MY LIBERAL VIEWS WERE TRUMPED BY LOGIC & REASONING
By: Clinton Rusthoven
I’m just an American who has always wanted the American dream from an early age. Growing up in Vista, California, I had conservative parents, but I wasn’t always conservative in my own thoughts. Vista, California is a town with about eighty thousand residents, and is very diverse. My father owns a security systems business in Northern San Diego, and he always told me that I could be anything that I wanted to be as long as I work hard. When I was born, I was born with a rare genetic syndrome, so I had a tough time fitting into the crowd in school, but I overcame the obstacles. Being a skinny, more feminine male, wasn’t easy. Also, at sixteen, I came out as gay to my parents. My parents did not turn me away, and they accepted me with love. It was June of 2001 when I graduated from a blue ribbon high school called Rancho Buena Vista High School. During my senior year of high school, I worked diligently to get into college. The college I chose was the University of Nevada, Las Vegas because of the glitz and glamour of the city, and for the reason that one pair of grandparents lived there at the time. The desert sunsets and sunrises appeal to me very much. In my first year at UNLV, 9/11 happened to all of us in this great country and it turned our world upside down. Typically I’m very liberal socially, but conservative on other issues such as immigration and our borders. Being from San Diego, California, I frowned at the idea of making our citizens bi-lingual just to be able to gain employment. My thought was that if you want citizens to be bi-lingual, then you MUST teach the foreign language from the time the child is in elementary school, not just two years in high school. Nevertheless, I did not finish college due to the un-affordability of it, but did gain 110 college credits in the area of social work. I went to work for a huge jewelry corporation for one year after my college years, but then decided to become a substitute teacher in Las Vegas for three years because I knew I would have fun with the job. From there, the heat of Vegas became too much so I moved to Montana.
On the whole, I’m a pretty liberal person when it comes to what people want to do in their private lives. Twenty-one months before November 8th, 2016, I knew I wanted Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic nomination because he was tackling economic inequality in the United States. At that time, I was living in a homeless shelter in Missoula, Montana, so this really perked up my ears. Bernie Sanders was new blood on the scene for President…and I wanted him to get in! But after a few months of watching the different candidates for President speak, Donald Trump really began to appeal to me as well. Donald is forthright in his speeches about the American ways and dreams, plus about Americans remaining practical about our current economic situation. For example, Bernie Sanders wanted more social programs, but the United States is already nineteen trillion in debt and climbing. Donald Trump kept speaking about how we could bring jobs back to help our people and economy, plus he spoke about bringing law and order back to our borders. Knowing that Americans don’t do well when they sit idle at home on welfare, I had to re-think my candidate choice, but this did not happen until Hillary Clinton received the Democratic nomination. Hillary Clinton was never a choice for me because I did not feel a political dynasty would be good for the United States. Plus, the Clinton’s had been too divisive for the United States when they were residing in the White House. And please don’t get me started on all the other controversies of the Clinton’s; it will confuse and anger me. More and more I figured out by listening to Trump’s speeches that he had people from the whole spectrum listening in and supporting him. I’ll never forget when Trump invited Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce, to use his bathroom at Trump Towers in New York City, and Caitlyn Jenner did just that! I saw the video that Caitlyn Jenner put on Facebook showing herself using a Trump Tower restroom to show the world that Trump was truly for all Americans. Also, many in the black communities, around this great nation, came out in support for Trump and his American ways. ‘Diamond and Silk’ are the two women, who just happen to be African American, which I came across on Facebook that want a Trump presidency just as much as the rest of us. Most Americans have known about Mr. Trump for many years. We can trust his familiar face, and we rarely have seen him in the news for anything criminal. If all the Democrats have on Trump is his blunt words, and sometimes crude comments from the past, then I’ll stick with our man Trump. Most Americans have been hurting financially, and most of us know that Trump is worth around three billion dollars. One does not gain that kind of money without knowing the free market system. And right now, we need a president that can fix our free market system that we all remember and know we’re supposed to have. May God bless you all, and remember, America is about freedom of speech…let’s never forget this fact! If your liberal friends are speaking to you, even if you don’t agree, just listen attentively, then respond in a calm manner about why Mr. Trump’s presidency will trump a Clinton presidency. Thank you for your time.