I grew up in the backseat of a cop car. For all but the last six months of my life, my father has been a dedicated member of the Baton Rouge Police Department. His long (and often weird) hours became so normal to me, for a good chunk of my younger years I legitimately thought he was nocturnal. He would normally wake up and go to work around the time I finished my homework, and would usually get home when I was still at school. The days when he would pick me up were extra special, because it meant either he was actually off and I could spend more time with him, or that he was taking time out of his busy work schedule just to see me.
This was all preventable. We need to acknowledge that. If two officers have blood on their hands, ours are tinged a light red. If Micah Johnson deserved to explode, a piece of shrapnel was intended for every one of us. Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. Lorne Ahrens. Michael Smith. Michael Krol. Patrick Zamarripa. Brent Thompson. Two citizens and five cops – shot dead.
Last week, Congress finished its investigation into the terrorist attack on an American consulate in Benghazi, Libya... again. This investigation, led by Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), was the eighth of its kind. However, even after releasing an 800-page report, the most recent investigation discovered no new major findings.
The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia added madness to an already bizarre election cycle.
Have ideas about how the world ought to be? How the government ought to run? Don’t fool yourself: you’ll probably be voting out of self-interest come November. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll have quite a few justifications for political stances through primary season (I’ll have a few of my own), but have political ideologies become simply a façade to hide behind, a mask of ethics to cover an opinion designed to chiefly benefit you?
The current iteration of our country’s lawmaking body, the 114th Congress, is being historically unproductive in the lawmaking department, rivaled only by the two previous Republican-controlled Congresses under President Obama since 2010.
Upon reading Kyle Simpson’s latest column, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with a small truth he stated early in the column. Many students, as well as adults, are totally disinterested in politics and getting involved in electing the officials who run our state and country.
Perhaps you lied to your professor for why you skipped class, or your friend for which side of a political issue you support, or yourself when you said you wanted to have sex with him.
When visiting with students from Auburn, OU, George Washington, SMU, Texas A&M, Texas and several other nationally prominent universities at an event in Dallas last week, I was pelted with questions about the Elliot Spillers victory in our SGA presidential election on March 10. They varied from “How did he win?” to “Is this a sign of change in Alabama?” and so on.
SGA elections are a pivotal time for our campus each year. They determine which students among us will serve as the collective face of our student body for the ensuing term. It goes without saying that those elected to these positions must accurately and holistically represent our student body – indeed, such is the very purpose of a democratic election.
As anyone who’s spoken with me in recent weeks knows, I’ve adopted an almost singular focus on our Student Government Association lately.
Two weeks ago Jon Stewart announced he would be leaving "The Daily Show" later this year. At first, I was hoping it was part of an elaborate plot to ensure some sort of Stewart/Colbert 2016 presidential ticket. But like everyone else I soon realized his departure was not a joke and his 16-year run was coming to a close.
During his State of the Union address last week, President Obama made the following remark referencing the Keystone XL Pipeline: “21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure -- modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest internet.