U.S. retreat from Syria will carry disastrous implications

For many American citizens, the seven-year-long civil war raging in Syria seems like a distant reality floating in the background of domestic affairs. As for myself, I find it difficult to ignore the injustices committed against the people of Syria and America’s frustratingly stale attitude toward them. If it wasn’t apparent that the needs of millions of Syrians have been pushed to the backburner, President Donald Trump’s recent decision to withdraw American troops from the nation has made it so. The decision to retract forces, and therefore aid, from a territory relentlessly under attack from the Assad regime comes as no surprise to those who have followed Trump’s policies throughout his presidency. Yet this move could be catastrophic. As explained in Janine di Giovanni’s opinion piece for the New York Times, Syrians were beginning to relinquish their preconceived ideas of anti-American sentiment because of the presence and assistant provided by the U.S. Despite constantly being met with resistance, Trump continues to stand by his desire to  remove any trace of Islam in America. Trump’s only concern seems to be stroking the fire of Islamophobia and ridding our nation of any traces of the religion and its followers. His sudden and

The Constitution is long overdue for a revisit

Growing up in the U.S., we all learn about the Constitution and the 27 Amendments that make up the laws of our country. Many have caused controversy over the years, with the Second Amendment being the target of scrutiny as mass shootings become more prevalent across the nation. While wanting to uphold the law that has stood for almost 230 years is understandable, the stubbornness of the nation to even consider updating the Constitution is the most problematic issue in today’s society. Our forefathers did not intend for the Constitution to remain unchanged, so why should we leave it as so? Written in 1787 and put into effect in 1789, the Constitution was designed for a different society — a society that was still finding its footing as an independent nation, creating laws to establish order after a brutal eight-year war. The framers designed a strong government that ensured the power would still lie in the hands of the people. However, checks and balances had to be put in place keep the citizens of America free, including the first ten Amendments, known as the Bill of Rights. Though many nowadays are arguing that all amendments made should remain untampered, as

Democrats fall back on traditional candidates after State of the Union

After President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, the Democratic Party had an opportunity to respond with someone who the party felt could motivate voters. Instead, it chose to rely on the past and one of its most popular political families by choosing Massachusetts representative Joe Kennedy III. Kennedy, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2013, is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy. The response after the address has long been used to showcase rising stars, and insiders have suggested that Kennedy’s speech is being used to position for a possible presidential run. While Kennedy is a younger candidate than the party has promoted in recent years, he feels like a safe decision rather than an exciting one. Speaking out of a garage in Fall River, Massachusetts, Kennedy showcased the charisma that his family was known for. Much of his speech was meant to push back against the president’s own, even acknowledging that Fall River was “an American city built by immigrants.” Unfortunately, the choice highlights Democratic party relying on its legacies, rather than building new stars and ideas that appeal to younger voters. According to an article

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The Bush and Clinton dynasties are at it again in the 2016 presidential race

Did your parents ever say you could be anything you wanted when you grew up, even president? Well, if your last name happens to be Clinton or Bush, your chances are high. If and when former first lady and Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and former Florida Governor “Jeb” Bush decide to officially enter the 2016 presidential race, it will mark the fourth instance during the past five election cycles in which a Bush and a Clinton vie for the presidency. Our last presidential election in 2012 was the first time since 1984 that the names Bush and Clinton failed to appear at the same time on the presidential ballot. During a time when it seems many Americans are more capable of naming American Idol contestants than presidential hopefuls, it should come as no surprise to see these two very recognizable names, and family political dynasties, become early frontrunners for their respective parties and the 2016 presidency before they’ve even declared that they will run. We must question the status of America’s psyche, which allows two families to continue to seize our hopes, dreams and votes in a nation with more than 300 million people. These last names have evolved

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