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A recent graduate of the University of Maine, where she majored in journalism and political science, Katherine Revello is an aspiring political commentator. Her focuses include theory, the philosophy of money and populism. Currently, she is a graduate student at Villanova University. She is the founder of The Politics of Discretion, a blog dedicated to advancing her philosophy of discretionism. Follow her on Twitter: @MrsWynandPapers

What the vice presidential debate revealed about Hillary Clinton’s power lust

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In Federalist 70, Alexander Hamilton, not exactly reticent in his support for a powerful, proactive president, wrote, “The ingredients which constitute energy in the executive are unity; duration; an adequate provision for its support; and competent powers. The ingredients which constitute safety in the republican sense are a due dependence on the people, and a due responsibility.” This latter understanding ...

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What Comey’s Testimony Reveals About the Culture of Modern Government

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As is usually the case in any proceeding where Trey Gowdy is present, an exchange between the South Carolina representative and FBI director James Comey, testifying in an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, stands out of the hours of futile verbal sparring as one moment of clarity and consequence. Asked by Gowdy what Hillary Clinton would have had ...

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The Greatest Loser in the First Presidential Debate: The Truth

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As with much of the 2016 campaign, Monday night’s debate drifted into strange and uncharted waters. Not only was most of the anti-trade sentiment voiced by the GOP nominee, with Donald Trump at one point suggesting he might levy a tariff against all foreign imports, but Hillary Clinton was also the harshest critic of Russia, stunning in consideration of Barack ...

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Should individual conscience or party loyalty rule at the voting booth?

Do individuals have the unequivocal right to express their opinion through the voting booth or do competing loyalties bind them to the interests of political and social organizations? In a pre-2016 America, rabid individualism seemingly would have led most citizens to assert their self-sovereignty by exercising conscience in the voting booth, but amidst the other disruptions to “politics as usual” ...

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Are digital campaigns the machine politics of the 21st century?

The days of strong-arm politics creating a single party-dominance so concrete it rivaled dynastic monarchies, when urban kingmakers such as the infamous Boss Tweed ruled from the smoky back rooms of pool halls, are now like fables in the rich backstory of America’s political heritage. Their primary purpose in the enlightened now is seemingly to convey a moral, one of ...

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Trump’s reliance on daughter for policy calls into question his leadership style

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This week, Donald Trump outlined a plan for the federal government to provide six weeks of paid maternity leave for those who do not receive compensation from their employers. The problem, aside from the implications that this mandate has for the right’s foundational beliefs in free-market economics and the ability of private business owners to set the terms of their ...

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NFL protests on 9/11 anniversary highlight freedoms, not injustices, of America

When San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the singing of the national anthem during a preseason football game, he was the catalyst for a still-unfolding series of protests and counter-protests. Both players from around the league and fans have expressed support and outrage for Kaepernick’s actions. Interestingly, the majority of the controversy has not been focused on Kaepernick’s ...

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The truth about the trade imbalance

At no time besides elections does the trade imbalance — the difference between the monetary value of a country’s imports and exports — become such an important yet poorly understood issue. According to recent information compiled by the Census Bureau, the United States’ trade deficit as of June 2016 stands at $39.47 billion, down slightly from a previous level of ...

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Clinton pushes dishonest message of economic nativism in attacks on Trump

In a testament to the facile trivialities to which nuanced and weighty policy issues have been reduced, Hillary Clinton’s campaign recently advanced a line of attack against Donald Trump’s economic policy which claimed the fact that various items from Trump’s clothing line are manufactured overseas proves the hypocrisy of his promise to “Make America Great Again.” The series of ads, ...

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Trump’s Statements on Libel Laws Promote Fascism

Being an opinion writer opens the floodgates for all sorts of criticism. I should know- I’ve been personally insulted and demeaned, had professors insinuate my political opinions would preclude me from employment and even, during my undergraduate days, been told that my conservatism should get me thrown out of my journalism degree program. Despite all this, I have never once ...

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Candidates demonizing campaign finance reform infantilize voters

With the Iowa caucus, electoral politics have made a rather splashy re-entrance to the public dialogue, and a familiar bogeyman has snuck in with it. Since the Supreme Court issued its decision in Citizens United v. FEC in 2010 politicians on the left and right have sought to curry easy electoral points by vilifying this victory for freedom of speech, ...

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Palin’s endorsement is day that will live in infamy for conservatives

Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump has generated a lot of salacious talk from pundits over-eager for election-crushing political gossip. The theories range- some believe she is no longer relevant, some believe Palin’s action was a calculated political bid for the VP nod. But most seem to believe this is an attempt to bring conservatives over from grassroots darling Ted ...

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Lack of Objectivity in Debate Coverage Threatens Validity in Elections

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It is “trendy” in contemporary journalist ethics to eschew objectivity as an unattainable ideal, a damper on journalists. In a way, this is rational. The veneer of objectivity goes a long way towards exerting a subversive version of Truthful reporting which, when examined, carefully picks and chooses which facts it promotes, which stories and covers and, by exclusion which is ...

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Stasis politics, not voters, is driving elections

When Donald Trump, after several election cycles of toying with the idea, announced he was actually running for president, the conventional political pundit class snickered openly. A bombastic businessman whose controversial and often outlandish opinions, conventional wisdom dictated that he had absolutely no chance of gaining support. When that bit of prognostication turned out to be totally fallacious, the pundit ...

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What is the Place of Loyalty in Modern Politics?

What role should loyalty play in democratic politics? On the one hand, party systems are necessary to republicanism. They provide structure, put a face on distant and often shrouded political mechanization for voters, unite like-minded individuals around ideas and help them ensure they support policies that work best for them. But take this idea too far and politics becomes about ...

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