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Modern Conservatism* is the Center, not the Right.

As the 2016 and 2020 elections rolled around, I came to notice a change in society at large, specifically on how political everyone had become. Anything, EVERYTHING became a political issue. I’m sure I am not the only one that felt that. One of the narratives that has been talked about on Vox, CNN, WSJ and other sources would be the idea that the left is slightly moving left, while the right is taking a bullet train to more extreme right positions. I’m here to try to make a case that in actuality, the modern conservative (think Bush conservative) is the center today, not this evil “right-wing fanatics”.

Big Idea 1: The liberals of 20 years ago are the conservatives of today.

Sarah Binder writes (note that this is 1996) that at that point in time, there is a consistent shrinking of any semblance of “centrist” democrats and Republicans in politics. Anyone today would also probably notice a trend that in the past 20 year politics have become more and more partisan.

One thing that I notice, however, is that a typical liberal of the 2000’s would overall sound like the conservative of today. Liberals then wanted for gay marriage to be a thing. It is now. And most, if not all conservatives today are not arguing for repealing federal law allowing for gay marriage. Even Trump, the weirdest president ever, had some support in the LGBTQ+ community.

Let us not forget that it was under Clintons administration that the war of drugs began, followed up by tough rhetoric on border security and the such. If the liberals of the 2000’s were to speak today, they would be hailed as “right-wing” and “traitors” to the modern Liberal movement.

Liberals of 20 years ago were not big on having social programs expand to include money for everything. They understood that social security and similar programs were to serve as a safety net, not the building blocks for life. This, again is touted by the conservatives today, while the modern Liberals are keen on expanding government social programs to encompass more and more for the people.

Big Idea 2: Politics is constantly shifting left. Good of bad? Up to you.

The next thought that I want to bring up is that I think overall, its the Left that is shifting more left, rather than the right shifting further away. If I was to stand in one place, and you moved farther away, it would be senseless to accuse me of moving away from you, right? Well a similar thing is happening. Of course, Right wing media is accusing of the modern Left of being “communists” “socialists” or puppets of China, but that’s not the point.

New issues have taken the stage of politics today, social and economic that challenge the status quo. Transgenderism wasn’t a question 20 years ago. The idea of what gender is was understood to be connected to body anatomy and more in-depth, to the chromosome composition. Take a look at how Bill Nye “The Science Guy” addressed the question of gender in the 90’s

Its interesting that today, the question of gender is now debated on who is allowed in which bathroom and when can an individual go through a gender-transition surgery. Conservatives are holding a value that both liberals and conservatives generally held for decades, and today are treated as “moving” to the right, where the position is very much center, agreed until recently.

The new issues coming up today on the role of the government in a modern economy and society is forcing conservatives to take a stance that most liberals had years before, while the modern Left moves further into changing the status quo. Is this good or bad? depends on your outlook on life. If you are transgender, or hold a philosophy on gender that is non-traditional, then its a good thing, the political wave is moving in your favor. Good or bad is up to the individual.

Big Idea 3: Celebrating left wing politicians as “centrists” is stupid.

This is where I get more personal. It irritates me how today media (which tends to favor a modern Liberal outlook) tries to tout that the left wing politicians pushing forward new policies are “centrists” heroes who are trying to stop this wave of “right-wing” fanatics. And yes, I understand that if one goes to Fox News, they would find the same thing happening as well, although they like to tout their candidates as people of “common sense” against “radicals”.

However as stated before, the issues being brought up today are generally moving things to the Left, and the liberal candidates moving in that direction are clearly not “centrist” in any fashion.

Big Idea 4: The liberals of today might end up being the “conservatives” of 2040.

The final thing I do want to bring up is somewhat of a cautionary tale. With the political shift coming, and from my opinion, coming at an accelerated rate, if you subscribe to being more politically “left”, I have news for you! You are probably the right-wing extremists of 2040! Soon the issues that you hold, whatever it may be, will be seen as archaic and intolerant. Similar to what happened to the liberals of the 2000’s, the tide will turn and the political parties will adjust. Republicans will embrace todays Democratic policies, while the Democrats in Washington will move on to other issues and plans, touting the “New” Republicans as not accepting and trying to cause division for holding on to what was agreed upon in the 2020’s.

Its funny how that trend has been ongoing for awhile, and a part of me is excited to see how insane politics will be in the future, where issues like questions on gender and social security expansion will be a thing of the past. Where equity will (probably) replace equality as the greatest value in the nation. However, THAT conversation is probably for another blog.

*by “modern conservative” I mean to refer to more Bush-era conservatives in office, not the more recent populist candidates that have risen up during the Trump-era, although some do tout support for Trump while still holding on to traditional conservative ideals.

The Upcoming War?

America is no longer the super-awesome-over-the-top nation it once was. And I’m not talking about the internal problems the United States faces today, issues that have been suppressed for so long that its all coming back in destructive implosions. I’m talking about Americas international power, and its ability to keep aggressive nations at bay.

In this spirit, I want to share two links, one for NBC news, and another from Global Times, about a situation that has been ongoing for awhile near the Island nation of Taiwan.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/china-s-growing-firepower-casts-doubt-whether-u-s-could-n1262148

And here is the one from Global times.

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202104/1222217.shtml

This file photo shows Chinese troops and military equipment at the Vostok-2018 military drills at Tsugol training ground in Siberia, Russia, on September 13, 2018. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/GETTY

Both articles talk about the ability of the United States to protect the Island of Taiwan, a nation under constant vigilance, holding on to its democratic ways. This possible conflict is talked about on the news often, but not as much in social circles.

