Comparing Generations

1943-1945, the period of time which brought to light the greatest generation in modern american history. 1999-2016, the emergence of the weakest generation in all of american history. Two vastly different time periods, home to two vastly different groups of people, and I intend to bring to light the main points which make them polar opposites.

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          Perhaps embodying the quote the John F. Kennedy would coin years later, the young men and women of america in the early to mid 1940’s dedicated their lives to the upkeep of their country without thinking twice. Boys no older than 18 charged the largest beach-head in history on June 6th, 1944, and continued charging, wave after wave until their foe could take no more. In the pacific these boys did this almost weekly while hopping from island to island in some of the most gruesome fighting in history. Despite this, more than 6 million of these men were volunteers, doing what had to be done to defend their country. Today however, I am disgusted to find men and women in my age group calling out for “safe zones” on college campuses because most of my generation lacks a sizeable spine, and the mental power to deal with somebody else’s opinion. We are the result of the “everybody gets a trophy” idea and that means that somebody has anything that is better than we have, we throw a fit, and call them a bigot, selfish, or sexist depending on the situation. To top it all off, we are hypocrites. When asked whether or not they supported a war with the islamic state (ISIL) 60% of millennials asked said yes, however, only 15% were willing to serve in the U.S. Military. Essentially, my generation wants to fight for what is right, but wants someone else to do the fighting for them.

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          Today we see a wave of groups “calling for action” against things which would simply have rolled off the backs of the greatest generation. To give an example, we have groups crying out to end bullying, gun ownership, and anything else that is “non-P.C.”  When it comes to bullying, I agree that it is definitely wrong, but I speak as someone who has experienced dreadful bullying in my previous school when I say that the best way to protect yourself or someone else from it, it to help them understand that it a common part of life. Teach them to accept that and develop their mental resilience to the point that they don’t let the words of others affect them. The last thing you want to do is provide a “Safe Place” for them to run to and cower behind, that will only continue to make us weaker. On the matter of gun ownership we have seen a great decline in respect for firearms between the generations at hand. While for the greatest generation firearms were seen, and treated as the tools they are. Today however, more and more people are becoming “afraid” of these tools because of a popular notion spread by uneducated authoritative figures, that all guns are bad, and the only thing a gun is good for is mass murder. This is a defining difference between these two generations, while one grew up carrying a .22 through town, learned gun safety in schools, and used these tools extensively, the other has been “sheltered” from a false evil and is now spreading these ideas to the next generation, helping to spread the weakness. Most importantly, the “millennial” generation is operating on a frame work of “Political Correctness” which essentially tells everyone to not share their opinions if it may offend someone. Quite frankly I think this is the most disgusting policy I have ever heard of. People should never be made to censor themselves in order to not “offend” someone. If you don’t like what someone has to say, ken their metaphorical skin. All that this sheltering accomplishes is making our younger generations weaker when it comes to real world issues then you don’t have to listen, much less accept it. My point is that people need to grow a spine, and thicken their metaphorical skin. All that this sheltering accomplishes is making our younger generations weaker when it comes to real world issues.

-Zack Switalski

Make America Great Again

You either love him or you hate him, Donald Trump is stealing the spotlight from all the other republican candidates. Looking at the headlines of articles there either overwhelmingly positive or very negative. But after the New Hampshire primary many reports have stated that Republicans need to start treating Donald Trump as the front-runner of the republican presidential candidate. At the very least, Republicans can no longer afford to hope Trump fades out on his own, unless they’re ready for him to be their nominee.

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Just because Trump is the only republican candidate that steals the spotlight in both positive and negative ways, the republicans need to look at the other candidates just as much as they do for Donald Trump. The other candidates might not have as much money as Trump but they might have better ideas. We as voters need to take into account that the more we fuel Trump’s fire, the more outrageous he becomes. We are running out of time to pick a new republican candidate.

In government, most of the class responded that they would like a president that understands the struggle of the average American person. They wanted someone that was confident without being cocky. They wanted someone who spoke from the heart and not a sheet of paper, or had someone else’s words coming out of their mouth. All the other candidates meet those requirements.

