In few recent election has a third party candidate posed any serious threat to the two dominant U.S. parties. This year the Libertarian ticket, led by Gary Johnson, could decide the next President of the United States. As a Republican he was Governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003 and in 2012 as the Libertarian Party nominee for President earned 0.99% of the total vote with 1.27 million votes.
This time though, things look a little different. After all, hasn’t this election cycle always been a little off kilter.
While many people around the world are discouraged, and rightfully so, because of all the chaos and conflict that is consuming our daily lives, for 2 weeks in Brazil humanity and people from all walks of life will hopefully have a break to appreciate the greatness of sport.
Perhaps I am being too romantic about the Olympics, given the political and social unrest in Brazil. But despite everything that is going on, the Olympics time and time and time again have given people a reason to smile, to appreciate the human spirit, and the endless possibilities of what we can accomplish. It gives hope that more can be done to make this place safer, healthier, more equal, and more just for all.
Many people in Canada, the United States, and around the world, want to live our lives as proudly and as admirably as possible. But when it comes to people’s last years, when their capacities are limited and as they become more dependent on others, shouldn’t they have the right to control how they spend their last days?
Uncomfortable as it may be to think about, should people around the world accept the reality that terrorism is here to stay? Is terrorism the new reality?
There have been eras or centuries where terrorism was prominent and state-sponsored and even religion-sponsored, but with social media and all the new ways we hear about terrorist events it seems that terrorist acts are happening more and more frequently.
After watching “Straight Outta Compton” and seeing how the rap group NWA was embroiled in controversy, because the acronym stands for “Niggers With Attitude” and for provocative lyrics, I can’t help but think of how other controversial art at other historical times became mainstream. Whether it was music, sculptures, or paintings, many now famous pieces are now treasured by many.
Israel is at a pivotal point in its history. It needs to decide whether it is going to be a democratic nation that gives the vote to all its citizens, or a Jewish state that is more interested in protecting Jews than protecting democracy.
As Americans celebrated Independence Day yesterday, July 4th, many of the issues the United States and its citizens have dealt with, and continue to deal with, throughout their history, are rooted in their country’s formation in 1776.
When the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4th, 1776, and led to the Constitution and Bill of Rights, it allowed for slavery and for the right for Americans to own weapons. The problems the current U.S. is facing bear the fingerprints and signatures of those who signed these documents.