Ben Carson vs. History

As an International History major, I respect the power of the past. Looking back is the best way to craft a road to the future…except when we twist reality to advance our own agendas. Unfortunately Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson did just that when he decided to share his thoughts on gun control and the […]

Race-Based Reactionism Reaches New Low

Racism is an evil; no rational man, woman, or child can argue otherwise. But as a nation, we will never escape our shameful past by assuming guilt before innocence and making villains of potential victims. I have listened ad infinitum to coverage of Michael’s Brown’s death since his August 9 shooting. The story is anything but clear: all we know for sure is that at […]

The Ice Bucket Challenge: A Moral Dilemma

The concept is simple: dump a bucket of ice-cold water over your head to raise awareness for ALS, a “progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.” On the surface, it appears harmless; raising more than $15 million to cure a terrible disease seems a distinct moral good. But nothing is ever what […]

Arm the Kurds

For nearly 20 years, the Kurds have been a bastion of security in northern Iraq, a region scarred by violent jihad and religious extremism. Brutally persecuted by Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party in the late ’80s, they were our closest allies during the Iraq War, “fought alongside” our troops, and were the invasion’s biggest success. Ten years later, they are the only thing standing between ISIS […]

I Stand With Israel

“Peace,” they cry. “Israel must make peace with Palestine.” Hamas begs to differ. I do not pretend to know all the intricacies of this conflict; I have not dedicated my life to learning about the issue nor undertaken years of study. That said, I know enough: I know both sides have historically shown a willingness to engage in […]

Time for Amnesty

Americans don’t really care for reform until things go south. Pun intended. Illegal immigration has been a big-ticket political item for years. As the Latino population grows, so too will its importance. Unfortunately, recent events have confirmed what I already knew: the Republican Party is woefully out of touch. The GOP made a name for itself as […]

Gay Marriage and Imposing Moral Standards

Does our government have the right to legislate morality? At first, the question may seem ridiculous: because citizens disagree on the definition of right and wrong, the State ought not take a stand on controversial moral questions. My friend and fellow Republican Amber Athey made this very argument several months ago: “The government cannot, and should not, legislate human ethics, for not only is this hypocritical […]

Hobby Lobby Decision Falls Short

“Why should any company be required to provide contraception to its employees?” As I silently contemplated the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, I couldn’t help but ignore this question. If using birth control is the direct result of a personal choice, why must businesses cover it? As rational human beings, we have a right to make decisions; those decisions, however, have consequences, […]

Obamacare: Death by Origination

Obamacare will die. Its killer? A single sentence: “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.” Death by origination: that’s what I’d call it. I’d also call it justice; the Democrats’ crimes, so to speak, have finally caught […]