Dashed dreams: Donald Trump’s failed healthcare bill (3/24/17)

“The first thing I’m gonna do when I get to the White House is get rid of the disaster that is Obamacare.”

Anyone who watched even snippets of news during the infamous 2016 election season knows that the previous quote belongs to the then-Presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

For Republicans, this was welcome news. After lambasting Obamacare for the past five years and promising at every election to repeal Obamacare, it appeared that they would finally get their wish of repealing Obamacare when Donald Trump was elected President.

For Democrats, the possible repeal of Obamacare was a disastrous prospect. Obamacare had been a founding part of the 44th President Barack Obama’s legacy, and fellow Democrats, such as Nancy Pelosi, had spent years formulating the healthcare plan.

There was a clear split between the parties over Obamacare, which is why it was initially shocking when Donald Trump, as President, stated that there were “some things good about the [Obamacare] bill.”

In his first few days as President, Trump appeared to change his mind in regard to getting rid of Obamacare completely, stating that he would work to “repeal and replace” it, keeping some parts of Obamacare.

It is probable Trump’s change of heart occurred because of the positive meeting he and Barack Obama had a day after Trump was elected President. But as their relationship turned more and more sour, with issues about Trump’s links to Russia, and more recently, Trump’s unsubstantiated wiretapping claims, Trump seemed to change his mind again, introducing a new healthcare bill on twitter just a few weeks ago.

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Obamacare’s declining popularity in the last few years has opened up a door for Republicans to take action with a new healthcare plan. (Pic: ABC News)

Upon the new bill’s arrival, reaction was mixed.

House Speaker, Paul Ryan, who was instrumental in the creation of the new healthcare act, (formally known as the American Healthcare Act and dubbed Trumpcare/Ryancare), called the new bill a “Conservative’s wish list.” Ryan stated that the new bill was “monumental” and would be a first step for a series of future Conservative reforms.

Other Republicans, however, were not so pleased with the bill, claiming that the bill did not fully repeal Obamacare and leading some to call it Obamacare 2.0 or Obamacare Lite. A well-known Conservative, Ann Coulter, was displeased with the bill, claiming that while the tax cuts in the bill were great, the rest of the bill did not deal with the main problems of Obamacare, such as loss of jobs and illegal aliens receiving tax credits.

Democrats, too, were very vocal in their criticism of the bill, with many expressing that the bill removed the best parts of Obamacare.  They complained that the new bill would leave millions of people uninsured and would increase premiums.

There was obvious trouble for Trump when a significant number of Republicans didn’t back the bill, and it became obvious that there weren’t enough votes for the  bill to pass in the House.

It became increasingly clear as the day went on that the bill could not pass, if voted on today.  At around 3:45 p.m. today, President Trump pulled the bill.

Since then, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has come out to speak, stating  that “Republicans had come up short” and that it was “time to move on.”

This is a significant blow to President Trump.  The Conservative Republicans failed to back his new bill, and so did the moderate Republicans.  When you can’t get Conservative Republicans and moderate Republicans  to support a bill,  you are in trouble.

Ironically, President Trump had always promised his supporters that he would win so much that they would be “tired of winning so much.”

Perhaps his supporters are now beginning to wonder when all the “winning” will end?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cries of Syria: What can the world do? (3/19/17)

It has been nearly three months since the infamous siege of the Syrian city, Aleppo, ended.

While the war in Syria still rages on, and more recently, tensions are rising between Israel and Syria , it is clear that the Syrian human crisis is far from over.

It is easy to view some of the more infamous images of the war and to chastise both sides of the war for letting the crisis spiral out of hand.

But how about the millions of people that have become homeless, or are dead, that the public will never know about?

The city of Aleppo has been evacuated, and while at first, that seems great, as the citizens of Aleppo will no longer have to suffer from the unceasing violence, when examined closer, it is terrible, as thousands of Syrians have been cast away from their homeland.

While it is clear that the conflict in Syria has erupted into a global crisis, it is not so clear as to what blew this conflict out of proportion.

Is it the failure by the former President Obama and the United States to provide sufficient aid to the country years ago or the failure to take a tougher stance? Is it Bashar Assad’s refusal to step down? Is it Russia and the United States’ fault for trying to one up the other and not work together to solve the problem?

