While such a riot in the heartland of American democracy surely created striking images and made for great media spectacle, for those who had followed the events of the summer, it simply represented a continuation of the increasingly common trend of turning to violence as a legitimate means of political recourse.
In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, C-SPAN host Steve Scully asked President Barack Obama: “At what point do we run out of money?” Obama responded with “Well, we are out of money now.”
From the Roman Empire to Chinese dynasties to Cold War-era African regimes, coups have thrown wrenches into the stream of history, marking the erosion of domestic governmental legitimacy as well as the rest of the world’s perception of a state.
On January 6th, 2021, a coup d’etat was attempted by Trump loyalists on Capitol Hill. In efforts to overturn the certification of the 2020 general election, the results of which Trump cast doubt on for months in advance, the loyalists arrived armed with pipe bombs for both major political national headquarters, zip ties for potential hostages, and their dedication to not wearing masks.
While right-wing Christians espouse the sanctity of life and the horrors of infanticide, liberalist secularists argue for the right of bodily autonomy and a woman’s right to privacy. ... How are these diametrically opposed groups to come to a consensus or an agreement on law when the facts at hand are fundamentally disputable in the eyes of each group?
It’s common to call the “War on Drugs” a failure. In truth, that would be extremely generous. The “War on Drugs” has been a horrific series of policy choices that have targeted the United States’ most vulnerable populations, and the tens of thousands of deaths every year prove it.
Considering the fact that athletes can be affected by police brutality regardless of race or socioeconomic background, you would think they have just as much of a right as anyone else to protest and yet people have managed to turn the wealth disparity between these athletes and the average person into a reason as to why they should not be protesting.
This idea that the next POTUS will lead to irrevocable change has shaped an agenda that both sides are promoting: that their candidate should be elected solely out of fear of the ‘evil’ alternative. A prominent example of this is the left today and their insistence that settling for Joe Biden, the ‘lesser of two evils,’ is the correct move for any pursuit of left-wing politics.
Despite a slow return to normalcy, institutions are still falling apart, workers are still losing their jobs, and education is still being reshaped as doctors, politicians, and scientists still scramble for solutions. During a vital election year, all American citizens have been asked an unprecedented question: should they gamble their safety to exercise their right to vote? Does their single vote really matter?
Reportedly, RBG’s dying wish was that she be replaced after the next election. However, the constitution clearly provides the president with the right and duty to install justices without regard to when during their term, and all the presidents with the opportunity to nominate a justice in the final year of their term did so.
If the past few months have demonstrated anything, it’s that social justice issues drive popular politics. They have become the centralized issue of this election and while I agree that they are without a doubt an extremely important factor, it has also become evident that a significant amount of people do not know the nuances of either candidate's plans outside of these issues.
Hypocritically, the rich are seen as both the root of all of America’s problems, as well as a panacea. It is true that there is significant wealth inequality in the United States, but it seems that the most vocalized response to this is to blame the successful, instead of looking inwards to see what each individual can do for themselves first, or perhaps learn from those who have “made it”.
What is the point of another publication claiming they know the truth, the way it all really is? Aren’t there enough blogs, newspapers, magazines, journals, news channels, and YouTube creators who think that they and they alone have the keys to progress and utopia?
American society is not perfect, and it is not only moral, but patriotic, to want better for every single person living in it for the future. What is being witnessed on the streets of this nation, however, is not an attempt at progressive reform but rather at the regressive destruction of American history and culture.
The main focus of American attention should only be directed towards the amount of funding for public schools, but also to the distribution of funds among specific public schools.
Portland, Oregon. Quite the conundrum. Federal agents have run amok in the city, black-bagging (kidnapping) innocent protesters, refusing to identify themselves, breaking the hand of a calm Navy veteran in two places, and tear-gassing groups of Portland moms without the consent of the city.
In fact, the narrative of the police are at the front lines of a systemic, society-wide “war on blacks” is the direct cause for an increase in interracial violence in colored communities, ultimately amounting to more deaths in the very groups that the movement preaches to empower.