This year, like many years, the two presidential candidates provide American voters not with a decision about who might be the best man for the job, but rather who would be the less worse option. Indeed, it is often the case that presidential elections amount to little more than anContinue Reading

This November, voters in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon will be voting on ending marijuana prohibition in those states. Marijuana, alcohol, and cigarettes would then be similarly regulated. This addition to the ballot in those states shows that people feel that the legalization of marijuana should be looked into—and it’s justContinue Reading

Much like the first debate, Wednesday night’s presidential debate, the second of the election season, drew an audience of more than 65 million viewers. Unlike the first debate, however, Wednesday night featured two men who appeared to be awake. In reality the differences between the first debate and the mostContinue Reading

In conversations with Republicans and conservatives, one common response when they are asked about the economic woes facing this country has to do with the rapidly expanding deficits and the national debt. To begin, it’s first important to understand exactly what these terms mean. A deficit is when the governmentContinue Reading

Welfare or liberty? The decision marks an unfortunate choice the American government routinely makes for its citizens. More unfortunate still is that America’s leaders fail to ask themselves a necessary question: Why not choose both? “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,Continue Reading

The campaign of 2012 has been justly focused on the terrible economy and the creation of new jobs. However, because of the focus on this issue alone, the election has been markedly devoid of talk on “women’s issues”. Even though a certain Vice Presidential candidate has voted against the abilityContinue Reading

Wednesday night was the first of three Presidential debates. I was intending for this installment to focus on the performances of each of the candidates, their relative strengths and weaknesses, and so on. In watching last nights proceedings, however, I couldn’t help but notice with not a small measure ofContinue Reading

Last week this column explored the phenomenon of China’s recent rise to power and how this is presently changing the nature of the international system. While readers will be directed to that piecefor a better understanding of what precisely China’s emergence as a central global power means for China, what stillContinue Reading

o start off my first blog post here, I’ll introduce myself. My name is Emma Connell, and I’m a junior majoring in political science and philosophy. I’ve been interested in politics and government since I can remember, and I grew up in a very strongly Democratic household. I continue toContinue Reading

Anybody who’s been following the 2012 campaign for any length of time has most likely been inundated by pundits from the left and the right with the idea that this year would be a reprise of Bill Clinton’s 1992 classic “It’s the economy, stupid” and to a large extent thisContinue Reading