Fighting Words

Rick Santorum speaks at Harvard amid protests and controversy. In a controversial speech last week, former senator Rick Santorum urged Harvard students to fight against radical Islam. The event, entitled “The Gathering Storm of the 21st Century: America’s War Against Islamic Fascism,” was met with both applause and protests. The speech took place on Monday, November 5th and was sponsored by the Harvard Salient, a conservative-leaning publication. Chris Lacaria ’09, the editor of the Salient, introduced Santorum to loud applause. The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania began his speech by describing universities as the “seedbed of the future leadership of this country” …






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Social Security: MIA

Candidates do not have the right to remain silent. Good old Molly Ivins, a fellow texan and a liberal political commentator for decades, passed away earlier this year. Over the course of her career, Ivins was called many things by the crackerjack politicos of the right (few of them kind), but she held on to the important, oft-forgotten issues with a grip the likes of which neither Mr. Russert nor Mr. Matthews can ever hope to match. And she pulled it off while working in a state like Texas, which is a feat unto itself. I wish to invoke her …






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Texas Goosestep: Pledge of Allegiance in Schools

The state of Texas has mandated that schoolchildren must recite the Texas pledge, containing “under God”, every day while facing the state flag. This law follows a similar policy passed a few years ago requiring students to pledge allegiance to the American flag. To excuse themselves from the pledge without the note of a parent is illegal and subject to disciplinary action. Note: In the cases of the Oath of Allegiance to the military and the Oath of Citizenship, one is not required to pronounce one’s loyalty to God. Neither our new citizens, our fighting men and women, nor our …






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SCHIP: A Personal Tale

Returning to SCHIP, the federally funded program aimed at providing health care to those children whose families are neither poor enough to receive Medicaid nor wealthy enough to afford private health insurance, the Bush administration has now ordered states such as New York, which have decided to extend their SCHIP programs to those earning 250% of the poverty line, to lower their income line or lose funding. Mr. Bush claims he wants to protect citizens’ ability to purchase private health insurance. Mr. Bush says that those families can actually afford health insurance. Some facts: Employers who provide health insurance paid …






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Ficticious Letter to the Hudson County Community from Mayor Sal Vega

Note, for background information necessary to understand this piece, please read this New York Times article here. Hello friends, My name is Silverio “Sal” Vega. I am the mayor of West New York, New Jersey, and am currently vying for a state senate seat against Union City, NJ mayor Brian P. Stack. The historical path the United States, and especially this wonderful 33rd District of New Jersey I call home, has followed to reach the present is littered with brilliant political campaigns. From Lyndon Johnson’s “Daisy” ad to James Carville’s “It’s the Economy, Stupid!” to the Swift Boat Veterans for …






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