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In 2017, the phrase “Proud to be an American” doesn’t roll off the tongue so smoothly. Colin Kaepernick, a now former player for the San Francisco 49ers, has been in the news a lot this past year. In protest of racial injustice, Kaepernick has opted to take a knee during the ceremonial national anthem that opens each game. Many people have taken offense to this. “How dare he disrespect the flag?” they cry out. “They’re disrespecting the troops.” One person I interacted with even claimed that Kaepernick was doing this all for attention, a last minute attempt at saving a fledgling pro football career. Recently, Kaepernick has become a free agent, and has yet to sign to a team. In response this whole situation, our commander in chief had this to say: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get…

Since 1980, over three thousand candidates have filed with the Federal Election Commission to run for president of the United States. Some potential candidates were career politicians, others were billionaires. But most were the average American. With such a large field of candidates in 2016, even well-known candidates like Chris Christie and Martin O’Malley weren’t able to compete with the boisterous Donald Trump and well-funded Hillary Clinton. But there are some candidates who have neither the clout nor the capital to get into anything more than the local spotlight. These “lesser-known” candidates lack the support of their respective parties and just can’t get media attention, but they took time from their campaigns to be interviewed and explain their platform, and in some cases, complain. This is a story about the people who, like Don Quixote, will joust at windmills, yet still show a strange determination to win the presidency. Willie…

The GOP was shocked when Donald Trump sundered the Republican Party over the summer by tapping into the anti-establishment movement he quickly rose to the number one spot in the polls. But what may be more shocking than that is Jeb Bush is unwittingly advancing Trump’s campaign. Trump and Jeb are two opponent who attack each other every chance they get, so it may be shocking when I suggest that Jeb’s campaign isn’t hurting Trump’s candidacy.  On the contrary, it makes him stronger when Jeb attacks other candidates. While the candidates were busy scrapping amongst themselves, Trump secured second place. Jeb’s attacks against candidates such as Marco Rubio and others during the debate in Iowa failed to improve his campaign. Jeb only placed sixth in Iowa. He couldn’t even beat Rand Paul, yet the Kentucky senator dropped out of the race two days after the fact. But Jeb kept trucking…