Donald Trump: The Wild Card

Of the 15 other GOP politicians running for President during the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump was the clear wild card. Formerly a New York liberal, Donald Trump decided to change parties and run as a Republican. With his official declaration to run for President of the United States, pundits here and aboard were skeptical of his chances, with many saying he’d be the first to drop out, thinking he had only done this for attention.

Clearly, they failed to see was how effective his rhetoric was. He was not speaking like a groomed politician, but rather an angry American would who was tired of the “swamp” in Washington D.C.  This is how precisely how he garnered so much support.  His speeches hit home to many Republican voters, as he ran off his future “conservative” agenda. For this reason, many conservatives, like myself, bought into what he was saying. After all, he wasn’t a career politician, just a T.V. host, and businessman. Other conservatives simply didn’t buy into the Trump way, citing character concerns and inexperience as reasons to not support him. This raises an interesting talking point; by not voting for Donald Trump, were you abandoning the Republican party, and could you be a conservative and still vote for Trump?

When Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president, many on the right and left were frightened. A career plagued by shoddy practices and corruption surely spelled disaster if she made it to the primaries. Those who supported her were captivated by the idea of the first women president, and rightfully so. Those, mostly on the right, her harshest critics, couldn’t bear to imagine a Hillary Clinton presidency, so they decided to vote for whatever Republican won the primary.

This idea remained true for conservatives, even though no one truly knew if Trump was conservative. When Trump secured the nomination and started going on rallies, it became clearer that he wasn’t a conservative. He had some conservative ideas but often sided more with the left on things like DACA. But as the polls started coming in, Republican voters started to worry; as they slowly realized that Hillary Clinton could smell the finish line. So, Republicans from across the board ultimately decided to give their support to Donald Trump, even though they might not agree with everything he says. Conservative stalwarts like Senator Ted Cruz and Mark Levin even hopped on the Trump train, but their decision for doing so does not disqualify them from conservative thought.

While many dislike Cruz and Levin, their careers are not permanently blemished by voting for Trump in 2016. To most, if not all on the right, Hillary Clinton was the single worst candidate for president, as many called her the most morally bankrupt politician in modern American history. By voting for Donald Trump, conservatives were not abandoning their strong fiscal ideas, but merely seeing this situation as lesser of two evils in some respects. Personally, I am a constitutional conservative, and I willfully voted for Trump. I understood that a Hillary Clinton presidency could have a plethora of negative effects on our country, and I had some faith that Trump could create more positives than negatives, but I knew that he wasn’t a solid conservative like Ted Cruz or Ben Carson. However, the promises he made during his campaign were appealing to me. Ultimately, conservatives should not be ashamed that they voted for Trump, but instead, hold him accountable when he does harm, and praise him when he does well.

Not voting for Donald Trump was not an abandonment of the GOP. As I stated above, concerns about his past doings and the overall character were enough to cause some GOP voters to shy away. Take Ben Shapiro for example, maybe the most prominent conservative in America. Ben didn’t vote for Trump, as he went on to explain, he said that Trump did not meet his personal qualifications to be president, so he simply left the line blank.  Shapiro, a Ted Cruz supporter, didn’t completely disassociate himself from the GOP. He was merely saying what I mentioned above, to praise Trump when he does well, and to criticize when he does poorly.

In short, no single candidate will appeal to everyone in their party, so us as the voters will have to pick and choose who we think is best fit for office. Even though many called Hillary Clinton the worst politician of all time, no one was required to vote for her opponent if they didn’t support his ideas.

In America, and in our republic, our citizens have a right to vote for who they want. No matter the circumstances, every American who is legally allowed to vote can find the candidate who best suits their personal interests.

A California School Shooting with a “Weapon of War”

Six years ago today there was a school shooting at Oikos University in California that led to the deaths of seven people, also injuring three. What was the weapon used in this school shooting? A .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) handgun that would be deemed a “weapon of war” to most people, since this handgun is also used in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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Sheriff Scott Israel Needs To Step Down

It saddens me to say this, but we continue to witness mass shooting after mass shooting. Schools should be places where innocent children should be able to walk freely down the halls from classroom to classroom, without the fear of getting shot at or killed.

