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As a result of a student-led petition produced last week, Rutgers Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) has officially canceled the appearance of foreign policy journalist, Lisa Daftari, due to perceived Islamophobia in a speech she gave to The Heritage Foundation regarding Islamic terrorism. But, the perpetuation of deplatforming as a response to speakers with unpopular ideas not only runs contrary to the “cultural and religious diversity” that the petition purports to uphold, but also runs fundamentally in opposition to the liberal values and principles this nation was founded upon.
Amid a period of American politics where polarization of ideological identities has run rampant upon our national mindset, the Supreme Court has remained the purveyors of truth and reason within American governance. Yet, with the legislative branch now seemingly at a perpetual political deadlock and the limited authority possessed by the executive branch to bring about wide-sweeping changes, all eyes have now settled on the Court as the decider of these political disputes, and thus it has become subject to the whims and pressures the founders intended to keep it quarantined from.
In the wake of his most recent military strikes against the high value targets of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons program, President Donald J. Trump was celebratory in his tone and demeanor, commending U.S. allies Great Britain and France for their assistance in, what he coined, a “perfectly executed strike.” Further illustrating his lack of historical consciousness, Trump bookended that tweet with the infamous words: “Mission Accomplished!"
As the issue of gun control has continued to hold a prominent position in the national political discourse following last month’s school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, attempts at reform have been met with immense backlash from gun advocates who consider any further attempt at restricting access to guns to be antithetical to the Second Amendment. The most high-profile example of this comes from the National Rifle Association (NRA), who is filing a lawsuit against a new Florida law, which raises the minimum age to purchase a weapon from 18 to 21, claiming that it infringes on the Second and Fourteenth Amendment rights of those who are 18 to 20.
On what seemed like an ordinary Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14 quickly turned into yet another shooting inside the walls of an American school. For the students and faculty not among the seventeen who tragically lost their lives to a semi-automatic rifle toting deranged individual, healing is left to the passage of time. Yet, the passage of time brings with it a double-edged sword. While victims of past tragedies are given time to heal, purveyors of new ones are given time to plan, arm and strike. Even as the current law proves thoroughly deficient in protecting our schools, politics as usual continues to stifle and prevent any worthwhile debate and action regarding the epidemic of gun violence within this nation’s schools.
As the 2008 recession was in full force under President George W. Bush, Republicans scrambled to do anything in their power to reverse the deleterious effects of the market crash on the US economy. To their credit, Republicans broke with party orthodoxy in order to stimulate the economy, deciding to cast away their concerns with deficit-spending and government intervention in the market in order to adopt Keynesian policies meant to manufacture demand and get more money spent back into the economy.
While it would be prudent for President Donald J. Trump to proclaim that the state of our union is “strong” when he faces the nation for his 2018 State of the Union Address, behind the scenes there is no clearer evidence for the division that has been sewn throughout this country than the immigration debate. But while the debate that surrounded last week’s short-lived government shutdown about the future of former President Barack Obama-era's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was centered around Republicans and Democrats, the more interesting divide on the immigration debate exists solely within the Republican Party, with the ethnic concerns of hardline nationalists clashing with the business interests of the establishment right.
Since allegations of numerous instances of sexual misconduct arose in early October against famed Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, a wave of additional accusations against other well-known public figures has come out, detailing the perverted nature of many of those in positions of power and authority within our society.
Symbolized by the demolition of the expansive
Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War Era marked the completion of the global
power struggle between the United States and the Soviet Union.
On the night of Oct. 1, the most deadly modern mass shooting on American soil took place in Las Vegas, as innocent concert-goers were massacred and forced to flee for their lives as a lone gunman fired upon them from the 32nd floor of his hotel room.
Long after Colin Kaepernick began protesting systemic racism during last football season’s preseason, and right as millions of Americans in Puerto Rico are struggling through the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, President Donald J. Trump has decided to start a war with the NFL over the national anthem protests that have become more prevalent during the pregame ritual.