“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?”
These were the much-maligned words of controversial 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump, addressing fellow candidate Carly Fiorina’s appearance. While most voters assume that the intentions of Mr. Trump’s comments are ill, as a perpetual optimist I look at his comments in a different way. When I look at Carly Fiorina’s face, I see a fearless fighter and strong standard-bearer; the face of a more robust and flourishing America.
In this new year, such a crucial year for the Republican Party to take back the White House, I believe that not only do we need a candidate that will stand for our conservative principles, we need a true leader– someone who will consistently execute, delegate, and implement policies that reflect these principles. This is why I have put so much trust in Fiorina. Whether she’s in a red state, blue state, California or the Carolinas, she has been remarkably undeviating on every issue on her platform. I have had the privilege to listen to her story and platform in person many times, and regardless of location or time, her depth of knowledge and candor have never failed to impress me.
Perhaps most importantly, however, Carly Fiorina has the best vision to ensure a better future for our American youth.
As a young Republican who will have the opportunity to vote for the first time, she speaks to the issues that I know will affect the millennial generation the most, such as rolling back increasingly intrusive regulations that are crushing businesses, enacting zero-based budgeting to limit superfluous spending, downsizing a constricting 73,000 page tax code to about three pages (such a plan has already been published by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution), and combating the colossal burden of my generation, known as student debt. Carly has most effectively attacked these issues and explained them in a way that we can all understand. She has also been the biggest advocate of a citizen government, and has actually brought up plans to bring citizen pressure on Congress with our own smartphones. Her knowledge and adeptness with technology, as evidenced through these creative ideas, is yet another asset that appeals to us as millennials.
Furthermore, I also believe that in such a time of uncertainty, ambivalence, and tension in American politics, we need a leader who’s been battle-tested. The fact of the matter is that no one has been tested more, both professionally and personally, than Carly Fiorina. During her business career, Fiorina has been told “no” over and over again, while also being called “every b-word in the book”. She also faced more than her fair share of personal hardships- she and her husband tragically had to bury their daughter due to the demons of addiction, and she was burdened with fighting a severe form of breast cancer. Yet, through all of her trials and tribulations, she has never backed down from a fight, and has emerged stronger and more resolute than ever.
Carly Fiorina is right: we have reached a pivotal point in our nation’s history; a chance to unshackle ourselves from the entanglements of the status quo. Fellow Americans, it’s time to elect a leader that can influence and enforce change within our government.
To this day, I still remember a small town hall I attended in Corning, Iowa, where I really got to understand the emboldening power of her message. She looked us unwaveringly in the eyes, and stated, “Margaret Thatcher once said, ‘I am not content to manage the decline of a great nation’ – neither am I.” Later, she continued, “Let us ensure that this nation, in this, the 21st century, is a nation in which every person knows they can choose a life of dignity, purpose, and meaning. Let us together aim high and encourage every boy – and every girl – to do the same.” At that point, I decided that Carly Fiorina was the best candidate to be our next”Iron Lady” to restore the prosperity and character of our nation.
The truth is we need more success stories like Carly’s, and we need an executive that will pave the way with opportunities for our next generation to be able to claim more triumphs than those before them. Therefore, it is my greatest hope that Carly Fiorina, a lionhearted leader and conservative champion, will be able to do just that and restore the prosperity and character of our nation.