The way citizens of the United States choose their leader every four years, peacefully changing the direction of our country, sets America apart from other nations. When Americans are unhappy with their situation, they vote for change. This
happened in 1976 with Jimmy Carter, 1980 with Ronald Reagan, 1992 with
Bill Clinton and, in 2008, with Barack Obama. Today, many Americans
are again unhappy with the current state of affairs and are seeking a new
president who will bring about major changes.
If elected, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would show great
respect for the presidency and would act responsibly, despite some of their
campaign theatrics. While their behavior is entertaining at times, it is not
a good basis upon which to cast our ballots. It is their goals, policies and
plans that will shape the presidency and the country in the future.
When we vote on Nov. 8, let’s move beyond the hoopla and recognize that we really have a binary choice,
despite the existence of two other candidates. Gary Johnson, who is running as a Libertarian, and the Green
Party’s Jill Stein, while interesting and perhaps aligned perfectly with some individuals’ personal views and
desires, are not going to win the presidency. Votes for these candidates will only indirectly lend support to
Trump or Clinton.
And while the primary season made for high television ratings, to vote this fall based solely on the rather
amusing and entertaining politics of the primary campaign, without considering the goals, policies and plans
of the general-election candidates, would be very shallow and nearsighted on the part of voters. So let’s make
the responsible choice and decisively cast a vote for Clinton or Trump.
My generation, the millennials — and, in fact, all Americans — need to move beyond the theatrics of the
primaries and recognize that our system of government is broken and ineffective. We need to elect a different
type of leader — one who will challenge the status quo in Washington and who will work collaboratively with
other leaders to move America in the right direction.
During the last year, I have heard many people ask, “Why are people voting for Trump?” and, “Why do
some people feel so passionately about Trump?” Maybe it is because his underlying message, “Make America
Great Again,” is actually very optimistic.
Is it possible that the millennials might support an unorthodox candidate like Trump? Results of a Sept. 8–13
Quinnipiac University poll of likely voters under age 35 showed a relatively similar preference for Clinton
( 31 percent) and Trump ( 26 percent) when Johnson and Stein were included in the question. When Obama
ran in 2008, he received 66 percent of the under- 30 votes (according to the Pew Research Center). However,
in 2016, many millennials ( 43 percent in the September Quinnipiac poll) indicated they would
support candidates who will not win in the general election.
When you cast your vote Nov. 8, ask yourself, “Will Clinton or Trump be most effective in helping our
country become more prosperous? Safer? More highly regarded on the world stage? More innovative? And
who will be most able to shake things up in Washington and make government more efficient so that it can
serve us, rather than we serving it? Who can reduce the bureaucracy in Washington? Who can work with
other global leaders to level the playing field so our workers can compete fairly in the global marketplace?
“Who really asks the hard questions and will be able to change the way government works to provide all
U.S. citizens with the types of economic, family and social opportunities that our Founding Fathers desired
for all of us?”
Look beyond the gruff, sometimes funny, sometimes confusing persona of Donald Trump, and look deeply
into his real experience and success in building a business empire and making the parts of the world that he
touched great again. Let’s give this innovative and provocative person a chance to transform America.
Chris Shadek ’ 17, a five-year computer science and engineering and management dual major, is from Kenilworth, Ill. This fall
semester he became president of the Bucknell College Republicans. He also served for three years on Bucknell Student Government
and is the founder of Vega Connected, a startup that helps students find out what is happening around them.
VOTE FOR CHANGE
By Chris Shadek ’ 17