Unfortunately, not having a fear of getting shot in school is no longer an option for thousands of children in this country who have had to experience such a tragedy. The children, teachers, adults and faculty members who have had to endure such pain have to live with this fear, in part, because of the changing moral landscape in this country.

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I’m Done Being a Disarmed Student

When I drive to class every day, I have to leave my firearm in my vehicle. I have taken the class required of me, passed the tests, passed my background check, and have my handgun carry permit. However, I continuously have my rights stripped from me every day I go to class. Why is that? My university is a gun free zone.

Being a gun free zone also means that my university is also a target zone. Because I am unable to protect myself, I am a walking target in today’s world. After the evil we have seen in this country, it still amazes me that I am not allowed to protect myself where I go to class. What is even more of a shocker is that if I were 21 and had my carry permit, I wouldn’t be allowed to have a firearm where I go to sleep at night on campus which is even more frightening to me.

When we see the evil of these shootings, whether it be Sandy Hook or Stoneman Douglass, the country quickly turns to taking away firearms or making it harder to obtain them instead of asking the question why no one at that school was able to defend themselves. If the law was unable to stop a 19-year-old from obtaining a firearm, what makes people think that more laws would block more evil? It won’t.

Evil will persist no matter what kind of restrictions we as a country attempt to place on this evil. Making it harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain a firearm isn’t the answer.

You say you only want to ban AR-15’s? Why would anyone need this type of firearm? Well, an AR-15 is a type of a semi-automatic. For those of you who don’t know what that is, that is the same type of firearm that most citizens carry for their protection. My personal firearm, Glock 27, is a semi-automatic firearm. Therefore, if I allow for legislators to take away this style of semi-automatic what is to keep them from banning all semi-automatic firearms including my pistol?

There is a bigger picture that people in this country are failing to see.

This debate shouldn’t be about how can we take firearms away from more people, it should be about why our agencies are failing to pick up the signs of people who wish harm onto someone else. When the FBI fails to follow a lead on an individual who has firearms and wishes to do harm to a school, that should be what the discussion is about. The discussion shouldn’t be about restricting my rights as a law-abiding citizen, but rather taking away the rights of those who choose to break the law like these shooters do.

Energy is being wasted over pressuring legislators to make it harder to purchase firearms, that energy should be targeted towards agencies who are allowing these individuals who are reported to fall through the cracks.

Instead of students pushing for gun control, why aren’t they pushing for their right to carry and protect themselves? I’m not here to play the “what if” game, I’m here to fight for my well-being in a world filled with evil. I am one of those students pushing for the removal of gun-free zones that place a target on my back because of my inability to defend myself.

Why I’m Pro-Life

The Pro-Life movement is something that is very important to me, not only as a Christian, but as a female and a person with strong morals. Abortion should be called what it is, murder, and should be outlawed entirely.

With that being said, listed below are some of the most common Pro-choice arguments that I have come across, and I intend to tell you what I believe they are wrong.

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Top Conservative Colleges in America

The liberal hysteria plaguing colleges across the nation has turned into a severe epidemic.  It seems that every day a new story is coming out regarding a ridiculous class offered, or a professor directly lashing out at the right.  What seems to have taken a backseat in this ongoing struggle are conservative campuses.  While the liberal campuses grossly outweigh conservative ones, it is vital that the conservative movement actively pushes these institutions as beacons of higher education.  Below is a list of some of the top conservative colleges in America.

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Robert Mueller and Alleged Baseless Surveillance of U.S. Citizens: A Troubled History

In U.S. history, there are 2 major instances in which alleged baseless surveillance of U.S. citizen(s) has occurred.

During both instances, Robert Mueller has been a prominent figure.

Is this just a coincidence?

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Nikki Haley: Future President, Modern-Day Fighter

Arguably the biggest storyline from the 2016 Presidential Election cycle was Hillary Clinton being the nominee for the Democratic party.  It was the first time a woman had accepted a Presidential nomination, thus making her the closest woman in American history to becoming President.  Unfortunately, due to the toxicity within the race, brought about by the voters and the media, the only care anyone seemed to have about her credentials, was the fact that she was a woman.  As a result, the only question that seemed to be on most people’s mind was would Hillary Clinton become the first woman to, “break the glass ceiling?”  This sexist stench followed the campaign, creating a cloud of fog overhead.  It even went as far as the Clinton campaign reserving the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which was constructed with a large glass ceiling, as their campaign watch party headquarters.

