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The presidential debates are over, and we’re winding down the last few days before the election on Nov. 6. The candidates are crisscrossing the nation, hitting the very limited barrage of swing states that remain, seven now according to NBC News, and those of us here, enshrined in reality, are ready for it to be over with.
The most inept comment to come from a Republican official this election season wasn’t from Richard Mourdock, the Senate candidate in Indiana, or from Todd Akin, a candidate in Missouri, both of whom made outlandish comments about rape. Women’s health wasn’t the issue either.
Not so long ago, the only way to know what a friend had for lunch was to either eat lunch with her or make a rather strange phone call. Now, all you have to do is log into Facebook and look at the status update she posted at noon.
“Obama: ‘Stage 3 Romneysia’ – because cancer references are HILARIOUS. If he’s ‘the smartest guy in the room’ it must be one retarded room,” was the Oct. 23 tweet offered by Conservative loudmouth Ann Coulter. She completely missed the Romneysia jab as a play on amnesia, that is, Romney routinely “forgets” what he has articulated about certain topics in the past. More pressing, however, is her unabashed and provocative use of the word “retarded” to insult President Barack Obama.
Last week, the final debate of the presidential election ended. This time, I decided to watch the debate in Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center after the Mock Presidential Debate ended.
This open letter is to all my students: the lefties, the righties, the in-betweens, the first generations, the legacies, the undecided and the undeclared, the absolutists and the atheists, the Pell granters, the parent payers, the dreamers and doers and those who dream to do.
Apparently David Siegel didn’t get the memo: It’s the 21st century, not the 19th.
Recently, President Barack Obama called to attention some comments made earlier this year by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Back in March, Romney criticized the president’s foreign policy. Obama had met with then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in South Korea to discuss nuclear weapons reductions.
“Senator Clinton has a different approach,” said the slender Chicagoan to the Stepford Wife.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has denounced marijuana legalization initiatives that will appear on ballots this November in Colorado, Oregon and Washington on the grounds that marijuana is a dangerous drug. If the DEA wants to continue their war on marijuana because they consider it dangerous, it should also urge the prohibition of alcohol for the same reason.
I am not surprised by the use or abuse of the Kilpatrick Civic Fund by former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. After all, absolute power corrupts absolutely; that’s how the saying goes.
Almost a month ago, I wrote an article about my disappointment with the Detroit Tigers’ regular-season play. As a result, I have heard remarks from a number of people (including my editor) since they clinched their spot in the World Series.
Harvey Milk, a politician from San Francisco and subject of the biopic “Milk,” once remarked, “Politics is theatre.” This sentiment is exemplified in the debates featuring President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. If one were to attempt to find a theme in these charades, it might be this: America is the greatest country in the world, no matter what anyone says.
Scouring through posts on Facebook is a common trend in today’s world. Depending on the news of the day, oftentimes themes quickly emerge that dominate others. Recently, two themes have defined Facebook “surfers’” daily views of information, especially those living in metro-Detroit: Detroit Tiger baseball and politics.
When the British riot, the police get involved. When Americans riot, one guy gets roughed up a bit.
If Iran gets a nuclear weapon it will immediately blow up Israel and then nuke Washington D.C., Las Vegas and Disney World.
I voted for Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, in 2010. Should he decide to run for reelection in 2014, I will reaffirm my support. I also think estate taxes should be abolished and the individual mandate included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 was a conservative approach to healthcare policy that can be appreciated.
So here we sit, a few weeks before the election that has bewildered us for the last two years, a few weeks before the choice before us becomes real. And what do we know?
An Oct. 8 article by The Eastern Echo explained the work Student Body President Matthew Norfleet has done to further an Eastern Michigan University “Dream Act.” This policy would give EMU Foundation scholarships to the children of illegal immigrants
because they have to pay out-of-state tuition.
Abigail Fisher is a white Texan who applied to the University of Texas and was denied admission. On Oct. 10, NPR further explained that Fisher claims the denial was caused by her skin color; that is, because the University of Texas utilizes race conscious admission policies, otherwise known as affirmative action. As the Supreme Court is now hearing her case against the University of Texas, and affirmative action at large, we would do well to consider the issue, too.