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Democrats and Donkey Votes

In the immediate aftermath of the 2014 midterm elections, President Obama controversially commented that his party’s overwhelming loss was due to “two thirds” of voters not turning out at the polls. National turnout, at 37% eligible voter participation, was the lowest it had been in any federal general election since 1942. The United States routinely […]

Back to Base-ics: Looking Forward By Looking Back

Barack is back. The president turned the clock back to 2008 during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, returning to an era of hope, change, sizzling delivery, and above all, progressive ideology. While he didn’t ignore current issues – directly addressing ISIL, cybersecurity, free trade, Russian aggression, and infrastructure and alluding to the […]

My Fellow Radicals

My Fellow Radicals

Recently, the United States launched a military campaign to combat ISIS, the rapidly growing militant Islamic threat coming from Iraq and Syria. America was unsure how to react to the news of renewed American involvement in the Middle East, as Republicans and Democrats alike begged their parties for answers on the most effective and feasible approach to threats of […]

2014 Midterm Elections: A Huge Victory for the Right to Life

2014 Midterm Elections: A Huge Victory for the Right to Life

Last month, I wrote about the importance of Tennessee’s Amendment One, which strived to neutralize the state Constitution on abortion by overturning a 200 Tennessee Supreme Court ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Sunquist. On Election Day, voters approved the ballot measure, which garnered about 53% of the vote. Contrary to what its opponents claimed, now that Amendment One has […]

Welcome to the Jungle: A Manual to Navigating the College Political Environment

To everybody in the incoming freshman class—welcome to Vanderbilt! You’ve made it, you’ve done it—you’ve taken all the tests, you’ve done your time in sweat and effort, and now you’re about to embark on what will in some ways be the biggest adventure of your young adult lives. There will be trials and tribulations; you […]

A “State of the Union” Report: Understanding Dialogue on Same-Sex Marriage

Last week, yet another step toward the inevitable legalization of same-sex marriage took place in Washington, D.C. That is an odd masthead to an article discussing same-sex marriage from the “conservative” perspective. The posturing in recent days has been of either embitterment or sullenness.  Facebook was practically awash with red equals signs; less present, but […]

The End and the Means: Thinking About HB 1150 and the Nondiscrimination Policy

As of Monday, March 25, Tennessee State Representative Mark Pody has decided to drop a controversial bill relating to Vanderbilt University’s recently instituted nondiscrimination policy. The bill (HB 1150/SB 1241), which would have rendered Vanderbilt’s police force unable to legally make arrests or otherwise carry out its regular duties, is only the latest of several […]