Donald Trump is actually running for the Republican Presidential nomination, and I am just as shocked as anyone to see that he is legitimately following through with this proposed plan to be the next president. Trump is a famous businessman and pseudo-celebrity, who is known for having a loud mouth and speaking his “mind,” and while that works from a television standpoint, it is not exactly the ideal persona for the President of the United States. Donald Trump has more skeletons than anyone who has ever attempted to be president, and he is not even trying to hide them. Trump is trying to appeal to a section of the country that is fed up with being “politically correct’ and he seems to be succeeding mightily, but I feel as though this is all a huge social experiment or plot. It is clear that many people are tired of politicians so people like Trump are getting more attention than necessary, but can anyone honestly believe the ideas he is proposing? Some of the policies Trump speaks of directly violate the constitution and can be seen as extremely inflammatory. I understand that there are many that share views with “the Donald,” but in order for the country to succeed most people would have to agree with the leader, at least at the start of his campaign. I don’t think Donald Trump is honestly serious about his presidential run, because above all else, he is a businessman. This candidacy has brought enough publicity to fuel Trump’s interests for the next few decades, and the odd and sometimes outlandish opinions he has expressed have galvanized many to speak their minds. Trump knows this country is not a personal business, so I’m sure he will just continue to use politics to further his net worth before dropping out of the race, holding the affection of an impressionable voter base and the ability to give a huge endorsement.
The Pope’s much anticipated trip to the United States has come and gone, and it was quite a showing here on the east coast. Pope Francis, who is affectionately known as “the people’s pope,” was welcomed with cheers and signs, a sight that was more reminiscent of a concert or sporting event than of the arrival of a religious figure. During this trip, Pope Francis did many things that no other pope has ever done including speaking in front of congress, and while this man is seen as a different kind of pope by many, he has kept to the teachings that the Catholic Church has stood by for many centuries, and that comes as no surprise to me. For some reason the media felt as though it was the Pope’s duty to rewrite the teachings that he has followed for decades, many reporters thought this man would come to the United States and tell all Catholics to change theirs beliefs in order to fit the norms of the current era. I am not a Catholic, but I found it a bit funny and somewhat ludicrous that the mainstream media felt that the Pope would completely change the church that he has been part of for most of his life, in order to make our pop culture centric society more comfortable. In my opinion Pope Francis did exactly what he set out to do on this trip, he wanted to show that he is caring and compassionate, he wanted people to see the faith that he professes in action rather than by words alone. I personally may not agree with everything the Pope says, but the compassion he showed to the sick, the homeless, and the imprisoned is incontestable. I am happy that the country was willing to welcome the Pope as it did, hopefully his actions will resonate with the citizens of this nation, and people here would be willing to be more companionate and helpful to each other for years to come.
Today marks the 14th anniversary of the terrible events that took place at the World Trade Center. Many people would say the world has changed since 9/11 and unless you were actually old enough to remember the events, that idea will sound odd, but the world is actually a much different place today. I honestly can’t say 9/11 changed everything, since we have had immense advancements in science and technology, but I will say it absolutely changed this country’s perception on safety. Thinking back to the summer prior to the terrible events of that day, I was just a kid going on my first international trip, it was my first time on a plane, and there was nothing to worry about. I remember being able to board the plane with very little hassle, almost no restrictions, and being able to look right into the cockpit from my seat. Everything I remember from that first international flight experience is now completely archaic. Ever since that day, our country has been on a seemingly endless war to bring those responsible for these acts to justice, and we as a country have been kept in relative darkness in terms of what is going on. In a sense the world is a different place because we no longer have our artificial certainty of tomorrow. Before 9/11, nobody thought as hard about their travels as they do today, I wouldn’t say life was simpler because I was just a kid at the time, but from my standpoint, I know my parents kept a “longer leash” on me and my siblings before those events. In the 14 years since 9/11 the city has begun to rebuild and the scenery of Lower Manhattan has changed, but those who have been lost are definitely not forgotten. Many things have changed over the last 14 years, but the bravery of the first responders, and the impact of the lives of those lost that day will always be remembered as they once were. Today as America remembers the worst event on our soil, and how it changed everything, I hope the memory of those lost stays the same in the minds and hearts of their friends and loved ones.
Happy Independence Day! On this day, 239 years ago, the leaders of the 13 colonies decided to sign the Declaration of Independence and become the United States of America, effectively ending their relationship as one of the colonies of the then British Empire. Today is a day filled with parades, pageants, contests, and barbecues, just as the second president of the U.S., John Adams, wanted it to be, but this day is way more important than just a sunny summer vacation day. This day marks the end of years of struggle being the “lackey” of a far away empire, this day marks a moment when a group of men running colonies decided to become one united nation. Now, I know that this nation has not been perfect, and that through the years many mistakes have been made, but I can honestly say there are things that I can do here that I just couldn’t do in other parts of the world. America is truly a great nation and I hope it continues to be a refuge for freedom and liberty. Happy fourth of July everybody!
Politics has blotted out the existence of compassion and common decency in this country. The U.S. has a huge problem when it comes to doling out proper blame for a terrible situation. Yesterday, there was a terrible terrorist attack committed in a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Nine people were killed by a horrible person who obviously wanted to bring fear and destruction into what is supposed to be a peaceful place, but all the media wants to talk about is mental health and gun control. I have an opinion on the issues this tragedy brings forth, but I don’t think now is the time to talk about those issues. A person who committed this awful act will be turned into a poster boy for why we need more psychiatrists or less guns, but this man is a killer and a terrorist. Politicians need to stop trying to play sides on these issues, when we have a clear threat to the people of this nation who is being label as just a misguided soul who should not have been sold a gun. I understand that there are plenty of people in this country with various mental health illnesses, but I think that conversation should be ongoing, rather than used as a go to excuse anytime a criminal acts dangerously. The tragedy in Charleston should be a wake up call to politicians and the media, we need to look at the problem and work on a solution, instead of pushing political platforms. The country must come together as one to pray and show support for the city of Charleston, and the families who have lost loved ones. Politicians are way too focused on votes, and in a time like this I would love to see some humanity as we try to understand what exactly is happening in this country.