Through the first few weeks of Trump’s presidency, it has become abundantly clear that the GOP prefers to remain silent rather than speak up against the shortcomings of the current administration. I beg of the Republicans in both the House and in the Senate: are there none among you who will put country before party?
The Syrian war has become synonymous with the vexing, endemic nature of geopolitics in the twenty-first century.Its birth and subsequent deviation from the revolutionary spirit of the Arab Spring is no doubt an unfortunate parody of the West’s own fall from geopolitical idealism in the new millennium.
To be a juror in a murder trial in Washington, a person must tell the court that he or she is comfortable imposing the death penalty. Though this arrangement attempts to ensure that juries across the state will be consistent in their decisions, it necessarily excludes citizens who cannot condone capital punishment.
Do not let propaganda advertising the trip as a ‘touching, beautiful way to connect with the broader Jewish community’ fool you. Birthright is a colonial tool, not an innocent, fun trip to take with your friends.
For a state to be Orwellian necessitates two ingredients: language as a tool of deception to obfuscate critical thought and a surveillant autocratic government that coerces national loyalty. At this point, Trump’s America is neither.
The Democratic Party, increasingly dragged to the right by the Republican Party run amok, is similarly losing its credibility among Americans of conscience. We now know that a platform of gradual liberal progress cannot mobilize many progressive whites and large blocs of people of color. We also know that many white voters, faced with a choice between the liberal status quo and the affirmation that they are not and never will be racially inferior, will vote for the latter.
While I am grateful for any action that slows the Trump administration’s agenda or supports the people its executive order is actively harming, I am wary of activism that allows corporations to flex their political power.