Millennials joined the Women’s March last Saturday by the thousands, holding signs and mocking our new and duly elected president. As a millennial myself, I am asking other young people to give this new American leader a chance.
Remember, hope and change were promised to us once — and that turned out to be a hollow vow. I believe President Trump is about to give the greatest lesson of all to the rising generation — we millennials — about what true hope and change feels like.
With his choices of Cabinet members to his promise that America will run a tighter ship on both national defense and border security, the future of the country suddenly looks quite bright. I hope my generation will step away from media soundbites and mainstream talking heads and start to recognize and learn for themselves the value of this great country — its precious documents and the rich history it is built upon.
Establishing school choice is a major focus for the new administration.
For too long we have had revisionist history drummed into our minds, and we too often fail to examine any counter-argument — or even question our educators or the source of their information. It may take a generation, but I believe this presidential term will begin the process of bringing back truth in education.
I pray we focus on uniting where we disagree, and work to explain in detail our understanding of an issue rather than simply shout one another down. It is essential that we stand strong on all principles. Should the new president stray from our values, we will explain thoughtfully why that position is not in our favor, and not resort to thoughtless hysteria.
A look at the president’s personal webpage reveals that he plans to not only increase the size of the U.S. Army to 540,000 active soldiers, but also to upgrade and modernize military equipment. This will attract millennials to service. It inspires new recruits who see a new dawn of presidential support and appreciation for those who serve.
These upgrades will give life and power to our military. Among men, only 3 percent of millennials are veterans, compared with 35 percent of the “Silent Generation” (ages 69-86), according to Pew Research. I believe the Trump administration will lead to significant changes in those numbers, if recruits know they will serve under a bold leader.
Under President Trump, we will also witness a revitalization of the job market — and of some of our greatest cities, which now labor with huge pockets of poverty. Currently we are sitting at a 4.9 percent labor unemployment rate according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I would argue that this number does not include those who quit searching for work, bringing the real number closer to 10 percent. With a detailed pro-growth tax plan and a massive scaling back of burdensome regulations, President Trump will free up businesses to allow more opportunity to millennials just entering the workforce.
No matter who is in power, it is up to us millennials to create our own pathways of opportunity through hard work.
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Establishing school choice is a major focus for the new administration. It will enable access to quality education for thousands of children across the country. The crime rate and overall quality of life of those in poorer communities will improve dramatically when education improves. If we want to have healthy families of our own, these things must improve.
No matter who is in power, it is up to us millennials to create our own pathways of opportunity through hard work. That said, our new commander-in-chief has shared throughout his campaign how he will help our generation — from allowing citizens to hold the reins in business, to reinforcing the military with the strongest and brightest we have to offer.
Our generation needs to give President Trump a chance. To pre-judge him is to turn away from the hope and change we all say we want.
Gregg Keniston is 22 and a senior at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He is studying finance and the business of music.