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Protesting their right to job security, the faculty union wielded signs and chanted phrases like, “Rutgers is for education! We are not a corporation!” for hours in a large circle. They have been organizing, marching and fighting University President Robert L. Barchi and his office for months over fairness in contract negotiations, but have received little in return.
Tuesday night’s midterm elections were a solid win for the Democratic Party, which took control of the House of Representatives, flipped seven governorships, won high-profile ballot initiatives in Republican strongholds and flipped more than 300 state legislative seats. While the victory was not overwhelming, it certainly met the expectations of pollsters and forecasters.
One of the less immediately tangible but heartening things that came out of Tuesday’s midterm elections was the fact that more than 60 percent of Floridians voted “yes” on Amendment 4, which will restore voting rights to citizens that have been convicted of felonies other than murder or sexual offenses after having served their sentences.
On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 based on the belief that voter discrimination was no longer a problem. As Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asserted in the dissenting opinion of “Shelby v. Holder,” “Throwing out preclearance when it has worked and is continuing to work to stop discriminatory changes is like throwing away your umbrella in a rainstorm because you are not getting wet.” A monsoon of voter-roll purging and racial discrimination in voting followed the court decision that protected eligible voters and their fundamental, inalienable right to vote.
If you sit toward the back of any lecture hall, you are privy to the private lives of basically everyone in front of you. Facebook, iMessenger, Twitter, BuzzFeed and other less-than-appropriate webpages sit innocently beside the current lecture material, giving the semblance of productivity and focus. A distracting albeit amusing portal into the hypocritical nature of overwhelmed, exhausted college students trying to enjoy their lives.
If all people are granted the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by their “Creator,” then in having that right, all people should also have equal opportunity to access and enjoy it. But it is clear that in the United States today, let alone the world, that equal opportunity is far from universal. But thankfully, Rutgers is beginning to make that equal opportunity more of a reality.
Amid news of Megyn Kelly’s NBC show being cancelled after her comments about blackface, I was taken off guard when hearing about the confusion, terror and pure shock that so many people felt and had. The offensiveness and hurtfulness of blackface, which has such a long history, is shocking and alarmingly confusing for many people.
“Look at the hordes of Dutch and Irish thieves and vagabonds, roaming about our streets, picking up rags and bones ... Look at the English and Scotch pick-pockets and burglars, crowding our places of amusement ... Look at the Italians and French mountebanks, roaming the streets of every city in the Union ... Look at the wandering Jews, crowding out business streets with their shops as receptacles for stolen goods, encouraging thievery and dishonestly among our citizens ... Look at the Irish and Dutch grocers and rum-sellers monopolizing the business which properly belongs to our native and true-born citizens.”
Since his 2016 presidential campaign, President Donald J. Trump and his constituents have seemingly used fear as an effective tool to persuade voters. Anti-immigration rhetoric, and arguably propaganda, have been used to fabricate an irrational fear of a non-existent danger. The bolstering of the perceived danger of immigrants and foreigners has been preyed upon most recently in an advertisement put out late last week by the Trump campaign, which attempted to conflate a convicted murderer, the “caravan” of Central American migrants walking toward the United States and the Democratic Party.
Today is one of the most important days for the City of New Brunswick, as residents have the opportunity to elect a new Mayor for the first time in almost three decades. The current mayor has been in office since 1991, and I for one think it is time for new leadership that will finally put the people of our city first.
Midterm elections in the United States are misunderstood and undervalued. A critical element to our democracy, midterms can prove to be the changing force in a current presidency, creating new policies and even standstills where the government can shut down as we saw in 2013. Midterms represent a symbolic step in our democracy that can serve to inspire the public to support a new candidate while ensuring incumbents do not shirk their responsibilities or their duties. Even with this information, it is curious that many young adults still choose to ignore the midterm elections in favor of waiting for the “more important” general election.
New Jersey does not have the best reputation in the eyes of our country. Between the “Jersey Shore,” pollution, aggressive drivers and mafia bosses, it is no wonder the phrase “Armpit of America” gets thrown around. It does not help that our state has also been known for corrupt politicians. So why am I bringing this up? It is not to call for a rebranding effort from the New Jersey Tourism Board. It is because tomorrow, New Jersey has a chance to stand up for itself and show the world we are not all slimy corrupt disgraces. We can do that by rejecting Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
Democratic representation is built on pillars of inclusion and the will, opinion and consent of the governed. For the representative structure to be stable and uphold foundational values, it requires harmony between substantive and descriptive representation in which the values and characteristics of the electorate are reflected in the government, broad citizen eligibility for public office, uncompromisable voting rights, accountable effectiveness and policy influence based in the people. The system in which democratic representation acts as an engine of prosperity and progress for all holds the overarching characteristic of high voter turnout.
How does one define a liberal and conservative? It should come to no surprise to those who have been following the evolution of these labels that this discussion has become more complicated in recent years and climaxed in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. After former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s upsetting loss, liberals have found themselves fractured and increasingly combative within their own community. Conservatives, libertarians, centrists and classical liberals have found unusual allies with one another and have been working together to form a counter culture coalition. Indeed, the two-party system has been turned on its head.
The gunshots were harrowing. I was in a movie theater, safe and sound. I knew that it was going to happen, too. I had seen it in the trailer. And still, the gunshots made my heart beat faster and my back straighten in alarm. I knew the cop was going to shoot the funny, cute, innocent, unarmed Black boy the movie had just introduced. I still cried.
Rutgers has begun the process of filling the Student Charter Trustee seat, taking an important step in including student voice in Board of Trustees deliberation. As student organizations continue to protest the Board of Trustee meetings, the student selected will have an increasingly crucial role. The Nomination Committee is now taking nominations. While some argue student perspective ought to be incorporated more in the administrative process, we laurel the continued commitment to including a degree of student voice
Just a few weeks before midterm elections, President Donald J. Trump's administration has begun “spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance.” In the memo on this, written by the Department of Health and Human Services, it is argued that agencies need to have a notion of gender that is “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.”
Look around consider the chaos and conflict that plagues the world. We are repeatedly bombarded by the issues throughout the world demanding our attention. In such a reality, with constant coverage of only the worst aspects of society, there is a tendency for people to differentiate between the issues they deem significant and those they see as inconsequential. Typically, the decision to care is made by measuring both the gravity of the issue as well as the direct effect on the individual.
A main talking point of President Donald J. Trump’s since his 2016 campaign has been immigration and the perceived danger that undocumented immigrants pose to American citizens. As the midterm elections approach, the president has been returning to the topic, arguably with the aim of striking fear into the hearts of voters. A poll by the Pew Research Center showed that, nationally, 75 percent of Republican voters see illegal immigration as the country’s biggest problem right now.
I really hope everyone enjoys my article today! Was that too much? Okay, let me try this again, I really hope everyone enjoys my article today. Well, now that just feels sarcastic. The issue with exclamation points has increased since current social trends in marketing have overused exclamation points in hopes to draw attention to their product, article or point of view. Exclamation points were created in hopes to further display one’s strong feeling of emphasis on a specific sentence or saying. For example, one would normally not just say, "Watch out, there’s a fire."