MORE THAN DISINTERESTED WORDS FROM A PARTING FRIEND: HOW THE ADVICE FROM WASHINGTON’S FAREWELL ADDRESS APPLIES TO THE U.S. TODAY

Washington published his Farewell Address on September 19th, not as a review and celebration of his achievements as president, but rather as “the disinterested warnings of a parting friend, who can possibly have no personal motive to bias his counsel.” When George Washington bid farewell to his public life, he left with a speech that still applies to the United States today. At the heart of his parting words is a goal: that in order to remain free and independent citizens of our own nation we must be politically united, a problem: a warning against too closely binding ourselves together politically with other nations, and a solution: we may only preserve our nation through religion and morality. Continue reading MORE THAN DISINTERESTED WORDS FROM A PARTING FRIEND: HOW THE ADVICE FROM WASHINGTON’S FAREWELL ADDRESS APPLIES TO THE U.S. TODAY

Whether it is Better to be Loved or Feared: Through the Eyes of Slim Shady Part Two:The Monster

In order to understand the Machiavellian nature of Mathers’ alter-ego, one must understand the development of the Slim Shady character. This development can be broken down into four stages which we shall refer to as: The Introduction of Slim Shady to the Public, The Defense of Slim Shady, The Death of Shady and Conquering Shady.

The first of these stages is the introduction of Slim Shady to the world. Eminem’s brutal alter-ego first appeared in the Slim Shady EP in 1997. Shady was the final ingredient needed to catch the eye of a major music producer, NWA’s own Dr. Dre, and would prove to be necessary to the success of Mathers’ career. Slim Shady needed to be fearsome enough to win the public’s love, even if the terrible things that he claimed to have done were fabricated. Thus, Mathers’ decided to make Slim Shady the absolute most outlandishly despicable fictional character the world had ever known. Continue reading Whether it is Better to be Loved or Feared: Through the Eyes of Slim Shady Part Two:The Monster

Whether it is Better to be Loved or Feared: Through the Eyes of Slim Shady Part One: The Prince

Is it better to be loved than feared or to be feared instead of loved? In The Prince, political philosopher Niccolo Macchiavelli says that it is better to be feared. If the fear is used correctly, you will have power. But can you gain love through fear and is this love the more powerful resource? By charting out the career and influences of the rapper Eminem, we find evidence that one may be able to gain love through fear and any amount of love gained will be far more beneficial than fear. Continue reading Whether it is Better to be Loved or Feared: Through the Eyes of Slim Shady Part One: The Prince

WHY AMERICANS ARE DISSATISFIED WITH OUR PROSPERITY

Americans can pursue whatever dreams we want to because we live in a country where all people can pursue their fantasies equally. This belief gives birth to our ambitions and gives us hope that anything is possible if we work hard enough for it. This is not surprising because the American Dream is a fundamental aspect of the American experience that we have been taught our entire lives. But is it a realistic doctrine to adhere to? As The 19th century French nobleman and political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville wrote in his groundbreaking book Democracy in America, “The same equality that permits each citizen to conceive vast hopes renders all citizens individually weak.” (Tocqueville, 513) The ambition that is caused by equality in America is the catalyst for Americans to be dissatisfied materially, spiritually and during periods of well-being. Continue reading WHY AMERICANS ARE DISSATISFIED WITH OUR PROSPERITY

You Don’t Need a Participation Trophy: How a Nickelodeon Show Illustrated the Flaws of PC Authoritarianism

Any millennial who competed in youth sports will remember the awards ceremonies that followed every season. You may remember, if you were on a losing team, receiving a useless participation award that was not nearly as impressive as the two foot tall trophies given to the champions. If that is the case, you will remember wondering why you even got that little trophy at all. Receiving that insignificant award didn’t make you feel better. So, what was the point? Over the last thirty years, Americans have seen that we often create wider divisions in the name of perfect equality. Continue reading You Don’t Need a Participation Trophy: How a Nickelodeon Show Illustrated the Flaws of PC Authoritarianism

Cut Down Old Hickory: Why We Should Remove Andrew Jackson from the Twenty Dollar Bill

Hamilton did nothing to warrant being removed from the ten dollar bill but will be anyway. Andrew Jackson, on the other hand, should be removed from his place of prominence on the twenty dollar bill because his policies of executive overreach blatantly disregarded the Constitution. Jackson forced others to bend to his will, participated in cronyism, and placed his own popularity above the common good. These are all reasons that the founder of the Democrat Party should not have the honor of appearing on the twenty dollar bill. Continue reading Cut Down Old Hickory: Why We Should Remove Andrew Jackson from the Twenty Dollar Bill

Don’t Change the Face on the Ten Dollar Bill: It’s All about the Hamiltons

The U.S. mint has decided to remove Alexander Hamilton from the ten dollar bill. I, for one, do not agree with this decision. Why should Hamilton be removed when he was one of the most influential men in the history of our nation? I understand the willingness to put a woman on our currency. In fact, I support the move considering the precedence that was set forth when Pocohantas was featured on the twenty dollar bill from 1865 to 1869 and Martha Washington was featured on the one dollar (in silver) note.1 (Not to mention the currently in circulation Sacagewea gold dollar coin.) Basically, this is nothing new under the sun. That being said, we shouldn’t replace Alexander Hamilton from the ten dollar bill because Hamilton was one of the only Founding Fathers to achieve the American Dream for himself, he was the driving force in the founding of the American banking system, and he wasamong the greatest proponents of the American Constitution. Continue reading Don’t Change the Face on the Ten Dollar Bill: It’s All about the Hamiltons