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A look at some of the devastation that the city of Aleppo has endured. (Pic: Patriot Press)

The answer, to all three, is probably.

It’s too late to change anything, as the city has since been evacuated, and is now controlled by the Syrian Army.

But for the future, what can the world do to ensure that situations like Aleppo don’t happen?

For one, the realization of larger scale problems rather than smaller scale country goals is would be a start. While that seems like a tall order, as the world shifts and continues to become increasingly democratic, the realization that nations must help other countries in need will become more and more prominent.

But second, much of the problem with the Syrian crisis is the Syrian people who have become victims.

The people who used to live in Syria and who are now refugees need the world’s help.

Recently, I’ve provided supplies for care packages that will be used by Syrian families who are in the process of relocating.  These care packages include basic cleaning supplies, books, and school supplies for kids. I encourage you to take whatever action you can to help out. If you visit a local Syrian relief website, you too can create a care package, or donate money to provide for these kits.

Other things you can do are to join the Good Neighbor policy group, which helps refugees adjust to life in the U.S., or start a campaign to spread the word and knowledge about the crisis.

While it might be too late to save Syria, we can still save the lives of its former citizens, and hope that one day, they can return home.

Why March Madness is more important for America this year (3/17/17)

The 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament is underway this year.

At first glance, “March Madness” seems the same this year; brackets being busted within the first early games, students and coworkers crowded around TV screens and laptops at either school or work, and many wishing they hadn’t bet any money.

But this year, ever so subtly, something is different.

For Americans these days, everything seems to have to do with politics. Award shows have turned into political stages, where famous celebrities have not been afraid to speak their mind. Advertisements and tv- shows have increasingly turned to political satire. These days, politics dominate the headlines, and it is clear that in today’s America, every act can be considered a political act.

Sports, for the most part, has usually been an escape from the politics of the world. The idea of people getting together and either watching or playing a game they love is essential to the American culture. Sports is a release for most people – something that people watch or play just to have fun.

But recently, even the world of sports has become increasingly political. From athletes protesting the national anthem, to several NBA and NFL players criticizing the president, and arguably the most famous athlete in the world campaigning for Hillary Clinton, sports has stopped becoming the “release” from the other pressures of the world.

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Lebron James, arguably the most famous athlete in the world, was not shy about voicing his political opinion during the 2016 election season. (Pic: SI)

This is why, this year, March Madness is ever so important.

The tournament is a reminder that, even in this ever so partisan and divisive world, we can still all come together and watch basketball.

For the next month, Americans will not have to hear an anti-Donald Trump speech inside a stadium, but rather, they can watch the best colleges in the nation face off in the biggest tournament of the year.

We’ll jump up and down and scream when the team we have picked to advance hits a game-winning shot. We’ll cover our faces with our hands and berate ourselves when the college team we support is eliminated. But most importantly, we’re going to enjoy a sport for what it is supposed to be: fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Immigration Ban: A continuation of the disconnect between the Middle East and the United States of America (2/12/17)

7,108 miles.

The distance between the United States and the Middle East region.

While the distance between the two regions is large, the disconnect between the two is even larger.

In the past fifty-or so years, the United States’ foreign policy has been dominated by the Middle East, with various struggles-small scale and large scale- becoming areas of problems for America.

The problems in the Middle East have increasingly evolved into the problem of terrorism, as terrorism rooted in the Middle East has continued to be an increasing threat in the 21st century.

Americans saw the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks under President George Bush and struggled through the Iraq War and the threat of Al Qaeda. Under President Barack Obama, Americans saw increased terrorist attacks at home and against its allies overseas, the rise of ISIS, and the escalating conflict in Syria. Other notable incidents include the Benghazi terrorist attack in 2012, the Iran nuclear deal, and the increased divide between the U.S. and Israel. The Middle East has and continues to be the driving focus of the United States foreign policy.

So under Donald Trump, Americans should expect nothing different.

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Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the increased threat of terror has only added to the US interest in the Middle East. (Pic: BI)

Trump’s immigration ban marks the first of what will be many policies regarding the Middle East in the Trump administration. Trump has also recently condemned the settlements of Israel, in regards to the Israeli-Palestine conflict.

