Early in my childhood, I always resented the president’s. It wasn’t for the fact that they were not likeable, I just hated the things they had. I wanted to be the president so bad was the cause of my frustration. They had the whole white house all to themselves. All 132 rooms, including the bowling room, would be at my leasure. It seemed being president was the best four to eight years of somebodies life. Even if you couldn’t find everything you wanted in the white house, I believed they could call for anything you wanted just because you were the leader of the free world. They always praised the president like he could do anything, so that’s what I saw. Unfortunately, I completely misunderstood the powers he possessed, as well as my peers. Even though he has the life of the riches he doesn’t have any power like one.    The way the power works in reality is greatly depicted in the the words of Neustadt. Richard Neustadt was an American political philosopher who served for several presidents as their advisor. He later wrote his findings and ideas about the necessities for a president in his book called “Presidential Powers”. In this piece of literature, there were 3 main ideas he found the a president needed in order to be a successful president. The first point is the power to persuade. Any law that the president would like to pass always has to go through the reigns of congress. Most of the time congress is not going to want to change anything unless it would be in their favor. Congress could easily veto everything if a president would not try to reason with them. A good president, by Neustadt’s ideas, would be able to bargain as well as persuade to get stuff done. He would influence them in order to make change for the better, without giving congress too much gain in “trades”. This is one of the significant powers the president must possess.

    The next thing that is essential for a president’s public prestige. Public prestige can also become the fate of the president. Without the people behind him, he would be able to exploited by congress or anybody that opposes him. They could take advantage of when the people could care less what will happen to him. Nobody would care that he struggles with the senate. Nobody would care that he couldn’t get anything done, due to the fact that in reality, nobody would want him to do anything. The last idea coincides with public prestige, but this time it goes through the people of higher status. 

    The president as well as having a good reputation with the people of America als has to have a good reputation with the people you could possibly work with. Other political activist and people of power in the country should also lean towards liking you, for many beneficial reasons. It could go from anywhere to boosting your influence to getting that one more vote to letting your bill pass. It is also very essential to make sure that you don’t make enemies, because they could go out and publicly, humiliate, deteriorate your reputation, or convince fellow peers that you’re not the right choice. 

    Neustadt’s idea on power of the presidency resides on three main ideas. Those three ideas are public prestige, professional reputation, and the ability to bargain. I agree that people should see it this way, because this would give them a better idea on who can embody the power of a president.


Special Needs in America Today

In today’s society, there has been a lot of discussion about the mentally handicapped and the way they are taught in schools. In many public schools around the nation children characterized as special needs have a specific class and specifically trained teachers to help them with the challenge that is educating special needs children. The children that a. re characterized by the term special needs need to be in an environment where they have the modifications and the trained teachers to help them get as good as an education as they can physically receive. This process of getting a special needs student can be halted by the lack of concern that this issue has, and they lack of teachers that are willing to work with special needs students.

To talk about this matter specifically we need to define what it means to be a special needs students; the educational requirements of pupils or students suffering from any of a wide range of physical disabilities, medical conditions, intellectual difficulties, or emotional problems, including deafness, blindness, dyslexia, learning difficulties, and behavioral problems. By this definition more people than we think can be characterized as a 405 student, or to actually placed into a slower paced special needs classroom. When parents in the 21st century find out that their child will be characterized as a special needs recipient the comes with a negative connotation that they will be taking care of this child for the rest of lives, and they will be so different than the rest of children their age. Yes, children placed in the category of special needs will be different but they are not helpless, and they are not stupid. These children are different and they might have different variations of needs than other children, but they are not alone. There are approximately 400,000 people living in the world with Down Syndrome (recorded in 2012). One or Two in every 1,000 children is born with some sort of FAS, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Many of these children are treated like what has happened to them is their own fault and that in some way, shape, or form that they deserve this. With all of this being said, the Federal Government decided that these children need to be integrated back into the normal classroom where they don’t have any of the modifications that they would have if they were in a specific special needs classroom. But in today’s schools, there are not a lot if any special education classrooms, there are just FLS (Function Life Skills). Theses FLS classes do not to teach any of the normal teaks that other classrooms go over; this class teaches the special needs students how to have a self-efficient life for life in a group home.

I firmly believe that children who have special needs need to be held to a different accountability and need to be helped differently than people who are all physically and mentally there. If the child could not keep with the pace of being in a classroom, but does not qualify for the FLS class, there is not a whole lot in place right now to give these children the support and the help that they deserve. There needs to be some help with children who are under this broad spectrum of the term “Special Needs Student”. These children are just that children, they want to be treated and given the same chances at succeeding like everyone else, but to succeed sometimes these children need to be taken out of this competitive environment so they can have a chance to succeed in their own confortable environment.

Why Ben Carson WOULD have been the best candidate.

Written by: Lucas Ivy-O’Donnell


Ben Carson is someone that everyone can strive to be like. A man who came from a poor environment and rose above many challenges in order to become an image of the American dream. While he might not be the next president of the United States he was the president we deserve.

Ben Carson began his life in a small home in the projects of Detroit Michigan. He was raised by a single, hardworking mother and had the ideology that hard work is the00b84afb414acd9427939def06033f3a stimulant for all things good ingrained in his mind from a very young age. After
overcoming many challenges he worked his way up and through college until he had eventually found his calling as a neurosurgeon at one of the most prestigious hospital in the country and the world.

Unlike Donald Trump and many of the other candidates he was not afforded the chance to take short cuts through life like a $1 million loan. America has become complacent. So many times people are willing to live off the hard work of someone else instead of going out and making something  of themselves.

Ben Carson may not be the most experienced candidate by any means but he does have some very good policies that, because he doesn’t get much airtime, people don’t really understand. His stance on healthcare is coming from a viewpoint that can only come from a hardworking citizen and a doctor. He plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act(Obamacare) and replace it with a more family and community oriented system. He wants to give every person basically a little trust-fund that goes towards healthcare. The money is interchangeable between family members. This would allow you to reallocate funds based on need.maxresdefault

He also wants to bring America back to its roots. In an interview Ben talked about how America used to be a community of helpers and doers. How if a farmer in a town broke his leg the rest of the town helped him with his crops. How if a man was killed the rest of the town would help the family. America does not succeed when the government must be relied on for things like this. America needs to be a place where you pay your own way and gain the respect of those around you. That is how we make America great again.

One negative of Doctor Carson however is that his knowledge of foreign policy is close to none. While I agree with him that more needs to be done about ISIS that is really all I have learned from him. Even his chief adviser for foreign policy left him because he said he could not formulate a single intelligent word on the subject. Isn’t this what advisers are for though? Would it not be good to have someone not so hell bent on doing things? Having little knowledge just means there is opportunity to learn. Contrary to popular belief you can teach an old dog new tricks..

While I do not believe Dr. Carson can win this election due to him being to soft spoken ,which didn’t resonate with many people, I do believe that his policies and values would have helped us get back to the way we were  and that we would have been better off with him in office. I would like to close on a quote by him that I believe responds directly to the people that say a leader of this great nation needs experience. “You are absolutely right — I have no political experience. The current Members of Congress have a combined 8,700 years of political experience. Are we sure political experience is what we need. Every signer of the Declaration of Independence had no elected office experience.” We are a country built by innovators and  rebels. We should be a little more open minded about having one in charge.


Lucas Ivy-O’Donnell