Super Tuesday and Political Change

Super Tuesday is upon us. Republican presidential candidates will vie for delegates in 12 states while the Democrats will be looking for support in 11 states. The talk of the town is Donald Trump’s potential to sweep the day and essentially clinch the GOP nomination.

A mere year ago a Trump nomination would have seemed unlikely, yet here we are. The frontrunner has loudly, and angrily, gotten support. Trump’s views are far from anything political and his policies have yet to be fully explained. Yet this year’s election cycle shows that the American system is changing. The system needs to be fixed.

We focus too much on the two-party system in this country, which has allowed  the campaigns of both Trump and  Bernie Sanders to be successful. Trump and Sanders are both outside the box politically, the former completely and the later only ideologically. The two-party system beenfits them because it congrate svotes in one place. A more diverse political atmosphere would allow for true democracy and change.

Sanders, the career politician with outside views, needed the institution to spread his views. Trump is using the institution to throw a wrench into out political system. Both candidates are great examples of how American politics is changing, yet Trump is using his campaign to make it harder for politicians like Sanders to succeed. A multi-party system would allow for a greater American political landscape.

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Donald Trump Revisted

The 2016 GOP Presidential race has almost entirely been dominated by one man: Donald Trump.

From disparaging comments about Mexicans, immigrants, Muslims, and other candidates, Trump should not be considered a real candidate. His poll numbers reflect an opposite view that I cannot seem to fathom. Trump has done wonders to make the Republican Party a political joke than a major political party.

Trump is a personality derived from his business success. He has worked with people and compromised, probably, on many issues. His strong and vocal opinions are not what voters should be looking for in a Presidential candidate.

The 2016 election should not be defined by a loud speaking business personality, but by a new set of potential leaders set to adapt American politics for the next generation.

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Kim Davis will not authorize Same-Sex Marriage Licenses.

Kim Davis reported to duty and made a statement stating that she will not authorize gay marriage licenses. She also stated that she would allow her deputies to authorize such documents, yet without Davis’ name.

Kim Davis stating she will not authorize same-sex marriage licenses. Courtesy CNN>
Kim Davis stating she will not authorize same-sex marriage licenses. Courtesy CNN.

I originally commented about Davis’ on Facebook. I expressed my displeasure in the way Davis used her religious beliefs to infringe on a couples legal right to marry.

Let me say, I am glad Kim Davis has her religious freedom and I am glad she knows she has it. I am glad we live in a country where we are free to practice any religion and have any belief we like without another individual infringing on that right.

This country was founded on the basis of separation between church and state. Kim Davis works for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Effectively, Davis believes more in the religious doctrine she abides by then the constitution of this fair country. Davis, believes that her religious freedom allows her the right to deny somebody else their right.

I am proud to say that I think Davis can believe in whatever she wants. However, Davis puts her freedom and rights above other citizens’ freedoms and rights. Davis abused her power. Her job made her uncomfortable and she choose to take the comfortable path than her duty to do her job.

Kim Davis, do your job. If you do not like what your job entails then please quit.

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A Speech Denied

Junior Seau was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame last night. Seau, a linebacker who spent 20 years in the NFL primarily for the San Diego Chargers, committed suicide and was found dead on May 2, 2012.  He wanted his daughter, Sydney Seau, to speak if he was ever elected into the hall. The Hall, citing a five-year old policy of not letting others speak for inductees, would not let Sydney speak for her father.

Sydney Seau accepted a framed remembrance of her father, Junior Seau, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Gold Jacket Ceremony in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday. Credit Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press
Sydney Seau accepted a framed remembrance of her father, Junior Seau, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Gold Jacket Ceremony in Canton, Ohio, on Thursday. Credit Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

The New York Times published the speech Sydney would have given in its August 8th issue. The speech itself, aside from date, does not fully address the medical issues surrounding Junior’s death.  Sydney would have delivered an emotional speech about her father, yet the Hall and NFL did not allow this. This should have been an exception to discuss the problems with the game.

“What keeps coming to mind when I think of him is the fact that he was basically superhuman. On the field he was relentless, hard-hitting, passionate and unstoppable. Off the field he was caring, gentle, hilarious and generous. On top of that he played within the league for 20 years, and that in itself is pretty exceptional.

But I think what we tend to forget about our favorite invincible, unstoppable, indestructible superhumans is the minor detail that they are also human. That is something that we all must endure today without his physical presence. We cannot celebrate his life and achievement without feeling the constant piece that’s missing.”

-Excerpt from Sydney Seau’s prepared speech

Junior Seau gave his life and body to the game and the game would not even let his daughter speak for him. Instead, a video tribute was shown and Sydney was presented with a plaque. Junior’s death, the result of brain damage, needed to be discussed last night. Sydney needed to speak. Her words showed that her father loved the game and that it consumed him at times. Her words could have been the beginning of a bigger discussion of the risks in America’s most popular game.

