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Red, White and True: What does the future hold?

“Never make predictions, especially about the future.” – Casey Stengel It has certainly been a crazy year in the political world. Those who study political science theories were perplexed as Donald Trump flipped the world on its head with his successful presidential campaign. So much has changed, and yet so much is still the same. Washington, […]

Red, White and True: The two-party system: Where does it go from here?

“Neither political party is clean when it comes to tactics that divide our people.” – Roy Barnes In the wake of the 2016 election, when Democrats voted Republican, Republicans voted Democrat and some voted for no one at all, there has never before been such concern for the inevitable demise of the two-party system. According to […]

Red, White and True: Trump at Three Months

“The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.” — Lyndon B. Johnson This Thursday marks the three-month anniversary of January 20, or the date that Donald Trump was inaugurated as president of the United States. Following […]

Red, White and True: The Syria situation

“We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that’s not innocent; nor can we be passive when freedom is under siege.” – Ronald Reagan In the wake of reports that Bashar al Assad used chemical weapons against Syrians, the United States launched over 50 missiles at a Syrian airbase. It marked some of the most […]

Red, White and True: The future of the Supreme Court

“Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.” –William Howard Taft One of the president’s greatest responsibilities is nominating a justice to serve on the Supreme Court in the event of a vacancy. With only nine justices serving on the Court, each one has the power to swing any important decision. With many […]

Red, White and True: The failure of the American Healthcare Act

“America’s health care system is neither healthy, caring, nor a system.” – Walter Cronkite On Friday afternoon, the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare, the signature healthcare law implemented by the previous presidential administration, died a quick and painful death. The bill was supposed to come to a vote on the House floor, but was pulled […]

Red, White and True: The final hours of the filibuster

“If you give up your rights now, don’t expect to get them back.” –Rand Paul In 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spearheaded an impactful change on the Senate floor. An overwhelming majority of Senators voted to eliminate the filibuster in situations where legislation was being introduced on the Senate floor. Later on, Reid invoked […]

Red, White and True: The problem with protest

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy As American citizens, one of our fundamental rights is the right to assembly. From the days of the American Revolution, when citizens protested King George’s oppressive policies, to the present, when citizens are protesting for women’s rights, the right to assembly […]

Red, White and True: Two wrongs don’t make a right

“Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.” – Thomas Jefferson New presidencies often bring tension between the administration and select media outlets. President Obama had a rocky relationship with Fox News, and his administration went so far as to limit its access to the press pool […]

Red, White and True: In defense of Charlie Baker

“A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.” –Molière The moderate Republican is a dying breed. Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker represents one of the last and most powerful proponents of this ideology. Recently, Baker, an anti-Trump Republican, has […]