Confirmed: What Now?

Nathan Smith, New Generation Voters

October 8, 2018

Just last week, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the nation’s highest court. Unfortunately, it is impossible to quickly move on from the tumultuous hearings.  The confirmation process for a Supreme Court Justice has always been stressful, extensive, and thorough, but this has changed the process forever.  Partisan squabbling has reached new heights in Washington D.C., providing a distraction from the more pressing tasks at hand.  The Democratic Party was out to exact political revenge for the Merrick Garland nomination and to resist President Trump.  The allegations from Dr. Ford and others were just a convenient method to delay and stall Kavanaugh’s nomination.

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Anglican Patriotism In The Founding of America

Throughout this “series” of figures within major denominations who fought for colonial freedom, we’ve seen the evidence of deep patriotism through many a person’s actions.  Whether they were Baptist, Quaker, or Presbyterian, all of the colonists examined sacrificed some, if not all, ties or possessions for the cause of independence. But perhaps those patriots of the Anglican Church gave up the most.

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New Generation Voters: Another Seat, Another Contentious Hearing

By Nathan Smith, New Generation Voters

Sep. 14th

It has been over two years since former President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  He would have taken on the massive responsibility of replacing Justice Antonin Scalia. The Republican-controlled Senate, led by Mitch McConnell, stalled, complained, and fought the president when the nomination was announced.  The Republicans believed that it would be improper to vote on a Supreme Court nominee in an election year.  Historically, this situation had come up during the Reagan administration, where a Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed Anthony Kennedy in an election year.  Despite the efforts of certain Republican Senators, McConnell won out, allowing the nomination to expire by the end of the 114th Congress in January 2017.

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Cutthroat Politics: Machiavelli, A Lust for Power and The Reality of Man

The theories proposed by Niccolo Machiavelli in his work The Prince has given rise to fervent controversy within the philosophical community over the matter of whether Machiavelli was indeed malicious in his strategy to assist rulers in maintaining their iron-fist rule over their respective cities of jurisdiction. This is a flagrant misconception of the true nature of Machiavelli’s work. From the outset, he identifies humanity as being primarily driven under the auspices of self-interest and evil. There is nothing inherently good about humanity according to Machiavellian thought. Under the auspices of realist thought, the only “good” and that could potentially transcend the innate characteristics of self-interest and foolishness that drive societal chaos is political stability via the strength of the ruler and his ability to maintain that stability by learning to adapt to the numerous circumstances that could potentially weaken them.

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