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.



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.


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.


White Man Tells Former St. Louis Cardinal to ‘Go back to Ferguson’ 

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Curt Ford watches his sixth inning hit, Thursday, Oct. 23, 1987 in St. Louis, against the Minnesota Twins. The Cards won a 4-2 victory to go one game up in the World Series. Ford’s hit scored two runs and he collected an extra base on a throw. (AP Photo/Rob Kozloff)

Former St. Louis Cardinal Curt Ford was allegedly punched and told to ‘Go back to Ferguson’ by a white man at a gas station. Ford, an African American, is considering leaving St. Louis after the incident.

“I’ve had enough of St. Louis,” Ford, 54, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “You hear about this kind of stuff happening, and I always knew it existed because of my previous experience working here in St. Louis, but you try to keep away from it and there is just no way you can do that unless you stay inside like a hermit.”

Racial tensions have been high in Missouri since the controversial death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August. Curt Ford’s case shows the continued lack of respect  blacks in this country get. An athlete who represented the area to the best of his ability should not be subjected to physical or verbal abuse because of the color of his skin. Nobody should be subjected to racial discrimination in any form.

The racial tensions in this country at this time are just an example of what we need to do to move forward. As a people, we need to move forward.


Obama’s Niece Reportedly Threatened before NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Game

Heightened security was needed at Monday’s Princeton-Maryland women’s basketball game after an apparent threat to Obama’s niece, Leslie Robinson, who plays for Princeton. Reports also state that there was a gunman driving around the University of Maryland’s College Park Campus before the game.

Good for Maryland to increase the game’s security detail, but what if this gunman actually entered the arena? He mayhave successfully carried out his threat against Robinson, a Princeton University freshman. The  accused gunman may have also done harm to many other people. 

The athletic arena is not far removed from political stances. Olympics, Super Bowls, etcetera have all had their fairs hair of political symbolism. The kind of threat against a head of state’s family that calls for heightened security has no place in sports. 

Athletic events are very enjoyable gatherings, but can also be very dangerous environments. One threat should not hamper enjoyment  of the game.