On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America. Ever since his campaign started, Trump has been the poster boy for backlash to his rather controversial stances on immigration, the environment, health care, women’s issues, and a plethora of other hot topics. With that being said, I think that Trump was actually a far better choice than Hillary Clinton, who was the losing candidate in this election. I come from a rather progressive mindset, so as a result, I don’t really like either one of these people; however, Trump better aligns with my beliefs and values than Clinton does.
First of all, a great way to get to know the candidate is to view him or her on the campaign trail to see the stance of a particular candidate. Even if the candidate does not keep true to everything, looking at the rhetoric is a good way to form a template as to how the individual will govern over the people.
First and foremost, a lot of the ideas stated by Trump on the campaign trail were originally stated by Clinton years ago. In 2006, Clinton and many other politicians proposed the idea for a border fence in certain areas, which still stands today. Another example of this similarity revolves around gay marriage. Trump has stated before that he really doesn’t care about gay rights and that he doesn’t really agree with it, but he won’t necessarily rule against it. Clinton, on the other hand, has been vehemently against gay marriage for the majority of her career. From December 1999 to 2004, she backed several bills that went against gay marriage and LGBT rights. But in 2004 she said, “I believe that marriage is a sacred bond between as man and a woman” although she eventually said she was okay letting the states decide. In 2008, when she ran for president for the first time, she said again that she was against gay marriage but was fine with civil unions. It wasn’t until 2013 when she finally changed her mind. This was also around the time that polls on the Democratic side started to favor the legalization of same sex marriage.
Trump’s ideas are actually better in some cases than that of Hillary Clinton. He continues to try to set a temporary travel ban on certain high risk countries, building a wall along the Mexican border, forming a greater alliance with Russia, and working with them to stop the infamous terror group ISIS. Most importantly, his stance on the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is important. If passed, this law would lead to greater power for business, even more reliance of outsourcing, and more lax net neutrality laws.
To explain how this would affect the average person, imagine you have a house next to a river, and an oil plant wants to come along and drill through your yard and pollute your river. Under the TPP, they can sue you if you refuse to allow them to do this for infringing on the business’ ability to make money. Another example involves the Internet. Let’s say you have Xfinity internet and you are being charged $100 for 100mbps, which is a pretty standard internet speed. As of right now, every website and Internet service downloads and uploads at roughly 100mps. With TPP and the lack of net neutrality, a site like Netflix could force Xfinity to slow down their service to 50mps, unless the user shells out more money to raise the speed.
My bottom line is this that while Trump is a far better leader, he still has flaws that I acknowledge. He possesses grade-school level incompetence, has horrible ideas on Mexican immigration, the environment, and drug law, and far more. However, Clinton’s ideas and plans were either the same or far worse and more dangerous. Ultimately, Trump is finally bringing to light many issues that America has had for generations, and there is now a chance that the American people will finally wake up and fight back against a government that is both actively fighting against the governed and fighting for the benefit and well-being of itself.
By Logan Deiner
The views expressed in this editorial do not necessarily reflect those of the administration, the advisor, the editor, or the staff. The author takes responsibility for his own position.