Why True Conservatives Should Never Be “Never Trump”

The late, great William F. Buckley, founder of the National Review, once advised his fellow conservatives that when deciding on the next president, they should choose the “most right, viable candidate who could win.” Those words – originally spoken in 1967 – are especially fitting for 2016, given how much is at stake this election cycle, and moreover, the relative unorthodox nature of the populist-conservatism Donald Trump has brought to the ticket. Though I understand many conservatives have been turned off by his rhetoric, Trump has sworn to rollback the…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Recapping the First Presidential Debate

On Monday night, the first presidential debate took place a stone’s throw away from Fordham at Hofstra University. The 90-minute debate gave only a glimpse into each candidate’s policies, but nevertheless revealed each of their important strengths and drawbacks, which will receive more intense scrutiny as the election draws nearer. Donald J. Trump The Good Trump managed to steer clear of his numerable controversial statements about Mexicans, Muslims, and women. Even though he was asked several pointed questions that could have led him down this road, such as a reference…

What Trump Should Do After Monday’s Debate

Monday’s first presidential debate, seen by close to one hundred million people, pitted Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton together for the first time. While many post-debate polls — such as this widely cited one by CNN — have crowned Clinton the winner, it by no means was a resounding victory, if one at all. Going forward, Trump can glean a lot from his performance and work to avoid the same traps that beleaguered him on Monday. Trump’s primary fault was his inability to reframe many of the debate questions in his…

Making America Break Again: Islamophobia and Democracy

In his 1933 inauguration address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set the foundation for American resiliency when he said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” Admittedly, the 1930s were an era of heightened racial tensions, racial targeting, and severe violence, and in the time between FDR and Barack Obama’s current terms, our nation has taken great strides in securing internal inclusiveness and justice through the promotion of civil rights and American freedoms. Yet,…

Reflections on Race, Education, and Economic Equality: A Conversation with Dr. Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West, professor emeritus of Princeton University and author of over 30 books, is one of the most prolific political activists in the African American community today. An advocate for social justice, the labor movement, and bridging the achievement gap, he is an outspoken advocate for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign. Dr. West sat down with junior editor Matthew J. Santucci after giving a talk at Fordham University with Adolph Reed Jr. about the state of higher education, race relations, and the 2016 presidential election. So first I would…

Republicans, Scalia, Garland, and the Future of the Supreme Court

Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death on Feb. 13 has significantly altered the landscape of the 2016 presidential election, leading the remaining candidates of both political parties to zealously praise or condemn our outgoing president’s handling of the matter. As with any issue in today’s hyper polarized political climate, many leading Republican figures contested the president’s constitutional duty – including presidential candidates and current senators, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, alongside senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who have repeatedly vowed to strike down any Obama judicial appointment that comes his way prior…

What 2016 Could Mean for the Climate

In this historic presidential primary race that has so far been characterized by chaotic rallies, a disjointed GOP, and a real estate mogul turned Republican frontrunner, media outlets have enjoyed an abundance of issue-pertinent and drama-filled footage. Over the past few months, the country has watched primary candidates debate headline issues such as minimum wage and immigration, but one issue has been largely absent from the candidates’ campaigns. After a close second-place finish at the first caucus in Iowa, Bernie Sanders stated in his speech: “The debate is over: Climate…

Discriminatory Rhetoric Poses a Threat to Democracy

Not too long ago, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy S. Moore, ruled that “Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage licenses” to same-sex couples. Former Republican presidential candidate and senator Rick Santorum suggested that allowing gay marriage to become legalized would lead to the legalization of polygamy and other forms of marriage. Presidential candidate Ben Carson told the press that it would not be smart for a gay couple to go to Christian bakeries “because they might put poison in that…