Tuesday February 2, 2016

Political Activism: Flyers Take New Hampshire

Well everyone, the Iowa caucuses have passed. We have a clear republican winner, and the closest democratic race in the history of the Iowa caucus tradition. The Iowa caucus is the first of many important competitions for the oval office seekers, and with their passing we now transition into primary season. First stop? New Hampshire! There, presidential candidates will battle to win over the hearts and minds of voters. 

Over break, I received an email from the College Republicans club detailing the opportunity to travel to New Hampshire to assist Governor John Kasich’s presidential campaign. Well fair to say, as a political science major, this was a very appealing opportunity. Also, who’d have thought my government professors wouldn’t have a problem with me leaving to work on a presidential campaign? To most, an all expense-paid trip to New Hampshire may not excite many—but to me I couldn’t be more excited. 

One thing idea that we’ve discussed to a great extent in my political science courses is the importance of political participation. We can participate in any number of ways—voting, writing letters to senators, going to New Hampshire to work on political campaigns, etc. However, one of the most important things we can do, in my opinion, is stay informed about the issues. We don’t all have to go knock doors and sit on phone banks to be politically active. Simply reading up on the various candidate’s tax plans, reading the news every morning, and even political debates with friends and family can lead to a better political environment for us all. The more educated we are, the better we can make informed decisions. 

We’re just getting started down this road that will end in 280 days when we as a nation go to the polls to vote for the next president of the United States. Plenty will happen between now and then, so lets be sure to stay as politically active and as informed as we can!

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