposition to a candidate rather than advancing the cause of their preferred candidate. 

A Pew Research Center study shows that, during the 2016 presidential elections, voters were around 33% more likely to vote in favor of a candidate because of their opposition to the other candidate. The nature of democracy is under threat when citizens feel misaligned with the candidate they are voting to support, as it means voters are disconnected from the political system.

The 2024 presidential election raises crucial questions about the uniformity in candidates’ perspectives, emphasizing the need for a more diverse and representative political landscape that truly reflects the nature of American society.

*This editorial reflects the views of the Scot Scoop Editorial Staff and was written by Aimee Teyssier. The Editorial Staff staff voted 11 in agreement, 1 somewhat in agreement, and 5 refrained from voting.

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The Scot Scoop Editorial Staff strives to maintain reliable reporting while covering the hard-hitting topics that interest our community. Content on Scot Scoop is managed, reviewed, and maintained by the editorial staff using various tools and methods to produce, edit, and publish content daily. Editorial Staff members are Gabrielle Shore, Myles HuErik ChengAnnabel ChiaAimee TeyssierUrvi KulkarniEvan LeongUjala ChauhanCharlotte GordonAlexander MenchtchikovBen RomanowskyJackson SneeringerArianna ZhuEmma GoldmanElizabeth CruzAudrey Finigan, Rachel Alcazar, and Alessandra Tremulis.
Aimee Teyssier, Scot Scoop Managing Editor
Aimee Teyssier is currently a senior at Carlmont High School and a managing editor for Scot Scoop. She loves to interview others to understand points of view she never can predict and is passionate about creating an impact through her articles. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, spending time with her friends, and taking care of her plants! To check out her portfolio, click here.

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