Happy President’s Day! Even though originally intended to accelerate Washington;s birthday, today we honor on the 44 Men (Groover Cleveland served 2 non-consecutive terms) who have served in the highest office in the land.
Today the office is under so many different tresses than when it was first established. So let’s talk about the current president and what the office means in 21st century American politics
The modern American president does (and should) not operate in an isolationist vacuum. He(hopefully she soon) should be a beacon of hope not just for Americans, but for everybody in the free world.
An American president leads by example and is our symbol to the rest of the world. We put too much emphasis on him sometimes in our everyday lives as his approach should be to lead the entire nation. State and local government fill in the gaps for more regional based policies. However, the president can make things easier if he were to support policies that can help all the states.
On a global stage, the American President can influence policy and have international order follow his discretion. The current Commander-in-Chief reflects a lack of control
President Trump in his first year has made the world weary of America. He is past the point of getting the benefit of the doubt with his highly unconventional policies and erratic behavior. From the Muslim ban, high staff turnover and attacking news outlets that dare ti disagree with him this president has shown he does not know what he is doing.
Yet this president has gotten many more interest in politics and has gotten many people politically active. THis is good. When the system isn’t working we should not put into a person who is vastly unqualified and holds no stable views on anything.
This President’s please think about your own political mindset and be active. At a minimum just vote and listen to people with the opposite view. Deepen your political IQ and get out there. Now is not the time to sit out and let others lead the game.
I haven’t been writing here in a long time. I was unsure how. I spent a lot of time here discussing the Trump Campaign, Sports and whatever came to mind. Now, Trump, unexpectedly, is president, I am getting married and sports are even crazier than ever.
I don’t know how often or what I will write, but I know I want to bring this back.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.