National Election of 2017

National Election of 2017

New Elections Must Be Held In The Event Of Impeachment Of Donald Trump To Provide The Citizenry Institutional Legitimacy. If Transition Of Power Down Current Lines Of Succession Is Attempted By The Trump Administration; The Election Must Be Between Bernie Sanders, The Most Popular Politician, versus Vice President Mike Pence.

Given the implosion of the Trump presidency, it seems rational to propose the thought of holding national elections to be initiated should impeachment processes occur. The chain of command currently existing that would be enforced in the event of impeachment is invalid as a legitimate line of succession. If indeed the Trump administration ascended to power via impeachable means; then the ascension of Mike Pence would be equally as invalid as Trump himself.

Therefore, should impeachment processes initiate, a national vote of either new candidates; or the election of the most popular/liked politician be considered as opposition to Mike Pence. If we extrapolate this thought, then the scenario that should be considered would be Mike Pence versus Bernie Sanders. Not only will this propose a legitimate form of succeeding power; but it would also restore faith in the democratic process given the mass public support by a majority of the population behind Bernie Sanders as a credible and trusted politician. Sanders would also be given a means of rightfully gaining the opportunity denied to him by the illegal behaviors of the DNC during the national election of 2016; which undermined his ability to become the nominee for president for the Democratic Party.

The illegitimacy of the Trump Administration is rapidly driving the nation to having a constitutional crisis to the point of impeaching and removing the president. Should this happen, the democratic stability of the nation will be placed in a unique situation. If indeed the current administration is shown to be responsible for impeachable offenses, then the entire legitimacy of the current chain of command/line of succession will be placed in serious question. Therefore a democratic revitalization will be required to restore faith in the nation's institutions. Bernie Sanders is the most popular and liked politician, a former presidential candidate from 2016, and an influential leader of a unifying national moment; he possesses the most legitimate opposition to the current administration. The need to restore democratic stability is a necessity to retain national security and coherence. National elections must be called for by the elected officials, governmental officials, and the citizenry.

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Mass Shootings And Masculinity Go Hand In Hand

What we're not talking about.

Nineteen mass shootings. Nineteen mass shootings have happened since January 2018 and we’re only in the middle of February. This past shooting at Parkland high school really hit me hard. As I saw the victims of the shooting they reminded me of the kids that I went to high school with. One of the victims was apart of her high school’s color guard and I thought about how much I loved guard when I was in high school. I connected with her.

I saw the videos posted on Snapchat of what the students actually experienced and shed tears with my hand covering my mouth from shock. I saw how insanely graphic the scene was and how being there physically can traumatize one for the rest of their life. No one should have to go through this.

The debates on tv include those of gun control and mental health. On social media, different countries are being thrown around as examples for both stricter gun control, and the allowance for more guns. I also see how the shooter was seen as “mentally ill”, and the stigmatization of those who have mental health issues are dangerous is furthered. The one issue that no one is talking about that plays a huge role in these mass shootings in masculinity.

A large majority of these shooters are white men. While these shootings are also a racial issue I’m going to focus on the gender issue. From a young age, men are exposed to what society deems as masculine. Media hypermasculinized everything to the point where it’s ridiculous. Don’t believe me? Look up Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and see how ridiculously buff they are. They’re cartoon turtles, yet the societal standard of masculinity applies to them.

Even when it comes to toys the commercials for nerf and water guns show only males. Showing that guns are masculine. Young boys are raised to engage in masculine activities or they’re isolated socially and emotionally. Even when young men are engaging in “masculine” activities they still may not be good enough. Getting angry, being the bad boy, having a temper are seen as “cool” traits that males desire to have in order to give themselves an edge.

Now most young boys go through this, and masculinity is not the main factor in mass shootings but it is still a factor. It is a factor that we need to consider because eliminating any factor that helps to produce a mass shooter can help save lives.

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Analyzing The Situation In South Africa

South Africa is in a tenuous position after President Jacob Zuma resigns from office.

Countries across the world were surprised this Valentine’s Day by sudden news out of South Africa. President Jacob Zuma, also head of his own party, the African National Congress, resigned after being mired in a corruption scandal for weeks.

As a politician, Zuma has been no stranger to controversy, having earned for himself the nickname, “The Teflon President,” due to his ability to dodge backlash from multiple scandals throughout his presidency. Why then, did he feel the need to resign?

Zuma faced pressure from the members of the ANC, calling for him to step down after numerous scandals continued to destroy the credibility of the party and undermine support. Some of the scandals include Zuma’s refusal to repay millions in public funds that were spent on refurbishing his lavish homestead. He has also faced criticism and scrutiny in the decades since a controversial arms deal back in the 1990s.

Opposition party leader and longtime critic of Zuma, Mmusi Maimane, stated his relief at the President’s resignation, saying that Zuma has long been, “…a one-man wrecking ball to our economy, our country.”

Maimane also stated his party’s intent to put forward a candidate shortly to oppose acting president Cyril Ramaphosa, who Maimane’s Democratic Alliance views as an unworthy and incorrect choice to lead South Africa.

South Africa’s future is altogether uncertain and the situation has likely confused many countries around the world, leaving them unsure as to what the outcome will be. Only time will tell and the country is sure to struggle with its leadership in the coming weeks.

It will be up to the citizens of South Africa to remain calm, focused, and secure in their beliefs during the current situation.

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