• By Lauren Reeves

Conservative students share their perspectives on the election

*The beliefs in this article do not reflect the beliefs of the Red and Green or Minot State and are written as a form of individual expressions of Peggy Pfeiffer and Alex Willaims to share their personal political beliefs.

As the election draws near, many young people wonder which of the candidates is worth giving their vote to and which one will be likely to represent them the best. There are some Minot State students who say that Trump aligns best with their political views. Sophomore criminal justice major Peggy Pfeiffer, who is a Republican and Conservative, plans to vote for Trump. For Pfeiffer, her beliefs come from her parents encouraging political activism, and she draws from information from sources such as the United States Constitution and the Federalist Papers. As a conservative, Pfeiffer states the biggest misconception is that Conservatives are narrow-minded.

“Many people tend to view conservatives as narrow-minded bigots, but actually the conservative movement strives to protect the liberties of all people,” Pfeiffer said.

Another student who has sided more with Trump this election cycle is senior psychology and criminal justice major Alex Williams. Williams describes himself as an Independent and a Libertarian, as his family has a mixed background of both Conservatives and Liberals, and he feels he falls somewhere in the middle.

“As I got older, personal freedom, autonomy, and privacy became even more important to me which is what helped shape the beliefs I have today,” says Willaims. “I try to do a lot of research before I form an opinion on anything. I look for information in academic journals, textbooks, and the news I look at a media bias chart and choose the channels I listen to from that. I just like to make sure I know all sides to a story before I say anything.”

He does not believe there is a strong enough third-party candidate to represent his beliefs however, and he is not a very big fan of either of the candidates, though he does lean more towards Trump. While Williams does not agree with everything Trump says and does, especially when it came to handling the coronavirus pandemic, he still feels Trump is a better choice than Biden.

“Choosing between Trump and Biden, I would choose Trump,” says Williams. “He’s done okay in office so far and despite whatever he says online, he does have a way with people. I’m not voting for Biden for many reasons including his views on the 2nd amendment, taxes, and healthcare.”

Looking at the candidates, Pfeiffer said that she chose the candidate who she believed was most likely to respect individual freedom.

“I’m looking for candidates who respect individual liberties as founded in the U.S. Constitution,” Pfeiffer says. “I would say that my political beliefs align more with that President Donald Trump. Because he strives to protect the liberties of all people including unborn children. Joe Biden advocates taxpayer funded abortion on demand without restrictions. He also lacks support for freedom of conscience.”

As for important issues, Pfeiffer believes that one of the most important ones is which candidate is equipped for the job as president.

“It comes down to which candidate believes who is best equipped to govern the lives of citizens,” says Pfeiffer. “Should the government be the one that dictates how people live their lives or should citizens be the ones making those decisions.”

Williams believes the coronavirus pandemic and how it was handled by Trump is a big issue to think about in this election.

“Despite my support for Trump, the way he’s handled the pandemic and his administration’s attitude toward it has really made me lose some respect for them,” Williams says. “Other issues I think are important are national security, debt, and the economy.”

In regards to students, Pfeiffer says that students should be more aware of who is governing their lives.

“All students should realize that their time as a student is short,” says Pfeiffer. “Soon they will be tax-paying citizens who will be greatly affected by the policies that are set by the winners of this election. How much do they want the government to dictate what they are allowed to say, how much of their income they can keep, how they spend their income, and how their children are educated?”

For Williams, he states that what’s important is whatever issues are important to students personally and how those issues affect them.

“I personally am concerned about LGBT issues; gay men are still discriminated against when donating blood,” says Williams. “Being a transgender man, I have to think about cost changes related to healthcare. Overall, I have to be aware of people’s attitudes toward the community to determine whether or not I’m safe; transgender people are murdered at an alarming rate, and the suicide rate is high as well, indicating a mental health crisis which is not being addressed because no one wants to offend anyone.”

Pfeiffer also adds that she finds it to be very important that people vote.

“I believe it is important to vote not only in this election but every election because as citizens of America it’s not only our right but our duty to vote. I come from a military family. My father has a permanent disability from wounds he received in combat, the least I can do to show my appreciation for his sacrifice and the sacrifice of so many others throughout history is vote.”

Williams also adds the importance of voting local elections in order to give voice to important issues.

“That is where things are started, and that is where you make the most difference,” says Williams. “While it is important to vote in the primary elections, the cynical idea that one vote doesn’t mean much has some truth. If everyone becomes complacent, then there is no conversation at all and then we make no progress.”

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