Blindly supporting politicians

America has made history by electing Joe Biden as President and Kamala Harris as the first South Asian/Black female vice president.

Millennials and Gen Z helped shape the outcome of the U.S. election. 2020 is a record-shattering year when it comes to voter turnout. According to CNN, over 100 million votes were cast before election day Nov. 3. By taking initiative, citizens were able to turn this year around for the better.

If we want things to remain “better,” we cannot blindly support someone without holding them accountable for their actions. Supporting without accountability keeps the country from progressing in a direction that favors upcoming generations while simultaneously tearing down the ones ahead of us.

We should not be fans of politicians. Harris and Biden are only the lesser of two evils when it comes to the options the U.S. had during this election. People with power are prone to being corrupt regardless of their party. Instead of following politicians blindly, we should hold them accountable, be critical and demand progress.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t celebrate Biden being elected over Trump. Biden’s victory is an opportunity for progress and we should have high expectations of the upcoming administration. However, we can’t assume Biden and Harris will be progressive leaders that push for radical change.

When Bernie Sanders decided to drop out of the running for the presidential election this year, he fully endorsed Joe Biden. Gen-Z, although not thrilled with his decision, took to various social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok and Twitter to start the trending of #SettleforBiden.

Bernie Sanders endorsed Joe Biden as the best campaign option, while knowing Biden had room to grow, “It’s no great secret out there, Joe, that you and I have our differences, and we’re not going to paper them over. That’s real,” Sanders said. “But I hope that these task forces will come together utilizing the best minds and people in your campaign and in my campaign to work out real solutions to these very, very important problems.”

Maybe Biden is the better option, but I do not want the state of our nation to be something we settle for. Yes, we’ve made history, but we’ve only decided on one poor choice instead of another. It’s time to be proactive and fight to create a better option. If the reality we dream of does not exist, we have to create that reality for ourselves and for the generations that will follow us.