What might have once been considered minor news, or no news at all, is now making the rounds on social media sites and sparking further conversation regarding gun control laws and the NRA.
The NRA will be hosting a convention this coming Friday (5/4/18) in Dallas, Texas, where Vice President Pence and President Trump are scheduled to appear and speak. Because of the attendance of Pence and Trump, the Secret Service has called for a complete weapon ban at the event; including firearms.
This is my appeal to Republican voters. There are many issues that have become partisan over the years that simply put, should not be.
Below I have highlighted only two issues: Climate Change and Gun Control.
Both are very divisive.
My argument below is to highlight how, despite evidence to support making policy changes to minimize climate change while increasing gun control, Republicans have made it a part of the GOP ideology to oppose or deny both topics.
This is not an attack against Republicans, or conservatives. It is a request that citizens not allow their party of choice to define their individual ideologies.
President Trump has been in office for over 100 days. Since he has passed that milestone (which many decry as a horrible way to measure the progress of a new administration), the barrage of criticism has only grown.
Much of the negative press is based off of the blunders, leaks, and shady dealings that have become an almost constant dark cloud hovering over the Trump administration.
This article is not going to discuss the bias prevalent in many news channels, whether for or against President Trump. Neither will I discuss the divisive nature of the campaign, election win, and time in power thus far.
Are you living?
I ask you, dear reader, this question that I have begun to ask myself lately.
I do not mean it to be dramatic nor hyperbolic. Instead, I am curious as to what everyone’s honest answer is, including and especially my own.
At first, this may seem like an easy question to answer. Yes, of course we are all living. By virtue of opening this article on our device(s) and reading it, I prove that I am alive. “I think, therefore I am”.
Of course I mean to ask more than are we all alive. By living, I mean to ask are we actively present and experiencing our environment on a daily, hourly, or minute-by-minute basis.
This may be where the question becomes a tad bit more complicated than you first thought. Or maybe you are in a similar state of mind as I am and knew exactly what I meant when I asked you the question.
It hasn’t even been a full week under President Trump and the US has been downgraded from a full to a “flawed democracy”.
I wasn’t happy with the election results, but I decided to give Trump a chance and see whether he and a GOP led Congress can make some positive change.
It is very sad to say that the hope I held is already almost fully diminished.
After a very long campaign season, we find ourselves with less than 48 hours between the posting of this article and election day.
I believe I speak for many more than just myself when I say that I feel absolutely exhausted.
This election cycle has been unprecedented for many reasons. Foremost of these reasons being the low class of dialogue generated on a national level.
The purpose of this article is not to add more noise to another already loud discussion on black lives matter vs blue lives matter.
This post is also not intended to take any sides or insult/attack any group.
It is, instead, to discuss why we should not be talking about “black vs blue” at all.
The following article is a joint publication from Aris Marousas and Yichen Wang.
***The below video does not represent the views and values of The Motley Experience***
Aris: Recently, I came across the above video and decided to forward it to some friends. I did this not because I believed or agreed with the points being raised, but because of how they were presented.