Actually, Erasing History Does Not Rewrite It

Actually, Erasing History Does Not Rewrite It

America does not have the best history, we all know that.

Confederate symbols have been in the news a lot in the last few years. With outcry over the the state flag of Mississippi (which features the former flag of the Confederacy in the top left corner) and the recent removal of statues of prominent Confederate figures in cities like Charlottesville, New York, and Lexington, KY, this is still a heated issue in American society right now. Removal of these statues as received both praise and backlash, most notably the recent protest, by white nationalists, of the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, Va., which resulted in the injury of 35 civilians, and the death of 3.

But is the removal of these Confederate symbols necessary?

The Civil War is one of the most important moments in our country's history. About 620,000 soldiers died during the Civil War, half of the total American deaths in ALL of the wars the country has been involved in since the Revolutionary War. These statues and symbols of the Confederacy, though being exploited by hate groups and supremacists, are, in my opinion, meant to stand as a reminder of what happened, not to be symbols of hate and discrimination, though recently it may seem that we've only been undoing all the progress that we've made.

By removing these symbols, it's almost as though, we as a nation are choosing to ignore what happened back then. We do not need to ignore the past, we need to learn from it to better prepare ourselves for the future. Do I believe that these hate groups are right in their protests? Not a single bit. But I do believe that these states governments that are electing to remove these memorials is a mistake. Not only do they serve as a reminder of one the darkest periods in our nation's history, but they also serve as a reminder of how far we've come as a nation since then.

So lets not choose to ignore our past. Lets choose to learn from it. Lets not choose hate. Choose to stand up against those who want to tear us apart. Stand up to those who believe that they are better just because they happen to have less melanin in their body. Choose to stand up and fight for those people who may not be able to stand up for themselves for fear of being beaten or killed. Lets stop worrying about these symbols, and start standing up against hate, discrimination, and supremacy, because no one deserves to be judged based on their sex, race, sexual orientation, or anything other than their actions.

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.


Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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Let's Not Encourage The Zombie-Illness Apocolypse

Just how close we're coming to a resurgence of U.S.-eradicated diseases is just as scary as real zombies.


It's pretty hard to successfully dispute that Global Warming is a very real and looming reality that we all need to realize is the worlds own personal impending doom, but there are a lot more issues to be addressed than the polar bears losing their ice caps or increasing water and air temperatures. What is not quite so evident to the average non-scientist is that the melting polar ice caps bring on much more frightening dangers than rising sea levels.

While cities and towns are being decreased in size by the rising sea level, what is not talked about enough is the very real health risks that come along with the ice caps shrinking. See, there's this permafrost that has been around for years upon years and inside that permafrost are all the pathogens, germs, cells, and microbes that were around, alive and thriving all those years ago, and those germs can just stay dormant in that ice for as long as it takes for them to be released through ice melt.

So, that's the bad news, now here's the worse news: The more people abandon vaccinating themselves and their children for diseases and illnesses, especially for diseases that have thus far been eradicated from the United States, the easier it will be for those diseases lying in wait within the permafrost to latch onto and spread throughout our population the moment they are released from their icy jail. Not only do we have to deal with rising heat and humidity, but now the walking dead-diseases?

The reality of pathogens being re-released into our environments and populations is increasing by the day and, the way I see it, there are two ways to avoid the impending zombie-pathogen apocalypse. The first, in lieu of slowing, and hopefully eventually stopping, the possible outbreak, is to get global warming in check. Decrease your carbon footprint, decrease the greenhouse gasses you emit, and just treat our Mother Earth better in general.

The second, vaccinate, vaccinate, vaccinate!! Just because an illness has been deemed eradicated in the United States doesn't mean that it can't make a reappearance years later, and it could make an even bigger, grander entrance if we don't continue to vaccinate because we've gotten cocky in thinking we've beaten a disease that can never truly be beat.

Guess what? The longer people go without vaccinating against preventable diseases, the easier it will be for those diseases to kick our butts when they make their reappearance. Take measles, for instance, we thought they were eradicated in the early 2000's, and now here we are with outbreaks occurring frequently and fervently. When we take for granted our herd-immunity, we can get overzealous and we can lose our edge against the threat of returning diseases.

So, when we can't even beat diseases we thought were already eradicated through proper vaccination, what chance do we stand against pathogens that we don't know or expect and that we're not prepared for?

Global warming is scary enough as it is, what with rising sea levels, animal species rapidly falling towards extinction, and harmful rays from the sun beating down our atmospheric door, I don't know if we're ready for World War III against germs on top of all of that. So, let's not encourage the zombie-pathogen apocalypse, do your part, keep Mother Earth clean and let's get vaccinating, people!

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