Now how is Donald Trump a relatable American? He came out of college with 1 million dollars already in his name, given to him by his father, then given another 2 million dollars. I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like an average American. Donald Trump, also the star of a reality TV show, owner of his own private jet, and of the Trump towers. Trump was married to model Ivana Zelnicek from 1977-92 and to Marla Maples from 1993-99. He married his third wife, Slovenian model Melania Knauss, on 22 January 2005. Trump went suddenly on the skids in 1990, finding himself over $900 million in debt and facing bankruptcy. Not your average American, and if Trump finds himself in $900 million dollars debt and facing bankruptcy, how will he handle America’s finances.images.jpg

Now on the topic of being confident and not cocky, I’m not sure if you could call Trump that man. Trump has bashed on Mexicans, Muslims, Obama, disabled, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Cruz. Even though Americans may like candidates who are politically correct, they at least have to take into consideration that the candidate has to be respectful. If, again if, Trump became our president with the technology today other countries could search Trump and easily pull up what he has said about their country.

Now, maybe it’s just me but, maybe Trump has already said too many offensive things to win over the votes of the American people. We have to think about the future, and teaming with other countries. We can’t search the internet to see if Trump has said something offensive about that country before we partner with them.

Shouldn’t we go into a new presidency period with a sense of hope and not a sense of dread. We should in a sense start over with a clean slate, and not build on to the things said during the running for president. Instead, we should put our time into elevating the numbers of a candidate that actually deserves our votes because of the good ideas and political correctness. Not because he said something offensive about a certain group of people and he has no filter, sometimes having a filter is a good thing and can be used to your advantage. How should we make America great again? By taking all the candidates into consideration, listing their pros and cons, and seeing what the candidates say and how they say it. Not just because a candidate has lots of money and no matter what they do there will be no punishment.

Trump Boycotting GOP debate

Trump Boycotting GOP debate

In light of the recent turn of events surrounding the last GOP debate, I decided to touch on a topic which I believe is quite interesting. On January 28,2016, Donald Trump decided to boycott the GOP debate well actually he announced on Tuesday that he wouldn’t but then followed through with his words on the 28th. Even though Trump has made some bold moves in the past which led him to even more publicity did he think boycotting the GOP debate would lead to good publicity?

One thing Donald Trump knows how to do is get publicity. According to The Washington Post, Trump said he believes Fox and other television networks have been taking
advantage of him by selling advertisements for their debates at a high premium. You may ask yourself what did he do since he skipped the debate, well Trump said he would instead host a competing event in the state designed to raise money for wounded veterans, as a result raised more than $6 million and $1 million of it was from his own checkbook. Which is a big step from where we stood earlier in the election when he made the comment referencing to Joe Biden “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.” images.jpgWhich in response made many veterans extremely angry, but still led to publicity. Now I can see how Donald Trump is trying to help the veterans feel less angry at him by this act of kindness by raising money to help the wounded veterans and that does lead to good publicity.

Even though the news wasn’t so pleased with the actions of Mr. Trump, I am. Even though Trump feels as if Megyn Kelly and her cast from Fox News are “out to get him” and him boycotting the debate helped him to avoid the direct questioning from Megyn and her co-moderators. I’m taking in consideration Trump could have decided to boycott the debate and do absolutely nothing.  The fact he boycotted the debate and did something honorable this is something that should be recognized and maybe we can change the ways we hold debates in a way that can help our people, while also getting good publicity just like what Trump did.

Hannah Brown

Importance roles that a President plays.

Little did you know, there is a lot the President does that most people probably didn’t know about. Obviously people know that the President has the most power but there is so much more to it that the word “power”. Also there are so many roles the President plays that people don’t even think about or even give credit to the President for. This all fits under the Executive branch. The Executive branch is the branch of federal and state government that is broadly responsible for implementing, supporting, and enforcing the laws made by the legislative branch and interpreted by the judicial branch. To me the Executive branch is the most important branch of all. One word to describe the Executive branch would be power.

In the Article, “Presidential Power and the Modern Presidents”, written by Richard Neustadt, is a well rounded article about the President’s power. The President has many “powers”. There are three topics that Neustadt brought up that really stand out to me about the President involving his powers. When the president is trying to accomplish something he needs all the help he can get. These three things are the power to persuade, professional reputation, and public prestige. The power to persuade is the way the president gives off his advise letting the people know that he wants what is best for them. The people will obviously want this because they want what is best for them. If they hear the President saying this they will be more on his side with it. The President’s reputation is the second biggest topic from Neustadt. A good reputation is wanted by everyone, especially the President. The President’s reputation is very important because this is how the whole world sees him. He wants to have a well rounded reputation because he wants everyone to be on his side. Neustadt also says, “The President’s reputation comes into play by how reliant the government’s infrastructure has on the president to carry out his legislation.” So basically the President’s reputation is very important. The last topic that Neustadt talks about is public prestige. The way the President expresses himself out in the public is also how everyone views him. The public has no direct association with the President and the government but the public is still an important role to the President. One quote that Neustadt said caught my eye and I thought it was really nicely directed to the public prestige. The quote is, “Prestige counts in power by establishing some checks upon resistance from the men engaged in governing.” These three topics play a big role in Presidency.