Even though the courts have not yet ruled on the constitutionality of  Trump’s ban, the ban is controversial for several reasons.

Firstly, the seven countries covered by the travel ban (Iran, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya) have no real ties to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Countries involved in the 9/11 attacks, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, are not included in the ban. This raised eyebrows of many Americans who felt that Trump might be protecting his own business interests in Saudi Arabia and Egypt by excluding those countries from the ban. Controversy arose as to whether or not Trump, as President, could make policy decisions independent of his various business interests.

Secondly, what kind of response will the Middle Eastern/Islamic nations have to this ban? Won’t a ban of such proportions sever any hopes the United States has of establishing amicable and cooperative relationships with these nations? It has been made clear in the past two decades that war will not solve the problems between the United States and the Middle East. If a diplomatic approach is utilized, won’t the ban surely hurt this?

It is difficult to believe that we are only three weeks into Trump’s Presidency.  The actions the Trump administration takes to solve problems in the Middle East will be witnessed over the next four years. Trump’s travel ban just might be a sneak preview into how Trump will handle issues concerning that region.

Nearly one month in: Donald Trump and the Great Divide (2/11/17)

“Donald Trump.”

A name that, when mentioned in America, is sure to produce either an angry frown or a wide smile.

His supporters love him for his outspoken, bold, politically incorrect, “tell-it-like-it-is” demeanor. Yet at the same time, his critics hate him for his outspoken, bold, politically incorrect”tell-it-like-it-is” demeanor.

Donald Trump’s presidency has caused a chasm that goes much further than just simply Republican or Democrat. The chasm is an “American divide” which simply means that your opinion of the President determines your status as a patriotic, pro-American citizen.

Trump’s supporters view critics of the President as un-American who are unwilling to accept the results and the process of the 2016 election, a process that is so embedded in the American democracy. Supporters feel that Trump’s critics  also “don’t care” about “making America great again,” and that they are supportive of policies that aren’t in America’s best interest.

Trump’s critics view supporters of the President as un-American because they feel Trump stands for intolerance and racism, and they feel that is as un-American as it gets. The United States, a haven for immigration in the 19th and early 20th centuries, seemingly blocking immigration from certain countries? Certainly, they argue, this goes against everything America stands for.

It is worth noting that this is the first time in awhile that a Presidency seems to have caused an “American divide” rather than a traditional “Republican-Democrat” divide. If you truly think about the last time a divide like this occurred, you’d be brought back to the days of Abraham Lincoln’s election, where your opinion of him determined what kind of America you wanted to live in.

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Protests over Trump’s presidency have rocked the nation ever since his election. (Pic: PBS)

 

While the divide hurts America socially and politically, it hurts President Trump even more.

Trump’s recent Muslim travel ban is one example.  The ban has sparked outrage across the nation. Currently, the travel ban is suspended, eliciting an angry response from the 45th President. There are indications that he is already proposing a revised travel ban, one that will survive legal and Constitutional challenges.  As with the travel ban, Trump will have to rethink and adjust his policies drastically in order to quell the growing unrest and opposition.  Trump will face great obstacles in implementing policies he campaigned on and wants, and he will be forced to shift some of his goals.

Trump is in a difficult situation because he has to appeal to ALL Americans, like no other president has really had to before. If he “softens” his policies because of the response from his critics, his supporters will be unhappy and could withdraw their support for him.  If that happens, will Trump revert back to his hard-lined policies that helped him get elected?

The title “President of the United States” is regarded as the most difficult job in the world. Perhaps no presidency, more than Donald Trump’s, proves that observation mightily.

Where did Obama go wrong, and what will he be remembered for? (12/22/16)

How eight years have flown by.

It seems like yesterday a young (and noticeably darker haired) Barack Obama swore-in as the 44th President of the United States. On that cold, Tuesday afternoon in January, the nation brimmed with excitement over its new president. Obama had won the hearts of many across the nation during the 2008 Presidential Election season, appealing to young folks, and promising to give the nation change after the events of the past years. He became a beacon of hope for African-Americans and minorities everywhere, as he finally broke down the race wall and became the first black president. After a harsh economic crisis, America seemed like it was back on its feet again with Obama at the helm.

