John Kasich Talk Commentary-Prescott Breitling

The other day my friend and I sat down for lunch after not seeing each other for months and caught up. We shared stories from college and told each other how our classes were going but it did not take long until we reached the topics of our usual discussions: art, culture, society, and politics. While my friend and I do not share very many similar political viewpoints, we do share a sense of realistic cynicism about American politics at large. As we touched upon the upcoming Democratic primary, my friend reminded me that many of the candidates did not begin a candidacy for the sole reason of becoming President of the United States. Some want to emphasize a certain issue; some want a position in another candidate’s cabinet if said candidate were to become elected, and some just want the recognition that comes with running for president. Recognition can get you television spots, speaking gigs, and book deals or in the case of John Kasich and many of his other 2016 election veterans, all of the above. Now I am uncertain of Kasich’s motivations when coming to Davidson in November but his 40,000 dollar price tag is not doing him any favors. To me, his opening speech was not very impressive. It hit a point that I had heard a million times over, that change starts from the bottom up and little good things you do help create a better society. It’s a nice sentiment, but it’s not something that I would pay 40,000 dollars to hear from a politician. The panel sparked my interest more but it slowly lost it as Kasich kept trying to force his accomplishments as Ohio governor on the audience, who probably knew so little about his governance that they had no choice as to accept that what he was claiming was true. The only part of the panel that actually stuck with me was Professor Bailey’s comment about the open wound that the election of Donald Trump will leave with minority communities. I was hoping that idea would have been explored more, but I expected too much from a panel with a politician on it.

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