Author: Anna Broadaway

No One To Blame But Ourselves – A Different Take on Obama’s Sanctioning Of Russia

News broke today that President Obama is making plans to sanction Russia over the cybersecurity breach that brought us the DNC email scandal, in addition to other sensitive information. But the real question is, would he really be considering this action if Russia had successfully hacked the RNC or yielded information that would aid the Democratic cause? Probably not. But the greater issue here is our naive view of cybersecurity on an international scale. We teach young children that anything they post online can be accessed from any point forward, even if it is deleted. That principle certainly applies...

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A Different Rule Book: Why A Ban On Muslims Won’t Work

Donald Trump made headlines following terrorist attacks in Europe and at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando for his repeated claims that a ban on allowing Muslims to enter the country without proper “vetting” is needed. It’s a reasonable argument that banning someone from entering this country based solely on their faith is outrageous and even un-American. Culture The United States is a cultural melting pot, and religion is a component of culture. As religion is often associated with (but not limited by) ethnic origin or birthplace, we would be relying on those coming to this country as refugees...

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The Difference Between “Check Your Privilege” and Dehumanization

In the face of recent events—most notably the Dallas riots and officer-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota—social media is abuzz with vitriol and frustration that makes me consider for the umpteenth time what it’s like to be black in America. The beauty of social media is that anyone who posts or tweets anything a lot of people agree with can quickly spread their message. The social media web creates a certain degree of validation (no matter the stance) if the issue strikes a chord. I can’t know what it’s like to be black. I can sympathize with the issues...

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Presidential Politicking on the Taxpayers’ Dime

There are some obvious perks to being the President of the United States. Power, the Secret Service, living in the White House, and having a direct line to the listening ear of the American people, just to name a few. We entrust our presidents with the toughest, most important job in our country. We trust them to lead, to inspire, and to act in our best interests, on our behalf. We trust them to have integrity, compassion, and good judgment.For all these reasons and more, it is likely that we often expect these individuals to be larger-than-life and invincible,...

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Gary Johnson: Trump’s Best Bet

Many Americans feel as though the primary contenders for the 2016 presidential election are out of touch or do not truly represent their beliefs in anything close to entirety. In years past, it would seem that vice-presidential candidates have been treated as “supplements” to the real show: the party’s nominee. Yet, during this cycle, I believe the vice-presidential candidate will make-or-break the election. This person must be someone who is every bit as much of a draw as the nominee and can bring in a previously unreachable or unlikely group. Normally, finding a former contender willing to run alongside...

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