And yet, here America stands, eight years later. As Obama prepares to leave office, America finds itself in a similar position as it was eight years ago: in desperate need of hope.

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The infamous ‘Hope’ posters that emerged during Obama’s campaign. The poster became a cultural phenomenon and became part of a presidential campaign that had never been seen before. (PC: Huffington Post Digital)

As Donald Trump gets ready to be sworn in, the nation is clearly divided. And while the divide itself is not Obama’s fault, he is certainly responsible for the election of Donald Trump, who is the direct cause of the divide.

There is no question that the nation had its doubts with Hillary Clinton. The use of a private email server haunted her throughout the election, as questions about her honesty plagued her up to the very last days of the campaign season. But there is also no question that the nation had even bigger doubts about Donald Trump, a man with no real political experience, who was also involved in many controversies throughout his campaign.

So, when people question how Donald Trump got elected, the answer is simple: Barack Obama failed to be the change and hope that he promised America he would be.

If Obama really had done such a good job, then Hillary Clinton would be the one getting ready to be the 45th president in a month’s time. It’s quite clear. Americans were tired of Obama and the Democratic Party’s policies, and felt that change needed to be imminent, even if it meant picking such a polarizing, inexperienced figure over an experienced politician. Voting Clinton meant voting for an Obama extension, and clearly voters were not in the mood for four more years of Obama.

But where did Obama go wrong?

One thing is for certain. Foreign policy plagued Barack Obama throughout his presidency-even during high moments, such as Osama Bin Laden’s death. From the infamous “red-line drawing” with Syria to the comments about ISIS being a “JV squad”, Obama’s foreign policy plans became increasingly feckless and doubtful. Many will point to ISIS as Obama’s biggest issue, and how Obama’s rash decision to take out troops from Iraq in a time of relative stability caused the extremist group to form.

But undoubtedly the foreign policy issue that troubled Obama the most was Syria, as the civil war grew increasingly worse throughout his later presidential years. As the conflict in Aleppo  has reached a point of no return, Obama will for sure be left to ponder over his choice to not use military force.

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Obama received lengthy criticism for not following his “red-line warning” to Syria if they used chemical weapons. (PC: Political Cartoons Website)

Aside from his foreign policy blunders, Obama has overseen a large racial divide in the United States. From the numerous “police brutality” incidents to the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, the nation seems as divided as ever over the issue of race, despite being under a president who was deemed a “race unifier”.

The deaths of five police officers in the infamous Dallas shooting that occurred in July of 2016, along with a polarizing speech Obama delivered in which he seemed to antagonize the police, added to the notion that Obama was fueling a race divide, and that he didn’t support the cops.

And finally, there is Obama’s signature piece, the Affordable Care Act. While Obama and his numerous supporters will speak of the millions of Americans who are now covered by health insurance, many disparagers will speak on the volatile and rising premiums and costs that Obamacare has brought on. The words “if you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor” have since become an example of Obama’s lies over his new healthcare plan.

As Trump, and a fully backed Republican House and Senate, look to dismantle Obamacare, Barack Obama has done much to ensure that a critical part of his legacy is not eviscerated.

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An example of the rising premiums of Obamacare that occurred in 2016. While Obama defended that Obamacare wasn’t being explained properly, Americans became increasingly fed up with Obama’s signature health plan. (PC: Business Insider/ Urban Institute, RWJ Foundation)

Where Barack Obama ranks among the presidents all-time will be left up to the people. Despite seeming unpopularity, Obama currently holds a 53.7 % approval rating (12/22/16, RCP average) which is among the highest he’s had in three years. With relatively high numbers, it is hard to say that Obama failed to do his job, as a majority of people still approve of his presidency.

It is difficult to say what Barack Hussein Obama will be remembered for. Supporters will look to things that weren’t touched upon in this article, such as an improved economy, a low unemployment rate, and the passing of gay marriage. Critics will state Obama’s fecklessness in foreign policy, influence in the racial divide, and a confusing and unpredictable healthcare plan.

One thing is for certain though: everyone will remember the hope and inspiration he once gave this nation, eight years ago.