Another big thing about the Presidency is all of the roles the President plays. The President is in charge of so many things, the public doesn’t even realize. I think that all of these roles are almost equally important. But a few of them would be Chief of State, Chief Administrator, Commander in Chief, and Chief Citizen. The Chief of State is the ceremonial head of the US. He or she is then the symbol of all of the people of the nation. In many countries, the chief of state reigns but does not rule. But that is not the case of the President of the Us. The president both rules and reigns. This would probably be the biggest role a President has. They are running the whole country and their actions shape the country’s actions as well. The Chief of Administrator is the director of the huge executive branch of the federal Government. He or she heads one of the largest governmental machines the world has ever known. Today, the president directs an administration that employs more than 2.7 million civilians and spends more than $3 trillion a year. Managing a sprawling executive branch is only one of the President’s several jobs. The Commander in Chief is the Commander of the nation’s armed forces. The 1.4 million men and women in uniform and all of the nation’s military might are subject to the President’s direct and immediate control. The Constitution actually gives Congress some significant powers in foreign affairs and over the military, but the president has long since become dominate in both fields. President Obama is having a hard time with being the Commander in Chief. He has been wanting to take troops out of Afghanistan maybe hoping thing would get better but this is what people are worried about. They don’t want President Obama to take troops out of Afghanistan. He isn’t really doing this to the peoples advantage. He isn’t making public prestige or persuasion; like when Neustadt explained those powers. In an Article on CNN called, “Obama halts Afghanistan troop withdrawal” President Obama gets together with Ghani, the Afghan president, to talk about the troop situation. Even Ghani said they wanted to have peace but President Obama is still trying to take troops out of the war. President Obama is not listening to the people when he is working with this situation. So he is not using his “powers” as president as he should. The last role that I think is really important is the Chief Citizen. The president is expected to be “the representatives of all the people”. He or she is expected to take the high road and champion the public interest against the many different and competing private interests. I feel like this role goes with the Chief of State because this also has to do with the actions the president makes. The world will view him and know him based off of his actions.

The President’s have so many powers and roles that they have to play all at once. It must be hard but even the perfect president struggles with making everyone happy. It is hard to keep a well balanced job with one or two tasks but try around eight or nine. It is important for the President to take care of his duties so that the people in this world are being taken care of.

-Sarah S.images.jpg

The Story Behind Presidential Candidate Ben Carson

Ben-CarsonBen Carson is a retired neurosurgeon running for the Republican nomination in the 2016 election. Author, Surgeon, and Philanthropist, Ben Carson, separates himself from other candidates because although he experienced struggle and hardship early in his life, he worked his way up to being a renowned neurosurgeon and having extensive political and economic knowledge.  B. Carson was born in a poor family in Detroit, Michigan, and although his mother was an under-educated woman, she always pushed her sons into following their studies and believing in themselves. Doctor Carson, went from being a poor student in school to become a director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital by the time he was only 33 years old. He truly demonstrated the value of the American dream, starting from the bottom and working your way up through society.

Beside his difficult childhood with bad grades and anger issues, Ben Carson became a prestigious doctor in the following years. Carson graduated with honors from Southwestern and earned a full scholarship to Yale, receiving a B.A. degree in psychology in 1973. Later on, Carson attended the School of Medicine at the University of Michigan to become a neurosurgeon. One of his most popular performed surgeries as a director of pediatric neurosurgery  was the separation of occipital craniopagus twins in Germana47bbe25-a148-40fc-91ac-8ce3627d98a2y, which eventually earned him an international reputation. After several successful surgeries of separating conjoined twins in different countries, Ben Carson began traveling across the country telling his story and sharing his philosophy of life.

After years of successful surgeries, a busy schedule, and a number of honorary doctorate degrees, Carson decided to step away from his career and settle down a little. Following his recovery to prostate cancer, Ben Carson wrote several books over his own life, success, philosophy and religious faith. In 2012, he decided to retire from his career as a surgeon and focus more on politics.

