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Your Best Days Are Right Ahead

They are coming. Your best days are right ahead. Don’t lose hope, don’t let your faith in yourself dwindle. You are capable of really great, and amazing things.

Yes, you can!

You can do whatever you put yourind to. You are a winner, and even when you fail, just know that everyone fails. Falling short of your goals does not make you any less of a person. Failing can be a humbling experience. In those moments, we learn to conquer adversity and we regain the spirit to triumph.

Don’t quit on yourself! Continue to dream!

You are an amazing human being, capable of insurmountable feats. As you approach your best days, know that they will be plentiful. Enjoy life while you are on your way there. Exercise. Learn. Love. Teach and encourage others to do the same. Instill in friends and family that they are winners, just like you. Create a culture of champions. Lead the way. Take charge, and don’t be afraid of risk.

Be yourself, enjoy your life and live to the fullest. Your best days are right ahead.

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The Party of Abraham Lincoln

For what it is worth, and I am sure it is worth more than words can summarize, The Grand Old Party, formally known as The Republican Party, is truly the party of Abraham Lincoln. He was elected in 1860, and a quick one phrase summary of his Presidency would say with grand resolute, that he helped to defeat the Confederates, and he paved the ultimate pathway to free the slaves.

Always and forever will the Grand Old Party be the party of Abraham Lincoln.

I myself have been a Democrat most of my life. I am, because I believe my family members are, and more so because of my upbringing, it always felt as though that party was the one that had the greater influence on me and my surrounding society. I am an African-American, and I grew up in an urban environment, so like most in those environments, I registered to vote as a Democrat. Luckily enough I even got to witness, the first time around, an actual black man being elected President of The United States of America.

It was monolithic moment, and a true testament to just how far this great nation has come. But regardless of how important of a moment it was, it still doesn’t change what I said. The Republican Party, The Grand Old Party, is still the party of Abraham Lincoln. What Lincoln did for this country, is perhaps as important as any great deed ever done by any man in this nation, and yes, that ought to include George Washington, and all of the founding fathers.

The Emancipation Proclamation effectively acted as legislation that denounced slavery, opening the gateway for many enslaved Africans to gain their citizenship, and fight against the Confederates, and although this act could in no way remove the hundreds of years of injustice The USA and other nations had inflicted upon those slaves, it did essentially help out every African in the long run.

Thanks to the courage of a man like Abraham Lincoln, my ancestors and those I stand amongst now have more of what we call, freedom.

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I say all of this, as a reminder to myself, and to any readers that I may have, that regardless of what side of the political aisle you may stand on, don’t let our currently leadership force you into believing one party stands supreme over the other. Regardless of the media backlash against Donald Trump, our current President, I do feel deeply within me that he not only stands for good, but for the safety, aid and security of all citizens in the USA, and not just the wealthy. I do not believe that he has a chance as becoming as great a man as Abraham Lincoln, for the emancipation proclamation did as much justice as writing the country into existence, but that does not mean we are all to write him off for his own personal troubles and gaffes. The man has a purpose, and is to serve the nation. Don’t let his ego get the best of you, for I am sure there are perhaps enormous characters flaws in every former President.

We ought to hold him to the same standard as Lincoln, and in this moment, this is where I will begin to do so. I’ll say again, I doubt that he can do anything for society as great as what Lincoln did, but he has a way of saying he is amongst the best. Remember, always remember that The Grand Old Party is the party of Abraham Lincoln.

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The FBI Investigation is Over

Earlier in the week, The FBI submitted their investigation of Donald Trump and his associates. The investigation has been the talking point, and primary focus of many news agencies.

President Trump, despite several of his colleagues and campaign associates facing legal troubles, continues to call the overall investigation a witch hunt.

Donald Trump sitting with members of his cabinet.

Now, news agencies and The American People, and President Trump, await the release of information in Robert Mueller’s investigative actions against the President.

