Yesterday’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia serve as a chilling reminder of our nation’s troubled past, and present. Many of us would like to think that the racism, hate, ignorance, and terror that we saw yesterday should be confined to history books and lecture, but instead, as if the images were ripped from those very same history books, we saw enormous crowds marching with torches ablaze, in what became nothing short of a shameful and violent riot. It cannot be said clearly enough: The actions and words of these white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and whatever other title or ideology of hate that engaged in yesterdays events are despicable, reprehensible, deplorable, and should be viewed as nothing less than among the most putrid and vile filth of humanity.
The Trump Administration has completed its first overseas tour, and as has become common place with the Trump Presidency, it was not without its share of stumbles. The trip has been characterized by a “stone faced” Pope, a now infamous hand shake, a “First Couple” hand swat, a Presidential “push,” and the awkward sneering and body language of world leaders at the G7 Summit. In the aftermath of the trip, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the seemingly central figurehead in European politics, said that they as Europeans “really must take our fate into our own hands” after her many conversations with Trump. Trump’s take on the tour was very different, as it is usual. “Just returned from Europe. Trip was a great success for America. Hard work but big results!” Trump was his typical sullen self, teaming with machismo and ego, but at least according to his Administration the trip was a success.
Just the other night, Marco Rubio gave a moving, and admittedly soapbox, speech on the Senate floor. Among the key points of his speech, he focused primarily on how he believes that “we (the senate and perhaps the country as a whole) are reaching a point in this republic where we are not able to solve the simplest issues because everyone is putting themselves in a corner where everyone hates everybody.” Furthermore, he stated that “what’s at stake here… is not simply “some rule,” but the ability of the most important nation on Earth to debate, in a productive and respectful way, the issues before it.” It is my hope that you, the reader, would be able to identify the reasoning behind why that notion resonates so well with my own line of thinking, and even the primary focus of this site. The irony, however, is that Rubio’s words, while moving, can and should be turned around and applied to the Republican Party itself. Continue reading
Almost two weeks into the Trump Presidency, and already a lot has happened. Of the executive orders from just Trump’s first days in office, the “Muslim ban,” or as it is actually titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” seems to have been the most polarizing. Crowds of protesters have been seen in airports around the country as well as in front of the White House, national news networks are seemingly unable to cover any other topic, and multiple locally elected officials, predominantly in sanctuary cities around the country, have been vocal of their dissatisfaction with the new policy. Continue reading
I cannot think of a time where my interest in politics has ever been so lackluster or lethargic. The nature of this election cycle, with two major party candidates with views both equidistant from that of my own, only served to repel many, including myself, from the political machine. The few times that I did motivate myself to write, I did so with a harsh bent for the political right, and specifically for Donald Trump. I thought to myself; “There is no possible way that this man can win!”
And so, it is beginning to look like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are going to be the nominees for their respective parties. Despite being a conservative, or at least a right leaning individual myself, I think I have made my feelings on Mr. Trump very clear. I have not talked about Clinton, or even Sanders with as much fervor, but I do not see them with much favor either. But, my opinion is merely my own, and alone, my opinion is with little meaning.