He is not widely regarded as an electable candidate, as he has a relatively narrow appeal. Analysts do not expect Carson to succeed among the libertarian demographic for the GOP, as his appeal is widely restricted to evangelical conservatives. However, as an experienced and renowned doctor, he would be better suited as a Surgeon General rather than as a President, given he has no experience in politics. Former members of Ben Carson’s campaign have said he cannot gather “one intelligible word” about the current situation in the Middle East, and his foreign policy advisor has since left his campaign due to a growing frustration with Carson (Read more). Although a very religious affiliated man, he has taken a strong stand against the politically correct movement. As for example when it comes to waterboarding terrorists, Ben Carson’s is completely in favor of it because he says, “there’s no such thing as political correctness when you’re fighting an enemy”.

From his bad grades at school and anger management issues as a kid to his world-class neurosurgeon skills, Ben Carson has demonstrated throughout his career that he’s capable of doing all sorts of things. With his successful and very complex surgeries, I’d say he is very capable of making crucial decisions on the spot, and that he would make a great Surgeon General for the United States. Ben Carson has been an interesting candidate to follow during the 2016 presidential elections, we’ll have to wait and see what more is in store for him in the near future.

By Jose G (@GOV_JoseG)

 

Sources: http://www.biography.com/people/ben-carson-475422#separating-conjoined-twins

 

 

The Rubio Agenda

Marco Rubio is a Republican Senator from Florida running for President in 2016. Rubio has extensive experience in political planning and strategizing, as seen in his career as a Senator, and previously in Florida’s House of Representatives. Rubio has demonstrated determination and hard-work in his political career, makes successful plans with realistic goals, focuses on what the people need and what is best for the country. He has demonstrated capabilities that show his potential to fulfill the roles of the President.

Rubio was born in Florida in 1971, born of Cuban immigrants. He was one of four children, and his parents worked hard to provide for the family. His father spent many years as a bartender and his mother worked many retail and marketing jobs. His interest in law and politics came from his uncle, who used to read him newspaper articles to him and his siblings. Rubio was an avid football player, and received an athletic scholarship to Tarkio College in Missouri. However, within a year, he returned to Florida to finish his schooling. After completing his undergraduate at the University of Florida in 1993, he completed his graduate Law degree in 1996.

His career in politics began when he was elected to the West Miami City Commission in 1998. The next year, Rubio became involved in state politics on the House of Representatives. By 2003, he was considered the majority leader, pushing for legislative changes, and later being named Speaker of the House. As the speaker, he urged for policy changes and reform within state government. He held many gatherings with local Florida residents to hear their ideas and come up with plans. From these ideas, Rubio put together several legislatures which he called “100 Innovative Ideas for Florida’s Future,” half of which became laws.

Controversy arose when media discovered that Rubio had lied about his family past. He claimed that his parents had fled Cuba during the revolution, when in reality they left the country before Castro was in power. However, this had very little impact on his campaign, being that his policies urged to drastically decrease federal spending. Throughout his political career, he has had successful ideas made into laws, and has made a positive and influential name for himself. In 2012, he was a consideration for a running mate of Mitt Romney. However, he was not interested in a vice-presidential nomination. The Republican party saw him as a good candidate because of his ties with and likely support from the Latino community.

In April of 2015, Rubio announced his plans to run for President in 2016. He gave a speech in his hometown of Miami, explaining how he came to this decision and his plans for running. Rubio stated, “We’ve reached a moment now, not just in my career, but the history of our country, where I believe that it needs a Republican Party that is new and vibrant, that understands the future, has an agenda for the future. And I feel uniquely qualified to offer that.” This statement shows his optimistic outlook on the changing future, and his determination to be what this country needs.

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Hillary’s Haiatus?

The 2012 Benghazi attack occurred on September 11, 2012.  Islamic militants attacked the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, killing our U.S. Ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens and our Foreign Service Information Management Officer, Sean Smith.  A second attack several hours later at a nearby compound killed two CIA contractors, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.  Ten others were injured.  The United States immediately increased security all over the world at diplomatic and military facilities and began an investigation into the Benghazi attack.  State Department officials, especially Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, were criticized for denying requests for more security.  Top officials first claimed the Benghazi attack was the result of an anti-Muslim video, Innocence of Muslims, but later investigations discovered there was no such protest and the attacks were premeditated. It is believed that Clinton did not listen to security warnings before the attack, which caused military support to arrive too late.  The personal journal of Christopher Stevens was recovered which told of his great concern about security in Libya months before the attack.

