An Evening With ‘Our Revolution’

On March 31st, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) took the city of Boston by storm when they spoke at the Our Revolution rally at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre. Given the impending Nor’Easter, the crowd at the event was tremendous. Most of the seats in the theater were filled by rally-goers. The orchestra was filled to the brim, and the second-level of the theater was at least ¾ of the way full. Overall, the event boasted an impressive turnout, despite the weather. Online, about three-thousand people RSVP’d—less than the number of people who actually turned out for it, but 3,000+ people would have been far too many people for this rally anyways.

For the people who were there, it probably seemed like a peaceful, easy event to attend. Unlike the rallies I saw during this past election cycle, attendees were able to sit comfortably in the theater and listen to the speakers onstage. Concessions were on sale in the lobby, like you would expect from a space like this. The line to get inside became more chaotic as the night moved closer to the event’s start time, but I’m doubtful anyone was turned away at the door. Anybody who wanted to see Bernie, Elizabeth and the other speakers that preceded them onstage were more than welcome to enter the theater and take a seat.

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Picking Your Candidate: The Guide to Political Romance

Elections are a form of declaration; a chance for the country to proudly proclaim, “This is what we want, this is what we need.” However, we can only proudly proclaim that as a nation when everyone within our borders has put forth their own opinions. To do so requires some new legislation and education. If we want to tackle these education issues, we need to learn about the problems, candidates and proposed solutions.

Let’s stage the current scene: May 15, 2016 and we have three politicians trying to court our vote for power. Who do you believe can push America into the future?

 Step 1: Scroll Through the Profiles

First, let’s take a look at our politicians. If you’re unfamiliar with the candidates at hand, don’t go in-depth when you start. As you watch debates or listen to promotions, you’ll learn more information about their characters and their policies. Always start with a dating profile of information on each candidate. Who is your choice for America’s soul mate?

Bernie_Sanders_(20033841412_24d8796e44_c0)Candidate: Bernie Sanders

Political Party: Democrat

Position: Senator

From: Vermont

 

 

25349687914_da06ccbe7d_bCandidate: Hillary Clinton

Political Party: Democrat

Position: Former Secretary of State

From: New York

 

 

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Candidate: Donald Trump

Political Party: Republican

Position: Entrepreneur

From: New York

 

 

Step 2: Find Shared Interests

Everyone has ‘must haves’ for love, or even solely for attraction. Establishing what those requirements are, are crucial. Like any relationship, the one with your politician requires open and vocal communication. They need to know what you want, so they can deliver. Otherwise, your relationship may be doomed from the start.

Many people feel limited by their political choices—either because of the party they subscribe to or by the media focus on certain issues—whatever the reason may be, try to start out with an open mind. Otherwise, your predispositions or prejudices may cloud your focus from the issues that really matter.

A great way to do this is by taking an online quiz. It’s literally the compatibility quiz of politics without the limitations of party or media. In the end, you’ll receive your political best match.

Step 3: Listen to Experts

We’ve all asked our friends for advice before. What would they do in this situation; how would they handle this problem. Those habits shouldn’t change when referring to politics. Conversation and even argumentation is key; by talking to friends, foes, teachers, to anyone around, you discover different perspectives or variables you hadn’t thought of before.

We’re also a society of tradesman. We have doctors for when we need healing, engineers for when we need innovative building and we have political scientists to investigate the truth behind all the proposals and promises our politicians make.

Let’s take an example issue: the funding for Planned Parenthood.

  1. I believe the government should fund Planned Parenthood.
  2. I believe the government should lower the funding of Planned Parenthood.
  3. I believe the government should stop funding Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is a global non-profit organization that offers basic healthcare, education, and the option for a safe and legal abortion. At this moment, the government funds for their facilities. They also receive funding from personal donations.

This is a main focus issue within this election and often, with passionate issues such as these, people become blinded by their own biased opinions. So we need to call on experts for help deciphering what these decisions could affect.

  1. What are the statistics and facts about Planned Parenthood?

I recommend collecting information, starting in the form of quantitative data. Numbers have no bias and can either confirm or deny one’s opinions.

  1. How large of a role does Planned Parenthood play in our economy?
  2. How many people rely on Planned Parenthood?
  3. Where would Planned Parenthood’s funding go?
  4. Could our society handle or stabilize the burst of citizens without healthcare because of the defunding of Planned Parenthood?

There are variables after variables that need to be taken into account. Unless you have a degree in the field or study in-depth the numbers and hypothetical situations, how validated are we with our own opinions?

This is where the media comes in handy. Talk show after talk show, newspaper article after newspaper article, even YouTube shows, all these mediums quote experts and their findings. So read up during your commute to work or listen to the radio at the gym. The benefit of an opinionated society in a technological age, we’re always finding new ways to share our thoughts. You have a wide array of options and people to choose from.

