No matter what your political leanings are, we can all agree that this election has been unique. Some of us are bursting with excitement with some of the candidates in the running, while others are scared at the prospect of a particular candidate becoming the next president of the United States. No matter what your feelings are about the election, we live in a country that gives us the freedom to act on them.
Not all students at John Carroll are lucky enough to go on a fun spring break trip this year. Might I suggest an alternative to just sitting at home and watching Netflix? As good as that sounds right now, there are better and more important ways to spend our time.
One of the best ways to spend that time is to go out and volunteer with a presidential campaign.
I’ll say it again: no matter what your political leanings or feelings toward this years election there is something you can do to better our country. Let’s go through a few examples.
If you are a Bernie Sanders supporter and you cannot wait to live in a democratic socialist country, enjoy your tax refund this year, because chances are, you won’t get much back if he’s president. Then you can go out and volunteer for his campaign.
If you are a liberal, but really do not want to go live in a democratic socialist country, then go out and volunteer for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
If you are part of the silent majority and the vision of Donald Trump sitting in the White House, which I’m assuming he’ll change to gold, fires you up, then please reconsider, I am begging you. If you still want to see the White House painted gold then go out and volunteer for his campaign.
If you are a conservative and the fact that Trump is leading every poll, and is most likely to be the nominee, scares you because you think he would cause irreversible damage to the Republican Party, then go out and volunteer for Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio or John Kasich.
If you are a fan of Ben Carson and want to help him to continue his book tour, I guess you could go help him out as well.
The point I’m trying to get across is that there is more to the political process than just casting your vote. Voting is an important right that we all need to use come Election Day, but we can all do more than that.
The Ohio and Illinois primaries are March 15; Michigan’s is March 8 and Pennsylvania’s is April 26. There is plenty of time from now until then to make a difference in this year’s election. And when Election Day does come you can walk out of your voting booth with your head held high, knowing that you did all you could to make a difference.
Now for all you people going south for spring break, have fun and try not to be jealous of us knocking on doors up here in the cold.