Today I had the chance to sit down with Rebekah Swieringa, a freshman at Regent University studying American Government and Political Science along with journalism. She’s a humorous, incredibly smart and caring young woman who desires to serve in public office in the near future.
Julia: How did you get interested in politics?
Rebekah: To make a long story short, I’ve always had an interest in politics. It wasn’t until high school when I started getting involved and understanding the details and specifics of government. Then God laid on my heart that serving in government is where he wants me to be, and since then my love has simply grown.
Julia: Every person who loves politics has a favorite political figure. Who’s yours?
Rebekah: Without a doubt Ronald Reagan. He has a quote that I really like which is, “Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.” He clearly points out that God is necessary in government and without Him things go crazy which is something I firmly believe.
Julia: What can politicians do to get the vote of millennials?
Rebekah: There are several ways. They need to stop fearing technology and what it will do. It’s not like Siri is going to take over the world or anything like that. Social media is how our generation connects. There’s this gap between millennials and older generations, and if we don’t connect with each other the Republican party is not going to prosper. President Obama has done a great job appealing to younger demographics because he embraces social media.
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