Fortunately, Hillary Clinton suffered an unexpected defeat, leaving the door wide open for a real, qualified woman to become President. But, that begs the question, who will that be?

Nikki Haley.

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#PleaseStand Trends after NFL Shoots Down Veterans’ Super Bowl Ad

The National Football League, who has been under fire all year long, recently rejected a Super Bowl ad proposed by the Americans Veterans organization (AMVETS).

The ad was asking people to #PleaseStand during the national anthem, but it was deemed “inappropriate” due to the political nature of the message. AMVETS took the time to send a letter to the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, which stated that the NHL and NBA let their ads run without any issue.

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Pro-Life or Pro-Women? How About Both.

Since the case of Roe Vs. Wade passed 45 years ago, there has been a debate between men and women, and who has a say in the matter. Because I’m a man, I’ve been told by a few women that my view on abortion is “disrespectful” towards women. I’ve been called a misogynist and that I need to “check my privilege”. I assume that many men who speak out on this have dealt with similar accusations from the opposition. The following remarks will break down the whole “sexist” argument over defending life.

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The Shutdown is Not One-Sided

The United States government shut down for the eighteenth time in modern history on Saturday, January 20th. The reason behind the shutdown was an inability to reach a bipartisan agreement on Congressional funding.

It should be noted that Republicans control the House, Senate, and the Presidency, but were still not able to pass a bill in the Senate. Per the Washington Post: “A government shutdown causing employee furloughs has never occurred under unified party control of Congress and the White House. Some furloughs of White House employees began immediately early Saturday.”

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Social Implications of Hijab

Society is dynamic. In terms of values, ideals, perceptions, and norms, ideologies are constantly changing and therefore, alter our perceptions and the way we interact with one another. One of the major issues in regards to these changing perceptions pertains to Islam.

In particular, Muslim women face several impasses because of the hijab, which makes them easily visible, and susceptible to more scrutiny. The social implications that coincide with wearing the hijab represent the way in which, society collectively passes judgment and appoints certain behavioral standards for certain individuals.

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Protecting Unborn Life Empowers Women

Today is the 45th anniversary of the decision on Roe v. Wade, in which the Supreme Court ruled that women have the right to have an abortion.

Following this ruling, people who were Pro-Life, especially men, were typically portrayed as anti-woman, anti choice, backwards, and on the wrong side of history. However, I would argue that in being Pro-Life, you are actually fighting for women.  Continue reading “Protecting Unborn Life Empowers Women”

Abortion is Not Liberty

I was scrolling through my Twitter, as I do every day when I came across an article by Lindy West, published in the New York Times, called “Of Course Abortion Should Be a Litmus Test for Democrats.” I knew what I was getting myself into when I clicked on the link, but I decided to read the article anyway. I thought, ‘Maybe I’ll learn something from reading someone else’s point of view.’ Well, I was dead wrong.

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Why I’m Pro-Life, and Why You Should Be Too.

My Start:

When I was in elementary school, almost everyone I knew had their birth parents in their lives. When there would be parent-student events in the classroom, all I saw was each physical trait a student got from either their mom or their dad. Then, when my peers would see my parents, they’d usually tell me, “You look nothing like your parents”. They were right, because I’m adopted, I really don’t look like either of my parents.  Continue reading “Why I’m Pro-Life, and Why You Should Be Too.”

What do Trump’s derogatory remarks on immigration mean for Republicans?

FACTS: On Thursday, President Donald Trump hosted a bipartisan meeting with U.S. senators at the White House to discuss immigration policy.  According to three sources, including Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Trump used derogatory language when discussing immigration law.  While the initial conversation centered on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) negotiations, lawmakers turned their attention to immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti, and African nations.

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Sorry Oprah, There’s No Such Thing As “Speaking Your Truth”

At the Golden Globes on Sunday night, Oprah Winfrey received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award.

Upon receiving this award, she gave a very moving speech in which she acknowledged that the children dreaming of being in her position are currently watching Sidney Poitier, Recy Taylor, the necessity of the press, and the plague of sexual harassment in Hollywood and around the world. Her speech made many good points, and she touched on issues that many others were afraid to address, however, one of the most memorable lines of her speech was very misleading.

