Archive for ‘National’

August 13, 2017

Trumps America: The Charlottesville Horror

TRUMP IS A DUMPOn August 11th, 2017, hundreds of white supremacists rallied together in the collegetown of Charlottesville, Virginia in order to spread fear, hatred, and bigotry amongst the people of the town. For the “alt-right” white supremacists, this was a rally against the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. With lit torches in hand, the protesters also meant to strike a message to anyone not of their race and ideology, showing that they were rallying to take back America for themselves.

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August 12, 2017

Democracy Might Be Dead in 2020

ballot-1294935_640As President Trump continues to shock the American people in every waking minute, a new controversial poll broke out this week and, this time, it didn’t come out of Trump’s mouth. The Washington Post recently conducted a poll that asked American citizens if they were to support or oppose a proposal from Trump himself asking for a postponement in the 2020 presidential election that until the country can make sure that only eligible Americans can voice. The results are quite shocking as 52 percent of Republicans say they would support the move. Although some Americans may like the idea of postponement, I am highly against it as it goes against the US Constitution and goes against almost every American moral we stand by. The election may be three years away from us, but there should not be a postponement of any kind to the 2020 presidential election as the democratic process will be destroyed in the making in order to keep Trump’s title of the “leader of the free world.”

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August 12, 2017

White officer fatally shoots innocent black youth (what’s new)

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Let’s face it: the police are not America’s favorite people to be aroung. And if you are a minority, you may even leave being racially profiled or even shot. On July 25, 16-year old Aries Clark, was fatally shot by two police officers. The officers that shot and killed Clark were found not guilty on Wednesday, August 9. Unfortunately, this did not make any sort of headline news.

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August 9, 2017

Addressing Both Aspects of the Opioid Epidemic

depression-824998_640If there is one thing that every human has in common, it is the fact that we can all feel pain. Recovering from a surgery or getting injured could inflict chronic pain, and when the pain gets unbearable, many people turn to opioid drugs. Opioid drugs, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, are meant to treat moderate to severe pain. But with the rise of opioid addiction and abuse in the United States, are these drugs doing us more harm than good?

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August 9, 2017

Michelle Carter Conviction: Can Words Kill?

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On July 13, 2014, Conrad Roy was found dead in a Kmart parking lot. Roy had committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. However, after further investigation police found thousands of messages between Roy and his girlfriend, Michelle Carter, discussing suicide plans. In a text days before Roy’s suicide Carter wrote, “I still don’t think you want to do this so you’ll have to prove me wrong…Hang yourself, jump off a building, stab yourself. I don’t know. There’s lots of ways.” Not only were they discussing suicide, but Carter was goading Roy into killing himself which prosecutors focused on.

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August 9, 2017

Trump tweets to target transgenders

people-2575608_640Has tweeting replaced the lawmaking process in the United States? President Donald Trump seems to think so. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted his thoughts about transgender people who serve in the military. He shocked the social media world with his want to stop people who identify as transgender from serving in the U.S military. One of his tweets from his chain of tweets read “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” He also mentioned that he had consulted with his Generals and military experts before making this decision. This tweet surprised the public, but it was actually in response to a current debate on Capitol Hill of whether or not taxpayer money should pay for gender transition and hormone therapy.

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August 9, 2017

The Wall That Could Kill All

industry-1752876_640From the beginning of Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, he has always mentioned that he wants to build a wall along the US-Mexico Border. As his political career progressed and as he was elected president, a wall started becoming the wall. The wall has caused a lot of controversies within our government and society as individuals from many sides are at conflict with one another about the construction of the wall. One of the main issues is on the environmental impact the wall will have on our planet. On August 1, the Department of Homeland Security released a memo stating that the Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to waive certain laws and regulations to expedite the construction of the border wall along San Diego, marking this as the first major construction for the wall. Studies have shown that the wall will reap many consequences to the environment that surrounds the wall such as escalating the endangerment of more species and adding to the pollution of the terrain if the government is to proceed with this decision. The wall needs to be stopped and should not be furthered develop as the wall will only increase the rates of endangered species dying and intensify the high carbon emission level the US is producing.

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August 8, 2017

Trump doesn’t care about you (the minority)

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President Donald Trump has just recently decided to have his Department of Justice team identify and then, if need, sue universities that are deemed to have affirmative action policies that discriminate against white people. “The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.”  But what exactly is affirmative action? Affirmative action programs are normally required by federal law which strongly recommend universities to offer or hold positions in admission to those of minority. Minorities, when talking about affirmative action, include, women and those of chicano, black, asian, and American-Indian background. The big BUT is that not all universities have an affirmative action implemented, and the ones that do are not required to have the same program across the nation.

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August 8, 2017

Trump’s Ban Against Humans

ID-10047916“We don’t promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That’s an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up.” – Barack Obama

This quote was pulled from a speech by our former President Barack Obama. This portion of the speech focuses on the basis of what America was built on. The US has promised equality and equal opportunity to its citizens for many years. Yet we haven’t been able to achieve such dreams due to the belief of many people, that not everyone deserves equal rights and opportunity because of how they are. Trump expressed this conservative belief on July 26th, 2017 when he decided to informally ban all transgender individuals from serving in the US military with a tweet on his personal Twitter account. This Tweet has been a cause for celebration by conservative parties and a sign of defeat for liberal parties.

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August 8, 2017

Everyone is equal, @realDonaldTrump

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Since Donald Trump had entered the race to run as president, he said he would be a strong defender of the LGBT community—and even claimed he would be a better president for LGBT Americans than his opponent, Hillary Clinton. However, on Wednesday, July 26, our ever illustrious president posted three tweets announcing the ban of transgender people from serving in the United States military. Quoted from President Trump’s twitter via CNN: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow…Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming…victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.” This statement was not approved by the Pentagon (something I’m not surprised about). But why such a hasty and impulsive decision made by the military’s own Commander in Chief? Prior to Trump announcing his ban on transgender people from serving in the military, Obama repealed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that was administered under Clinton’s presidency. This policy allowed “closeted members of the military to serve,” where outed ones could not. Under Barack Obama’s presidency, in 2011, he lifted the ban on transgender people from serving openly in the military. However, the Obama administration also allowed for a one year review to allow for the Pentagon to be able to analyze and come up with a plan on how they would implement new transgender recruits into the military, openly. And with no plan by the end of the deadline, current Defense secretary, James Mattis, who was on vacation, postponed a decision on finalizing the transgender policy. Trump merely tweeted him his final answer.

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