Governmental Censorship in the Age of Trump

In 1951, William F. Buckley, Jr. published a book entitled: “God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of ‘Academic Freedom.’”  This work is the first instance of the all too familiar argument that conservative speech is censored on college campuses.  During the 1950s – when capitalism was at its peak, and the social movements of the 1960s had yet to kick off – this accusation was easily dismissed by the American public.  It wasn’t until the late 1970s that Buckley’s persecution complex gained traction in mainstream conservatism. Since then, conservative…

Past, Present, and Future: The Democratic Party from 2016 to 2018

The modern Democratic Party is at a crossroads. The pressures from the outside (the alt-right, Trump, and increasingly uncompromising Republicans) and from the inside (the ideological split between progressives and Clinton-esque establishment liberals) are reaching a critical mass. In order to once again become a successful party at all levels- federal, state, and local- the Democrats must examine their immediate past, their pressing present, and the direct future. The lessons of 2016 and 2017, as well as historic patterns of politics, need to feed directly into 2018. For Democrats, 2016…

Righteousness

Theodore Roosevelt radiated a sense of noblesse oblige in his politics, viewing political calculation solely in terms of “Righteousness.” Righteousness might sound abstract, obscure, perhaps even outdated, to the ear, but to Roosevelt it had a precise definition. To Roosevelt, Righteousness implied that the morally right would conquer the wrong. It was his unshakeable conviction that righteousness would win the day that afforded Roosevelt a supreme confidence in his vision for a great American future. His political vision was simple, and for its simplicity and Righteousness, his vision was appealing.…

The First 100 Days of the War on Media

  Last Saturday, the world acknowledged that it was Donald Trump’s first 100 days as President. While Fox media reports his first 100 Days in a celebratory manner, applause should be reserved for the fact that Trump has managed to avert major geopolitical crises. President Trump chose to celebrate this benchmark of ‘success’ surrounded  by a crowd of sycophantic supporters at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. While Trump revealed that he thought the presidency would be “easier”, he chooses to go back to the people that elected him by throwing…

The Global Gag Rule: An Impediment To Women’s Health

Donald Trump’s recent reinstallation and expansion of the Global Gag Rule intrinsically hurts women on a global scale. Although the Global Gag Rule’s intention is to decrease abortion rates worldwide, it has historically had far vaster implications, including devastating women in impoverished nations. Without a shift in policy implementation, politicians will continue to play politics at the detriment of women in need of reproductive care. Approximately 830 women died every day in 2015 as a result of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. The majority of these deaths took place in…

How the Confirmation Process of Judge Gorsuch is Entirely Political

Following Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court on January 31, a predictably polarizing debate ensued. While the Constitution requires an independent judiciary, judicial appointments, especially to the highest Court in the nation, have become partisan battles. Judge Gorsuch undoubtedly possesses the academic and professional credentials to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Court, yet the history behind this particular vacancy ensures a hostile confirmation process. Considering President Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland this past year was denied any Senate hearings due to Republican obstruction, it is…

All Joking Aside: The SNL Effect

To many Americans, the political field is dull, divisive and plain ugly. For forty-two years, Saturday Night Live (SNL) has transformed the inner workings of politics into something that Americans find relatable, humorous, and ultimately engaging. With its witty and satirical depictions of presidential politics, this season of SNL has thoroughly captured the essence of the 2016 presidential election. It has seen record-shattering viewing figures: A recent skit featured Melissa McCarthy impersonating White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on his first day. Matching Spicer’s stroppy conversational style and donning his…

Is Trump the New Reagan?

America has always been a nation of narratives. From Manifest Destiny to the American Dream, the stories we tell about ourselves have come to define not simply our culture but our politics as well. Since the Jacksonian Revolution, this myth-making, this populist penchant for following a cult of personality, has been a consistent factor in American life, but perhaps never more so than in the past election. Donald Trump has created a personal brand like few presidents in history, using his celebrity status for political ends like no one else…