Reorienting Liberalism

The changing goals of advocacy. The liberal cause has advocated a variety of policies in the past century. These have been consistent neither across regions, nor through time. But hardly ever before has it seemed so pressing a challenge to reorient liberal advocacy for the greater good than it does across much of the West today. A series of challenges paved the way for a breakdown in global governance through 2016: turmoil in the Middle East continually pushing refugees out of the region and into Europe; UK’s vote to leave the European Union amidst chaotic domestic polarization; and, perhaps most …

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To Preserve, Protect, and Defend

Thoughts on the office of the President.   This Presidents’ Day, I’ve thought a lot about the institution of the presidency itself. The attitudes that people have adopted toward our current POTUS have ranged from vitriolic to idolatrous, for a variety of reasons. However, the presidency transcends the individual who holds the post at any given time. It has persisted even when individual presidents have been assassinated; it has persisted through resignations. The office has persisted, and the Constitution has persisted. Our country holds the record for the longest running peaceful transition of power in modern history, and our presidential …

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What’s Wrong with Racism?

A question with taken-for-granted answers. By DAN VALENZUELA I am becoming increasingly convinced that people around the country are not talking about racism in the right ways. People often talk about it as if its meaning were agreed upon when, in fact, most people have different ideas of what racism means. Take, for example, the accusations of racism against Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions has a long history of racially-charged controversy. In 1986, Sessions’ nomination to a federal judgeship was denied after some incidences of racially charged comments came to light. In one incident, he reportedly warned a black assistant …

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Act Like It

Harvard urged to take responsibility as a political actor. By HUNTER RICHARDS With the 2016 election and changing of power, Harvard students called on their university to provide support in resisting potential policies that would hold negative consequences on a larger scale. While student groups of all kinds have been taking cause to heart on the political front for years, the University has typically chosen to refrain from being a political actor. However, as one of the most prominent and powerful institutions, Harvard has social and political power and influence that cannot be ignored. Immigration Only recently have community members …

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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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