Brandon Johnson is currently a Master in Business Administration candidate at ETSU. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the university’s College Republicans – the largest conservative student organization in the State of Tennessee.

A year ago, I would have laughed in your face if you had told me our real choices for November: a failed former Secretary of State who has been plagued with her disastrous handlings of nearly everything she has touched and a billionaire whose main public policy stance centers around building a huge wall.

Let’s face it: Donald Trump is no Ronald Reagan.

Though, somehow, he has gone from a reality TV star to the bizarre candidate that we see today. In a crowded primary election stuffed with all different brands of contenders, Trump emerged the victor. Many are still in shock over his win, and some GOP heads still refuse to support him.

Trump may not perfectly represent the principles of limited government, religious liberty and economic freedom that conservatives hold dear. However, he can inspire those who have felt discarded by the party. And that is valuable.

This candidate, if nothing else, signals that change must come at all levels of the GOP. Establishment Republicans in Washington, D.C., are just as guilty as Democrats for letting government spending blow out of control and for allowing foreign threats to grow stronger. They have done nothing to stop the constitution from slowly being torn apart. The people are tired of all talk, and the outsider that is Donald Trump guarantees action.

Though many conservatives will be holding their nose at the polls, they must realize there is no other option. Regardless of their stance on the nominee, one thing is certain: our country cannot afford four more years of failed liberal policies, and we cannot afford Hillary Clinton.