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Colin Cowherd Will No Longer Appear On ESPN

Colin Cowherd hosted The Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio Simulcast on ESPNU
Colin Cowherd hosted The Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio Simulcast on ESPNU

Radio host Colin Cowherd will no longer appear on ESPN according to a statement by the network on July 24 after comments Cowherd made about Dominican baseball players on his radio show.

“Colin Cowherd’s comments over the past two days do not reflect the values of ESPN or our employees.  Colin will no longer appear on ESPN.”

Cowherd issued his own apology on Twitter yesterday:

“I did not intend to offend anyone w my comments. I realize my choice of words was poor and not reflective of who I am. I am sorry.”

Cowherd is moving to Fox Sports and will most likely deal with action there. Cowherd has always been outspoken and has some strong opinions. His comments on the complexity of baseball are one thing, but he could have cited strategy and not have used one group of players. Cowherd should be cited as an example of how sports media can cross the line.

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Donald Trump makes a Splash on Cover of ‘The New Yorker’

Donald Trump isn’t only making waves in the GOP presidential candidate pool. The July 27, 2015 edition of The New Yorker will feature Trump doing a belly flop.

July 27, 2015 cover of The New Yorker
July 27, 2015 cover of The New Yorker

The illustration, entitled “Belly Flop,”  was drawn by Barry Blitt.

“Donald Trump has entered the fray of Republican Presidential candidates with all the grace of a bully doing cannonballs and belly flops at the local swimming pool,” Blitt said about his cover for next week’s issue. “I’ll certainly be watching the first televised debate, just around the corner, on August 6th. Trump never fails to provide hours of slack-jawed amazement.”

Trump is currently leading the GOP candidate poll and will most likely be involved in Republican debates. With his recent controversial comments and his brass speaking style, Trump certainly has made a splash in the 2016 presidential election.

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Pedro Martinez: ‘Probably 60 Percent’ of MLB Players used PEDs

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez speaks Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at Fenway Park, in Boston, after being elected to baseball's Hall of Fame. Martinez, a three-time Cy Young winner, helped the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years in 2004. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez speaks Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, at Fenway Park, in Boston, after being elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame. Martinez, a three-time Cy Young winner, helped the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years in 2004. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Former Boston Red Sox great has been vocal on his disapproval of steroid and performance enhancing drug usage during his time in MLB. In recent comments, Martinez notes that PED users — most notably his former Boston teammate Manny Ramirez —  were numerous in baseball:

“It wasn’t just Manny,” Martinez said of the use of performance-enhancing drugs. “Probably 60 percent of baseball was doing that.”

Martinez, who has stated he was clean, enjoyed pitching during the high times of the steroid era.

“I wouldn’t want it any other way,” Martinez said. “There’s no crying.”

Baseball purists probably cringe at statements from players like this, but does this signify a change in baseball? Probably, many players will always want to get the advantage and if players like Martinez, presumably clean, can dominate, maybe baseball should look into better PED reform.

No matter what you think, PED usage probably will not stop, and certainly cannot be fully controlled. Baseball has been slow to change its ways and the PED issue is concerning, but probably will not go away, probably not at all. The road to reforms is upon us. We will see how baseball adapts to the times.

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Caitlyn Jenner at the ESPYS

Last night at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner accepted the Arthur Ashe Award at the ESPYs, ESPN’s annual award show.

Caitlyn Jenner accepts Arthur Ashe  award for courage at ESPY Awards on July 15, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner accepts Arthur Ashe award for courage at ESPY Awards on July 15, 2015

Jenner, a highly regarded olympian, was honored due to her identifying as transgender and her transition from male to female. Her speech  and acceptance of the award have received critical responses. Many believe that this award should honor someone who has made a courageous effort and has been recently relevant in sports.  Many believe Jenner’s transition is something that should not be rewarded, yet this is a courageous step. People who are different are often misunderstood. Maybe Jenner’s award for courage is the first step in accepting  and understanding transgender people openly and proudly.

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Randy Moss Defends Tom Brady

Randy Moss was a great receiver who greatly benefited from playing four season with Tom Brady in New England. The former Patriots’ receiver  defended the deflategate passer over the weekend,

Getty Images
Getty Images

“Over some air?” Moss said, via the Fayetteville Observer. “If he did it, so what? He hasn’t shown me anything but how he carries himself as a professional man, husband, father and athlete. Tom Brady is a pro’s pro. I love the man and everything he’s accomplished.”

Over Moss’ four seasons in New England, the team went to the Super Bowl once, a loss to the New York Football Giants in Super Bowl XLII, ending the Patriots’ attempt at a19-0 record. Moss’ defense of Brady over the deflategate scandal comes as no surprise due to his success in New England. Brady’s fate is in the hands of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell seemingly will rule without much outside opinion regardless of opinions of Brady’s former teammates.

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