Josh Shumate


The problem with congressional term limits

"Throw the bums out," they say. "Term limit Congress and send the career politicians packing." Proponents of reform – specifically those on the right – have long championed term limits as a way to clean up the cesspool that is the United States Congress.

My vote is my own

In case you did not know, today is election day. By this time tomorrow, more than 120 million Americans will have voted, and in all likelihood we will have elected a new president.

Political ignorance is a threat to our democracy

The famously witty Winston Churchill is credited with saying that “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” I regularly read public opinion data and I have to say that on this I can’t help but to agree with Churchill.

Free speech blurs the line between the left and right

Next month, the University of Alabama College Republicans are hosting an event featuring controversial Breitbart News Tech Editor Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos, an openly gay conservative from Britain, has become increasingly popular among college students for his outspoken criticism of feminism, ...

"No Fly, No Buy" is a violation of civil liberties

Last Wednesday morning, House Democrats, led by civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, took took to floor and sat down in a symbolic attempt to prevent the leadership finishing up the legislative agenda and breaking for the fourth of July.

It’s time to expand medical amnesty

Over the last few weeks, UA’s Chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, an organization in which I serve as Vice President, has been working to put together a campaign to expand the Medical Amnesty Policy at The Capstone.