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Obama out.  (PC: CBS News) 

Donald Trump going back on his promises? (12/10/16)

It has been a little over a month since Donald Trump stunned the nation – and the world- by winning the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Trump was arguably the world’s most polarizing figure, to some he was a crude and intolerable bully, while to others he was a passionate “man of the people.” However, Trump, who was mainly notable for his intense and extreme campaign policies, has since seemed to change his mind on several key policies.

The Prosecution of Hillary Clinton

One of Trump’s most notorious campaign promises was that he was going to hire a “special prosecutor” to investigate Hillary Clinton and her email scandal. He emphatically promised thousands attending his rallies that, if he were elected President, Clinton will be put in jail. The chant “Lock her up” were vociferously echoed at Trump rallies, with many Trump supporters cheering the idea of Clinton in jail.

However, since being elected, Trump has stated that prosecuting Clinton is something “he doesn’t feel strongly about.” He claimed that Clinton are “good people” who had been through a lot and “suffered greatly.” At a recent Trump rally in Michigan, when the usual chants of “Lock her up” began to formulate, Trump, who used to lead the chants, instead stated, “That plays great before the election. Now we don’t care, right?”  He apparently has no plan or desire to incarcerate Clinton.

Draining the Swamp

Donald Trump promised millions of his supporters that he would be a “president for all Americans.” He promised to give the ordinary, working class Americans a voice by taking away power from the wealthy elite. Many analysts consider this rhetoric to be the main factor in Trump’s victory.

Instead of taking power away from the elite, Trump’s recent appointments would appear to install more of the same powerful, elite men into his cabinet.  Americans who had supported Trump and had hoped that his cabinet would support the working class are likely disappointed by his choices. Recent controversial choices include Steve Mnuchin (Treasury), Scott Pruitt (EPA), and Wilbur Ross (Commerce).

Mnuchin was a former Goldman Sachs employee and Hollywood producer. A millionaire who was dubbed the “foreclosure king”, it seems as if Mnuchin is a wealthy elite that will be wielding a lot of power.   He made his fortune foreclosing on home owned by people like many of Trump’s supporters.

As for Pruitt, Trump picked him to be the head of the EPA. Pruitt is a firm disbeliever in climate change and has opposed the EPA for years. He is currently involved in a lawsuit against the EPA.  I’ll just let that sink in.

Wilbur Ross, similarly to Mnuchin, is another extremely wealthy man who will likely be gaining more power instead of losing it. Ross is known as the “king of bankruptcy” as many of his businesses have failed over the years.

As Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown states, “This isn’t draining the swamp-it’s stocking it with alligators.”

Obamacare

Donald Trump stated that the first thing he would do when- not if – WHEN elected President, is to repeal the “disaster that is Obamacare.” Trump blasted Obama’s signature healthcare plan for its shakiness and its fluctuating prices. Trump vowed to change and make healthcare better for all Americans by obliterating Obamacare.

However, Trump has stated that he is open to “keep some aspects of Obamacare” and that there were certain parts of Obamacare that he liked. Trump seemed to change from “repeal and replace” to “amend and keep.” It would appear that repealing Obamacare is not going to be easy especially without a replacement plan to continue insuring individuals who are currently insured under Obamacare.  While several hard-nosed Republicans are still committed to getting rid of Obamacare, it is likely that the struggle to completely repeal Obamacare will be much harder than it would seem, especially since Trump likes certain features of Obamacare.

Immigration

Immigration was the centerpiece of Trump’s campaign.  Trump promised to form a deportation force to deport millions of immigrants unlawfully present in the U.S.  Otherwise, Trump said, “we don’t have a country.”  During the election, he even spoke of terminating birthright citizenship.  He promised to deport millions of illegal immigrants.

Trump has significantly backtracked on these campaign promises.  Now, he appears to be saying that violent criminals who are in the U.S. illegally will be deported.  Noticeably absent from his tough deportation talk is what he plans to with illegal immigrants who have not committed violent crime.  There is also the softening of his rhetoric on “dreamers.”  He recently spoke about how well the dreamers are doing in the U.S. and how it would be harsh and difficult to take adverse action against them.

