In a field of many, we are down to two: Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Donald J. Trump. One of these will become the next President of the United States. As for me, I will choose Hillary Clinton. I value that a presidential candidate demonstrates a history of service and education. I would like to compare the service and educational résumés of the two candidates.
At a young age Hillary Rodham (now Clinton) demonstrated a desire to serve and acquire knowledge needed for public service. As a child she was a member of the Maine East High School National Honor Society. She attended school at Wellesley College where she majored in Political Science. She served as President of Young Republicans (She grew up in a conservative household, and changed political affiliations in college). She was elected President of the Wellesley College Government Association, and organized a strike to recruit more black students and faculty at Wellesley College. At the tender age of 22 Life magazine published an article featuring her for a speech she gave at her commencement in LIFE With Hillary: Portraits of a Wellesley Grad, 1969. She enrolled in Yale Law School and researched health and sanitation issues among migrant workers. She taught at the School of Law at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. In Arkansas she worked to increase the bar for public school teachers and created a program to enhance Pre-K literacy, and for her efforts she was named Arkansas Woman of the Year in 1983. The following year she was named Arkansas Mother of the Year in 1984.
When she became First Lady of the United States she was the first to hold a post-bachelor’s degree, and used her expertise to champion healthcare. Her efforts were the predecessor to the Affordable Care Act. After serving for eight years as one of the most successful First Ladies in United States history, she served as New York Senator, and later as Secretary of State. Since her time as Secretary of State she has created the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Foundation in 2013 which aims to encourage early childhood development and No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project (in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) which studies the educational development of women and girls around the world.
On the other hand, Donald Trump has no history of public service. He serves as the chairman of the Trump Organization, whose purpose is to make him as much money as humanly possible. Trump holds no post-graduate degrees, only a Bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania in Economics. During his time at Wharton he also dodged draft during the Vietnam War. He made a career off bullying, lying, cheating, swindling, and I’ll assume a few honest good deals. He has no experience in government and has not proven at all that he even understands the government or the Constitution of the United States. In short: in his entire career he has not served anyone but himself. How do you expect him to serve the people of the United States?