Radio is an unlikely springboard to widespread political influence in modern America. As our favorite source of banter, fast-spoken traffic and weather reports, and advice for our love lives, radio is not often a shaper of the political landscape. Most of the political activity in our country takes place on television, in writing, or in [...]
At the close of the last congressional session before midterm elections a bill was passed that made America a much safer place. Thanks to this heroic bill, our ports are now safer and Americans are protected from the threat of being able to choose whether or not to gamble online. Don’t think those things belong [...]
Defining human life has never been so complicated. Even those of us who staunchly define ourselves as “pro-life” are finding it increasingly difficult to pin-point exactly what that means. Apart from issues of abortion or euthanasia, one of the greatest “life” debates centers on embryonic stem-cell research. A few years ago, it was relatively easy [...]
For the class of 2010, the first test of our fall semester was not, in any way, related to the classes we’re taking now. No, it was a challenge of endurance and skill, a true test of character: how well could you entertain yourself for three hours while AlcoholEdu ran, unnoticed and unhindered, on your [...]
We’re educated. We’re conscientious. We believe we can incite change. So when our fellow students knock on our doors and tell us we can improve the environment with the stroke of a pen, we jump at the chance without even thinking. Maybe we should.
While the public debate surrounding homosexual marriage rights rages in California, Washington D.C., and even here at Vanderbilt, Unitarian clergy are being shuffled off for booking in New York for marrying gay couples while mayors and county clerks in other cities grant marriage licenses without fear of pilice reprisal.
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan recently drew criticism (notably from Democrats) with his comments on Social Security. When presenting his ideas on how to contain the U.S. budget deficit, Greenspan agreed with President Bush that increasing taxes is not the best way to do so. The controversy arose, however, when Greenspan proposed that the government [...]
“I will be voting to give the President of the United States the authority to use force if necessary to disarm Saddam Hussein because I believe that a deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his hands is a real and grave threat to our security.” The words above would seem to have been [...]
While most Vanderbilt students were spending their last weekend of spring break hanging out on the beach or building habitats for the homeless in rural Appalachia, this dorky political columnist found himself in Richmond, Virginia for a discussion on political theory with other policy nerds. This is not because I don’t know how to have [...]
A wildly successful film director is usually lauded as a hero in the celebrity-worshipping world of Hollywood. He is praised for his artistic vision, courage, and amazing talent. Movie studios typically line up to produce his next film in hopes of hitting the jackpot once again. Strangely, none of these things have happened to the [...]