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Does Andrew Yang Have a Shot at the Presidency?

Last updated on January 11, 2021

(Photo Credit: Stephen Maturen)

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

“It is my pleasure to introduce the next President of the United States, Andrew Yang!” Thousands cheered as the presidential candidate appeared in front of a loyal base called Yang Gang. He sprinted down a line of Yang supporters giving high-fives and hugs.

When he was done embracing the crowd, he leaped on the stage with excitement. Using a voice of reassurance and calmness, he talked about the most unprecedented issues in the status quo and the necessity of Universal Basic Income. “We are in the midst of what experts are calling the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Yang proclaimed. 

He describes how the largest threats to the United States is automation and climate change. When he is done speaking, he takes selfies and signs “Yang 2020” hats. Once he is done, he continues the rigorous campaign trail. 

A month ago, I wrote about Andrew Yang in my article, “Yang Gang.” Within it, I doubted a Yang Presidency because of his polling, the number of donors, and lack of political experience. However, as of December 31, 2019, Yang is polling around 3.5 percent nationally according to RealClearPolitics. estimates Yang has raised over 15 million dollars; the majority of donations being 30 dollars.

As to the notion Yang lacks political or military experience, he was previously the CEO of Venture for America. In 2012, he was selected by the Obama Administration as the “Champion of Change.” Later, in 2015, he was given the position of Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.

But the real reason I changed my mind was that he convinced me a citizen, not a politician, will fix the status quo. Also, lack of political experience criticisms can be extended to previous Presidents. While it is widely known Trump did not have political experience, few people know Obama was a senator for a short two years and Bush was a governor for only five years.

To retract my previous statement, I do support Universal Basic Income on some level. Yang argues that we should strive to make a more green economy in order to combat climate change. While a renewable energy-based system would lower carbon levels, it will put thousands of coal miners and fracking maintenance workers out of work. 

He also argues automation is taking over manufacturing jobs. He says Amazon is closing down malls and leaving more people unemployed. Within 29 states, trucking is a prominent profession that will be automated away by self-driving trucks. Because of these factors, Yang believes receiving 12,000 dollars per year would help create the foundation for finding new work. 

Previously, in my article, I wrote 12,000 dollars would not be enough to alleviate poverty. Yang counters this point by saying 12,000 will not substitute work or make that a living wage but help stimulate growth and create jobs.

He also claims if people receive 12,000 dollars a year, they can focus on expanding their artistic abilities, passions, and goals. He appeals to stay at home parents by saying the 12,000 dollars will be a reward for their hard work as a parent.

Secondly, I completely endorse Andrew Yang’s climate change policies. He is one of the few candidates that support the implementation of nuclear energy and subsidizing energy cars. According to his website, his plan includes five elements:

  1. Build a sustainable economy by transitioning away from fossil fuels to renewable energy, upgrading our infrastructure, and improving the way we farm and use land. Public financing options will allow individuals to make the right decisions for their families.
  2. Build a sustainable world. The United States, throughout history, has led the world in times of crisis. We’re the most entrepreneurial country in the history of the world. It’s time to activate the American imagination and work ethic to provide the innovation and technology that will power the rest of the world.
  3. Move our people to higher ground. Natural disasters and other effects of climate change are already causing damage and death. We need to adapt our country to this new reality.
  4. Reverse the damage we’ve done. Research needs to be done on removing carbon from our atmosphere, cooling the planet and rejuvenating ecosystems.
  5. Hold future administrations accountable. We need to pass a constitutional amendment that creates a duty on the federal and state governments to be stewards for the environment.

Andrew Yang is correct when he says climate change is an existential threat. He has the most comprehensive plan to tackle the issue which is a better alternative to Trump’s “Chinese hoax” climate change theory. 

Third, Andrew Yang is the least polarizing candidate. I have openly claimed our political atmosphere is toxic and can only be fixed through a leader both sides can unify under.

Andrew Yang is that leader. According to Yang, 10 percent of Trump supporters said they would vote for him. His grassroots campaign made him the most beloved candidate on the internet and talk shows.

Another essential quality of Yang is he does not berate the opposition. Most candidates revolve their campaign around attacking Trump, but Yang claims he is not the problem, but rather, evidence of the problems. I find this dialogue to be constructive because instead of focusing on the flaws of his rivals, he focuses on the solutions of the most pressing matters. 

Within mainstream media interviews, he has been pressed severely, particularly by MSNBC. In an interview with Chuck Todd, he was asked why he is not running for a lower political position.

I found this question to be condescending and uncalled for, yet Yang responded in a professional and collected manner. To put it simply, out of all the candidates, Yang exemplifies the virtues required of the Presidential office.

Does this mean I am endorsing Andrew Yang for President?

We’ll see.

One of the most controversial issues facing the nation is abortion. This election is crucial because whoever becomes the next President will most likely choose Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s successor. Now, if she were to leave office before the 2020 election and Trump nominates a pro-life judge, I will consider endorsing Yang. However, I still disagree with his Medicare policy, gun legislation, and other issues. 

‘All in all, Yang has exhibited a passion for issues, genuine care for America, composure under pressure, methodical reasoning, and political civility. I can’t say I’m apart of the Yang Gang yet, but I will be keeping an eye on this rising underdog.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

One Comment

  1. Ethan Kim Ethan Kim Post author | February 11, 2020

    Breaking: Andrew Yang has dropped out of the Presidential race. Well, this is awkward.

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