 

 


 

Trump, recently (and controversially) picked Person of the Year by Time Magazine, is, at this time, President-Elect.  There is still time to see whether Donald Trump will fulfill the promises that he made during the election and had won him the election.  If he does not fulfill his campaign promises, I am not certain how the voters who voted for him will react.

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What kind of leader will Trump be? (Pic: DaveGranlund Cartoons)

 

A divided nation: one week after the 2016 Election results, where does the country stand? (11/15/16)

One week ago, Donald Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election in a “shocking repudiation of the establishment.” As the nation learned and processed the news, a sense of division was palpable. Protests erupted throughout many cities, with protesters and anti-Trump followers coming up with the slogan “Not Our President.”

Trump supporters responded with furious criticism towards the protesters, calling them “whiners” and complaining that if Hillary had won, and the Trump supporters were in a role reversal with the Clinton supporters, that the Trump supporters would be attacked for not accepting the election results.

The President-elect took notice of the protesters, tweeting last Thursday that the protesters were being “unfair” after the success of his presidential campaign. Later, Trump seemed to have a change of heart, and  tweeted out that “the protesters were professional” and expressed “great passion for the country.”

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Hundreds protested the results of the election, complaining of Trump’s bigotry and fearing his various policies. (Pic: Getty Images)

Since the results of the election, Trump has expressed his focus to “unite the country” and his desire for all people to “come together.” He met with President Barack Obama and discussed various issues and policies. Trump called the meeting a success, citing that Obama was a “good man” and saying that he had a lot of respect for him.

Obama similarly expressed good sentiments, calling the meeting “excellent” and conveying his desire to make sure that Trump succeeds as President.

This was a far cry from the pointed and personal criticism of one another during much of Trump’s campaign.

Since his meeting with President Obama, Trump has reconsidered several of his positions on key issues. In an interview on the show 60 Minutes, Trump expressed the idea of keeping several vital Obamacare provisions. Rather than completely repealing and replacing Obamacare, it seems that Trump is now open to amending it. This is a significant about-face, especially after Trump’s well-known stance towards Obamacare during his campaign in which he described it as a “failure” and a”disaster.”

Trump has also shifted his stance on immigration. While he still plans to build a wall, he announced that he will not use a deportation force to deport “all illegal, undocumented immigrants.” He plans to deport only the “criminals”, which could be around 2-3 million undocumented immigrants.

It also appears that Trump will not hire a special prosecutor to prosecute Hillary Clinton. This is very different from what he stated during his campaign, where the chant “Lock Her Up” was usually shouted at his rallies.  He now describes the Clintons as “nice people” whom he does not want to hurt.

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After a campaign built on both extreme language and extreme policies, is Donald Trump going back on the ideas that won him the Election? (Pic: Reuters)

Despite these key policy changes, Trump is still facing strong backlash from many American people. People are still uncertain about his presidency and are demanding that Trump apologize for the racist and misogynistic attacks he made during his campaign. Protesters are still reeling from the supposed “aura of fear” he created during his presidential run.

The opposition to the Trump presidency only grew when Trump announced several key cabinet member positions, most notably Steve Bannon, an accused white nationalist as his Chief Executive.  Bannon, who is the CEO of the controversial alt-right organization Breitbart News, is viewed by white nationalists as a person who will ensure that Trump delivers on his campaign promises.

As Democrats continue to reel from the devastating election result, the country remains extremely divided, with a significant number of people who are still unable to accept the results of the election. Everyone must realize that a nation’s strength is not determined by its leader, but rather by the people who are the driving force behind any strong country. The people of the United States must give Donald Trump a chance.  If they are not happy with Trump, as President, they will have an opportunity to vote him out of office and elect someone else.

 

 

 

 

With Trump as next president, what happens to Obama’s legacy? (11/9/16)

Barack Obama’s presidential campaign swept through the nation in 2008. He was elected president, re-elected, and for eight years stood as a highest symbol of American government. Throughout those eight years, Obama’s presidency was scrutinized heavily, with conservatives ready to criticize his words and actions at every turn, and liberals showing their die-hard support for him. Ready to leave office, Obama has a high approval rating of 55%. His presidency focused on rapid change and hope, persevering and unifying the country as the first African-American president.

