Super Fun Reaction to the President’s Address

This evening, the President gave a surprisingly competent speech to the nation, laying out a number of his major policy initiatives. I'm going through his address while watching it on TV (thanks, spring break, for giving me this free time). Afterwards, I'll back up some of my statements with links and stuff. In the coming hours and…

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Brief Thoughts: On DNC Chairman Tom Perez

Today, 435 of the Democratic National Committee's 447 members voted to select their Chairman. With a majority of 235 out of 435 votes, former Labor Secretary Tom Perez edged out Representative Keith Ellison and secured his place as the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. As Chairman, Perez has the ability to help dictate and…

Really Brief Thoughts: General H.R. McMaster

Today, 20 February 2017, President Trump nominated Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster to fill General Michael Flynn's role as his National Security Advisor. I don't know much about General McMaster's current policies and how he stands on Iran and Russia and stuff, but I can say that McMaster is one of the most highly-respected field commanders…

The United States Election of…2017?

If you thought November 8th marked the end of the election season and a brief respite from the barely-organized chaos of political campaigning, think again. It turns out that while the United States only holds federal elections for the Senate and House every two years, there are some states that hold elections for their governors…

Brief Thoughts: The Yemen Raid

Donald Trump is in the process of learning why every Commander-in-Chief before him has left the office of President with way more gray hair than normal. I think we should cut him some slack on this one. On 29 January, a daring Navy SEAL raid infiltrated a Yemeni village with the intent of capturing or…

Why “Take the Oil” Is a Terrible Idea

Early in his unfortunately-historic campaign for President, Donald Trump said that he would get rid of ISIS by bombing the bejesus out of their oil fields and getting American oil companies to set up shop and "take the oil." Said companies would then extract as much oil as possible and send it to the U.S., thus…

The 41-Vote Calculation

  Last Tuesday, Donald Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the ninth seat on the United States Supreme Court, replacing last year's nomination for Judge Merrick Garland. Gorsuch's nomination may fill the shoes of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who had served thirty years with distinction as the Supreme Court's conservative lion. In picking Gorsuch,…

Brief Thoughts: Diversity and the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court could use some diversity. I don't mean racial diversity, by the way (though that sort of thing is also welcome). I mean law school diversity, because right now there are only three law schools that have a presence on the bench of the Supreme Court: Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. At multiple points…

On Nuclear Warfare

There is a question that should both freak out and enrage any sensible American, at least when it comes to foreign policy: "Why can't we use nukes? Why do we keep them around if we don't use them?" When I think of a nice, easy, lighthearted topic that I can talk about, I go to…