Republicans formed the House Select Committee on Benghazi in May of 2014 to investigate this attack.  It was revealed that Clinton’s State Department email account had no correspondence.  This prompted the State Department to ask Clinton to turn over her emails from her private server.  This began the now famous and in the news constantly, email scandal.  On the night of the attack Clinton wrote an email to her daughter under a pseudonym “Diane Reynolds”–that the attack was launched by “an Al Qaeda-like group,” not the result of a video.

Disputed issues over the attack fall into three categories: before, during and after.  The United States did not consider the security issue in Benghazi to be a serious matter.  There had been recent smaller attacks and armed militias and Al Qaeda activists were in the city.  U.S. security at our Embassy had even been scaled down.  The video mentioned earlier had insulted Muhammed and on the evening of the attack, around 3000 people had gathered outside the U.S. embassy in Cairo.  During the attack not enough was done to defend the embassy.  We had military sources in Italy, F-16s, but they were not deployed.  Security contractors in the CIA Annex down the road asked if they could help but were ordered to “stand down.”  They were later attacked and two lost their lives.  After the attack Obama and Clinton blamed the video rather than a terrorist plot.  Internal emails blaming Al Qaeda were removed.

There have been six official investigations into the attacks and there is still no conclusion.  Before becoming Secretary of State in 2009, Hillary Clinton set up an email server at her Chappaqua, New York home and used it for all her electronic correspondence, both for work and personal during her four-year term.  She did not use a government managed email account.  She was accused of possibly violating federal requirements.  Clinton claims this was out of convenience.  Others think she had her own email system so she could have total control.  This has triggered the investigation as to what should and shouldn’t be provided to the government, as well as the Benghazi cover-up.

Hillary Clinton faced eleven hours of testimony in October 2015 before the Select Committee.  Michael Bay has come out with a current movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.  This movie could have a direct impact on the Clinton campaign for President.  

This email trail has become a big issue in Hillary Clinton’s campaign.  She has fallen in the polls and has enlisted help from her husband Bill for campaign support.  Her high security emails were more susceptible to hackers because of her actions.  Clinton has maintained that no classified material was sent over her email account, but in July, the inspector general of the US intelligence community, Charles McCullough, told Congress that Clinton had sent at least four messages containing classified information.  Clinton finally agreed to hand over the private server in August to the FBI.  She deleted many emails she deemed personal.  The State Department said that more than a dozen Libyan-related messages a former aide Sidney Blumenthal had sent her were unaccounted for.  It is impossible to know whether they were deleted on purpose.

This week brings new and more serious allegations about whether Clinton mishandled classified information while serving as Secretary of State.  The State Department has said that 22 of her emails were “top secret” and this is the first time they have been classified at that level.  This classification means they can cause “exceptionally grave” damage to national security if disclosed.  The documents were not marked as classified when they were sent.  They will not be released to the public.  The Bureaus of Diplomatic Security, and Intelligence and Research are now conducting an investigation on when they were formerly classified.  Clinton has again denied the “top secret” classification and demanded all emails be released to the public.  Of the 1,582 emails Clinton sent or received, most were at the lowest level of “confidential.”  Eleven included “secret” information.  These 22 emails were not part of that number.  None of her emails were marked as classified during her office as Secretary of State, but intelligence officials say some material was clearly classified.  Again, her aides also sent and received classified information.  Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee says that Clinton cannot be trusted with the presidency and Tom Cotton, Republican Senator from Arkansas, says Clinton should face the same consequences any federal employee would face, including criminal prosecution.

This brings to mind General Petraeus.  Petraeus was one of the most distinguished officers in our military.  He devised and successfully executed the Iraq surge, was the former Director of the CIA, and was thought to be a possible candidate for the Republican Presidential race.  Petraeus made the big mistake of giving his mistress secret information, including names of covert officers and war strategy.  He reached a plea agreement with the Justice Department and received two years of probation, a $40,000 fine, and ultimately ruined his reputation.  The documents showed Petraeus had eight books of notes taken during meetings and conferences and had them delivered to his biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell.  Petraeus and now Clinton were and are accused of misusing classified emails.  Petraeus admitted his guilt, and Clinton won’t admit to her actions as wrong or tell the truth.

When classified information is leaked to our enemies, bad things can happen to our intelligence forces.  They can be captured or even killed.  It puts our nation in jeopardy.

It remains to be seen as to whether Hillary Clinton will be indicted.  This investigation has been going on for years, and it does seem to cast doubt as to her truthfulness.  And it has had an impact in the polls.