Robert Bork’s Warning to America Realized

In the twilight of his presidency, Ronald Reagan moved to make one final touch on his legacy by nominating federal appellate court Judge Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. Bork, a legal titan of his day, was the modern father of judicial restraint inspiring the likes of Antonin Scalia, Clearance Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch. Judge Bork was in a class of his own with masterful writing on many controversial rulings. Sadly, his copious amounts of writing proved to be his downfall as Senators Ted Kennedy and Joe Biden led a…

The Opioid and Heroin Crisis: A Year Later and Many Remain Forgotten

A year ago, voters were promised revolutionary changes and a shake-up of the status quo. At the receiving end of this promise was a class of Americans who felt they had been left behind; it seemed the economy didn’t have room for them and the government no longer cared. This hopelessness was particularly acute in addiction-ravaged industrial and manufacturing towns across the country. Drug deaths around the country were rising at extraordinary levels. In 2016 alone, 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses and over two million more were dependent on…

The Problem with Politicized Investigations

Washington, D.C. is a place full of cutthroat practices, naked greed, and murky coverups practiced by both sides of the aisle. One doesn’t have to look far to see evidence of such a culture. Today, the American people are faced with a number of potential scandals in our political class. Opinions of these scandals range from partisan witch hunts to genuine concern depending on who one talks to and where they reside on the political spectrum. These investigations, and those who carry them out, have been increasingly used as partisan…

The Party of Trump

On July 19, 2016 presumptive Republican nominee Donald J. Trump seized control of the Grand Old Party. His fringe populism was expected to dictate the party’s ebb and flow for the remainder of the general election, but the party’s long-term destiny would still be in the hands of the Republican establishment. Although wary of a Trumpian overthrow, the logic within the establishment class went something like this: give Trump his desired treasure, reign in his frivolities, and puppeteer him as a vehicle for driving a conservative agenda. Trump won his…

My Take on Roger Stone

If my only exposure to American politics was through the hyper-politicized society of New York City, and I assumed the rest of the nation was just like it, I would come to the conclusion that the country is a sort of pseudo-socialist state, where anyone slightly right of center, let alone Donald Trump, could never become president. However, that isn’t the reality we face as a nation. Pseudo-socialistic political culture represents the two coastal bubbles that liberal America lives in, but the big stickler is the near 3,000 miles and…

A Conversation with Roger Stone: An Assessment of his Legacy

Managing editor Marisa Gomez sat down with Roger Stone, after his talk at Fordham University, to discuss his political legacy, past controversies, and the future of politics in the U.S. Marisa: Gomez: You’ve been involved in politics for almost 45 years now, correct? Roger Stone: Yes. Marisa: Why did you begin to participate in politics and why was it important to you? Roger: Well, I originally wanted to be an actor and then I figured out that politics was show business for ugly people. It has a lot of the same…

Conservative Provocation and the Assault on Free Speech

Free speech is a cornerstone of our democracy, and a college education must herald free speech by exposing students to new ideas that challenge their own convictions. A few weeks ago, a “Free Speech Week” was cancelled at Berkley University amidst logistical confusion. The event, organized by a young Conservative student group, was headlined by conservative provocateurs Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, and Steve Bannon. Despite the event falling apart, protests ensued, highlighting the polarization of political views on campus and a burgeoning movement against provocation disguised as free speech.    …

The Politicizing Effects of Campaign Finance on State Judicial Elections

After the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, a great amount of controversy was generated by Republicans and Democrats, each seeking to appoint a justice who would readily make decisions attuned to the specific party. Hoping to position an agreeable judge prior to the presidential inauguration, President Barack Obama nominated federal circuit court judge Merrick Garland. With fierce opposition from Senate Republicans such as Sen. Grassley (R-IA), who sits on the Senate judiciary committee responsible for overseeing federal judicial appointments, Scalia’s seat remained vacant for the rest of Obama’s…