Issue Of The Week: The Session Of Lies Reloaded

Issue Of The Week: The Session Of Lies Reloaded

More lies are added to the mix as Jeff Sessions lies further about Russian collusion developments.

With a continuation of hazy details, Jeff Sessions continues his series of denial regarding the controversies surrounding his involvements in orchestrating the involvements of Donald Trump with the Russian government. Tuesday marked yet another instance of the denial, as the further presentation of details regarding his aide arriving with a proposition to host a meeting with Russian officials were brought up to Sessions, to which he admitted to the events potentially occurring. However, he subsequently followed up said allegations by stating that he “swiftly rejected” said propositions.

This is the second time there has been some form of an amendment to his testimony, only adding to the drama and controversy. The development only reinforced the ambiguity of the circumstance, as the development did nothing to clarify a potential result to the conflict but rather only add more fuel to the fire. This adds to more investigations that need to be done regarding the controversy.

Special council investigations, however, bring up a much more different story. Evidence has shown that Sessions orchestrated meetings with his aide to discuss Russian relations and held round-table discussions regarding setting up a meeting between Donald J. Trump and Vladimir Putin. The defense? It was tantamount to lying worse than a high school student. Sessions stated that he had no clear recollection of what exactly was said at the meeting but recognized its existence, albeit being very clear about his personally adamant rejection of the alleged plans.

Conservative Republicans have come to his defense, stating that Sessions was not representative of any wrong doing. This support carried over from earlier this year where they shielded Sessions and refused to affirm a replacement upon President Trump’s desire to fire him. However, the Democrats certainly do not feel the same. Heavy criticism was presented toward the red flags in Sessions’ behavior as well as the consistent barrage of inaccurate statements.

Although this type of behavior is not new to Sessions, his suspicious behavior regarding such a volatile and sensitive topic is extremely alarming. Such a level of ambiguity in any case is always a case of suspicion, and given the context, it is certainly a cause for alarm. Further investigation is extremely necessary to find the concrete truth about the exact dealings that took place, as it is a matter that concerns the immediate presidency.

Alternative propositions and controversies are certainly a cause for scrutiny, such as the Uranium One controversy that plagues Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. However, the lack of presence of Hillary Clinton at the direct position of the United States Presidency is the exact reason why the collusion with Russia controversy requires so much more attention.

The presentation of an alternative controversy that requires attention seems like a justification for conservative politicians as an excuse­ to not have to address the issue at all, which is a regressive perspective. Using other issues as leverage to seem like they are on the right side of the issue is simply to bolster and feed one’s ego, not resolve a problem that is presented. Such a perspective can be extremely damaging not only to the pursuing of the Russian collusion fiasco, but also the investigation regarding Hillary Clinton as well as all other controversies that already have been presented. Desensitizing an issue does not make for an effective platform to solve it; just look at racism for proof.

Instead of running away or fighting to bolster egos, problems must be resolved as efficiently and effectively as possible to preserve the very idea of a democracy.

Author’s Note:

This is just as a disclaimer, but this is the last Issue of the Week for the foreseeable future! Thank you to all the readers who read my work and showed your support, I would not have done it for so long without you. Thank you once again, and Carpe Diem!

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Starbucks Corrects Its Wrongs In Light Of Recent Racial Bias Issue

All stores in the U.S. will be closed on May 29th to perform racial bias training.

Recently, a video of two African-American men being arrested in their local Starbucks for simply standing and waiting for their friends in the lobby/seating area surfaced on the internet. Since this situation was brought to light, there has been an uproar of public outrage focused on the blatant racial bias these men were faced with. Even Starbucks itself had something to say about it.

For many African-American citizens, this situation is all too common. Being racially profiled is not a thing of the past and more than just these two men have experienced it. The ACLU writes about the experiences of citizens being racially profiled, stating,

"We rely on the police to protect us from harm and promote fairness and justice in our communities. But racial profiling has led countless people to live in fear, casting entire communities as suspect simply because of what they look like, where they come from, or what religion they adhere to."

