Rance Orrell

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2020

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Expected Major: Politics & International Affairs

Hometown: Lexington, NC

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Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: Outsider in the White House by Bernie Sanders

My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: “Rule-following, legal precedence, and political consistency are not more important than right, justice and plain common-sense.” – W.E.B. Du Bois

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are : Bernie Sanders, George McGovern, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Ronald Reagan

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: My biggest takeaway so far from this election season has been its impact on voter participation. Whether it’s someone who feels compelled to become involved out of the fear of a possible Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton presidency or someone such as myself becoming involved due to the allure of one of the more “ideologically pure‚” candidacies of Bernie Sanders or Ted Cruz, this election has certainly generated interest not necessarily seen in past presidential cycles. At the start of this election cycle I was a libertarian-leaning 17 year old who felt overlooked and undervalued by our political system. I have since found my place in American politics through the candidacy of Bernie Sanders. That’s what is so remarkable about this unconventional election cycle. Whether through fear, inspiration, or a combination of the two, it has offered a reinvestment into those who have recently felt politically undervalued and overlooked.

Blog Posts

Taken By Surprise

  The 2016 Presidential Election has been anything but ordinary. Before this rodeo started, a vast number of political experts expected a basic and boring general election face-off between two establishment politicians with familiar names, Hillary Clinton and Jeb...

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Clinton’s Birtherism

When Chelsea Clinton came to campus in September I had the opportunity to ask her whether or not she feared that her mother’s historic election as the first female president might face a campaign of delegitimization similar to that of the birtherism that followed...

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