Happy New Year, America – It’s time to wake up!

January 1, 2016

Party's over

We usually write about teenagers and the laws that affect them. Were apolitical and want our readers to independently make informed decisions in their lives. However, we also live in the real world and recognize that foolish decisions have serious consequences.

Therefore, we are calling for the end of Donald Trumps latest reality show. He has enjoyed maximum media coverage for the past half year. Now, its 2016, a presidential election year. Its time to get serious about the next leader of our country and of the free world.

Trump believes that wealth alone means youre an intelligent and wise person with integrity, common sense and decency. Fact check: he has none of these traits. He doesnt believe inthe basic principles of free speech, due process and what the Constitution dictates. It is highly unlikely that hes ever read the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Do we honestly want someone in the White House who belittles, berates, disrespects and mocks many fellow Americans? The U.S. is better than electing a bigot and racist to its highest office. What is the lesson to our children and teenagers should this happen? Can you imagine Trump sitting down with world leaders to address the many global issues we face?

One additional thought. The president nominates new Supreme Court justices. There may be up to three vacancies in the next few years since three of the justices will be in their eighties after the November, 2016 election. Many of the Courts decisions come downto a 5-4 vote meaning one vote the other way makes a night and day difference to all of us in our daily lives. Would you trust the appointment of new justices to a man like Trump? That alone could result in a tsunamic change for all Americans.

It is time to wake up and support a candidate who is more than bluster someone with integrity, experience, wisdomand diplomatic skills.

To our teen readers: You may be under 18 and unable to vote, but you can still get involved in the election process. Study the issues and candidates to decide who you would vote for if you could. Have a discussion with your family and friends. It wont be long before you can go to the polls and cast your vote. Look for Judge Tom and Natalies new book: Every Vote Matters: The Power of Your Voice, from Student Elections to the Supreme Court (March, 2016 Free Spirit Publishing).

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Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published ‘Teen Cyberbullying Investigated’ (Free Spirit Publishing). When he’s not answering teens’ questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.