Playground Politics

When two groups of children refuse to play together on the playground, we teach them to “play nice” and let go of their petty animosities; it’s a lesson we all learned as we grew up. When two groups of adults refuse to play together in Congress, we call it politics and leave them be. Not Good Listeners George Washington warned us about partisan politics. He warned us that two fiercely divided parties could tear the nation apart, but we didn’t listen. We like to divide ourselves into groups, it seems.…

The Politics of Protecting Americans

It has been over a week since the Orlando tragedy, but the horror of the worst mass shooting in United States history is still fresh on the minds of all Americans. It seems that we all agree that some sort of action should be taken, but that is where our unity ends. As a result of differing beliefs and partisan politics, we find ourselves divided over the two main courses of action that have been proposed – banning Muslim immigrants or banning assault weapons. So, when the split between the…

Radical Islam is a Radical Stereotype

In times like these, we as Americans must band together. We must show the rest of the world that we will not be intimidated, and that we are above the radicalism and hatred that spawns such awful acts of terrorism. I want to believe that we truly are above such hatred, but I can’t. We aren’t. That much was made clear by Donald Trump in his speech on Monday in response to the Orlando massacre; a speech in which he proposed that we ban all Muslim immigrants from entering the…

The Orlando Tragedy: Why We Can No Longer Ignore the Need for Stricter Gun Laws

  Fifty people are dead. Fifty human beings – people with hopes, dreams, and loved ones – are now gone from this world, their lives extinguished by a single man with a gun. For those who are unaware, I am referring to the June 12, 2016 mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, where Omar Mateen carried a pistol and assault rifle into the Pulse nightclub and opened fire, killing 50 and wounding at least 53. A single man, armed only with his two guns and his hatred, chose to murder 50…