What If The Cure For Cancer Is Trapped In The Head Of A "Banned" Muslim?

What If The Cure For Cancer Is Trapped In The Head Of A "Banned" Muslim?

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When talking about the pro-life/pro-choice debate, one point always gets brought up. It is an interesting thing to think about. "What if the cure to cancer is in the mind of a baby who was aborted?" And on the surface, it isn't a horrible question. It is interesting to think that the next Hitler or the next Einstein could be eviscerated before even getting a chance at life.

However, fetuses or clumps of cells or babies or a fertilized egg or whatever you personally chose to call the unborn are not the only things with untapped potential. And if your argument against abortion is based on that then it is crucial you apply that same concept to others who will never get to reach their maximum potential for other reasons beyond their control. What if the cure for cancer is within the mind of a little black girl who was forgotten about in her inner city school system and the teachers don't have the time or resources to help her succeed? What if it lies within the mind of a high school student who is gunned down in a mass shooting before even getting the chance to graduate? What if it lies within the mind of someone who opts to go right into the workforce because he knows he'll never have enough money for college?

Or what if the cure for cancer lies within the mind of a young Muslim girl who has been blocked from entering the United States because of where she's from and what she believes in?

What if we are so afraid of the evil that an immensely small proportion of an immensely peaceful religion that we are blocking bright minds who will change the course of history from reaching their full potential in this great nation?

If the cure for cancer could be in the mind of an aborted fetus, the cure for cancer could also be in so many other minds of children and people who have fallen victim to horrible, yet, mostly preventable things that our world has done.

Or, God forbid, the cure for cancer or another amazing thing isn't in their mind. Maybe they want to become a teacher or a lawyer and make the world better for a few people at a time. Maybe they just want to be a stay at home mom and teach their children how to be a good human. Maybe they will become a senator or a janitor or maybe they will truly change the world. But they can't do that when they are being blocked from entering a nation where their potential can be fulfilled.

And I know it is scary. We have seen terror attacks and lives shattered by people in the name of the Muslim faith. But the KKK acts in the name of Christianity. The Westboro Baptist church acts in the name of Christianity. Many white mass shooters have acted in the name of Christianity. And if we are willing to separate those horrendous acts with Christianity and still see it as an overwhelmingly peaceful faith, we can do the same for others.

We are all ancestors of immigrants. All of our great great great ancestors came here hoping for a better life for themselves and their lineage. Remember that. The people trying to come here are just trying to build a beautiful life here as did our ancestors. They are people just like us. And we need to remember that.

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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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