Crenshaw’s visit brings political discussion to future voters


Jayme Wilkey

Congressman Dan Crenshaw speaks with members of the JROTC prior to speaking with members of the student body on Sept. 6 during flex hour.

Blanca Cantu, Opinions Editor

Not every high school campus gets to experience a sometimes polarizing figure during what is normally their lunch time. Though despite what one’s political views may be, juniors and seniors, many of whom will be voting soon, were able to take time out of their day and listen to a possible future presidential candidate.

As Congressman Dan Crenshaw arrived to give his speech in the auditorium, the JROTC lined up outside to greet him. Once inside Crenshaw took a few photos with them and was introduced to the social action club.

“We want to meet the kids and tell them about public service,” Crenshaw said during his visit.

Most of his speech was far from that. I was expecting to hear all about the many ways we can learn how to give back to our community and so forth, but he kind of just went straight politician and managed to convince many students that he is the one they want to have represent Texas and possibly even the United States.

Of course most of the students that went to hear him were already convinced that he was amazing, but I did hear some who, after only knowing him from his Saturday Night Live appearance, became sure that he was the politician to look out for.

Coach Luke Gorney, the AP Economics and U.S. History teacher as well as assistant soccer coach, told the audience at the very beginning how the speech was not meant to be political and that we should make sure our questions after didn’t contain anything that could turn this into a political debate. It truly didn’t work.

His opening was a climate change joke. Not going to lie, it was sort of funny, but at the same time not really. The only reason it worked out just fine was because he is in Kingwood and we all know the political party most people here tend to align with. Personally, I feel like at this moment joking about things like that, at least in the way that he did, is not the smartest. If you happened to miss it feel free to check his social media where he has said it before, almost word for word.

Don’t get me wrong, he did go and talk briefly about his time as a Navy Seal and how afterward he looked for other types of service, which, as we all know, became politics. Once he got to that it felt like he was trying to gently lead the audience onto his patriotic views; most likely because he knew there were probably small groups of liberal students in the room.

In my opinion, that is the main reason why he managed to get ahold of the audience so well. Anyone who was there knows the chaos incited once people were allowed to take photos with him. There was pushing and people tripping all in order to make it to the stage where he stood patiently. They were enamored with him.

He didn’t start explaining what he thought on gun control, abortion, or climate change, but he did say how he was not one of those politicians to make promises to his people. According to him, politicians who make big promises to the people are only setting them up for failure. He isn’t necessarily wrong, but he expressed this in a way that showed how he was completely sure of himself.

“Don’t believe the false promises government gives you,” Crenshaw said. “When a politician like me comes up and promises a lot of stuff and promises to make you happier be skeptical, and go back to questioning why governments exist in the first place.”

Our generation needs to learn how to listen carefully to politicians and make sure we are not falling for any false promises. At the same time, we need to make sure that if the politicians we are looking up to are making promises that they are promises that are good for us and, even more importantly, good for our society.