Donald Trump’s Twitter page vs. the world


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While Twitter is a useful platform for sharing and disseminating information, it can also be a dangerous tool. While one wouldn’t normally equate Twitter with the word “dangerous,” in the wrong hands, it can certainly be a dangerous tool. President Donald Trump is the living embodiment of this fact.

Scrolling through the president’s Twitter feed, one cannot help but notice his tendency to frequently insult individuals, groups of people, foreign leaders or entire countries through his various Tweets.

This has the potential to be dangerous when the president takes to his Twitter page to air his grievances with foreign leaders. For example, President Trump took a swing at Canada for making “business for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very difficult,” according to his April 25 Tweet. He went on to say that “We will not stand for this,” and delivered a vague threat of “watch!”.

Picking a fight, on Twitter no less, with a U.S. ally seems like another ill-advised move in what has become a long list of ill-advised moves since the president took the oath of office.

While transparency is important in any administration, it would be advisable for the president to use better judgement when making such statement via Twitter, which have the potential to start unnecessary conflicts.

 

 

updated 5/7/17 

 

Low voter turnout hinders democracy

Despite investing money and resources into recent congressional elections in heavily Republican districts in Kansas and Georgia, Democrats were not able to pull out wins in the respective elections.

While Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff did win a majority of the votes, he did not garner enough votes to avoid a run-off election in June.

Despite claims to the contrary by Bernie Sanders, Democrats did invest resources into the Kansas race in an attempt to gain a congressional seat long held by Republicans.

“The local Democrats, despite Bernie saying that they didn’t get out enough to support their candidate, were paying $12.50 an hour to canvassers,” said Edward Bowie, chairman of NIU College Republicans. “The Democrats were bussing in people from all sorts of places out of state for this race, they had all kinds of help, they worked themselves nearly to death and they couldn’t even approach 45 [percent of the vote].”

A major obstacle preventing Democrats from winning that seat is a problem that continues to linger over all state and national elections in the United States: low voter turnout.

In the 2016 general election, only 60.2 percent of registered voters cast a ballot, according to figures on United States Elections Project’s website. While that figure is up from the 58.6 percent who voted in 2012’s general election, those numbers are still well below the voting statistics of neighboring countries.

Canada, for example, had a 68.3 percent voter turnout in their 2015 federal elections, according to the Elections Canada website.

Midterm elections voter turnout in the U.S. is even worse, with only a 36.7 percent voter turnout rate in 2014, according to the United States Elections Project’s website.

Regardless of party affiliation, all citizens should be involved in the voting process, both for general elections and during midterm elections.

It is our civic duty to partake in every election. It is also the most productive way to enact real change in our government. Get informed and get out on election day and make your voices heard. 

Women vs. Men: The ever-present double standard

 

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A flippant — and offensive — comment by conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly once again shines a light on the differences in how men and women continue to be treated.

During a Mar. 28 interview on Fox & Friends, political commentator Bill O’Reilly reacted to a news item regarding California Representative Maxine Waters by saying he had a hard time hearing anything she was saying, because all he could focus on was her “James Brown wig,” according to transcripts of the Mar. 28 interview.

Waters, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since January 1991, later said she would not be intimidated by O’Reilly, according to her Mar. 28 interview on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes.

O’Reilly’s comments highlight the work that still needs to be done in regards to gender equality. While men tend to be judged based on their words and actions, as should be the case, women still deal with unnecessary comments like these on their personal appearance.

Dismissing somebody’s comments and instead focusing on their appearance is disturbing. Yet, unlike men, women continue to face such comments on a regular basis.

While O’Reilly’s comments eventually cost him his job at Fox News, the fight for equality did not end with his dismissal. The fight for equality continues…

 

(Updated 5/1/17)