It only takes three simple steps for a political affair for the ages. Get educated, support your candidate and move America forward. It’s our duty and honor. Not everyone has this possibility within America or around the world, so appreciate it for the gift that it is. Voting is a chance to make a difference, one with an impact on your life as you know it and on thousands of others. Who do you support?

It’s Time to Start Thinking About the 2016 Presidential Election

President Barack Obama’s election into office on November 4, 2008 was a momentous occasion. For the first time in American history, the United States had a president of color. Since then, Obama has signed the Affordable Health Care Act in 2010, repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” ended the war in Iraq and restarted war when ISIS surfaced. First Lady Michelle Obama also made great gains during this time, becoming the face of healthy living, an advocate for higher education opportunities and a role model to young women around the country.

As 2016 and 2017 fast approaches, citizens are becoming increasingly involved in the debate of who will replace Obama when he finishes his second term in 2017. There’s been huge controversy over Obama’s  policymaking, leaving citizens eager for a new president who will fix the economy, get the country out of the Middle East and pass bills that will bring the US back on top. Though the 2016 presidential election is still a while away, candidates for nomination have already started campaigning. For anyone who wants to stay on top of US politics and make an informed electoral decision, here are some of the running candidates and their stances so far.

The Democrats

Hillary Clinton

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Probably the most well-known Democratic candidate is Hillary Clinton. A former First Lady and Secretary of State, Clinton would bring years of experience to the Oval Office. She’s returning after an attempt for presidency in 2007 with the goal of improving the economy and income inequalities present in the middle class. She appeals to women through her experience as a mother and grandmother. Some issues she plans to address include minimum wage, family and medical leave, education and child care. Despite her liberal stance, after her email scandal, many are hesitant about the quality of her character.

Martin O’Malley

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O’Malley is the former governor of Maryland. His stance is similar to Hillary’s in that he aims to help the middle class. He wants to improve education, raise minimum wage and create a plan for a future of renewable energy. However, whereas Hillary’s past experiences in politics have given her a distinct advantage, O’Malley is playing up that he’s a fresh face in the game. He’s relatively young (52) and relatively good looking. By interacting directly with citizens via guitar performances in bars and selfies on college campuses, O’Malley hopes to connect with the younger generation of voters.

Bernie Sanders

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Sanders is Hillary’s most direct competitor within the Democratic candidate pool. He is the Senator for Vermont and, like Hillary, has years of experience to pull from. For his campaign, Sanders is advocating a shift in politics to the far left. He intends to be more aggressive in regards to issues of minimum wage, college debt and other economic inequalities. The government’s involvement in these would be much higher. For a large population of students drowning in college debt, Sanders nurtures a passion for change.

The Republicans

So far, there are 17 Republicans running for the Republican presidency nomination. With such a large number, it may be difficult to become a distinct candidate. Several candidates, however, seem to be having no problem. Among them are Jeb Bush and Donald Trump.

 

Jeb Bush

jeb bush

This previous Florida governor, brother of former President George W. Bush, and son of former President George H. W. Bush, is not taking no for an answer. He’s running to win. While his lineage has both helped and hindered him—some are fond of his family, others are not—Jeb continues to stand for America’s conservatives. His goal is to reach four percent growth in the economy and an increase of 19 million jobs. The government will have a limited presence, with less influence in the standards of education; this should be decided upon by the school. When speaking of Obama and America’s presence in the Middle East, Jeb claims that Obama and his foreign-policy team have been so focused on becoming “history makers that they have failed to be the peacemakers.”[1]

Rick Santorum

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Somewhere in the middle of all the Republican candidates is Santorum. The former US Senator of Pennsylvania says he is on the working class’s side. He wants to be a candidate focused on and caring about the working-class, not just big corporations. His economic plan has been dubbed the “blue-collar conservatism.” Through this, Santorum sees regulatory and entitlement reforms coming into play. As for other issues, Santorum opposes abortion and is against same-sex marriage.

Donald Trump

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Of all the potential nominees for the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump has to be the most talked about. He’s certainly the wild card. As a real estate billionaire, Trump has no formal experience in politics. This hasn’t slowed him down. Instead, his self-funded campaign has splashed his name all over the news and made him the topic of conversation at every dinner table. His promise: “To make America great again.” Whether he has any plans to back up his claims and actually produce positive results is up in the air. Any possibility of selected nomination and then election is also unknown.

The candidates above are only some of the many runners for the 2016 presidential nomination. Each one has a specific stance on where they want the country to go, either far left or far right or somewhere in the middle. Still, this is only the beginning. As heat for the election turns up, sides will be chosen and it’ll be a battle ‘til the end. The three candidates who will probably become the faces of this battle are Clinton, Bush and wild card Trump. The most important thing for any voter though, is to make an informed decision. We should choose a candidate we believe is the best choice as president, not because of appearance or what someone else says, but based on research and critical thought.

 

[1]http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/jeb-bush-2016-announcement-full-text-119023.html