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Outlook 2020: Democratic Candidates

Elections are always on the minds of politicians in the United States. The first item on an elected official’s agenda is how to get re-elected, and when a politician is eyeing a presidential run, there is almost no such thing as announcing your candidacy too early. So, just over two-and-a-half years until the next presidential election, here are the most likely candidates to run on the Democratic ticket.

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Will The FBI Let Hillary Clinton Off The Hook Again?

Earlier this week, it was reported by The Hillthat the FBI had opened a new investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

The purpose of this investigation was allegedly to determine whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities, while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State.

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Unemployment Is Below 4 Percent, But Wage Growth Is Stagnant. That’s Not Good.

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Author: Taylor Nguyen, pictured above, @taylorln9 on Twitter

By the numbers, The United States economy has recovered, and even improved by some metrics from the pre-recession levels. Unemployment has fallen below 4 percent for the first time in 18 years, and the economy is growing at around 2-3 percent per year. At first glance, it’d seem that everyone is better off, and that’s true to some degree. But the economy still presents obstacles that are problematic for the country to reach its full economic potential.

Strangely enough, at 3.9 percent, we’re well below the 5-6 percent unemployment figure that most economists have generally considered to be “full employment”, also known as the natural rate of unemployment, or the “non-accelerating inflation rate of unemployment”  (NAIRU) for short. In theory when this happens, wages and inflation should both see a rapid increase.

But despite employment being past the point where inflation and wages should rise, both remain relatively stagnant. Wage growth for the whole economy clocked in at a sluggish 2.6 percent in the most recent jobs report, which is barely higher than the 2.1 percent inflation we experienced in 2017. This shouldn’t be happening when we’re considered to be past full employment. For readers who are unfamiliar with wonky economic talk, the concept of inflation and wages rising as we dip past the the natural rate of unemployment goes a little something like this:

As unemployment drops, companies experience an increasing shortage of workers to hire due to a decreasing number of jobless people in the labor market. After a while, businesses in theory should reach a point where unemployment becomes so low, that they experience upward pressure to raise wages in order to incentivize new workers to seek employment at their company as well as encourage current employees to stay employed their company. And when businesses experience higher labor and production costs to the point where it cuts into their profits, they’re theoretically encouraged to raise the prices of their goods in services, in order to not lose profit. But this isn’t happening.

This means that either the unemployment rate economists have considered “full employment” is much, much lower than they think, or something weird is going on in our economy. Possibly both. What gives?

Possible Explanations For Sluggish Wage Growth.

The best way I could think of to figure out some root causes for the disappointing wage growth numbers is by breaking down the analysis to more specific and targeted data points. Clearly, the unemployment rate has some room to go down, otherwise wages would be going up faster. Which means somewhere in the economy, there isn’t enough employment.

This is where an economic metric called “the Prime age employment to population ratio” aka the “working age employment rate” comes in. This measurement is helpful because it  measures people you’d expect to be working (ages 25-54) who are both in and out of the workforce. This more calculated measurement of a large portion of the workforce helps explain why wage growth hasn’t gone up despite low unemployment figures.

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The unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 18 years. But employment among prime age workers is not, in fact, it still hasn’t surpassed pre 2008 levels. Therefore companies aren’t experiencing that shortage of workers you’d expect.

Additionally, The youth unemployment rate (workers 16-24) is 8.5 percent. That’s more than double the 3.9 percent total unemployment figure. And the black unemployment rate is 6.8 percent, considerably higher than the economy measured as a whole.

So clearly, there is plenty of room for employment growth among prime working age people.

Wage growth since the 70’s has grown at a disappointing rate, only up 3 percent for the average worker, and wages have actually gone down for the bottom fifth of earners. And though the economy is performing rather strongly at the moment, this pattern of slow wage growth is not one we should want to continue.

How Low Wages Hurt Everyone, Including The Rich. 

