Oftentimes, when you think of a presidential candidate, you think of the person rather than his or her campaign. In my experience working on Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, however, I have learned that it is about much more than just the candidate, but the people standing behind him as well.
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Recently, a common topic of conservative conversation has been how quickly and decisively the public has changed their minds on gay marriage. A decade ago, only 42 percent of Americans supported legalizing same sex marriage. In 2006, only Massachusetts had legalized gay marriage, with a handful of other states offering domestic partnerships or civil unions to gays. Now 60 percent of citizens are in favor of it, and thanks to the Supreme Court’s ruling last June, it is legal in all fifty states.
It’s hard to get around in Columbia.
At Saturday night’s Republican debate, moderators brought up waterboarding, provoking pro-torture responses from the candidates that were as characteristic as they were horrifying.
I get asked a fair bit why we never seem to get good presidential candidates. The answer is probably that almost no one can stand tall with partisan forces determined to rip them apart. Even good, fairly reasonable men such as John Kerry, John McCain and Mitt Romney have been torn apart and demonized in recent cycles. But this time things feel a little different. We might really have fields of bad candidates.
There is an air of disdain about the American electorate. A collective sense of settling for less pervades the political discourse as we unenthusiastically observe our motley field of candidates. It seems as if we are not choosing the best future president, but the most acceptable among a cohort of otherwise uninspiring and lackluster politicians. Selecting our commander in chief, a process that should be riveting, more closely resembles deciding whether or not to eat the questionable sloppy Joe leftovers from Tuesday.
Although the South Carolina Republican presidential primary is quickly approaching, far too many college students have lost confidence and interest in our democracy before even casting their first votes. Students have come to expect a government that does not represent them.
From Andrew Johnson, who ran a successful tailor shop, to George H.W. Bush, the owner of an oil development company, America has had its share of businessmen make it to the highest elected office in the land. This election cycle, there are two candidates running who hail from the world of business: Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump.
A quote frequently misattributed to Albert Einstein says, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This is why I support Donald Trump for president: if we continue to elect career politicians who are owned by Wall Street and corporate interests, nothing will ever change.
I come from a family raised with strong work ethic. My father, a senior wealth manager at BB&T, taught our family the value of hard work from day one.
Ever since mankind learned to harness the power of bone and rock, wars have been fought countless amounts of times for an innumerable amount of reasons. Although technology has progressed greatly over the millennia, the core of virtually any fighting force has still remained the same: the male warrior. In recent years, politicians have been breathing down the backs of military leaders to place women in combat roles, despite it being increasingly evident that the vast majority do not meet the same standards as men. Politicians need to see the military as an efficient fighting force meant for national defense, and not as a control group for social experimentation.
Some facts about Trump not meant to run online.
On Thursday, a congressional committee spent an hour interrogating the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, about his decision to hike the price of the drug Daraprim approximately 5,000 percent from $13.75 per pill to $750. The hearing ended early after Shkreli refused to say anything in response to the series of questions focusing on his unethical behavior, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination (it's important to note that he's currently facing other charges from an unrelated matter). He smirked and laughed throughout the meeting, tweeting afterward that his only regret was that he forgot to bring his Game Boy.
For those of you who watched the Republican debate on Saturday night, it probably started to get weird the first time you saw Dr. Ben Carson on the screen. Beginning with the candidate introductions, and throughout the rest of the night, the ABC News Republican debate was just … weird. The presentation resembled a sloppy Good Morning America episode, while the candidate rhetoric turned ugly and some politicians cracked under the pressure. There may not have been a clear winner, but the clear loser was undoubtedly Sen. Marco Rubio.
This letter is a response to the column "No Tolerance for Intolerance," that ran on Feb. 3.
Young people should join the abortion debate
Political headlines these days are constantly plastered with news, updates and opinions about who will secure the Republican presidential nomination. No matter how it’s printed, the upcoming fight is clear: The establishment and the anti-establishment are facing off, and the results won’t be pretty.
This letter is a response to the column "Perception of Israel unfair" that ran on Feb. 3.
Facebook has long perpetuated an unabashed tirade against world-famous art, including Gustave Courbet’s "Origin of the World" and Edvard Eriksen’s "The Little Mermaid." Artist Peter Kaaden posted a picture of a nude statue at the Louvre, which was taken down within minutes.
If you hang around enough Christian conservative web pages long enough, you will inevitably stumble across stories of oppression regarding the LGBT community. In the land of Christian conservatives, the real oppression in America is the horde of gays coming for Evangelical freedoms.