An Un-American Union: How Trump’s Withdrawal From the Paris Agreement Could Alienate the United States

When he withdrew from the Paris Agreement on June 1, President Donald Trump managed to alienate a number of America’s closest allies.  While the recent G-7 summit yielded mixed reactions among European leaders, this withdrawal resulted in leaders of Europe and the rest of the world choosing to bypass the U.S. government on climate change in the future.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel, backed by most of the European Union, flatly refused to renegotiate the Paris Agreement to better fit American… Read more

The Refugee Crisis

True to our fears, the Trump administration is already inflicting whiplash on everyday Americans, as many of us flit from report to report in an effort to ascertain exactly what the new President is doing. Perhaps the most glaring example of this from the first several weeks of the new administration has been the travel ban, which bars entry into the US for any person coming from a number of majority-Muslim countries. This post will not discuss the specifics of… Read more

A Democratic Revival

Like many Democrats of faith, I’m still reeling—or doing something close to it—from the outcome of the 2016 election. Though there are those of us who feel a newfound call to engage in American civic life, there’s a palpable sense that our passion lacks a unified direction at which to point it. While everyone from Hill staffers to casual readers of the local paper seem similarly befuddled, it’s crystal clear that liberals need an unambiguous course forward. Without question, one… Read more

Is Donald Trump the Antichrist?

While Democrats and progressive Christians alike argue that President Trump is the embodiment of evil, others are drawing eerie connections between POTUS and the Antichrist.  Sure, this is nothing new.  Many people believed the same thing about President Obama and have believed – and will continue to believe — that about many U.S. Presidents. But, The Christian Post, which is the world’s largest American Christian publication, just released a bold article by it’s most-read author, Eric Sapp, making the case… Read more

Truth, Tolerance, and the Rise of Trump

Our land of the free, home of the brave turned 240 this past Independence Day, and our young country, though not without failure, has had much success. We have been the melting pot, the voice of democracy, and the technological trailblazer on the world’s stage. The dreams we have dreamt for equality in the workplace seem closer than ever as we witness the end of the first African-American President’s second term, with a woman waiting in the wings to take… Read more

The Benefits and Risks of a Clinton-Warren Ticket

As primary season comes to a close and the general election begins to ramp up, so too does the speculation regarding the potential Vice Presidential nominees.  The scrutiny under which potential candidates are put is enormous and given the unusual nature of this election cycle, unusual things may happen. Both campaigns may attempt to alter the course of the election in their favor by choosing a Vice Presidential candidate who may normally have never been considered.  Enter Elizabeth Warren. Even… Read more

Why Trump’s Invasive Brand Is Actually Unpatriotic

A little over a month ago, I arrived in Washington, D.C. to begin a Summer Fellowship. My mom came with me to help set up my dorm and get my bearings. On Memorial Day, we joined the throng of people pushing through the humid atmosphere to Constitution Avenue in order to watch the annual Memorial Day parade. The parade included memorials dedicated to all the American wars and featured veterans and active duty servicemen and women as well as orchestras… Read more

The Alarming Discrepancy Between Clinton and Trump Endorsements

In light of Paul Ryan’s seemingly begrudging recent endorsement of Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee, it is interesting to compare the kinds of endorsements his campaign has accrued along the way with those of Hillary’s campaign.  Given that one of these two people will be the next President of the United States, it is important to consider the kinds of people who want to associate themselves with either Trump or Clinton, respectively. As Trump has struggled to get… Read more

With Dictators as Friends, A Donald Trump Presidency Would Bear Bad Fruit

Last Tuesday, Republican nominee Donald Trump received an endorsement from Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of North Korea. In DPRK Today, a North Korean periodical, the dictator praised Trump, calling him a “wise politician.” Positive feedback from the likes of Un should make us question Donald Trump’s candidacy. To the international community, Un is regarded as a suppressive dictator. Rumors of purges and executions escape North Korea by way of defectors fleeing his isolated regime. Before taking power Un… Read more

Slamming the Door on the Syrian Stranger

(Reposted with permission from author) “The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them.” George W. Bush I understand the genuine desire by Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) to protect and defend Americans from potential security risks. Throughout the next few months, President (Barack) Obama,… Read more

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