One of the common themes that arises when discussing politics is the issue of religion within political discourse and legislation. For every person who argues for the separation of church and state, there’s another who decries the removal of prayer from schools. There is a lot of debate over the level of influence that religion should have within the political realm—whether the government should be strictly secular or not. But I would like to argue that secularism is a cause that everyone—religious folks included—should support.Continue Reading
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With a Canadian election coming up on May 2nd, it’s important to take a look at just what the various political parties stand for. I’ve spent the past week or so reading over the official party platforms for the major national parties. (I’ll admit, I only got about half-way through the Green Party platform. It’s not my fault that it’s so ridiculously long.) In the process of reading them, I condensed their various “promises” or proposed actions to create a list of what each party says they will do.Continue Reading
Another year has come and gone. Where did all the time go? It seems like 2010 has flown by. But of course, as everyone always seems to do on New Year’s Eve, I’d like to take some time to reflect on the past year.
I guess that for me, 2010 was all about decision-making. I had to make some big decisions, the most important one being about grad school. Do I want to go to grad school? Should I go as soon as I graduate? Where should I apply? These were all questions that I had to answer this year, and I’ve now gone through that entire process. I’ve filled out the applications, done the GREs, sent out transcripts, got letters of reference. And now I wait. 2011 will be the year that I find out what happens.Continue Reading
I usually try to stay away from arguing with anything political, since it usually ends in fruitless debates about nothing, but I just couldn’t resist. I was reading on a forum about a British guy who’s not pleased with Bush getting re-elected. Here’s what he had to say: “It is my own bussiness since who ever is president of the US dicatates the next 4 years of how the world will be, as a country man of the US main ally I think I should say what I think about who we go to war with… Yes we do have a Prime Minister if you READ anything in my post you could see it also affects us what your stupid President decides since WE have lost lives to” – all spelling and grammar mistakes are in an effort to reproduce his post without error of misquoting. So here’s what I had to say. Boy I love arguing 🙂
“Sure. Blame the US president for the fact that you lost lives in a war your prime minister decided to join. If it’s anyone’s fault that British lives were lost, it’s either your prime minister’s fault – meaning the British voters’ faults for electing him – or it’s the British soldiers’ fault for joining the military. Obviously you take a risk of being called to war when you sign up for the military.
“Oh and by the way, before you try and burn me for being a bigoted American, I’m a Canadian.…Continue Reading
Whoop-dee-doo. This is all I’ve heard and read about for the past few months. Everywhere I go on the Internet, there’s something political. “Vote for Kerry” or “Vote for Bush” or “Reasons Why Bush Is a Moron” or “Why Kerry is a Flip-Flopper”. And the reality is that nobody really cares except Americans and people that deal with Americans. For instance, I really could care less who wins the election because it really doesn’t affect my life one bit. Although the Web is international, it seems like Americans dominate about 90% of it. And that’s sad. I can’t get away from hearing about this stupid election. I just can’t wait until tomorrow, because then hopefully people will stop talking about it.
But of course, then everyone will probably be analyzing all the results and talking about how the world is going towards death and destruction because so-and-so won. You know what? The world isn’t going anywhere. America might be a different story, but for the benefit of Americans reading this that might not have realized this, let me tell you one simple fact: The world is comprised of more than America. Shocking, yes, I know, but true. Perhaps your overbloated collective ego won’t let you see that, but the world is even more than just America, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Now I’m not saying that all Americans are egotistical and self-absorbed; I know many Americans that are just quite the opposite. But together, the whole collective American ego is greater than…Continue Reading