We are all taught in school that after the Civil War, slavery was banned in the United States. The 13th amendment actually says, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States”. Slavery is alive and flourishing in the United States, as one in three black men will spend some time in prison during their life. The secret police of North Korea and the USSR look kind when compared to USA’s Prison Industrial Complex. Corporations and private prisons make billions from essentially prison slave labor. All the while, prisoners make pennies on the dollar because they do not operate in a free market. Corporations and private prisons demonstrate Crony Capitalism at its worst. These companies kickback their profits to corrupt congressmen to lobby for more prisoners. Congress and the Prison Industrial Complex are benefiting from the erosion of human liberty. No company should profit from jailing men in prison. Governments should not allow companies to profit in businesses that would not occur in a free market.
Since the day Tom Cotton stepped into the Senate, he has pushed for war wherever possible. He has been described as, “the man that probably gets a boner when he hears Dick Cheney speaks”. He has demanded escalated military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. Additionally, he wants to expand the drone program that has killed nearly 10 times more innocent civilians than terrorists. Cotton believes that, “bombing makes us safer“, even while our drone program has a horrific record. Frighteningly, senator Cotton has been described as “like a serial killer“. He claims “we should be proud of the way we’ve treated these savages at Guantanamo Bay”. Prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are routinely tortured and sleep deprived. Not to mention, prisoners are frequently force-feed and are kept in solitary confinement without due process of law. No sane person, “would be proud” of the way we have treated prisoners. We will see many more deranged statements from Tom Cotton, as he is the youngest senator in the United States. Hopefully the public will reject his desire for war and adopts a policy of peace.
Trump’s ability to control what the media covers, is one of the biggest advantages a candidate could possibly have. He can constantly put Hillary on the defensive because the media covers almost every single word he speaks. Trump proved in the primaries that bravado and personality trump policy positions. “Little” Marco and “low energy” Jeb Bush were no match for Trump. Voters will not think of Clinton as a public servant, but as “crooked” Hillary. Clinton’s unlikable nature will make it impossible to shed her scandals and Trump will have three nation debates to drive the point home. Trump clearly starts from behind, but his polling numbers have steadily improved throughout the primary. Hillary’s support among the general electorate, has steadily decreased during her campaign. Voters dislike Hillary once they get to know her because she is a terrible politician. Most importantly, Trump has proved something this election cycle: campaign infrastructure, establishment support, and money from the elite are overrated. If these things could win a campaign, Jeb Bush would be the next president. Citizens do not vote based off of policy proposals, instead people vote from gut instinct. Likability, leadership, and passion have more influence election outcomes. Voters hate Hillary, so they will vote Trump.
Public outrage over gun violence has propelled the issue into the media spotlight. Pundits throughout the entire political spectrum are still missing the point. Mass shootings only make up a tiny percentage of homicides, but receive a disproportionate amount of media coverage. As a society, we are simply ignoring the bulk of gun homicides. The vast majority of homicide victims, are poor black males, in the inner city. As Jamelle Bouie said, “In general, when we talk about gun homicide in the United States, we are largely talking about violence between poor black males”. Enacting gun control legislation or increasing background checks will not effectively reduce the amount of homicides. Illegally purchased, or stolen guns, account for almost all homicides. Federal data shows that only about 11% of criminals attained a firearm at a “retail store, pawn shop, flea market or a gun show.” Gun control is not the answer, rather we need to get to the root of the problem. The inner city has been forgotten by the politicians and the media. We need to improve failing schools, promote economic activity, and end the mass incarceration of African Americans. It is a national disgrace that one in three black men will spend some time in prison, but the media only sparingly covers this epidemic. Arresting African Americans at an alarming rate only creates more obstacles for our society. Once we improve inner cities, gun violence will fall.