Let’s go over a few things that happen as a result of low wages, and analyze their effect on the economy. Low wages tend to:

  • Decrease productivity
  • Increase Turnover Rates
  • Lower Consumer Spending

Why Decreased Productivity Is Bad

As the population of the country increases, we’ll see a nominal increase in the size of the economy, but that doesn’t mean it’s actually growing. Economic growth is to scale, and the only way to see real growth is if the country is able to increase output per worker. Low wages tend to decrease worker morale, which in turn decreases how hard they work aka, their productivity. It sounds silly, but if companies pay lower wages, workers tend to just work with less motivation. This doesn’t help anyone. The common counter-argument to that is, well maybe they should just find another job, which brings me to my next point.

Why Increased Turnover Is Bad

From a microeconomic perspective, it makes perfect sense to leave a job you’re not happy in, and I don’t fault workers for doing so. But that creates problems at a larger scale.

Off the top of my head, there are 2 obvious consequences to increased business turnover.

First, it obviously hurts business output. Companies hire because the demand they face forces them to use some of their profit to hire a new employee to meet those demands. If employees continue to leave at an increasing level, businesses will experience lower output more frequently, which actually affects those with higher incomes since they’re the one running the business.

Increased Turnover From Low Wages Hurts Consumer Spending

Leaving a job often leaves a worker unemployed, which takes away their income. If turnover increases, incomes fall. Because of the decrease in expendable income, workers in these positions end up spending less money into the economy, which hurts business profits. Workers also see their savings go down, which harms future consumption.

The United States Should Focus More On Wage Growth

The economy is not doing “bad” at all. Unemployment, while still needing improvement, is very low and economic growth is steady and positive. But the United States economy still faces some challenges that need to be addressed, wages being one of them. While hard to tell from a first glance, wage and income growth are a very important factor in a healthy, capitalist economy. It affects productivity, total output, profits, savings, and much more.

The situation could be much worse than it is, but there’s still room to grow. And it’s important for policy makers to keep that in mind before easing off the gas pedal of our economy.

 

 

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Why Gun Control Won’t Work

By Lacey Jackson

During the last few years, the government and the citizenry have been battling about extending gun laws to make it more difficult to buy or own a gun. Ever since the Parkland shooting, the topic has blown up, so much so that there was a nationwide march promoting gun control. However, the people pushing for gun control don’t understand that it won’t work.

Criminals will always be criminals. Gun Control is not going to stop someone from getting a gun. On March 20th, a 17 year old opened fire in a school. A 17 year old can’t legally buy any kind of gun. He found loopholes & got the gun. Illegally.

Murder is illegal. Rape is illegal. Burglary is illegal. Making something illegal will not stop it. Taking away someone’s rights does not stop crime.

In today’s world, there are more guns than people. Even if everyone did follow the rules, someone can easily purchase a gun off of the black market. The only way to stop illegal gun purchases would be to take all guns away, and that won’t happen.

The 2nd Amendment of the American Constitution gives the right to bear arms. Taking all guns from the people, or limiting people from having them is unconstitutional.

What I can understand is gun reform: making it more difficult for people who shouldn’t get guns to get them. Things like background checks and mandatory safety classes could help ensure that guns only get into the right hands. This could limit illegal gun use but also keep them in the hands of law abiding citizens, therefor not infringing on 2nd Amendment rights. The government & the people both need to pay more attention to mental illness, such as Nicholas Cruz in the Parkland shooting. The government ignored the tips & offenses of Cruz. Most mass shooters have criminal activity or mental health issues that are commonly ignored. (sources under 2) A background check would help a bit, but not much, because you can’t see future offenses in a background check.

Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. It’s not a gun problem, it’s a people problem. Mental health is ignored in this country (example A: Nicholas Cruz). A criminal will find anything to kill someone with, whether it’s a knife, bomb, or hammer.

Chicago, Illinois has the strictest gun laws in the US, yet they also have the highest gun violence rate. Once again, it’s not a gun problem, it’s a people problem. It’s a hate problem. On April 3rd, a women open fired at Youtube headquarters in California. She was using a legal gun, but still committed a mass shooting. People who have the intent to kill, will figure out a way to kill. Eliminating a constitutional right is not the way to go.

Catholic students advocate for family values at UN commission on women

Photo provided by Franciscan University IDEAS club

Advocating for traditional family values is not what most college students think about as a way to spend their spring break, but that’s exactly what a small group of students from a small Catholic university in Ohio did.

