The Supreme Court Must Rule Against Discrimination

In 2015, Republican appointed Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy made history when he voted with Liberal justices in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that legalized gay marriage nationwide.  This was a landmark case for the gay civil rights and its decision came down to Kennedy’s single vote. Later this year, Kennedy will cast an equally important deciding vote in a case that will determine whether or not discrimination is protected under the constitution. This case revolves around a Colorado baker named Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, a bakery in a suburb near Denver. In Read more…

John Kelly Should Not Be Immune from Criticism

It should be obvious from the get go that White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly’s services and his sacrifices, those that got him his four stars, are some of the most heroic and honorable things that anyone has done for our country. As such, when people talk of Kelly, those monikers would be used in a way that convey a sense of steadiness, a sense of stability, and a sense of practicality. He was and is supposed to be one of the “adults” in the administration, part of the cadre of cabinet and executive Read more…

The Modern Southern Strategy

1964 was a major turning point for the Democratic Party.  Before that year, the Democrats harbored white supremacists.  In 1964, however, they transformed under President Lyndon B. Johnson.  Due to pressure applied by civil rights activists, including Martin Luther King Jr., President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.  Whether or not Johnson did so out of his personal beliefs or politics is up for debate, but the passing of the Act clearly demonstrates that activists like Dr. King were able to successfully force the party into the right direction.  However, these changes were not without their Read more…

Trump’s Foolishness Makes Us Grow Numb to Reality

Donald Trump recently picked Kathleen Hartnett-White, a denier of human-caused climate change and a staunch believer that global warming only serves to bring down fossil fuel companies, to head the Council on Environmental Quality.  His decision wasn’t surprising, and that’s part of what makes it so horrifying.  We’ve become numb to actions that, under any other president, would be cause for protest. Hartnett-White has worked for the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an organization headed by GOP funders such as the Koch brothers.  She opposed the 2007 Supreme Court Ruling that labeled carbon dioxide as a regulatable Read more…

Donald Trump and Sexual Misconduct: Hollywood Problems Turned DC Problems

In the last week or so, many women have stepped out and reported cases of sexual assault first in Hollywood and then in Washington DC. Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Louis CK, and Al Franken, all liberals were accused of various levels of sexual misconduct, revealing to the nation that sexual assault is pervasive in the work place, even among the world’s most powerful and celebrated individuals. This issue permeates both sides of the aisle; however, specific cases reveal that the left remains more critical of the perpetrators and sympathetic to the victims. For example, Republican Candidate Read more…

A Take on the Once and Future Liberal: Modern Liberal Thought

I recently finished a 2017 book by Mark Lilla. The Once and Future Liberal asks several tough questions and takes an interesting perspective of electoral and otherwise politics over the last two hundred years.   The impetus for such a broad and irreverent analysis of modern liberal thought is, of course, the result of the 2016 general election. Irreverent because Lilla gives no respect to the current state of liberal thought — comparing it to modern conservative thought and strategy and finding it lacking in most respects.   As an example, look at the GOP homepage Read more…

White House as Daycare Center

President Trump has attacked his party members countless times with fallacious insults, often on Twitter and after 2am. However, not many of them have attacked back with much success. This brings about the question that has been on Democrats’ minds for a long time: When will the Republican Party say enough is enough? I predict that if a large tax cut is not passed into law within the next year, Donald Trump will lose the support of a substantial amount of Republicans. When Trump first entered the political scene, he sought to prove that Barack Obama Read more…

Citizens United: Another Step Toward Plutocracy

Many of us fear the possibility of the United States running on a plutocratic system, in which the wealthy control and own the government because of their ability to buy off elected officials. The Citizens United Supreme Court case inflamed this fear by ruling the restriction of corporation and labor union contributions and expenditures for candidates as a violation of freedom of speech. I would like to address this wrongfully determined case with basic American ideals. Justice Holmes gave rise to the term “marketplace of ideas,” which suggests that all speech is equalized naturally because consumer demand Read more…

Presidential Powers over the Fed: Can Trump Handle It?

There is disagreement regarding the actual impact that the President can have on the economy, given the absence of direct levers of control over the vast and complex American economy. However, one Presidential power that undoubtedly has critical implications is the nomination of the Federal Reserve Board chair. The person who holds this office answers to no one, not even the President, and has far-reaching powers to direct American monetary policy. As the central bank of the United States, the Fed affects the activity of all other banks and lenders in the country and is also Read more…

A Reminder from Failed States Past: The Byzantine Empire

In 565 CE, Justinian I died. His body was entombed in a specially built mausoleum in the Church of Holy Apostles in Constantinople, where it went undisturbed for six and half centuries. His reign was marked by significant reconquests in North Africa and Italy, a codifying of a disorganized legal code, and the territorial zenith of the eastern empire. Today, his face still adorns the walls of the Basilica of San Vitale, built in one of the northernmost points of his Italian reconquest.   Years earlier, in 518, Justinian aided his uncle, Justin, who had adopted Read more…