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President Obama's State of the Union address was uplifting and progressive at some points, disappointing at others, but perhaps most important was what he left out.
First, the good. The president asked our country to come together as the American family that we are. He made sure to include Muslim Americans as well as gay Americans, who will soon be able to openly serve in the military. In these times of divisiveness and partisanship, it was refreshing for the president to appeal to our better angles.
President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech saw little focus on foreign policy issues, with Obama highlighting achievements in the Middle East, as well as issuing a warning to our adversaries.
He also threw the yearly section on clean and renewable energy, and while there is nothing wrong with that, he failed to give clear examples on how we will achieve his goals. Having 80% of Americans’ electricity come from clean energy sources by 2035 is a great goal, but how will we get there?
In the wake of Arizona Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords’ attempted assassination, it has been insinuated that America’s harsh political climate was part of shooter Jared Lee Loughner’s motivation for the shooting. This is not a debate that should be had.
When Loughner opened fire 31 times into a crowd at a Giffords town hall-style meeting, he killed six people, seriously wounded a U.S. Congresswoman and injured 13 others.
This tragedy should not be politicized by the media on either side of the aisle.
The shooting of an Arizona Congresswoman has left an impression on people across the nation — even in Mount Pleasant.
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a three-term Democrat, was injured in her home district in Tucson, Ariz. during a campaign event outside a grocery store when a 22-year-old man fired indiscriminately into a crowd. Six others were killed in the events.
State Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mount Pleasant, said his thoughts and prayers are with Giffords’ and other victims’ families.
Lazy politics pervade.
People see and hear them every day, without realizing what is happening.
To start getting an idea of what I’m talking about, it is best to use examples.
Political debates are dull, tedious and boring, and thanks to this year’s gubernatorial candidates, Michigan voters may be spared from them.
The sides representing Democratic candidate Virg Bernero and GOP candidate Rick Snyder have not been able to compromise on how many debates should take place, when or where the debates should take place, the time they should be and who the moderators should be.
In a recent column, Maria Amante begged for CMU students to care about politics. I guess I can’t really knock that position, as I wrote a piece myself back in September of last year that essentially argued the same thing.
However, I would like to ask for something in addition: If you’re going to start getting involved, do some research and educate yourself. I’m not just saying know who the candidates are, but actually be able to analyze the various other things involved as well.
State politics have been abuzz with Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder’s recent tap for a running mate.
On Wednesday, the Ann Arbor businessman brought his choice to light and the man behind the mask just happens to be a state Senate candidate for the 33rd district, which includes Mount Pleasant.
I am ashamed to call you people my peers.
This semester I am taking JRN 312: Reporting, and our first assignment was to get student reaction on the governor’s race this November. I was thrilled at the assignment — politics is my passion and what I get geeked about. I figured it would take me ten minutes to finish the assignment and by the time class was finished, I would already be gone and off to a self-congratulatory Starbucks coffee.
The dissolution of Campus Conservatives as a registered student organization is a loss for the political community at Central Michigan University.
Often an outspoken and controversial group, they provided a voice and a sense of togetherness for individuals whose views did not fall in line with the College Republicans or College Democrats.
Ben Dotson came to Central Michigan University to study music.
But the Tennessee senior soon realized politics were more in tune with his life ambitions.
The more that Republicans and Democrats chose opposite sides just for the sake of stifling another party, the more that the American people lose. Both parties should be fighting for the best arguments and not just party ideals.
Most news organizations are owned by corporations already. T.V. anchors, newspapers and other mediums can - and may have already done so - influence political debate. Corporations should have a voice, too.
National politics in the U.S. today is characterized by strict partisan loyalties.
Some argue this is to the detriment of the American citizenry.
Last November, students were passionate about politics due to the presidential election. A year later, students could care less about what's going on. Democracy is an active government and students should retain the same passion they had during election season.
Juggling college classes, homework and campaign trailblazing is not an easy task for Harrison junior Abbey Colville.
But it is a welcome challenge.
LAST UPDATED: 3:20 a.m. Oct. 1 ... Gov. Jennifer Granholm said in a prepared statement that she "has rejected Senate Republican cuts that eliminate college scholarships for over 50,000 Michigan students."
Politics long has been a subject heavily debated on college campuses.
College Republicans gives the opportunity to discuss differing viewpoints at its meetings.
Stephanie Jaczkowski, spokeswoman and public relation chair for College Republicans, said the debates help members stay educated.
Just because it is not a major election year does not mean the politics stopped.
The College Democrats had a very busy and, by their terms, a successful year last year, as President and Democrat Barack Obama was sworn in.
However, this year will have a much different feel than last year.