In One Weekend, Trump Shows Why He is Unqualified for the Presidency

Some people like the idea of a Trump residency – an outsider, a businessman, a man willing to speak his mind with no concern for political repercussions. Some even argue that he has strengthened democracy by bringing a politically disenfranchised demographic, his “silent majority,” back into the political mainstream. But while certain people like the idea of Trump, it seems difficult to like Trump the person. While speaking his mind, he riles up crowds with racist undertones, and he grossly debases women. As a political outsider, he fights to create…

Un-American and Unclear: What Exactly Does it Mean to be Un-American?

It has been used on late night talk-shows. It has been used in newspapers. It has been used at political rallies. It has been used in Congress. It has been used on numerous occasions throughout American history but perhaps never fully understood. The mid-twentieth century lays claim to the height of word’s popularity, but “un-American” seems to have found a resurgence in American political discourse in recent months. We are apparently experiencing a very un-American moment in history—whatever that means. The 2016 presidential campaign appears to be responsible for the…

The Power of Social Media in the 2016 Election

Early on in the race, it became clear that the buzz a candidate was generating on social media would be an important factor in their success. More people than ever use sites and apps such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr to learn about the issues and engage in political discourse. Although the Internet and social networking have been growing in importance in the twenty-first century, this is the first election where new media is overtaking traditional forms. With any candidate instantly able to reach millions online, party outsider candidates with…

America’s Collective Action Problem

Globalization has given us the potential to live more productive, prosperous, and socially connected lives — or has it? * * * The breakdown of Washington’s establishment has presented itself as a major theme this election cycle, weaving through the populist rhetoric espoused on the campaign trail by Democratic and Republican candidates alike. These candidates, specifically Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders, have successfully tapped into an anger in the collective psyche of the American public — an anger directed towards political dysfunction on Capitol Hill, the spin of news…

Trump Can Save Republicans from Getting Trumped in November

Given the current state and controversy within the GOP, I write as a concerned member of the Republican Party. More importantly, I write as a citizen concerned about the fate of this nation. Although a Trump supporter, I hope to separate myself from the bias that comes with this support and write on the circumstances that have allowed Donald Trump to redefine conservatism in the 2016 primary elections. Appealing to some and horrifying to others, Trump has used the American people’s distrust of the current political system to tactfully position…