American Hellenism

American Hellenism

If The United States Wishes To Act Like A Neo-Roman Empire, Carrying The Mantle Of Greco-Roman Culture And History; Then It Is Time For A Neo Hellenistic Renaissance.
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The United States holds as its motto "E Pluribus Unum": Out of Many, One. This idea of the United States acting as a cultural melting pot has with it the responsibility of integrating that melting pot in the same conscious, critical, and respectable manner that was initially laid out by the Macedonian King Alexander the Great and the lay out of his empire. Alexander sought to unify and intertwine the immense cultures of his empire: the Egyptian, Greek, Persian, Babylonian, and other cultures. This dream of multiculturalism was so engraved into Alexander's mind that he personally took the effort to marry brides and adopt customary traditions of the cultures he conquered. His dream has been carried on by countless individuals from all walks of live who have learned of his ambitions and goals. Western civilization, and in particular the United States, embodies to this day many aspects of his original vision.

The United States takes great pride in its cultural heritage being derived from the great civilizations of Greece and Rome. Rome saw itself too as a cultural inheritor of the Greeks; and attempted to perfect the original Greek democratic model. Unfortunately, Rome eventually forsakened those democratic attributes and fell into imperial tendencies, just as the ancient Greeks had. We now face today a similar forsaking of that ancient Greco-Roman cultural mantle by the United States in the same imperial ventures and constructs that led to the undoing of its predecessors.

The basis of the United States as an administrative entity created a multi cultural system through the Continental Congress; which united the American States through the Articles of Confederation, which bound a formal alliance. States at that time were distinct and different, just as any other nation-state in Europe was at the time. The eventual adoption of the Constitution further refined this original connection into a stronger federation that bound the states in ways that could largely erase the border distinctions between them, and creating a common wealth of States. And in the time since the Constitution was created, the Civil War pushed the American experiment to the point of collapsing into that imperial embodiment that sent empires of the past into the dustbin of history. The slave masters and economic aristocracy of southern states advocated for the monarchical restructuring into the confederate states, and originally sought a Central/South American empire in its original foreign-policy ambitions. This divergence of the American system would've resulted in a similar breakdown of civilization as the imperial system of Rome eventually collapsed into after years of corruption and incompetence. The northern states, or the Union as it was known, retained the principle of unity as a collective of individuals unified behind common cause. This inevitably pushed for the social rearrangement towards actualizing the Democratic dream enshrined in the Constitution and conceived in the Greco-Roman world.

The dismantling of the slave apparatus and economic system; the integration of millions of people formerly considered property now considered full members of the civilization. The worker uprisings of the 1870s-1940s that united the lower classes, the Masses, behind the commonality of economic dignity and social responsibility to help one another; unifying groups previously divided by race and other superficialities. The blending of spiritualities, religions, and philosophies into a multitude of variations that unites systems around the world together through the Great Awakenings throughout US history. The dismantling of the apartheid system of Jim Crow and the push for Civil Rights laws, Voting Rights laws, environmental protection laws, LGBTQ Rights, etc. All of these efforts were made in ways that bound people together in manners that pushed towards an integrated multicultural system that was a successful blend of the best of all cultures.

The dream of multiculturalism goes back further than Alexander's dream. A great Pharaoh of Egypt, a millennium prior, held a dream of multiculturalism that bound some of the early cities and settlements together into the first nations and empires. This Pharaoh was Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV). While this great Pharaoh was successful in numerous areas, successfully establishing integrated administrative systems that could stand the test of time in an era of conflict and scarcity was not one of them unfortunately. The administrative system designed by Alexander in applying the ancient dream of Akhenaton restructured the world in manners still feel today. And could have created a system that revolutionized the world to a higher degree than it already has in our world today, if Alexander had survived to oversee administration of his empire.

We may never know what Greek Hellenism would have evolved into if Alexander had survived; we may never know what Egyptian multiculturalism could have grown into if Akhenaton had been a stronger organizer, or if the Romans had retained their republic instead of converting to an empire. Something we do know, however, is that American cultural heritage with the Greco- Roman history, and by extension Egyptian, Persian, Babylonian, etc heritage/history; has the potential to push forward in actualizing the dreams that were outlined by a great leaders like Alexander and Akhenaton. In which multiculturalism unifies human civilization is a collective that protects the individual and the social culture, bringing out the best of all. Or we risk repeating the same cycle of collapse and regression seen in the past with those that chose empire and domination over fellow humans.

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'As A Woman,' I Don't Need To Fit Your Preconceived Political Assumptions About Women

I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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It is quite possible to say that the United States has never seen such a time of divisiveness, partisanship, and extreme animosity of those on different sides of the political spectrum. Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are saturated with posts of political opinions and are matched with comments that express not only disagreement but too often, words of hatred. Many who cannot understand others' political beliefs rarely even respect them.

As a female, Republican, college student, I feel I receive the most confusion from others regarding my political opinions. Whenever I post or write something supporting a conservative or expressing my right-leaning beliefs and I see a comment has been left, I almost always know what words their comment will begin with. Or in conversation, if I make my beliefs known and someone begins to respond, I can practically hear the words before they leave their mouth.

"As a woman…"

This initial phrase is often followed by a question, generally surrounding how I could publicly support a Republican candidate or maintain conservative beliefs. "As a woman, how can you support Donald Trump?" or "As a woman, how can you support pro-life policies?" and, my personal favorite, "As a woman, how did you not want Hillary for president?"

