Author: Cody Hawkins

Tragedy Sparks Gun Debate Yet Again

The American people are faced yet again with tragedy. As we know, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was the scene of a mass shooting this week. This is truly a national tragedy, and our hearts all break for the students and their families. Now is the time to come together in solidarity, comfort those in pain, and show that no act of terror or any evil will shake the spirit of our great nation. Some people immediately jumped at the opportunity to politicize this horrific event before all of the facts were even known. Twitter was filled with...

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Ohio State USG Targets Companies For Human Rights Violations

The Undergraduate Student Government at The Ohio State University introduced a resolution that targets several businesses for human rights violations. The resolution, which passed a little after 12am Thursday morning, establishes an ad hoc committee with the purpose of financial and investment oversight. The committee will likely be comprised of faculty, students, and staff within the University Senate, to “investigate the ethical and moral implications of investments in aforementioned companies which are involved in human rights violations both within the U.S. and abroad.” Among the targeted companies are: the GEO group, CCA/CoreCivic, Wendy’s, and HP Enterprise. They are targeted for what...

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Congress Votes To End Government Shutdown

After 3 days of a government shutdown due to a Senate stalemate, a bipartisan group of senators reached an agreement to invoke cloture on the Democrat’s filibuster. The measure passed 81-18, and went to the House for another vote, which passed 266-150. President Trump signed it into law later Monday evening. The bill funds the Children’s Health Insurance Plan for 6 years, and removes certain Affordable Care Act-era health insurance taxes. This temporary spending bill funds the government for 3 more weeks, giving legislators time to discuss several polarizing topics. Though temporary budgeting is not ideal, we can be glad that...

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Tax Reform is a Big Victory

Republicans passed a huge tax reform bill in late December. This was after an extended process of joint conferences and dealing with several roadblocks put up by Democrats. Ultimately, President Trump kept his promise to sign a tax reform bill into law before Christmas. I say Republicans, however, and not “Congress” because not a single Democrat voted in favor of the bill. Democrats refused to put more money in the hands of every American and relieve their tax burden to grow the economy. This is yet another example of what blind political tribalism and an out-of-touch sense of reality can do to people. The bill includes great provisions like the ObamaCare individual...

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Masterpiece Cake Shop: Religious Liberty or License to Discriminate?

A soon-to-be landmark case is currently pending in the Supreme Court. This case will set a crucial precedent on whether or not religious liberty and freedom of expression allow private businesses to deny service to someone or something that goes against your own beliefs. The case in question is Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Back in 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins, a same-sex couple with legal plans to marry, walked into Masterpiece Cake Shop in Lakewood, Colorado and asked for a custom cake for their wedding. The owner, Jack Phillips said that he could not create...

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