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 Future of Corporate Leadership is Female

Over the past month, revelations of sexual harassment and abuse have filled our newsfeeds day by day. It all began with the bombshell New York Times story exposing entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual assault, including the rape of actress Rose McGowan. Allegations of sexual harassment took down former ABC News political director and popular political journalist Mark Halperin, NPR head news official Michael Oreskes, Vox Media editorial director Lockhart Steele, and Amazon Studios executive Roy Price among a multitude of others. The unprecedented purge of men in leadership…

The Social Costs of Income Inequality

Income inequality has remained a consistent part of recent public debate, manifesting in the problems surrounding wage stagnation and a trapped lower class of America’s “growing” economy. Despite historic job-growth numbers during Barack Obama’s presidency, critics correctly cited a lack of wage growth for bottom line workers. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) thrust the issue to the forefront during the 2016 presidential campaign. While the issue garnered a high level of attention, few practical proposals have been offered to combat the problem. Stagnating wages for the bottom half of America’s economy,…

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 Other Voice of Gender Equality

Unlike the color pink of breast cancer awareness, the official color of prostate cancer awareness remains an indistinguishable hue hidden within the other colors of our everyday routines. There exists No-Shave November, but many people believe that its funds are donated solely to men’s health initiatives. No-Shave November’s fundraising goal actually extends to all cancers—not just men’s health research. Where does this leave prostate cancer awareness? It’s left to be overlooked within No-Shave November’s general cancer fund. Up until this past summer, I had been a lifelong feminist. It wasn’t…

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…

The Francis Effect and the Fight Over Catholic Identity

  It’s a familiar scene: a “radical” speaker is invited to a college campus, until the skittish university decides to rescind the offer to avoid controversy. The twist? The radical figure here is a Jesuit priest, Father James Martin, and the university was Catholic University. Father Martin was scheduled to speak at Catholic University’s seminary Theological College, on September 15, when the seminary decided to cancel his appearance.  In an official statement the following day, Catholic University expressed disappointment that Father Martin had been uninvited. Nonetheless, the offer was rescinded,…

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…