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Liberal Fascism

Liberalism is a movement that flourished in the 19th century, spurred on by the success of the American and French revolutions. The premise was fairly simple, people wanted to be treated equally in all things and they wanted the government to impose its will on their everyday lives as minimally as possible. That meant freedom […]

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Obama’s Indiscretion

The president, much like a king, is given certain liberties that regular citizens are not. He is also restricted in ways that we are not. With sweeping executive powers giving him the ability to modify legislature at a whim, the president is expected to act more judiciously than a lay person. He is also unable […]

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Quick to Judge

As a general rule, the first six months are a good gauge of how active a president intends to be. It’s a long enough time for them to have followed through on a few campaign promises and it gives the new Commander-in-Chief time to acclimate to his shiny new digs. Donald Trump has been president […]

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A Time For Change

This election was possibly the most polarizing in modern American history. In every election, it becomes relatively commonplace for people to become incensed and irrational, but during this season even the candidates were not immune to falling prey to their emotions. Each rally and debate was marked by heated confrontations between Democrats and Republicans and […]

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A History of Underdogs

America is rarely viewed as a country of underdogs because of our respected position in the world. We are world leaders industrially, academically, and in terms of military might and we value power so much that – it is true – we often elect leaders who’s only resume is a great family legacy. This theme […]

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The Headlines

There are three words thrown around a lot in close races like this, especially when people start talking about “spoiler candidates”. Those words are “two-party system”. The majority of our country believes that there are only two functional parties in our country – and for the most part they’re right. But the heart of the […]

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The Truth About the Economy

Let’s face it, folks. Despite the miserable, uneasy atmosphere cast on our country by this election – there has never been a better time to be an American. We have nearly universal healthcare, although it is an imperfect system that could use some tweaks to ensure better coverage and lower mandatory costs. We live in […]

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What Happened to the American Dream

The founding fathers pictured a very different America. When the constitution was signed the vision was of a minimalist government that would allow its people maximum freedom. Somewhere along the road of progress we have lost our way. The general happiness of American citizens is at an all-time low but there are those alive today […]

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A Corrupt System

Throughout history there have been various instances of electoral manipulations both outright and speculative, and our nation has had its own share (many within recent history – 2000, 2004, etc.). These are commonplace in democracies but, unfortunately, there is no way to ensure a perfect system. What we can do is demonstrate the known flaws […]

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The Real Issues

Despite what this election may have some people thinking, illegal immigration is not one of our nation’s biggest problems. The new leader of the first world will also have to deal with major foreign affairs issues, an economy that is very much tilted (both domestically and internationally), not to mention the various ethical crisis facing […]

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The Reality of Russia

We often talk about how important this election is in terms of dangerous candidates but there is more to it than a few frightening ideologies. Even more important than their personal philosophies is their ability to interface with our allies and our enemies. Right now there are several enormous figures looming over the United States […]

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Make the Responsible Choice

Because this election is so polarizing and potentially vital to the future of our country, it is important that every single one of us participates in a meaningful way. Every person who doesn’t vote, or casts their vote for a candidate they don’t really believe in, is a person who is contributing to the downfall […]

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An Important Election

Selecting a new president is a huge decision but, depending on the atmosphere of world politics, it can also be a vitally important one. The President of the United States is a figurehead, not just for America, but for the entire Western world. In dire times, the first world looks to us for guidance and […]

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A Clean Bill of Health

  When it comes time to make the decision of who to cast your ballot for, there are a plethora of factors to consider. For most of us, this boils down to three primary variables: -          The person; is the candidate likeable? When they speak in public, do they seem reasonable and honest? Are they […]

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Once, We Went to the Moon

The United States has ever been a beacon of strength, resolve, and determination. We are the guiding light of the developing world and we gained that reputation through our incredible military might, our world leading academic minds, and our drive for perfection. When Kennedy made his famous speech in September of ’62 he challenged us […]

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Do Your Research – Choose the Credible Candidate

A quick google search defines “credibility” as: 1. The quality of being trusted and believed in. 2. The quality of being convincing or believable. A great presidential candidate has to have a firm understanding of politics, education, economics, and (as we’ve discussed) military strategies, but they also need to be credible. Most campaigns are spectacles […]

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The Perplexing Problems of the Panama Papers

Recently, twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms, as well as every major news outlet have been focused on the recent groundbreaking revelations brought to light in the Panama Papers. The information leaked by the previously unheard of Panamanian law firm, Mossack Fonseca, have shaken world politics to the core. From the implication of British […]

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Don’t Check the Boxes

For as long as any of us can remember, the American political climate has been dominated by two parties. Democrats and Republicans have been around for more than one hundred fifty years, constantly shifting and changing their platforms, and any party that isn’t annexed, is quickly beaten into submission. Whenever a candidate has a real […]

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Strength of Character

The president of the United States of America needs to have numerous, and specific qualities to govern efficiently. The other candidates present some aspects of a strong leader but they lack the character required to make their mark as Commander-in-Chief. While each of them has demonstrated themselves to be capable campaigners, debaters, and fundraisers, none […]

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War on Terror: Harder on Civilians

Since that tragic day in September of 2011, Americans have lived, at first reasonably, in fear. Since the 9/11 attacks, we have made massive expenditures as a country to fight an expensive war on terrorism. When it started, the Bush administration told us to be patient, that we would beat this new threat and that […]

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The Cost of Our Economy

The federal government likes to pat itself on the back for the “improving” economy. The Democrats in the White House and the Republicans in Congress will argue about who can take credit for it, but both parties agree that the economy is getting better and better. And who knows, from their points of view, they […]

