Kasich Commentary Emily Evans

I attended John Kasich’s talk the other night. I was not surprised to hear his mention of “traditional family values” within the first five minutes of his speech, and I did not know exactly how that related to much of his talk. He talked about his early life, particularly in college, and about activism on lower levels in one’s daily life, and how we should all envision being in each other’s shoes. Although it was interesting, it had the tone of “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” and failed to address many systemic issues that prevent bottom-up activism; he did not discuss many of the legislative aspects of activism and their importance in making change. Later on in the talk, he mentioned “fixing race problems” in Ohio, which I was also slightly confused by, as he kept repeating this phrase but did not mention any specific measures he took to fight discrimination.

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