Politics

The Government Shutdown and What It Means for Our Country

The border wall was one of Trump’s first campaign promises, and he is currently asking for $5 billion to fund its building. Trump has also decided to shutdown the government to try and get Democrats to fund his wall. To make matters worse, this shutdown is leaving thousands without jobs,while national parks like the National Mall are flooded with trash because there is no one there to pick it up. This fight is not without reason, as Trump has said on multiple occasions that the south border is bringing in drugs, gangs and human traffickers. Trump also made a speech on Tuesday the 8th about the current situation on the fight for border security.  Trump said “Democrats in Congress have refused to acknowledge the crisis and they have refused to provide our brave border agents with the tools they desperately need to protect our families and our nation.” Trump went…


Third Parties in Politics

During the 2018 and 2016 elections you may have heard of some other parties that are not Democrat or Republican. You may have heard terms such as “Libertarian” or “Green Party.”  These parties are third parties in America’s government. Yes, believe it or not it’s not just Democrat or Republican, you have more of a choice. Now the third party that is the largest is the Libertarian Party. The concept of Libertarianism is having as little government (and as much freedom) as possible. You may have heard about their candidate in the 2016 election Gary Johnson who ran in the 2018 midterms and got 15.5% in the Senate Midterms. The next biggest third party in America would be the Green party. They are a left wing progressive party that is against war and violence and believes in Green politics. The idea of Green politics is creating a government that is…


Friends’ Central Sound-Off: Kavanaugh Confirmation

On October 6, 2018, Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court with a very partisan vote. Mr. Brett Michael Kavanagh was born in February of 1965 making him 53 years of age. Before being nominated, Justice Kavanaugh was a United States Circuit Judge. Kavanaugh´s confirmation started in early September and, towards the end, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford stepped forward with assault allegations that happened thirty-six years prior. At Friends’ Central there are very strong feelings. When asking the Rosemont Village Service group for their opinions there were many strong ones. Magistra (Latin teacher) said, ¨it was incredibly distressing to watch the hearing and to see the obvious pain of the women who had been violated and sidelined. When someone comes to me and expresses their pain I do not doubt them. I believe them.¨ Allison Whellan ´23 stated,¨It was really upsetting especially as a girl to watch a…


8th Grade D. C. Trip

On Sunday, September 30th, the eighth grade left for our annual Washington D.C. trip. This trip included the new African American History & Culture Museum.  The trip had a lot of build-up, especially about the lobbying opportunity to talk to our senators and congressmen about two issues: climate change and gun control. Two issues that are very relevant in today’s politics especially with millennials. But I wanted to know what other 8th graders in FCS thought of DC. Devlin Kolimago in eighth grade said that it was “fun and tiring, we had to walk a lot and the food was good just expensive.” “Lobbying was good and fun but it wasn’t arguing, it was more of agreeing.” Next I asked Dev Gupta, also in eighth grade. He said it was a lot of fun. He had already been to DC before so I asked him what he thought of the…


Trump At The UN

Since the late twentieth century the office of the President of the United States has been respected. Throughout the world the American presidency and democracy was a sign of hope and most countries respected the person in that office. On the 25th of September that changed. The leader of the free world was met with an outburst of laughter at the United Nations General Assembly meeting after stating, ¨In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.¨ He then followed up by saying, ¨so true.¨ The president was talking to the U.N about the change there has been in the world, how with short conversations the North Koreans they have made ¨encouraging measures that few could have imagined.” He mentioned how India has made strong moves to diminish poverty. While these accomplishments are great, President Trump phrased them in…


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