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Column: Democracy Challenged: Voting in America

Francis Clarke October 26, 2018

White people ages 60 and older are more likely to vote than any other group in America, according to the United States Election Project, which is why the majority of our politicians are old white people....

Democracy Challenged: Devaluation of truth amongst political polarity

Francis Clarke October 5, 2018

The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and the sexual assault allegations that have recently arisen against Kavanaugh have sent much of the nation into a state of chaos and dismay. The...

Democracy Challenged: The new face of the Republican Party: leaderless, disengaged, and in disarray

Francis Clarke September 21, 2018

The Republican party faces a political identity crisis. With the death of Senator John McCain, the nation is stripped of the last true ‘maverick’ of the Senate. No other Republican has the gall and determination needed...

Democracy Challenged: The government does not care about you

Francis Clarke February 23, 2018

In the week since the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., one thing should come to your mind immediately: the government does not care about your safety when it comes to gun control. While...

Democracy Challenged: The DACA Debacle

Francis Clarke January 26, 2018

In 2012 President Obama established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals using executive power. This program, commonly known as DACA, allowed minors who entered the United States illegally to receive...

Democracy Challenged: The winners and losers of the Republican tax plan

Francis Clarke December 8, 2017

The Republican tax plan is the first major win for Republican senators, members of Congress and President Trump this year. The bill faced serious backlash from Democrats, and a few Republicans, but regardless,...

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Democracy Challenged: Beginning of the end for Trump

Francis Clarke November 3, 2017

Robert Mueller has finally made his voice heard, and it’s only just begun. This past Monday, the special counsel, tasked to lead an investigation into any coordination between Donald Trump’s 2016...

Democracy challenged: Donald Trump’s war on renewable energy

Francis Clarke October 20, 2017

"Democracy Challenged" is a political column which brings to the forefront issues in American politics and challenges conventional beliefs. Donald Trump is obsessed with saving a dying industry. Although...

Democracy challenged: The state of gun control after Las Vegas

Francis Clarke October 6, 2017

"Democracy Challenged" is a political column which brings to the forefront issues in American politics and challenges conventional beliefs. Stephen Paddock is a terrorist. The 64-year-old white man from...

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