What do you think? Will America be drawn into a conflict with China in a more military-centric way? Would the United States be willing to get involved in a conflict half across the world?

What is a National Emergency and President Donald Trump advocates “Bringing out the military”

President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was “bringing out the military” to cease people of Hispanic origin from crossing the southern border into the U.S. He wants to declare a state of national emergency and in my opinion, I do not agree with this. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, the definition of national emergency is a “state of emergency resulting from a danger or threat of danger to a nation from foreign or domestic sources and usually declared to be in existence by a governmental authority.” He makes it seem like we are in immediate danger for allowing more people in this country that would not just like to better their own lives but as well as their families lives and I find this to be quite disturbing. This is disturbing due to the fact that he wants a ban for some countries but allows people from other countries to travel freely to and from the U.S. or give them a pass, so to speak.

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Trump had earlier this week repeatedly said he had put the military on notice for such an action, but his comment Thursday seemed to have a backlash. Does he not know that his comments and phrases have public repercussions?  I mean, its fine to voice your own opinions but everyone should have to say in the matter of whether this would be the right thing to do for not just the American people but also for others from different countries.

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A man holds a mask of Donald Trump during the Mexicans meet outside the United States Embassy to plan a welcoming and gather donations for the migrant caravan coming from Honduras on Oct. 23, 2018.

The president had stated a promise in a morning tweet that he made mentions of comments made by Brandon Judd, the president of the National Border Patrol Council, on “Fox and Friends.” Judd, a recurrent guest on Fox News Channel, is the union representative for about 16,000 border patrol agents.

“Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council is right when he says on @foxandfriends that the Democrat inspired laws make it tough for us to stop people at the Border,” Trump tweeted.

Trump included, “MUST BE CHANDED, but I am bringing out the military for this National Emergency. They will be stopped!” he added, appearing to misspell “changed.” I feel like if you are going to state something that you feel strongly about such as illegal border crossing, please Trump make sure to proofread real quick or have someone in your office do it for you. I mean, Condoleezza Rice did the same for Bush when he was in office.

A small group of Honduran migrants trying to reach the U.S. border walk along train tracks in Trancas Viejas, Veracruz state, on Oct. 24, 2018.
 A small group of Honduran migrants trying to cross the U.S. border walk along train tracks in Trancas Viejas, Veracruz state, on Oct. 24, 2018

Trump has tweeted often in recent days about illegal immigration and the migrant caravan traveling north through Mexico. In which, I think that there is nothing wrong with this, because whose elder relatives from another country was not shuttled here, either by boat, plane or bus to travel together to reach this already great country?

He had said on Wednesday night at a rally in Wisconsin that the U.S. would have a “very secure border” and that the “military are ready” to help in securing it. I have no idea if he will actually put the things he commented on into action but if he does we as a people of the United States definitely let him get that far and should not completely blame him.

To add on to his claim, on Monday, Trump had tweeted, without evidence, that, “Criminals and unknown Middle Easterners are mixed in” in the caravan and that he had “alerted Border Patrol and Military that” it was a national emergency.

Trump later admitted he had “no proof,” to support the claim:(

 

Sources:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/25/donald-trump-migrant-caravan-military-troops-mexico-border/1762704002/

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/18/trump-close-mexico-border-912278

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/pentagon-send-active-duty-troops-border-logistical-support/story?id=58741906

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/trump-says-he-s-bringing-out-military-secure-u-s-n924271

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-18/trump-vows-military-will-close-mexican-border-to-stop-migrants

Good MOURNING

I’ve always thought the saying, “Good Morning”, to be quite funny and also, punny. When I wake up early, the first thing I do is mourn my past self that was blissfully sleeping just minutes ago. Also, my favorite response to “Good Morning” is always the sarcastic, “Is it?”

I have many interests, but a few of the most important are reading, writing, basketball, camping, traveling and even video games. I am pretty political, especially lately; and I try to be bipartisan, but my viewpoints tend to stray to the left. I also really enjoy watching movies, reading movie reviews and screenplays. I love to watch behind the scenes stuff and my biggest goal in life is to write a movie/ direct a film/documentary and using my communications and writing major to bring social change through film.

Anyways, Good morning and good mourning; however you feel about it. It’s nice to meet you all and I hope we have some fun this semester.

Signing off,

Katie

 

Vice News and How They Feel about Donald Trump

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Vice is a print magazine and website based in Montreal, Canada that is focused on arts, culture, and news topics. I have followed Vice for a few years now because their media is entertaining  and because they typically focus on under-reported topics. They have a reputation for being politically-incorrect and can be provocative with their headlines.

This article that I reviewed was titled, “Where the Fuck Is Trump’s Infrastructure Plan? He promised one within 100 days if taking office. It’s now day 322.” Immediately upon reading the title, you can already determine that this article will be extremely critical of the current President of the United States, Donald Trump.

From the time that I’ve spent following Vice, I have a feeling they are on the liberal side of the political spectrum. They have been bashing Trump even before taking office and the language in the article reflects their feeling towards him. “By now, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Trump would hype up plans that don’t exist or propose timelines he can’t keep.” There is no attempt to have a objective neutral position and the author wants the audience to know how they really feel.

To tell you the truth, I’d rather have publications say write there honest opinions about topics rather than focusing on always trying to please the public. But it should be rooted in truth with factual information to back up claims.