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Unremarkably, and as it’s so often the case, trying to make the recent surge of border crossings all about the policy of one administration to another is a foreboding oversight. With that said, I’ll never stop harping on the failure and inhumane policy of the Trump administration — their policy was a human rights ignominy.

To understand the complexities of the current crisis, we must understand that it’s not all that multifarious, after all. When you pull back the curtain on what’s happening, it’s not hard to realize, at the core, that bad policy isn’t the only reason why the…


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If you spend time watching Dr. Michael Osterholm on Sundays, on NBC’s Meet the Press, or take some time to scrutinize the headlines, it’s becoming increasingly alarming that while we can make significant progress to inoculate Americans, we are falling short, critically, on finding a way to halt the pandemic. We have already seen the incredibly contagious mutations work their way across the globe. While these variants — the B.1.1.7 …


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As we approach a substantial predicament in the fight against COVID, it’s astonishing that governors — who we relied on during Trump’s ineffectual response — are now leading millions of Americans onto a treacherous path.

I will acknowledge that some of these governors are doing this out of insubordination. Since Trump’s reign, many governors and lawmakers have lobbied this chant: government cannot place control over citizens’ lives. We must also not forget that Trump spent most of 2020 disparaging science. When Governor Abbott, of Texas, says that people are capable of doing the right thing and that a restriction is…


It doesn’t matter to them, as long as the constituents are satisfied…

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It’s become an ostensibly endless iniquity — this continuous destructive recurrence of mass murders with guns — and our Republican representatives (both populists and moderate Republicans) continue to resist reforming the current laws. Outwardly entrenched in their creed, Republicans only want to give in to their conservative-based constituents, who habitually chant the manta: Democrats are coming for our guns.

These same constituents repeatedly let Republicans off the hook because they have this intrinsic fascination to “bear arms.” What’s even more pitiable about these folks is they don’t even…


All the usual GOP suspects…

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Kevin McCarthy stood at a podium on Monday, in El Paso, where he scrupulously lamented his lies and falsehoods about how the Biden administration is not striving to remedy our broken immigration system. His rhetoric captured the perfect applause for his constituents, who have no trepidations of dismissing migrants as terrorists and criminals.

McCarthy said the following:

“You saw it in their eyes,” McCarthy said, referring to the agents. “They talked about, ‘They’re on the list.’ … The terrorist watch list.” (Elfrink, WAPO, 3/16/21).

And…

“We asked them what countries are people coming from,” he…


Their refusal to cooperate could affect us all.

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It may appear, when looking at the vaccination campaign, that things are progressing in a positive direction—principally in regards to the progress made since rolling out the vaccine. Regardless, an underlying problem will, unambiguously, emerge very soon. Millions of “Populist Republicans/Trump supporters” are refusing to be vaccinated, thus hindering our chances of herd immunity. These folks routinely cite their reasoning for not wanting to be vaccinated as such: 1. Governmental conspiracy (they are trying to track you), 2. Trump didn’t do it (even though he did do it, in secret), and 3…


These people live in an entirely altered universe

Not a single Republican wanted to vote for what might be one of the most prominent bills in U.S. history, but they are quick to hold condescension for the border fencing around the U.S. Capitol — despite their constituents partaking in the insurrection on January 6th. As usual, McConnell attempted to play the habitual game this week:

But Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Wednesday there haven’t been threats since the riot. He said the fence and the continuing National Guard deployment have been overdone.

“I’m extremely uncomfortable with the fact…


The injustices occurring in these camps are unfathomable…

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As we approach mid-March, I want to see more severe action from the administration, to deal with the atrocities occurring at these migrant camps. For migrants, who are escaping detrimental conditions in their home countries, it’s completely unacceptable to arrive in these camps and be subject to sexual abuse, theft, violence, and sordid living conditions. If it means calling it a crisis, call it a crisis.

In a piece by Carlos Iván Molina Aguilar, in The San Diego Reader, he details the kind of atrocities occurring at the migrant camp in Tijuana…


Perhaps the voters won’t be so forbearing moving forward…

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Over the weekend, as the American Rescue Act successfully garnered enough votes in the Senate, our “populist R’s” showed their negligence to the American people, yet again. As expected, although somewhat unforeseen — considering the significance of the bill — all 49 R’s voted against it. This contemptible showing of impudence to the American public comes as no revelation; though it will not be forgotten by voters, particularly swing voters. People need help, acutely, and R’s are more content to claim the economy can recover without more assistance. …


Joe Manchin has effectively alienated millions of voters…

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I wasn’t as clued in as I should have been during the 2018 midterm Democratic primary when Paula Jean Swearengin challenged Joe Manchin for the West Virginia Senate seat. I remember watching a documentary on Netflix about AOC; Jean Swearengin was featured as well. Dejectedly, she lost to Manchin by about forty percent, mostly because he had the donors and the moderates.

What struck me as remarkable in the documentary was Jean Swearengin’s passion for aspiring to at least care about offering a helping hand to her constituents. She was not a…

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