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How Strong is America’s Defense? #StateOfEmergency

The obvious answer is very strong. Hundreds of billions of dollars is now spent annually on America’s Defense. The United States Army is as strong as ever, and every other branch appears to exist without much flaw. As a matter of fact, one can conduct a bit of research and decipher that often times, too much is spent on the Department of Defense. Whirlwind headlines of Navy coffee mugs costing thousands of dollars can be a prime example of a Nation’s military with a budget that appears to have no end.

So my question is, with a military spread all over the entire world and allies spanning every continent, why has The President declared a State of Emergency?

The U.S. Government was recently Shut down for over 31 days, the longest recorded government shutdown in recorded history. With a military so strong, in a robust and prosperous Capitalist society, a shutdown is now the tail end to what appears to be a declaration of an emerging crisis.

In recent month’s time, there were reports of an invasion along the southern border, an actual cry from the President which has led him to orchestrate a campaign of border defense. His campaign includes most importantly, a 2000 mile long border wall between The U.S. and Mexico. Without rehashing the terrible war of words President Trump has had with others over this wall, it is easy to understand that he was incapable of acquiring the funds necessary to complete his campaign promise of building a massive border wall.

This, only days after a month long Government Shutdown, and after only acquiring 1 billion dollars of the 30+ or so billion dollars needed for his project, The President has now issued a State of Emergency.

How long does this remain in effect? Who does it effect? Are we as weak as he perceives? What is to come?

Perhaps the most important question may be, are we going to be invaded?

What a world of conspiracy. This is no Russian folk tale.

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The Resignation of General James Norman Mattis, Secretary of Defense.

In a powerful display of opposition to President Trump announcing a complete withdrawal of troops from Syria, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis submitted his letter of resignation. The letter, pictured below, highlights many facets that General Mattis enjoyed while Secretary of Defense, but the letter also plainly States to the President that he does not agree with the decision to withdraw troops from Syria, arguing that the move abandons allies on the battlefield.

Despite the resignation of General Mattis, and what appears to be a bipartisan pushback from both Republicans and Democrats, President Trump remains resilient in his decision to withdraw troops, explaining to the American People that ISIS has been defeated, and that he has been more successful than any President in modern history in defeating ISIS.

Several officials and News outlets have reported that the decision to withdraw troops was not advised by Senior military officials or The Pentagon, and that this is move done largely in part by Donald Trump.

Again, despite pushback from every angle, Trump remains resilient in downsizing the battlefields overseas, with rumors now floating the agenda that The President also intends to withdraw as many as 9,000 troops from Afghanistan as early as January.

General Mattis served four decades in The United States Marine Corps. He ends his career on a high note, putting countrymen and his allies before self. He will officially depart Trump’s Administration February 2019.

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The Border Wall: The Fight for The American Dream

Any average american will tell you that border protection is one of the major problems facing our Nation today. Over the past decade, studies have found that an average of 1 million immigrants have entered the country annually. As of today, there are roughly 37 million immigrants now residing here in the United States. Recent Presidents have a history of trying to implement comprehensive immigration policies, from George W. Bush’s welcoming message to immigrants (much to the dismay of his party), to Barrack Obama’s prolific speech acknowledging that the government had failed practices of immigration and that immigration reform needed to happen.

Walking to the beat of an entirely different drum from his predecessors, President Trump ran his entire campaign with the promise of dismantling any immigrant’s ability to cross into the U.S. illegally, and throughout his campaign demanded of the government to build a massive 2,000 mile long wall, reinforced with border agents along it’s mammoth divide between the United States and Mexico. The Wall is a campaign promise that has yet to be met, and different factions of the government are squabbling with one another to figure out just how this wall is going to be funded.

Although the process is taking longer than President Trump would have liked, it does appear that funds are accumulating.

