We asked the following question to readers on social media and the Public Insight Network recently: As you prepare to vote in the Florida primary election, what’s your opinion of what’s at stake? Thanks for all of your responses. Below is a sampling of your comments, some of which were edited for length and clarity. Learn more about the Public Insight Network and comment on previous discussions at MiamiHerald.com/community and select Community Conversations.
The core of our democracy is at stake should Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders win the presidency. Both their rhetoric are in line with that of presidents/dictators Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and Fidel Castro.
Otto Martin, Lauderdale by the Sea
World peace is at stake! War may be imminent. Why? 1. The GOP frontrunner loves to assault and evict people at his rallies who do not agree with him (and the police do nothing to stop the assaults). This may be acceptable behavior at Donald Trump rallies, but assault is against the law, and on a global scale will lead to war if he treats foreign diplomats like this. 2. The GOP frontrunner refuses to talk to people he perceives as “being mean” and thrives on childish behavior and name calling. This is childish and will lead to war if he refuses to negotiate with foreign powers. 3. The GOP frontrunner refuses to denounce known racists allies like the KKK or the super PAC with their robocall begging people not to vote for Cubans. Such intolerance will lead to war.
Doris Kolber, Miami
The future of our country. The selection of the person who will be the representative of the people on both sides of the political equation. A reaffirmation of democracy. Hopefully, the will of the people will take us to elect the 45th president of these United States, a person who will be challenged with difficult foreign and domestic issues, not to mention the safety and security of the people of these United States.
Esperanza Reynolds, Miami Lakes
The future and stability of this country. We are a diverse nation and the sooner the candidates realize this the sooner we will be united to face the challenges of today’s world.
Raquel Perez, Miami
Miami Beach, Key West, Key Largo flooding from man-made climate change. All the Republicans, and Hillary Clinton to an extent, pimping perpetual war. A woman’s right to choose.
Craig Geary, Redlands
The destruction of the GOP. Americans have had it with the obstructionists in Washington. Elected upon promises and delivering nothing, their opposition to all things Obama is coming home to roost. They have prepared the climate for the success of Donald Trump.
Doug Kostowski, Miami
There are many things at stake, but No. 1 is Social Security, the economy and terrorism.
Maria Salsamendi, Miami
I’m a Democrat, so I am voting for Hillary Clinton. I love what Bernie Sanders says, but those goals will never pass a Republican Congress. Donald Trump is a lying, egotistical showman and a total bigot. I think Hillary has a better chance of beating him. So what’s at stake? America as we know it.
Diane Lawrence, Miami-Dade
The Florida primary is going to determine who the Republican presidential nominee will be. Florida has always been the state that seems to make a difference. If Marco Rubio doesn’t come in first or second he is finished. If Ted Cruz doesn’t come in second he is done. Donald Trump, coming in first, will probably get the nomination. However, if Trump comes in second we may have a race. I don’t remember a political season being so interesting. The people are fed up with the political insiders acting in their own interests. The rise of Trump amounts to a revolution by the people and for the people!
Evelyn Stahl, Hallandale Beach