Members of the Intercollegiate Defense of Equality and Solidarity (IDEAS), a student club at Franciscan University of Steubenville, made the trip to New York City from the eastern Ohio university for the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), an annual event held at the UN headquarters “dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women,” according to the event’s website.

IDEAS was one of the thousands of non-government organizations (NGOs) that attended CSW but one of a handful that promotes a “pro-family, pro-life agenda.”

The group’s website says that it was founded on the belief that “human dignity must be kept at the center of all policy and governmental action,” and is “committed  to training and encouraging students with a passion for justice in international advocacy and politics.”

While still relatively small, IDEAS currently has four campus chapters. The original chapter at Franciscan University, and chapters at Ave Maria University, Ave Maria Law School, and Florida Atlantic University.

“We seek to unite, educate, and mobilize collegiate and post-collegiate youth in an educated and effective defense of human life, subsidiarity, and pro-family values on college campuses and in the international political arena,” reads the group’s mission statement.

Adam Basinger, a 21-year old finance and economics major, is the co-president of IDEAS at Franciscan University, and 2018 was his 3rd year attending CSW with the club.

In an interview with Red Alert Politics, Basinger explained that the main goal of IDEAS’ mission at the UN, is not to cause confrontation, but seek to promote thoughtful discussion by asking critical, thought-provoking questions that highlight contradictions in the statements made by speakers and panelists.

Basinger said that the 11 members of the club who went on the trip would split up and go to different panels covering a wide range of topics relating to sex education, contraception, gender identity, abortion, and others.

The members of IDEAS didn’t hide their mission from people who asked, but they didn’t advertise it either. However in one particular exchange Basinger recalled, he explained to two women from Sweden what the club did and its purpose, who promptly responded by saying that the club was “so privileged.”

In a change from previous years, the club was accompanied by Ronald McNamara, the director of student leadership at Franciscan University. Before accepting a position in the Franciscan University student life office, McNamara spent more than a decade working in diplomatic affairs, making the UN a somewhat familiar environment, and making him a valuable resource for the students.

McNamara said that some of the things he witnessed were shocking even to him, but he encouraged the students to seek out the events that seemed the most extreme and attempt to ask questions in order to force conversation. He specifically said that any event hosted by Norway, Denmark, Sweden or the Netherlands were of particular interest and ensured that the Franciscan University students were in the audience for them.

McNamara explained that there was “a great divide between the developing countries and the developed countries” when it came to issues of sex, sexuality and gender identity.

In a session on “gender stereotyping,” McNamara said that during the question period, Basinger quickly shot his hand up and was called on.

“Adam raised a question regarding the dignity of children and the fact that in the comprehensive sex education program that’s being shoved onto these developing countries, that it includes materials for the education of children from 0-4 years old, and includes things that I wouldn’t even be interested in being quoted on in terms of the aberrant behaviors that they are promoting for the education of these children.”

But after Basinger asked the question, three-quarters of the crowd, which McNamara estimated to be about 125 people, busted out laughing, and “somebody barked up, ‘well they’re gonna do it anyway so you might as well teach them.’”

In contrast to the mocking laughter, McNamara said that about half a dozen people came up to him and Basinger following the session and had “reasonable conversation,” noting that for him, as a parent, he felt it was important to consider the parent’s role in the education of their children on “sensitive matters.”

Basinger was not the only member of IDEAS who had attended the CSW before. Ana Victoria Haddad, originally from Chihuahua, Mexico transferred to Franciscan University in Fall 2017 but attended the commission in 2017 with a Mexican NGO.

“[That experience] gave me a little taste of what was going on in the world,” Haddad said, adding that it gave her a desire to learn more about important issues and become more informed about the positions she held.

Haddad said that 2018 was a much different experience because of the faith background she had by going with a group from a Catholic university.

The group stayed at a Dominican monastery in Manhattan for the week and attended daily mass.

Tonianne Zottoli, a freshman English education major, said that pornography was presented as a means of education, as was promiscuity. Event facilitators also would not answer any question that raised the issue of abstinence, she said.

One particularly interesting fact for Zottoli was that Emma Holten, a Danish-Swedish debater, who had nude photos of herself stolen, was among those people advocating for the use of pornography while saying that “right-wing patriarchy is the way we lose democracy.”