Mike Pence, Seriously?

Mike Pence, Seriously?

It is necessary to know Donald Trump's running mate.
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Michael Richard Pence is an American politician, the Governor of Indiana. A few days ago, he was announced at the Republic National Convention to be the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States. It’s an odd combination, Mike Pence as running mate with Donald Trump. Pence is a religious conservative and law maker. Between Trump and Pence, political characteristics and motives are in complete opposition.

Pence's political background is an intriguing one. Pence was actually part of the Democratic Party before switching sides. He embraces Evangelical Christianity, even though he was born and raised with Catholic roots. His Evangelical Christianity is the driving force of his political agenda, even though our government is supposed to separate between church and state.

In Indiana, he is trying to deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood and make religious conservatives to refuse gay couples service upon entering their businesses. During Nov. 2015, Pence opposed the Syrian refugee crisis, denying a family the opportunity to resettle in Indiana, as it affects the “Hoosiers Hospitality” reputation.

At the RNC, during Donald Trump’s speech for accepting the Republican presidential candidacy, Trump spoke how terrorists targeted the LGBTQ community and addressing the victims as "wonderful Americans." Despite Trump’s inaccurate statements about targeted victims in Orlando (the FBI has found no evidence terrorists targeted the gay nightclub), does it not portray the opposite political perspective of Pence?

There's more contradiction between the Republican tag-team. According to NPR, Pence told PBS NewsHour that the United States will defend the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO]. Trump told the New York Times that they cannot properly compensate costs for military support to allied countries.

It seems as though Trump selecting Pence will create leverage to draw out the religious vote, since Trump’s personality is well-known to be offensive and controversial. Pence focuses on cultural issues and seeks traditional American values, which plays as a gamble for Trump.

Pence's views on abortion, gay rights and immigration are key factors that can affect the political agenda for the next presidential term. His opportunity as vice president can lead to extreme conditions due to the current modernization of diversity that has been evolving in the United States.

If Trump succeeds in the upcoming election, it will be incredibly disturbing.Having this VP candidate with extreme religious beliefs can lead to downfall for Trump with the possibility of obtaining unpopular votes or attraction. The direction of the Republican Party is leading the United States into absurdness .A business mogul and an Evangelist have the possibility of being this nation’s leaders.

Cover Image Credit: Photo by Michael Conroy

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.
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As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

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The Crimes And Misdemeanors Of A Sitting President

Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is: Can this nation survive any more division?

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Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is; can this nation survive any more division? Is Nancy correct in her comment, "He's just not worth it?" Impeachment should not be used as a political tool to remove an unwanted government official out of office. Its purpose is to bring charges against a government official and once the official is impeached then the legislative body can impose judgment which could ultimately remove the official from office.

Moreover, in the past, this country has impeached two sitting presidents and neither ended with his removal. According to www.merriam-webster.com, the definition of impeaching is "(a) to charge with a crime or misdemeanor, specifically: to charge a public official before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office. (b) to remove from office especially for misconduct, and (c) to bring an accusation against."

So how many cases of impeachment has the United States experienced with sitting presidents? According to www.History.com, eight U.S. presidents have faced impeachment, but with very different results. John Tyler was the first president to face impeachment proceedings in 1843. Representative John Botts of Virginia filed claimed Tyler conduct of the U.S. Treasury although the House of Representatives voted Botts' claim down.

Andrew Johnson was the second sitting president to have impeachment proceedings filed against him. In 1868 President Johnson dismissed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and according to Congress, the president violated the Tenure of Office Act. Even though Johnson was impeached the Senate would not confirm his removal from office and he finished his term.

With the exception of Grover Cleveland, the twentieth century gave way for many calls for impeachment beginning with Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and ending with George H.W. Bush. None of these presidents were subjected to the process as the claims never had the votes to call for a hearing on the committees.

There were three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, however, he resigned in 1974 before any of the proceedings could take place. In 1998 Bill Clinton was impeached over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice relating to the Monica Lewinsky case. In Clinton's case, the Senate acquitted, and he finished his term in office just like Andrew Johnson.

President Trump is under scrutiny for some of the very reason's other presidents have had impeachment proceedings. He has proven to most American's that he is a danger to our democracy. Trump has snubbed his nose at the foreign emolument clause, creating an open way for foreign powers to pressure our president to stray from his constitutional obligation to the United States. The firing of the FBI Director James Comey and fulling admitting on national television to Lester Holt that he did because of "this Russia thing." This is "obstruction of justice," and other presidents have been charged with this article of impeachment. However, Nixon resigned, and Clinton was acquitted.

So why is he not worth it? First the truth, he won the election. Unless there is proven evidence that he colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 presidential election reversing this fact will drive this new faction of voters back to the polls to elect another under-qualified candidate. In addition, the Republican Party will use the impeachment as a platform in the upcoming election. Citing the Democrats stole the White House from them.

Second, is the nation ready for even one year of Mike Pence as president? His record as Governor of Indiana is the only evidence needed. He banned Syrian refugees, he reinstated mandatory minimum sentences and authored a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. He doesn't take to Twitter, has the political knowledge, and is waiting his turn to strike like an incurable virus.

Third and even more disturbing is the Republican Party and their efforts to gloss over his crimes and misdemeanors and cite the economy, and jobs. Many won't vote against Trump because of his base; cannot afford to have to explain their decisions to his base voters in 2020. Most fear they will have to go through a primary. Even though if they removed Trump and put Pence in his place they could have during their two-year reign and most American's civil liberties would be a thing of the past.

The voters gave their voice in 2018 and Congress is working, unlike the previous Congress. They have a lot of work to do and spinning their wheels debating the crimes and misdemeanors of the sitting president is counter-productive. History will repeat itself and he will be acquitted.

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