As President Trump celebrates year one, Political Science community reflects on his influence

WICHITA FALLS - From the casual observer to those devoting a career to the study of politics, year one of the new administration has certainly been an interesting one; and it may change how people look at the subject for years to come.

For some, studying or discussing politics may not be the most interesting thing to do; but for one of MSU's professors, it's been her life. 

"I was always interested in politics, especially in women's rights and I was very interested in human rights," MSU political science professor, Linda Veazey, Ph. D. said.

Dr. Veazey has been teaching political science for ten years. 
She explained that she stumbled into political science while an undergraduate, fell in love with the topic and the rest is history.

Regarding  history, Dr. Veazey says Donald Trump's long-term legacy is yet to be determined. 
She added, however,  President Trump has shaken things up since taking office.

"(For) those of us who study politics, the pace has been interesting and the use of social media has really changed, I think, politics," Veazey believes.

Just how much has the public focused on politics since President Trump has taken office?
While some students may not agree with the methods, this past year has certainly got their attention.

"The moral and social aspect, I think there could be someone who holds themselves higher," said MSU Political Science major Aaliyah Woertendyke.

And for some, Mr. Trump is not regarded as a typical politician.

"He's destroyed both parties, in a sense," explained Tanner Lucking, another Political Science major at MSU. "And I think that's what we have to do. We have to hit a rock bottom to rebuild ourselves."

Dr. Veazey believes it's hard to judge a presidency by the first year alone. And it's not just about one person.

"Politics are people and institutions together."
    
What lies ahead for politics and people? We'll have to wait and see.

Before year two begins, one of the issues the president's administration faces is a possible government shutdown this week.

Ironically, that could fall one day before his first presidential anniversary.    
 


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