Look Out for Brett Kavanaugh And Know The Facts

Look Out for Brett Kavanaugh And Know The Facts

The case against the newest Supreme Court nominee.

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The Supreme Court, the Highest Court in the Land, the final say on all things Constitution, the potential future workplace of Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Kavanaugh first drew the spotlight for his involvement in the Ken Starr investigation into President Clinton. Kavanaugh later served as White House Staff Secretary under President Bush before being nominated to the Court of Appeals, though this nomination process took an extraordinary three years before he was finally confirmed to the DC Circuit court in 2006, where he has served ever since. This all brings us to today, where extremely rushed hearings have been underway in the Senate for two weeks discussing Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.

Though Kavanaugh is undeniably accomplished and qualified to serve, the process and reasoning of his nomination have been highly irregular and suspect. The process in the Senate has been accelerated so as to confirm Kavanaugh as quickly as possible; the Republicans would certainly prefer it happen before the midterm elections in November in case they lose seats. This has led to a hectic and controversial nomination wherein over 100,000 documents relating to Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House are being withheld under the guise of "executive privilege." This means Donald Trump has chosen to hide these documents, most written by Kavanaugh, from the American public. What horrible things could be lurking in these documents that will never see the light of day? If Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) gets his way and successfully shoehorns this nomination, the public will never know what's being hidden.

The reasoning behind Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh is clear; Kavanaugh is of the belief that a sitting president cannot, by any means, be criminally indicted or subpoenaed, an especially useful belief for the current president who is facing both potential indictments and subpoenas. Additionally, Kavanaugh is an especially desirable judge for conservatives who wish to set back the clock on the last century of progress and especially see Roe v. Wade repealed.

So why should you, the average college student, care at all about this? After all, it's not like Supreme Court decisions actually affect people like us, right? Wrong. Incredibly important and consequential decisions are passed down from the Court every year, and they most certainly have direct repercussions on the lives of everyone. As young people, access to affordable and reliable birth control is vital, and prevention isn't always successful, thus Roe v. Wade is an extremely important precedent that is in danger of being reversed. Also on the conservative chopping block are issues such as same-sex marriage and voter ID laws. With Kavanaugh's confirmation, conservatives would have the votes on the Court they need to overturn same-sex marriage and upheld harsh voter ID laws crafted in states such as North Carolina, designed to suppress the vote of less advantaged people.

Brett Kavanaugh, accomplished lawyer and judge, the stooge of President Donald Trump. Handpicked by the conservatives to overturn crucial progressive decisions, Kavanaugh is nothing more than a shield for Trump who will do anything to avoid the consequences of his actions. We cannot afford to allow a political bodyguard, nominated with the sole intention of keeping Trump from being indicted, nominated by a president under investigation, whose legitimacy is extremely questionable, nominated to reverse the forward progress of this great country. This is an issue that needs to matter to you. Young people have the numbers, we have a voice, we can stand up and fight. We cannot ignore this; we can make a difference.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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I Spoke With A Group Of DACA Recipients And Their Stories Moved Me To Tears

An experience that forever changed my perspective on "illegal" immigrants.

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I thought I was just filming about a club meeting for a project, but when I entered the art-filled room located in a corner of the student common area, I knew this experience would be much more than a grade for a class.

I was welcomed in by a handful of people wearing various Arizona State hoodies and T-shirts that were all around my age. They were college students, like myself, but something felt different when talking to them. They were comforting, shy at first, and more driven than the peers that I usually meet.

As I began to look around the room, I noticed a good amount of art, murals, religious pieces, and a poster that read, "WE STAND WITH DREAMERS." The club was meant for students at ASU that are either undocumented or DACA recipients.

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As a U.S. citizen college student, you typically tend to think about your GPA, money, and dating. As a DACA recipient college student, there are many more issues crowding your brain. When I sat down at a club meeting for students my age dealing with entirely different problems as me, my eyes were opened to bigger issues.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program allows for individuals that crossed the border as children to be protected from deportation and to go to school or work. Commonly known as DREAMers, these individuals are some of the most hard-working, goal-oriented and focused people I have met, and that's solely because they have to be.

In order to apply to be a DACA recipient, it is required that the applicant is attending school with a high school diploma, or a military veteran, as well as have a clean criminal record. While being a DACA recipient does not mean that you can become a permanent citizen of the United States, it allows for opportunities that may not be offered in their home country.

It's no secret that the United States has dealt with immigration in a number of ways. From forming new policies to building a wall on our nation's border, we see efforts to keep immigrants from entering the U.S. every day. But what about the people who are affected?

As the club members and I began a painting activity regarding where we came from and how we got to where we are today, I began to feel the urge to cry.

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One girl described the small Mexican town that she grew up in and the family that still resides there. She went on to talk about how important education is to her family and so much so that it was the cause of her family's move to the United States when she was still a child. Her voice wavered when she talked about the changing immigration policies that prevent her from seeing her family in Mexico.

Another member of the club, a boy with goals of becoming a journalist, talked of his depression and obstacles regarding growing up as an undocumented student. Once he was told by his father that he was illegal, he began to set himself apart from his peers and became someone he did not think he would ever be.

All of my worries seemed small in comparison to theirs, and I felt a pang of regret for realizing I take my own citizenship for granted every single day.

Terminating the policy would lead to the displacement of about 800,000 people. We tend to forget about the human aspect of all of this change, but it's the most important part.

For more information about this club, visit https://www.facebook.com/USEEASU/

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