Big dreams to make change


By Julian Weiss, Opinions Editor

I’ve got big dreams. Someday, I’m going to run my own Government Agency. It won’t be cynical like everything else in Washington, DC, it will be progressive and have a positive impact on the world. I’ll use my liberal arts education from Gettysburg College to show everyone that passion and compassion have a place in our government! Enough with politics! Politics just leads to gridlock and holds up good ideas. We need change, and I will be that change.

When I was in high school I had passion and conviction. The future was bright and full of possibilities, like my stringy red mustache. Working in DC for a summer put a wrench in that youthful positiveness, but why? Why should we let the old, cranky men in Washington decide our future? We need to take the torch and tell them defiantly: we will not stand for your stagnation!

That is why when I came to college I studied the Middle East with a wonderful mentor. I learned Arabic and the history and culture of the Arabian peoples so that I could change all of our government’s policies in the Middle East. I was accepted into an Eisenhower Institute program to learn more and travel to the region. I studied abroad in Morocco!

“But Julian,” you ask. “Wasn’t your mentor denied tenure, didn’t you quit that EI program, wasn’t your study abroad experience complicated and difficult, and isn’t your Arabic mediocre?” Yes, yes, yes, and we call it “working proficiency.”

Far be it from me to get caught up in the past. We must look to the future: a bright future! A future of positive change in this country. A future without racism, endemic poverty, or senseless killings. Together, we can make this country great again! April fools…

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