In light of the recent incident at a Philadelphia Starbucks, many fans expressed outrage in the comments section of this post, but Starbucks responded to almost every viral, angry comment:

However, in the midst all of the outraged comments were fans who appreciated the message that Starbucks was trying to send:

Despite the mixed reviews on Starbucks' course of action, the company is standing strong in their choice to address the issue and correct it.

People come to Starbucks stores to drink coffee, hang out, talk with their friends, and have a good time. It is absurd that these two men were escorted out and arrested for doing just that. I, personally, have done that same thing and have never once been asked to leave.

As a country, we need to think about the way we treat people of color and other minorities. It is a shame that this kind of public outcry had to happen to bring racial profiling to our attention. People are treated unfairly for no reason other than the color of their skin every day.

Way to go, Starbucks.

Thank you for recognizing that this was not an isolated incident and that racial profiling happens all the time. Thank you for taking the time to publicly announce that you are willing to go through the proper training with your employees to ensure that it doesn't happen ever again. But most of all, thank you for making a statement to the rest of the nation and the world about what kind of company you are, what kind of people you represent, and that racial injustice will not be tolerated.

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Why Earth Day Is Underrated, And What You Can Do

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” –The Lorax

April 22 may be just another day to most, but with climate change on the rise and wildlife becoming extinct, it’s more important now than ever to recognize Earth Day and understand what it entails. Our society as a whole cannot let this day pass with nothing done. It has to serve as a reminder of the action that must be taken.

Late January of 1969 would come to be a turning point for our nation. At the time, the worst oil spill in history occurred in Santa Barbara, California. Founder of Earth Day, Gaylord Nelson was horrified, yet inspired. Soon after, he announced his idea to teach the nation about the environment and built a staff to promote events across the country.

Earth Day brought thousands of colleges and universities together to fight for the cause. It became a sense of unity for everyone. No matter who you were, what race you were, where you came from, Earth Day was able to empower these people and help them realize they all wanted the same thing for the home we share. This kind of behavior is exactly what we need today, and should enable us to see that we’re all on the same side.

By the time 1990 came, Earth Day became a global event. 200 million people were involved to fight for environmental issues.

Today, Earth Day and the environment face many challenges. With those who deny climate change, deforestation, oil lobbyists, fracking, dying animal life, politicians dividing our nation on these issues, and much more, Earth Day astoundingly continues to prevail through the obstacles. With over 190 counties participating in the event each year, and more than 1 billion people, it’s never too late to do your part and contribute to the day.

Here are some basic things that anyone can do to make a change. Every day counts, and anything you do matters.

1. Join a local outdoors cleanup

Rivers, forests, beaches, whatever is near you. Help clean up litter and debris.

2. Carpool

This is probably the simplest thing you and your friends or family can do. If you’re going to the same place, drive together. For every mile you don’t drive- you’re reducing your carbon footprint by 1 pound.

3. Bring reusable bags when you shop

They’re cheap, cute, and save an abundance on plastic.

4. Use a reusable water bottle

Save on wasting plastic bottles every day.

5. Use environmentally friendly cleaning products

Typical cleaning products are high in chemicals and toxicity.

6. Always recycle!

Paper, plastic, cans, anything you can. Every individual thing recycled makes a difference.

7. Use LED lightbulbs

This can reduce your footprint 450 pounds per year.

8. Volunteer at local environmental groups

See if your school has an environmental club, or anything local in your town. See how many people you can get to do it with you and make a day out of it.

9. Donate your clothes and check out thrift stores

Instead of throwing them out, give them to somewhere they will be of use. Also, thrift shopping is inexpensive and you can find some really unexpectedly great items!

10. Don’t wait until Earth Day to do all of these things

Keep up the green behavior year-round.

Do your part, and do what you can today.

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