No More Roy Moore

No More Roy Moore

Dont drop your morals over partisan support.
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This election season we have witnessed a wave of change. From electing an openly Trans women into Congress, to removing Legislators with regressive viewpoints. The voice of the revolution is being felt strongly through who elect into office. With that being said, we should acknowledge that the last of the elections are not over, with Alabama’s December 12th election between Roy Moore and Doug Jones. Recent child molestation allegations have risen against Roy Moore in the past week. Traditionally, such scandals would normally force a candidate to resign, yet Moore has refused to do so.

In case those allegations are not enough to disqualify him as a candidate, we should take into consideration where he lacks potential to represent the people. For starters, he is not fully aware of the political realm he is trying to enter. His understanding of others religions is limited. In an interview with Vox.com he stated that, “There are communities under Sharia Law right now in our country. Up in Illinois”, as if that is actual legislation practiced over the Constitution. Under Trump's administration there have been many claims of radical Islam, and the self made fear surrounding its assumed practices , but come on Roy Moore. Not only does he not understand Islam, but he does not understand how his support of corrupt legislation could affect the average American.

It’s important to remember how Roy Moore came into power. He is a twice elected, twice removed state Judge. He was removed when he broke the divide between church and state by hanging the Ten Commandments. His judgement is blurred by his conservative views. This has led him to campaign on the promise to retract the legalization of same-sex marriages. Has a strong pro-life point of view, running in an attempt to criminalize it. Is a known confederate- sympathizer, as well as opposing programs that benefit immigrants. His view points set our nation back, while oppressing the people who would flourish from these opportunities.

Lastly, lets not forget why Roy Moore is a political player. For starters, he is a 70 year old man, who should have already retired and enjoying the world moving forward. Instead he is key player in draining the swamp. Many remember disgraced former Chief Strategist to the president Steve Bannon and his non-spoken promise to retaliate against an administration that shunned him. Bannon’s plan is to slowly remove members of congress that refrain from voting or vote against capitalistic ideas. By pushing someone as radical and single focused person like Moore there, you force other member of congress to pick a side and vote on an issue. By attempting to drain the swamp more extremist candidates will run, on irrational promises that damage civilians. Moore will divide the Senate by those who will stand up against him, those who support him, and the bystanders.

His constituents now face the decision of disregarding his negative attributes in order to keep the state red, or risk his policies being enforced on the American people. We cannot sit quietly as Roy Moore gets elected into office. His radical conservative viewpoints will skew progressive plans. Such as the full benefits of human rights, religious freedom rights, and the practice of full political consciousness. It is what the people of Alabama deserve, and it is what the American people deserve.

Cover Image Credit: DeLisi, Benjamin. “Republican Establishment on Edge with Roy Moore Poised to Upset Luther Strange in Alabama.” Project Republic | Headlines, News, Politics, 26 Sept. 2017, www.projectrepublictoday.com/2017/09/26/republican-establishment-edge-roy-moore-poised-upset-luther-strange-alabama/.

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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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Beto O'Rourke Is The Future For The Democratic Party

Democrats need a new voice, and now they have him.

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As a self-professed progressive, the 2016 presidential election was one of the darkest days of my life. Every day I wish that the election had turned out differently. But if there's a silver lining, the Democratic Party has almost completely reinvented itself and has a chance to move forward.

Barack Obama was an amazing leader for the party for a decade. Hillary Clinton was arguably the most-flawed candidate the modern-day Democratic Party has ever nominated, and she lost to the most-flawed Republican ever nominated. So now the Democrats need someone to look up to and lead the way past the regressive presidency of Donald Trump. That man is Beto O'Rourke.

O'Rourke is a representative of Texas's 16th congressional district, which covers the city of El Paso. But right now people in the political world know him as the guy who is running against arguably the most-hated man in the Senate, Ted Cruz. Former House Speaker and fellow Republican John Boehner once said that Cruz is "Lucifer in the flesh."

Cruz prides himself in being hated by Washington politicians, but hatred from his current colleagues could come back to bite him. "If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you," said Lindsey Graham, Republican senator from South Carolina.

If O'Rourke wins in November, he'll take down Cruz, who is one of the most powerful and influential Republicans in Washington despite being hated. And it could launch Beto to even higher office someday.

Even if he loses to Cruz, Beto has an extremely bright future ahead of him because he's just what the Democratic Party needs right now. He's young, passionate, communicates extremely well and is a perfect representation of what the face of the party should be.

This year, O'Rourke has been setting an example of how Democrats should run their campaigns. Beto has traveled to every single one of Texas's 254 counties. Ever since the Supreme Court's decision on Citizens United v. FEC (2010), Democrats have pushed for campaign finance reform, and O'Rourke is leading by example with his campaign. Beto has taken $0 from Political Action Committees (PACs). All of his money comes from individual donors. Cruz has taken PAC money, but O'Rourke still holds a significant advantage in fundraising.

O'Rourke in his campaign emphasizes that Texas has among the highest immigration populations in the United States, but the senators from Texas, Cruz and John Cornyn, do not accurately represent the diversity of the state. O'Rourke has separated himself from Cruz by speaking out against the proposed border wall and the separation of immigrant children at the border.

I'm not from Texas, but I'm just as excited for this senate race as I was when Doug Jones won in my home state almost a year ago. Beto O'Rourke has an opportunity to make positive change in our country and actually bring people together. If he doesn't win in November, Beto should make plans for 2020 because he can become the face of the Democratic Party.

If you'd like to learn more about, join, or donate to the campaign, here is a link.

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