by: Jordan Deschenes
February 12, 2017
(A new op-ed that I wrote for The American Moderate. The American Moderate is a recently founded news site that has steadily been gaining a readership following over the past months. Here is the link to the article, if you’d rather read it there.)
Openly gay, British journalist Milo Yiannopoulos has been a notable contributor to the development of the American ultra-conservative, “alt-right” ideology. For the past few years, he has emphasized a message that challenges what he sees as an increasing suppression of controversial free speech by far-left, “politically correct” politics.
This message, which he recently described as “mainstream,” has been interpreted in many different ways by both conservatives and liberals. One of the points that is widely agreed upon is that controversial free speech is increasingly being met with hostility of a politically extreme nature.
As of today, it seems that Milo has taken on much more support – and hate than he can handle. While his core message has resonated with thousands of concerned Americans, many of Milo’s statements have been misconstrued as a result of their “triggering” effect on liberal crowds.
As a result its misinterpretation, Milo’s message has figuratively – and literally- pulled a trigger among political extremists. Continue reading
Both the RNC and DNC are important events in the presidential election process: they provide a more organized basis for voters to analyze the issues that each candidate feels is important. The support of other prominent politicians certainly helps both sides, as it adds more perspective to the importance of the election. Bill Clinton, a democratic former U.S. president, took power in a time where the US was in an ideal position. Our country had no worries about war, economics, and other issues that are prevalent today. President Clinton improved our country’s domestic strength and overseas relations. As easy as it sounds, this desired outcome is not the simplest to achieve. With that being said, Clinton knows how hard it is to improve, even in the easiest of times. His support for Obama is ideal for Democrats because it shows how powerful our current president must be. In the face of an economic struggle, change and conflict overseas, and government unrest, Obama has still managed to make minute, yet important gains in various aspects of our country’s well-being. If Clinton was elected for two terms, why not Obama?
At the DNC Clinton’s speech was calculated and extremely rhetoric. Making it easier for younger or less devoted voters to understand more involved issues, Clinton effectively draws this crowd onto the Democratic side of the spectrum. The motto “we’re all in this together” is a generational slogan for the majority of young voters today. Clinton also draws a wide range of voters to the support of Obama by highlighting issues that are important to all ages. Clinton draws college students by explaining Obama’s plan for college as one that will allow students to ultimately graduate and get a job (low or high paying) without fear of having overwhelming college debt. He reels in the senior citizen and injury plagued voters by stating that “Obamacare” will constitute less spending and more attention to detail; Obama strengthened Medicare over his term as president. Clinton even makes an attempt to draw the public vote. Fuel efficiency, jobs production, and class opportunity were all mentioned as positive bullet-points on the Obama agenda.
Both parties’ political conventions aren’t considered to be highly entertaining meetings, so Clinton takes advantage of the sterility of politics as well. In his counterarguments, Clinton keeps a faux tally of Romney’s success in certain fields as opposed to Obama’s. Although it’s not the funniest of jokes, Obama’s score would always win with Romney getting a zero on all issues brought up. In another attempt to capture his audience moreso than to entertain, the former president addresses with great importance everyone’s favorite issue: the debt reduction. Clinton completely argues against Romney’s plan, claiming that it will cut important funds increase spending, and increase taxes. The method of attacking the Republican party first rather than talk about the Democratic side on such an important issue is extremely smart. Even if some voters still can’t understand Clinton’s simplification of the issues, they definitely know about the biggest one. By making Obama’s side much more appealing than Romney’s on the debt issue, uninvolved voters may vote for Obama’s plan just because the famously well-known Clinton said it’s the way to go.
Although the RNC and DNC won’t help every voter make the decision as to which candidate he or she will be voting for, it still gives perspective to the race. Such a prominent and important figure as Bill Clinton should be taken seriously. (He’s already proved his credibility as president before) His support for Obama should be cherished by Democrats today. With his ability to influence voters of all ages, his speech was an essential asset for Obama’s cause. Clinton’s smartness as a politician and public personality were both indubitable reasons for his ability to write such a smart and grasping speech.