On August 1, 2011, I stood in the gallery and watched Congresswoman Gabby Giffords walk onto the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time since being shot by a mentally unstable man. The floor erupted in a standing ovation that expressed unified support for Gabby and everything her return represented. Even … Continue reading United We Stand: Thoughts on the recent Capitol Hill Shooting
Fast food typically fails to constitute the healthiest food option. While most of us know this, we can find ourselves eating it all too often. Whether because we don’t spend time to better plan our meals or because it’s relatively inexpensive, fast food persists as a thriving part of our society. Just as too much … Continue reading Fake News: Ignorance is Not Bliss
Martin Luther King, Jr. once described how he and his brother drove one evening where very few oncoming drivers dimmed their lights. Understandably frustrated, Dr. King’s brother declared that he would leave his lights on full strength the next time a driver failed to dim his lights. Dr. King quickly responded by stating, “Oh no, don’t do that. There’d be too much light on this highway, and it will end up in mutual destruction for all. Somebody got to have some sense on this highway.” If we want to live in a society that carries on meaningful conversations about pressing political issues, we must again heed Dr. King’s timeless wisdom and begin to dim the lights.
Society tells us to voice our opinions, take a stand by lobbying for our beliefs, and "Rock the Vote." But few in society tell us that how we engage in politics plays just as important a role as what we lobby for, especially in a self-governing society. And just as the Spirit of Party impacts … Continue reading Rock the Spirit of Party, not just the Vote.
As one of the most important documents in American history, George Washington’s farewell address held sway over American thought and policy well into the 20th century. While today we fail to give it the reverence it deserves, we would benefit from consulting it as we attempt to understand what created our current political climate and … Continue reading Uprooting the Spirit of Party
The old saying goes, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” While the originator of this saying may not have been contemplating politicians, or the Donald Trump bird (Yes, there is a bird that now has this distinction), it is my general … Continue reading Don’t Feed the Birds of Capitol Hill
In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we are introduced to the series’ most famous antagonist, the White Witch. In a subsequent book, we learn that the White Witch is a queen from the dead world Charn. We also learn the reason for Charn's demise. Rather than surrender her world to her sister … Continue reading America and the Deplorable Word