November’s election undoubtedly caused anxiety across the nation. Millions of Americans apprehensively switched between news channels and reloaded internet tabs, watching as the election map was colored in state by state. As votes poured in, several states, such as Wisconsin and Michigan, dramatically gravitated from red to blue, while others, such as Florida and Texas, moved from blue into red.
A constant fear trots along a major part of the political system in America. The fear of Communism. A fear so large it seemingly consumes the mindsets of right wing parties. Two of Generation Z’s most beloved politicians: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Bernie Sanders. Perhaps the most notable similarity between the two is that they are both democratic socialists who push for progressive reform that are labelled as ‘radical’ in the US but are basic rights in many other countries, like Switzerland. Many republicans often try to convince the public that AOC and Sanders are communists, including Trump. It’s no secret that many politicians use their opponents’ political stance to degrade them; right wing politicians from time to time are labelled as fascists, left wings are sometimes labelled as communists. It’s a dog eat dog world. What’s the fear of communism in the States about? Why are liberal left wings often conflated with it?
For an issue so apparent and evident as climate change, it seems to be playing a minor role in the 2020 Presidential Election. The truth is that climate change is, and will continue to, affect all of us. In fact, although 42% of Joe Biden supporters say that climate change is very important to their vote, only 11% of Donald Trump supporters say this. This brings up the question on how important it is when deciding on what candidate to vote for. How different are their views on climate change? And what solutions do each of the candidates bring to the table? Surprisingly (or perhaps not surprisingly for some), Biden and Trump have two entirely different perspectives on the matter, which can be shown in their plans for climate change. Whether you are eligible or ineligible to vote, it is vital to be aware of how our ever-changing climate will be affected by this upcoming election. Our futures are at risk.
By Keya Rav The right to vote has been coveted throughout history. Voting gives the people a say in what their government decides; through voting, the people hold power over the government. However, the government has been able to exclude certain groups from voting, and ultimately from having that power. Voter suppression is a rampantContinue reading “A Timeline of Voter Suppression”
In 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman elected to Congress. With 28 years-old AOC defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Joseph Crowley, 56, with more than 57 percent of the vote, with almost all precincts reporting. Ocasio-Cortez was running for the first time with a strong presence in social media. The champion of the working class was not the usual political candidate. After an unexpected win in the Democratic primary, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez won her race in the November election for New York’s 14th Congressional District with 78 percent of the vote. […]