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State of Affairs, 2020

Author: Henri Robert (Progressive Democrat) & Andrew Taramykin (Progressive Democrat) In January 2020, U.S. News reported that the perceived trustworthiness of the United States around the world had fallen by more than 50% since 2016. The decline, which was the steepest of any country evaluated in the Best Countries Index, reflects more than just a global wariness of the administration of President Donald J. Trump. … Continue reading State of Affairs, 2020

Bald Eagle: America’s Bird

Author: John Bedell (Democrat) Ah, the Bald Eagle. With grace and majesty it floats through the air, the stark white head stands out against the cloudless blue sky. Spotting a pine tree, our friend the Eagle calmly comes to a landing on the thickest branch, three-quarters of the way up the tree, and surveys the land below, the yellow beak maintaining a noble smirk as … Continue reading Bald Eagle: America’s Bird

Small Businesses, Big Impact: How the USPS Helps Individuals Reach the American Dream

Author: Teagan Milford (Moderate Democrat) The United States Postal Service is one of the most American institutions that we have in place. It’s more than just a symbol of democracy; it’s a key to fulfilling the democratic ideals of opportunity, equality, and liberty upon which the United States was founded. Its importance as a means of delivering newspapers, keeping families in contact, organizing business deals, … Continue reading Small Businesses, Big Impact: How the USPS Helps Individuals Reach the American Dream

U is for Universal Pre-K

Author: John Bedell (Democrat) As the story of the 3 Little Pigs went, it was the house of bricks that withstood the relentless blow of the Big Bad Wolf. This story is one that is told quite often in Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K). Coincidentally, this exposure to ABCs, circle time, and flashcards, or lack thereof, has the potential to be a foundation of brick or a foundation … Continue reading U is for Universal Pre-K

USA 1001: Intro to Democracy

Author: Andrew Taramykin (Progressive Democrat) “The line used to be out the door.” Those were the wistful words of the Boys State Chairman for American Legion Post 286 when I interviewed to be selected for the prestigious–albeit less well-known than in yesteryear–youth government program. There were just twelve young men there from three area high schools. Post 286 serves most of the city of Orlando, … Continue reading USA 1001: Intro to Democracy

The Problem with Cutting Arts Education

Author: Teagan Milford (Moderate Democrat) Nineteenth-century scholar, philosopher, and psychologist John Dewey wrote, “If I were asked to name the most needed of all reforms in the spirit of education, I should say: ‘Cease conceiving of education as a mere preparation for later life, and make it the full meaning of the present life.” In today’s educational climate, many students feel disengaged in a public … Continue reading The Problem with Cutting Arts Education

The Wrong Type of Competition

Author: Henri Robert (Progressive Democrat) Americans are no strangers to competition. Quite frankly, the American paradigm of thinking has been centered on the principles of competition, ranging from business markets to youth sports. However, not all forms of competition are created with equal value, and when it comes to ensuring a sustainable future, priorities need to be established. One of the primary institutions that needs … Continue reading The Wrong Type of Competition

TikTok: Your Free Speech is on the Clock

Author: Stephanie Odom (Democrat) Gen-Z, k-pop fans, and TikTok users all came together for political sabotage. Should we be surprised? No. Does it fit into the “anything can happen” narrative that 2020 has created? Without a doubt.  TikTok, a social media platform that is the successor of Musical.ly and started by Chinese company ByteDance, is most famously known for lipsyncing videos, comedy skits, dance routines, … Continue reading TikTok: Your Free Speech is on the Clock

America and a Failed State

Author: Sujin Cho (Democrat) In the recent news cycle, several articles claiming or questioning if the U.S. is becoming a failed state started coming to light. Even the Chinese State newspaper published articles categorizing the U.S. as a failed state earlier in June of 2020. People are increasingly becoming frustrated and using the term “failed state” to define the U.S. in response to this nation’s … Continue reading America and a Failed State

Covid-19 and Politics: How the Great has Fallen

By: Wai Tun Naing (Left-leaning Moderate) The world has gone upside down. The virus has gone uncontrolled. Millions have died. And the so-called best country in the world, the United States, has fallen on its knees. But whose fault is that? When we cannot possibly decide which side is responsible without bias, it is evident that politics is the one to blame for the current … Continue reading Covid-19 and Politics: How the Great has Fallen

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