As we all enjoy the spectacle of the Donald Trump candidacy, the other big story of the election season is being discounted by the media and the power brokers of the Democratic Party. That story is the unprecedented rise of an unabashed socialist as a legitimate contender for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the presidency. As I write this, Senator Bernie Sanders is leading in the polls in the early primary states. In Iowa, Sanders is beating Hillary Clinton by 22 points in a YouGov/CBS News Poll. The Real Clear Politics average of polls has him dominating Hillary in New Hampshire 42.3% to 34.7%. And the new CNN/ORC poll has Sanders trailing Hillary nationally by only 10 points. If Sanders is consistently on the rise, and Hillary is steadily on the decline, why is there a movement by the Party and the media to find another candidate?
I am sickened that the mainstream media has been showing images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s dead body washed up on a Turkish beach. It is a grotesque breach of basic human decency to exploit this toddler’s death in order to sell newspapers in the Western world. The number of companies that have used pictures of this child’s corpse is too immense to list. Suffice it to say that virtually every major newspaper has used these images. No matter what reasons are put forward, there’s no excuse for it. I guarantee you that The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Washington Post would have never shown a dead German child rolling around in the surf on their front pages. Those who claim that there’s some social responsibility to show these images are simply more manipulative and disgusting than their competitors.
I’m a middle-aged man who’s pursuing a degree with the intent of becoming a high school civics teacher. I have repeatedly heard about an oppressive and stifling political correctness that has taken over academia. This led me to expect a constant battle as I attended classes in my freshman year. As I start my second year, I’m happy to say that things haven’t been as problematic as I had first thought. I am treated quite well by (seemingly) very liberal professors whom I had imagined would be antagonistic to my conservative mindset.