Over 50,000 people attended the
Republican National Convention in Cleveland last week. Whether you
are in favor of Donald Trump or Hilary Clinton, we have to give
credit to Cleveland as a city for hosting such a successful
nationwide event. My experience at the RNC stems not from following
politics, but rather attending an event hosted in the city where I
grew up. I haven't been in Cleveland in months, so when I stepped in
for the first time in half a year, I was very pleased to see many
people out and about and how the city literally lit up with
renovation and new shape.
I am nota political person, so attending an event like the RNC was
a completely new experience. I had read news articles and listened
to most of the top speeches given at the convention, especially
those of the Trump family. Combining good television with politics
made the event even more intriguing. While some people can agree to
disagree on Trump's political views, you can't help but to listen.
The same can be said of Hillary; she's married to a past president
who had a major scandal during his time in office!
One of the most fascinating statements during the convention came
from Ivanka Trump, who said “Like many of my fellow millenials, I do
not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat. More than
party affiliation, I vote on based on what I believe is right, for
my family and for my country.”
This statement was particularly striking as people are often
stereotyped, but Ivanka bravely noted that she makes her decisions
based upon what is best for her family and her country, and not
partisan politics. While Ivanka was speaking for her generation,
interestingly, I found a number of older convention goers who
reflected her views on this topic.
There is an old saying that “all politics are local” and you can’t
get more local than the needs and interests of your own family.
America is certainly a diverse family, and just like your own
family, there are bound to be disagreements. The president as a
leader has a formidable task: to soothe tensions, but ultimately to
have the safety and security of the entire family at heart. At the
end of the day, like Ivanka, many voters will search their minds and
hearts and vote based upon their view of what they believe is best
for family and country.