Yet, all of that seemed to end on Wednesday. Donald Trump was elected president in the wee hours of the morning, and just like that, Obama’s vision of a new America seemed to be shattered. His hypothetical nightmare had become a reality, and his legacy is now in the hands of a man whom he vehemently detests.

For Obama, Hillary Clinton’s election was an opportunity to establish and continue his legacy and promote his ideas of change throughout America, even after leaving office. Obama stressed the importance of voting for Clinton, stating he would consider not voting in this election an “insult to his legacy.” He warned that voting for Trump would go against all progress towards jobs, healthcare, and foreign policy that his administration had made.

His admonitions did not resonate with his supporters. Despite Obama’s active campaigning and support, Clinton failed to receive the votes that had propelled Obama to the presidency in 2008 and 2012.   All of the polls preceding election day which had  indicated that Clinton would win the election were wrong.

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Despite favorable odds in the polls and vast support from incumbent President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton was unable to regenerate the support that propelled Obama to the top. (Pic: Politico)

And now, Donald Trump stands with near limitless power to eviscerate Obama’s policies and forever damage his legacy. At his rallies, Trump actively promised his supporters that he would undo all of Obama’s policies.  Now, with majorities in the House and the Senate and his ability to appoint Justices to the United States Supreme Court, Trump just may have the power to revoke Obama’s policies.

One of Trump’s first goals is to completely repeal Obama’s infamous Affordable Care Act. The Act, which has become more and more controversial, will not see any of the fixes that Obama had planned on enacting. The rising premiums on health care policies under the Act only bolstered Trump’s argument.  Trump also plans to revoke Obama’s executive orders on immigration and issue his own executive orders mandating harsher immigration laws and a deportation plan.

As his signature policies are facing potential extermination, President Obama reassured his supporters that this was not the end.  He told Americans that he hopes Trump will succeed.

“This is an intramural scrimmage,” the President stated. “We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We’re Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country.”

As Obama spends his last couple weeks in office, his administration is winding down and preparing for the transfer of power to Trump. Despite the deep uncertainty of his legacy, the President’s inspiring words still prove he is a true American patriot.

As 2016 Election sees its final days, what is its legacy? (11/6/16)

On Tuesday, November 8, exactly two days from now, millions of voters will choose the next President of the United States, and in doing so, put to bed one of the most memorable elections in years.

However, the election is memorable for the wrong reasons.

The battle for the White House between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump was characterized not by lengthy debates over policy, or inspiring speeches, but rather by insults and vicious, personal attacks. Scandals also dominated the 2016 Election headlines. Hillary Clinton continued to be harangued by her email scandal, and Donald Trump seemed to fall victim to a different scandal every week.

Perhaps no election in history had ever drawn so much attention from the world. Yet, it would be difficult to fully understand this election if you live outside of America. While many people in foreign countries views Hillary Clinton as the obvious choice candidate and scoffs at the idea of Donald Trump being president, for people in the United States, it is a very tough decision. For most of the election, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton remained close in the polls, proving to the world that this election was more than meets the eye.

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For the past several months, two names have dominated news headlines. (Pic: CNN)

Similarly, no election in history has ever divided the United States like it has this year. The animosity between Trump and Clinton supporters is something that this country had never witnessed before. Recently, at a Donald Trump rally, Trump supporters were heard chanting “Lock her (Clinton) up.”

Social media also dominated this 2016 Election, with Donald Trump becoming infamous for his “3 A.M. tweets.” Does Trump even sleep?   Trump’s scathing insults would usually be tweeted twenty to thirty seconds after every remark made by Hillary at one of her rallies or conventions. Trump’s twitter account @realdonaldtrump reached nearly 14 million followers, as of November 2016.

As infamous and controversial as the election has been, no one can deny its historical precedence.  Not only is Hillary Clinton the first female representative from a major U.S. party, but she has the potential of becoming the first female President of the United States. A win for Hillary Clinton would be landmark for the progress of women.

The media has described this election as “hugely important.” Hillary Clinton has said that the fate of the world hinges upon the outcome of this election. It is clear that emotions are running high going into Tuesday. As divided as America is right now, Americans need to think, and remind themselves this country can only function when unified. No matter what happens, this country will get through this nasty and ugly election, and must stand behind whoever is elected.