Author: Alex Christy

Hillary’s E-Mail Problems

The snowball rolling down the mountain that is the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal keeps getting bigger.  She has now admitted to receiving classified information after originally denying that she ever sent or received classified information on her private e-mail.  She has justified it by saying they were not originally “marked classified.” Regardless, there are multiple problems with her reasoning.  The first is that the State Department’s Inspector General disputes this claim.  Second, some information she possessed, sent, and received, is classified by default regardless of whether or not it is marked “classified.”   For example, Reuters points out that information automatically classified...

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What is Political Correctness?

According to “Republican” presidential candidate Donald Trump, something America does not have time for is political correctness.  This raises an important question: what is political correctness, and what is political incorrectness?  These words are frequently thrown around in political discourse, but we rarely take the time to stop and think about them. At their core, political correctness and incorrectness have to do with how we use language to talk about issues faced by society.  Politically correct speech may be defined as a “description of the practice of using speech that conforms to liberal or radical opinion by avoiding language which might cause offence to...

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The Democratic Primary Circus

Many people think that the Republican Party, and its field of 17 candidates, is the biggest political circus heading into 2016.  However, while not nearly as populated, the current Democrat field is full of some interesting characters and story lines as well.  The Democratic primary, in many ways, is shaping up to be just as brutal as the Republican primary. The conventional wisdom has been that the 2016 Democratic Primary will be a coronation for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, the same thing was said to be true in 2008.  As for her 2016 run, her favorability has plummeted from...

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The Predictable European Disaster

In 1993, Margaret Thatcher recalled conversations she had with John Major over what would eventually become the European Union’s defining policy accomplishment, the creation of the Eurozone. We had arguments which might persuade both the Germans – who would be worried about weakening of anti-inflation policies – and the poorer countries – who must be told they would not be bailed out of the consequences of a single currency which would therefore devastate their economies. Thatcher predicted that countries that used to be able to inflate away their debts would not be able to do so under a single European currency...

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Is Federalism Dying?

One of the key aspects to the American political system is the federalist system, where 50 different “laboratories of democracy” are empowered to govern themselves in ways that the people of each respective state desire.  Federalism and the concept of states’ rights have been on the decline in recent years, as more and more decision-making is concentrated in Washington rather than in the state capitals. However, it is critical to remember what federalism really is, and embrace the crucial role it plays in the life of American government. The idea of federalism is that state governments are more in touch with the people...

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