I am a 15-year-old and a conservative, but I am the first to admit that America's young people are overwhelmingly liberal. According to polling by Frank Luntz, a political consultant, 31 percent of Americans between 18 and 26 say that "Bernie Sanders is the major political figure they 'like and respect the most.'" Only 33 percent of them believe that capitalism is the "most compassionate" political system, and 66 percent of them believe that corporate America "embodies everything that is wrong about America."
This shows a disturbing trend toward extremist leftism at the hands of the Americans that will be leading our country in the future to come. What many of them do not realize is that by supporting ideologies like communism and socialism, they are signing their own death warrants. By advocating for far-left politicians, they are endorsing authoritarian efforts to redistribute the wealth of American workers (and their future earnings). By not giving President Donald Trump a chance, they are rejecting an opportunity to fight for their country.
American young people are overwhelmingly selfish. According to a poll by Reason-Rupe, 71 percent of American adults see those aged between 18 and 29 as being selfish. Therefore, I am going to frame the reasons young people should support Donald Trump in a way that appeals to their selfishness.
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First, Donald Trump is fighting for America's future (hint: your future). Under the Trump administration, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is being eliminated, the North Korean threat is being held at bay as a result of global sanctions, and NATO allies are finally making good on their defense commitments. This will result a better future for America's youth: one where they will not have to live under the specter of communism past generation did, or the present-day fear of North Korea and jihad.
Second, Donald Trump is fighting for America's future jobs. He completed negotiations to stop companies from shipping jobs overseas, pulled out of the TransPacific Partnership, is renegotiating the job-killing North American Free Trade Agreement, supports policies that block illegal immigrants from taking American jobs, is instituting regulatory cutbacks that allow for business expansion and has a $1 trillion infrastructure plan in the works. All of these things will ensure that there are jobs for millennials as they grow older and enter the working world.
Third, Donald Trump wants to make the federal government solvent so that there is a future for the United States. Right now, the national debt is $20,000,000,000,000 (yes, that many zeroes), and unless drastic changes are made, it will only grow. Trump wants to cut down on government spending, which would lower the deficit, and cut taxes, which would increase revenues and help to whittle down the debt. This will make it so the United States is not forever beholden to China, which holds $1.102 trillion of our debt, and its other creditors.
Fourth, Donald Trump wants to block enemies of the United States from annihilating us. The president signed a travel ban that blocks individuals from certain Middle Eastern countries (along with North Korea) from entering the United States, which protects Americans from terrorist attacks (like those seen on a regular basis in open-borders Europe). Additionally, Trump seeks for increased vetting on all incoming immigrants. Ultimately, Trump wants to protect us from radical Islam and the North Korean menace, which can take root domestically without proper defenses. As the president said on Twitter, "Making America Safe is my number one priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet."
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Fifth, Donald Trump supports the streamlining of the student loan process. According to Student Debt Relief's website, "Trump wants to consolidate all current repayment plans into a single Income-Based Repayment program (IBR). This would result in students paying 12.5 percent of their income toward their loans each month and receive total loan forgiveness after 15 years. He has made plans to cover increased forgiveness amounts (and the higher cost to taxpayers) due to shorter repayment terms by lowering federal spending accordingly." While not the fairytale "free college" plan proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, Trump's plan is sensible and it will surely help young people suffering from student loan debt.
Sixth, Donald Trump is a role model for American youth. With a $1 million loan from his father (and his father's inheritance, which he collected many years after starting his enterprise), Trump was able to build up the premier real estate business in New York City: the Trump Organization. Since the 1970s, Trump has built many architectural marvels, including the Trump Tower, and amassed a net worth of up to $10 billion. He proceeded to defeat 16 experienced politicians in the GOP primary, ultimately trumping Hillary Clinton by a substantial Electoral College margin (with half of the funding Clinton enjoyed).
Finally, Donald Trump is not the mean old ogre he is made out to be. While the mainstream media push narratives that Trump is hostile to the LGBT community and illegal immigrants, he was the first president to enter the White House supporting gay rights, and he recently released a plan to give DACA enrollees protected status. Supporting Trump is a vote of non-confidence in the media, which push their own agendas at the detriment of America. Plus, Trump is a social media extraordinaire. If that doesn't make tech-hungry young people happy, what does?
If you are a 20-something socialist, please reread this article. Reread it again. Then decide whether or not you want to embrace an ideology that will lead to the demise of our great country (extremist leftism) or the president who is fighting for America's future health and vitality, Donald J. Trump.