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Paying Our Fair Share

According to the rulebooks, America has a progressive tax system. The way things are supposed to work is that all of us pay to fund our government in proportion to our ability to pay. Wealthy people and corporations, who have more ability to pay and who have benefitted the most from America’s policies and economy […]

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We Need Immigration

It’s no secret that the American immigration system is broken. Millions of immigrants pour into the United States every year, many of them undocumented. These undocumented immigrants undercut Americans who are looking for jobs because of the unscrupulous businesses who pay them less than minimum wage, knowing that undocumented workers cannot complain to the authorities […]

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The 1% and Education

In a blog post last week, I linked to an article in the Washington Post called “Teacher: Why ‘I just can’t work in public education anymore’.” In this article, which was shared widely online last week, a former public school teacher details the reasons that she feels she can no longer work in public education. […]

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The Problem with Scott Walker

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker announced his intention to run for President of the United States earlier this week. Governor Walker is a hero of many conservatives, and has been incredibly successful in Wisconsin, winning three elections including a recall attempt (making him the first governor in American history to survive a recall election). The son […]

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Politically Correct

Once upon a time in America, we celebrated differences in political thought. Our nation was born in a Constitutional Convention that lasted months and was characterized by heated debates between men of all political stripes. At the Constitutional Convention, the stakes could not have been higher – they were arguing over the fundamental makeup of […]

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Clinton’s Cribbing

Since she launched her presidential campaign a few weeks ago, Hillary Clinton has been trying to depict herself as a populist, fighting for the little guy. She has described herself as a “champion,” saying that she is going to fight for the rights of everyday Americans against the corporate interests of Wall Street. However, Hillary […]

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Sgt. Tahmooressi

On October 1, 2014, the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, held a press conference on the subject of problems in the quality of medical care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. During this press conference, the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary Bob Work acknowledged that there are many problems with the medical […]

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Ebola in America

There are few people in America today who are unaware of the Ebola epidemic currently raging in West Africa. We are now in the midst of the most serious outbreak of this incredibly deadly disease since it was originally discovered in the late 1970s. In Liberia alone, over 2,000 people have died up to this […]

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EPA Regulations

This year, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed sweeping changes to the rules that dictate how farmers need to care for the water on their land. These rules are an amendment to the Clean Water Act, an important piece of legislation that protects our waterways from industrial pollution. However, recent […]

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Free Speech?

Freedom of speech is one of the most important principles of our democracy – it’s so important that Americans’ right to free speech was enshrined in the very first amendment to our Constitution. However, while the bankers and attorneys running our country have usually been careful to follow the letter of the law, the spirit […]

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Protecting America

There is a standard narrative that politicians deploy any time that our military goes into action somewhere in the world – our military men and women are putting their lives on the line to protect Americans and to preserve our freedom. Now, with our President’s commitment to fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, we are […]

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The ISIS Crisis

On the eve of the 13th anniversary of 9/11, President Barack Obama announced his plan to escalate America’s involvement in the spiraling mess that is the Syrian Civil War and the ISIS offensive in Iraq. The President’s plan is to lead an international coalition of military partners, including several Arab states, to combat the threat […]

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Foreign Aid

Rearrange Priorities: Stop sending foreign aid to our enemies The United States of America spends more money on foreign aid than any other country in the world. Every year, our federal government funnels billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid into governments around the world. This aid is generally used for humanitarian purposes – […]

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Help Wanted: Patriotic Americans

Wanted: A patriotic American devoted to service and excellence As a former member of the United States Air Force, I am used to a life of self-sacrifice and service to my country. Now, as I embark on this new journey with the goal of serving my country in a new way, I need good team […]

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America needs a third party

Americans desperately want change. The voters have been convinced that they must vote for the party that most closely represents their ideas, but both conservative and liberal Americans are losing faith in the Republicans and Democrats. In the last five years there have been mass grassroots political movements on both ends of the political spectrum, […]

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How Wall Street is Destroying America

The first real stock market investing began with investors funding European trade ships to Asia. Trade ships sought investors to offset the risk of a failed trip, and in return the investors would receive a share of the profits. The East India companies formalized the process by issuing stocks that paid dividends on all the […]

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Election and Campaign Finance Reform

It is an unfortunate truth that we live in a country with a government that is for sale to the highest bidder. It has been demonstrated over and over again that the political candidates who spend the most on their campaigns are the most likely winners of their races, and that the greater the difference […]

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Surveillance and Secrecy

Since at least 2001, the National Security Agency, with full approval of both the White House and Congress, has been engaged in massive and continuous surveillance of Americans’ electronic communications. From data about our phone calls, to records of literally everything we do online, the American government has been waging a war of surveillance on […]

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2013 Government Shutdown

In October of 2013, the Republicans and Democrats demonstrated how completely they have failed in their duties as legislators and leaders. Republican Congressmen and women, elected by their fellow citizens to serve our country in the House of Representatives, refused to pass a resolution to fund the United States government unless funding was removed for […]

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Business as Usual

“Business as usual” has failed America. It would be difficult to find an American anywhere who would say that they are happy with the direction the country has taken in the last few decades. It would be nearly impossible to find a citizen of this great nation who would tell you that things are just […]

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Third Party Conspiracy

It is obvious to many Americans that the differences between the Democrats and Republicans are minor, at best. Many of us, throughout the nation, are frustrated and angry with the established parties’ transparent devotion to big business and Wall Street, and would prefer to vote for a third party rather than any candidate put forth […]

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