5 Presidents To Remember

5 Presidents To Remember

Happy President's Day!
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Happy President’s Day and may the odds be ever in your favor. As you go about your day, I hope you have enough fight in your heart to defend your vote in the recent election. I’m kidding. President’s Day, the national holiday to commemorate all US presidents, should have no violence. Instead of engaging in political debate or sharing the latest article that slams Mr. Trump on Facebook. Here are five presidents that have stories worthy of celebration.

1. Thomas Jefferson.

Popularly known for writing the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson snagged the deal of the day in 1803 when he paid just four cents per acre for the entire Louisiana territory. The land acquired from the French spanned from the Mississippi River to the Rockies and all the way up to present day Montana. In exchange, France received ample funds to support the war with Britain. Meanwhile, Jefferson commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore and map the land. With the addition, the size of the US doubled. The first state from this territory, Louisiana, was admitted into the Union in 1812. Thanks Mr. Jefferson! Because now we have the Arkansas Razorbacks and New Orleans gumbo.

2. William Henry Harrison.

In 1840, William Henry Harrison won the presidency with John Tyler as his running mate. The Panic of 1937 and the Crisis of 1939 lowered Van Buren’s popularity. So, the Whig party took this opportunity to propose Harrison as a candidate. To win the campaign, Harrison was portrayed as a war hero. Posters, slogans, and songs characterized Harrison as a “log cabin and hard cider” man from the West. His image circulated throughout the nation, in effect, the Whig party separated Harrison from the established politicians that were responsible for the economic mess. Sound familiar? This was the first presidential campaign that running mates sought to win over the hearts of the American people. Yes, Harrison was the president that caught a cold from giving a long inaugural address in the cold and rain. He died a month later, but nevertheless, he had a great campaign slogan!

3. Abraham Lincoln

History remembers Lincoln as the humble man who preserved the Union, who began the process of freeing the slaves through the Emancipation Proclamation, and who gave one of the most famous speeches, The Gettysburg Address. Lincoln made it clear that by fighting in the Civil War, men were fighting to save their country. He famously said, “...I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lord's side." Elected just before the Civil War began, Lincoln had a tough job ahead of him. He believed in preserving America and ferociously led the fight against the south. However when the Union won, he desired for the south to rejoin peacefully and without punishment.

4. Franklin D. Roosevelt

In the 1930s, the Great Depression suffocated the American people. FDR’s term began in 1933 and would not end until 1945. He took action immediately and proposed his New Deal. This plan consisted of reform bills and government programs. Programs such as the Civilian Conservations Corps and The Tennessee Valley Authority reduced unemployment and provided relief to the American people. Throughout his term, he spoke directly to the American people by radio. His fireside chats comforted the nation as they faced tough crises. He famously states, “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Through his presidency, the nation not only survived the depression but also, endured and saw victory in WWII. Increasing government spending through his New Deal reforms and military expenditures saved the US economy. Alas, his term ended when he died in 1945, but he remains one of the most admired presidents.

5. Ronald Reagan

He took office in 1981 following the Carter administration. Reagan inherited an economy in ruins. So, he proposed a tax plan to combat the lack of economic growth. His plan was known as Reaganomics, supply-side economics, or trickle down economics. He proposed a large tax cut, focusing on businesses and on higher income citizens. He increased military spending to bolster US capability in the Cold War. Reagan reduced regulations on businesses and cut back on government social programs. The initial effect of Reaganomics led the nation into a recession, the nation was experiencing short term effects of expansionary policies. However, by the second half of his first term, the economy stabilized and for the rest of his presidency, the nation experienced economic growth. His plan worked so well, they even named the policies after him.

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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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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Stop Cussing Damn It!

Why society needs to be less aggressive in response to foul language.

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Well shit, here we go again. In a world of constantly changing language in our everyday society, we need to take a step back on the censorship of words. Foul or vulgar language is frowned upon in most social settings, more specifically in public settings. Language has been created for us to communicate with one another. The fact that there is a whole group of words that are completely disregarded because they are "Cruel" or "Unnecessary" strike me as odd. Language and lexicon was created to allow each person to freely express themselves, their feelings and ideas, openly to everyone. Words like damn, shit, hell, and phrases like son of a bitch and fuck off are overly addressed as negative and foul.

As with any way of speaking, it is all about your deliverance of such language. Yes, is directing a "Fuck you" openly to someone in public a great idea, not really. But, in a general context, there shouldn't be a censorship on such phrases. If these types of words are not being used in derogatory ways, then I see no issue with them. Words help express us and our emotions. Foul language can emphasize our excitement, frustration, or anger with any situation. These words and phrases are just the natural evolution of our language. More so, there is a huge acceptance gap generation to generation.

This acceptance gap is huge from Generation X to Generation Y, or the Millennials, and even more of a gap with Generation Z. Things that offend Gen Y and are disgraced by Gen X don't always phase Gen Z individuals. Saying shit and damn have become natural filler words, sometimes used as verbs, most of the time as adjectives. It's actually quite interesting to hear people from different generations speak. Most people nowadays don't even register how much they swear because of how natural it is to them. I myself cuss a lot, a part of me in what society has labeled as a "bad habit".

Cussing, swearing, using foul language, or however you want to label it, is just something that has been integrated into our society more and more. Like anything, the time and place should always be taken into consideration before dropping words like bitch and fuck, but most of the time there isn't a bad time to speak with these choice words. Another thing is, if society accepted, and even mainstreamed, words that are frowned upon into natural conversation, they no longer would hold much power. If everyone "talked dirty" or used a "foul mouth" all the time, then no one would be cursing. We would all be simply speaking.

We as humans are constantly witnessing change. Our language has been changing and evolving since the very first grunt in history. We will continue to evolve our language and words that are viewed as "bad" now probably wont even be spoken by the end of the century. There will always be "bad words" and sayings that can be taken offense to, but like stated earlier, it's all about deliverance. I say who gives a shit, go ahead and cuss all the damn time, I don't give a fuck. Nothing in that sentence is rude or offensive. Is it the most professional sentence? No, of course it isn't, but nonetheless, sentences like that shouldn't be disapproved by society. We, as a society, should embrace the way our language and communication levels are evolving, and if we properly teach people how and when to use such "disgraceful phrases", there won't be an issue.

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