Category: Politics

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.

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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.

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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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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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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