I am a proud Democrat, because I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to succeed.
Yet on very (and I do mean very) rare occasions, I have reluctantly crossed party lines if my party’s candidate lacked the experience and temperament required for the job.
This year, our Republican counterparts face their moment of truth. Among many other things, their nominee for President:
* has reportedly asked why we can’t use nuclear weapons “more often”
* has called for deporting millions of our country’s residents

* has demanded that we ban people from coming to this country simply because of their faith,

* and, now, seemed to encourage “Second Amendment people” to “do” something about Hillary Clinton.

Enough. For the good of the country, it’s time for Republicans not simply to condemn Donald Trump, but to join a growing number of GOP leaders in supporting Hillary Clinton. Leaders such as former Michigan Gov. William Milliken, Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman, and neoconservative foreign policy commentator Robert Kagan.

Our Founders had it right: E pluribus unum.

— Gautam Dutta

For Whom Brexit Tolls

The (not-so) United Kingdom’s shocking decision to leave the European Union should give all of us pause. Alarmingly, the UK’s narrow “leave” vote cleaved along educational, class, and geographic lines. The more educated the voter, the less likely he or she voted to leave. The more nationalist the voter, the more likely he or she voted to leave.

Sounds familiar? It should. Dictator-in-waiting Donald Trump has rallied his base with an analogous war cry: calling for physical and economic “walls” against countries like Mexico and China, calling for people to be banned from immigrating here because of their religion, calling for the mass deportation of millions of immigrants. In short, Trump seeks to destroy the core values that we all cherish as Americans.

To quote John Donne, Brexit tolls for us: We ignore the UK’s ill advised — and far reaching — “Brexit” vote at our peril. We must do everything within our power to help elect a proven leader who can steer our country through these perilous, uncharted waters: Hillary Clinton.

— Gautam Dutta

Should Teachers Pack Heat?

I recently came across this article about a private Christian school in Arkansas that not only arms some of their teachers, but openly promotes this fact with signs posted at the school’s entrance.

With the recent school shooting at a Georgia elementary school which happened less than a week ago — and Congress’ failure to pass legislation requiring expanded background checks back in April — could this be a viable option for protecting kids in school?  What do you think?

— Alex Polishuk

P.S.  Check out this video by VICE where the team travels to a school that is not only arming the teachers but teaching the kids to fight back against intruders!


Although this is a slight departure from the typical content of this blog, the message that is communicated in this video is powerful and widely relatable.  Basically, life is short and time is precious:  take risks, and do things you love with the people you love as often as you can.  I’m sure you’ve all heard some form of this before, but the creators’ clever use of jellybeans really puts things in perspective.  This video struck a serious chord with me and really got me thinking about the ways I spend my time and possible changes I can make to lead a more meaningful existence.  Who knew jellybeans could have such an impact?

— Alex Polishuk

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