Congress is out of session, and while back in their respective states, they’re hosting town hall meetings.
Town hall meetings are a great mechanism of democracies because they allow Congressmen and Senators to interact with, help, and address the concerns of their constituents.
Mr. Trump and his friends in Congress are planning to destroy the federal government as we know it.
It seems as though Trump’s role in the federal government is less of being an executive and more of being a distracting side show all the while Republicans attempt to dismantle the government.
Although President Trump has given us plenty to cringe at over this past week, from his outright denial of reality by claiming millions voted fraudulently in his own election to his unlawful ban of an entire religious group, which runs contrary to the First Amendment and religious liberty, it is his nominee for Secretary of Education who I find most cringe-worthy.
As a quick reminder, the Department of Education (DoED) serves as a federal resource in administering programs, collects data on school systems and enforces federal education and civil rights law. In addition to this, the DoED facilitates the largest education lending programs in world.
On election night of 2008, I was a freshman in high school rooting, as I always had, for the Republican to claim the night. On election night of 2012 as a freshman in college, I watched the night irritably knowing the third-party candidate for whom I had voted had absolutely no chance.
Regretfully, I have never voted for Barack Obama, despite the inspirational and accomplished figure he has become to me. But as his tenure comes to an end, I find myself incumbent to reflect upon his presidency.
Over the last year in Louisiana, we have experienced several tragedies—far more than our peers. Starting with the Lafayette theater shooting last July, it seems as though since then we cannot catch a break. This year alone has delivered its own crises and devastation. Just in the last eight months, we have experienced six crises: a broken, piecemeal state budget and the fallout from a whole industry in collapse; a police-involved shooting, protests calling for answers, and a police-targeted shooting; and unprecedented floods devastating north Louisiana in March and south Louisiana in August, claiming several lives and many homes. And, throughout each of these crises, we have been led by a deeply-involved, very accessible and attentive Governor.