Author: Reid Hansen

Behold, The Dreaded Lobbyist

Often times when we hear the term “lobbyist” we think sleaze, greed, and corruption. The media, and daily political talk in general, paint lobbyists as parasites, a Washington nuisance. But the people who describe lobbyists as such would only be half correct. Lobbying, and the reason for its name, is disputed. Some believe the “advocacy industry” came about under President Grant after the Civil War. Some also claim the term came from a local government in Ohio, and others present the case of lobbying being derived from Parliament. Assuming the President Grant story, the term “lobbying” is received from the advocacy...

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Is the Traditional Republican Party Being Replaced?

It is almost a given to say that every student living in the United States has had to take a government or history course at some point in their schooling. We know that our country is a dual-party system. Whereas countries like Germany or Mexico contain more than two dominant parties, American ideologies are crammed into two. Though our political parties have changed names and platforms over the years through partisan realignment, there have always been two. Recently, however, the ridiculous measures of groups such as the “social justice warriors” and the alt-right are pushing conservative millennials (those 18...

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Voter ID Laws: Discriminatory or Protective?

The most recent presidential election raised an issue that many Americans do not typically consider: voter fraud. Is there any possible way that our elections–and, by proxy, our democracy–are somehow fraudulent? According to the Democrats, our friends in Russia tampered with the election. But the Democrats weren’t the only ones to claim corruption. Many Republicans claimed that undocumented immigrants voted in our election, and helped Hillary Clinton win the popular vote. Whether or not these claims are accurate is beside the point. What matters is that we push for a pure and fair democracy, as originally outlined by our Founding Fathers. Voter ID laws are the...

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Outspoken Conservative Leaders are Essential

The Republicans are known for being the economic, money-making, and money-saving tycoons; a class of people who put hard work first and entitlement last. Although the Republican Party has strong economic platforms, the social ideology of the party seems to be unsure and shy. The insecurity stems from the over-dominating leftist media that portrays Republican ideas as racist, misogynist, bigoted, and xenophobic. A silent majority is established when a group of people with similar interests maintain a quiet political stance. In this case, it is because of these slanderous claims from the liberal rhetoric. In a situation such as this one, outspoken conservative leaders including Milo Yiannopoulos, Ben Shapiro, and my personal...

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Is Affirmative Action, in reality, Racist?

The richest quality that the United States should take pride in is the diversity of our people. Diversity includes the very intricate and complex cultures and races that make up our population. In American history, however, certain racial groups were not treated equally which caused serious damage to the advancement of these oppressed groups. President Kennedy issued an executive order in 1961 to combat the damage of oppression on minority groups. The order called for institutions to take “affirmative action to ensure” equal opportunity. This policy applied to schools, contractors, agencies, and businesses alike. The question then is, in 2017 is...

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