The Wall has a proposed budget of around $18 billion dollars, yet legislation has never been implemented for a project of this caliber before (except for military projects). Given the sheer size and ramifications of it existing, key officials and lawmakers are still scrambling to find a way to fund the wall without the approval of The Democrats, who currently stand against the construction of the wall and still advocate for immigration reform. A recent proposal by Representative Bradley Bryne, Republican from Alaska, introduces legislation aimed at allowing Republicans to circumvent votes from Democrats to pay for the wall. The proposal has the same build as a proposal from 2017, which was used to pass a Tax Overhaul Bill. If the proposal works, and Republicans are allowed to pass legislation with around 50 votes, a request of funds from The U.S. Treasury at the tune of $25 billion dollars will be allocated to The Department of Homeland Security for both a security trust and border protection.

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Immigration into The U.S.

Caravan of immigrants traveling with the promise of entering the U.S.

The United States now remains split on immigration policies. Republicans led by Donald Trump argue that immigration is a problem, and that it has led to illegal immigrants effecting our laws. Recently Republicans passed a measure prohibiting non-citizens to vote in U.S. elections, as there is a growing fear that immigrants are illegally voting. That was a major consensus by now President Trump after losing the 2016 popular vote to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

President Trump ran on the proposal of a massive border wall, a protective measure he feels is necessary to keep out illegal immigrants. He ran most of his campaign on the promise of building the wall, but although his resolve for the issue remains the same, funding for the wall remains gridlocked as Democrats unanimously voice against its creation, and Republicans fall short of coming up with a way of paying for it. The nearly 1000 mile long border wall could end up costing the U.S. $18 billion dollars.

Just this week, sentiments have been expressed in regards of the massive group of people now traveling across Mexico with the hopes of reaching the United States. Republicans are arguing that this is an overall atrocity, some stating that no one has a right to enter the U.S., while President Trump declares the migrating group of foreigners a National Emergency, cautioning the Military and further expressing the group of migrant’s countries of origin that all aid will be stopped because of the massive caravan heading toward the United States.

While Democrats argue that the president is fear mongering when discussing the caravan of immigrants, the republican controlled government stands united with the argument that immigrantion is not a right and that something has to be done about the oncoming group of migrants, and immigration as a whole.

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Complicit and Friends: The United States of America and Saudi Arabia remain Business Partners despite Controversy.

The strange thing about the current events that consume American news, the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is that this is not the first time that people have questioned the overall morals of the Saudi Arabian government. On September 11, 2001, 15 of the hijackers were Saudi citizens, and the Mastermind, Osama Bin Laden, was a Saudi Arabian citizen. The attacks that unfolded that day led the U.S. Military into a longer than decades war against Al-Qaeda and other terrorists affiliates across regions of the middle east, with a primary focus on the country of Afghanistan. Although the attackers were primarily from Saudi Arabia and had deep Saudi ties, The U.S. government embarked on a narrative that completely avoided any confrontation with the Saudi Government.

Fast forward to today, after years of unanswered questions and unresolved court cases by American citizens against the Saudi government, and you have this remarkable case of a whodunit, where American citizens argue that The Saudi government conducted the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, The Saudi government argues that they were not involved at all, The Washington Post says that the Saudi government is lying, and the President of the United States believes the Saudi government. It is safe to argue that our financial ties with Saudi Arabia is at stake, and also self evident that U.S. leaders (namely the President) do not want to forgo any financial agreements already established. Recently, President Donald Trump stated in a press covered meeting that he refuses to forgo any deals with Saudi Arabia, as it is “the largest order ever made”.

So what is next? Will The United States place sanctions on Saudi Arabia if they find out they had government insiders complicit with the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, potentially causing great strain on our diplomatic ties in the middle east? Recently The Trump Administration has been tougher on Russia, vowing to pull out of the decades long nuclear arms deal they’ve had with the nation. Perhaps at this moment, Donald Trump could stand to gain votes for re-election by proving to be hard on those who have done wrong, or what is more likely, he may end up balancing the status quo with the middle east powerhouse and continue to portray the narrative that Saudi Arabia is a nothing less of a great government, business partner, investor in American military power, and the center of the Muslim world.