Although I understand their sentiment, I cannot respect it. Yes, being a woman is a part of who I am, but it in no way determines who I am. My sex has not and will not adjudicate my goals, my passions, or my work. It will not influence the way in which I think or the way in which I express those thoughts. Further, your mention of my sex as the primary logic for condemning such expressions will not change my adherence to defending what I share. Nor should it.

To conduct your questioning of my politics by inferring that my sex should influence my ideology is not only offensive, it's sexist.

It disregards my other qualifications and renders them worthless. It disregards my work as a student of political science. It disregards my hours of research dedicated to writing about politics. It disregards my creativity as an author and my knowledge of the subjects I choose to discuss. It disregards the fundamental human right I possess to form my own opinion and my Constitutional right to express that opinion freely with others. And most notably, it disregards that I am an individual. An individual capable of forming my own opinions and being brave enough to share those with the world at the risk of receiving backlash and criticism. All I ask is for respect of that bravery and respect for my qualifications.

Words are powerful. They can be used to inspire, unite, and revolutionize. Yet, they can be abused, and too comfortably are. Opening a dialogue of political debate by confining me to my gender restricts the productivity of that debate from the start. Those simple but potent words overlook my identity and label me as a stereotype destined to fit into a mold. They indicate that in our debate, you cannot look past my sex. That you will not be receptive to what I have to say if it doesn't fit into what I should be saying, "as a woman."

That is the issue with politics today. The media and our politicians, those who are meant to encourage and protect democracy, divide us into these stereotypes. We are too often told that because we are female, because we are young adults, because we are a minority, because we are middle-aged males without college degrees, that we are meant to vote and to feel one way, and any other way is misguided. Before a conversation has begun, we are divided against our will. Too many of us fail to inform ourselves of the issues and construct opinions that are entirely our own, unencumbered by what the mainstream tells us we are meant to believe.

We, as a people, have become limited to these classifications. Are we not more than a demographic?

As a student of political science, seeking to enter a workforce dominated by men, yes, I am a woman, but foremost I am a scholar, I am a leader, and I am autonomous. I refuse to be categorized and I refuse to be defined by others. Yes, I am a woman, but I am so much more.

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The Modern Republican Party Has Lost Its Morals

The party of morals and values seems to have forgotten both of them.

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For years, the Republican party has hidden behind a facade of being the party of morality. They tried to justify their opinions of women's rights, gay rights, abortion, marijuana laws, transgender rights, and so many others based on the sham that they were the party that stood for morality and traditional values.

Where are those morals and values now?

I thought that the end of the Republican party's title of moral and values would end after a vast majority switched to Team Trump, even after they had completely renounced most of his more extreme views and pre-candidate actions during the campaign. How could a party claim be moral leaders when they support a man who not only holds such extremist, poorly thought out policy ideas that also has a bevy of incredibly immoral behavior in his past?

The Republican party claims they base their views off the 10 Commandments, but Trump has spent his entire life breaking every single one. Even Ted Cruz, a man I respected for not officially endorsing Trump and telling Republicans to "vote their conscience" at the RNC, was making calls to voters in favor of Trump on election night. After the party almost uniformly switched to supporting Trump, I did not think that the party could get any lower than that.


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Boy, was I wrong?

While the party switching to supporting Trump seemed like a moral valley that Republicans could not come out of, I was pleasantly surprised by how much resistance certain parts of the party were willing to create to Trump's agenda. His more controversial candidates for cabinet positions were placed under actual scrutiny and his plans for health-care reform, tax cuts, and other staple Republican talking points were defeated thanks to the backlash from key Republican defectors. As I witnessed this, I was hopeful that the Alt-Right wing of Republicans were the real ones that were the problem and that the majority of Republicans would find the moral courage that they have prided themselves on for so long.

Then, Brett Kavanaugh came to town.



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I won't go into length here about the accusations against Kavanaugh or the truth behind his victim's story. In fact, it does not really matter if he is truly guilty or not. What does matter is how he reacted and how Republicans reacted. Before Dr. Ford even set foot on Capitol Hill, Senators like Mitch McConnell were already giving speeches about how they will get Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Then, Brett Kavanaugh is given the opportunity to plead his side of the incident to the committee. Instead of showing the temperament and critical thinking of a judge worthy of serving on the highest court in the land, Kavanaugh acted like a drunken frat boy angry that a woman could dare accuse him of such an act. And yet, the Republican party yielded their morality and voted him in.

The Republican party's morals have dropped so low that they are willing to push through a candidate with ill-temperament and sexual assault allegations just so that they can have a conservative on the court. The Republicans could have easily united to deny Kavanaugh and then have a more conservative, less controversial judge be confirmed, yet they were scared that the Democrats would hold off the confirmation until after the midterm elections where Democrats are expected to gain enough seats to actually upset Senate votes.

In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan's pick for the Supreme Court Douglas Ginsburg withdrew his nomination because he had smoked marijuana in his teenage years. I suppose that this represents the moral abyss that Republicans have fallen into marijuana use is disqualifying from the Supreme Court, but sexual assault is not.

With the midterm elections coming up, it is incredibly important to make sure that you are registered to vote and that you go vote. This midterm election can finally be a wake-up call to the Republicans currently in power that we will stand for the moral bankruptcy no longer. No matter which way you vote, make sure to vote for your values. Whether you are supporting a Democrat, a dissenting Republican, or a third-party candidate, make sure to send the message loud and clear: the modern Republican party is no longer the party of morals and values.




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