Living As A Light

光. Light by Pan via Flickr
光. Light by Pan. via Flickr

I’m sure by now you have heard about the passing of actor and comedian, Robin Williams. Williams, who was 63, was found unconscious and not breathing inside his home in Tiburon, California, on Monday, August 11, 2014. He was pronounced dead of suspected suicide. Since then an outpouring of mourning, remembrance and sadness has been flooding every media outlet. It’s become apparent that Robin Williams wasn’t just an entertainer, but for the many people out there in the world, he was an inspirational light that has touched so many with his kindness. Continue reading “Living As A Light”

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Education and Innovation: Why We Should Invest More in Our Schools

space207-trifid-nebula_57668_600x450Gaze up into the dark velvet blanket of sky that is decorated with an arrangement of shimmering diamonds. What appears before you is just the front door to the rest of an entire unknown universe. The possibilities of life, other worldly knowledge and further innovation is knocking and waiting for someone to open it. Although this other world of possibilities is accessible, the door is still locked. The key lies in the minds of our future generation, and to obtain that key, we would need to support education.

It definitely makes sense to be a proponent of education. Not only does it inspire the imagination of billions of individuals, but it ignites new conversations, propels our progress as the human race forward, and it helps us create new opportunities ourselves and the ways in which we live. However, when we neglect our education system, we are in return neglecting all of those inspiring and innovative creations. Continue reading “Education and Innovation: Why We Should Invest More in Our Schools”

A Youthful Voice

I was armed with my laptop streaming live coverage of the event through various web and news sites, I listened to my phone streaming special live coverage from NPR, and I kept in touch with friends watching the election unfold through Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and text. We were all pumped and excited to the point where we all could have been mistaken for football fanatics at the Super Bowl. I was truly amazed for more reasons than just getting to hear the election results, but because I had encountered so many young voters who took the time and try to educate themselves on the issues and voice their opinions at the polls.

I was so proud of my generations attempt at completing their civic duty and caring about their future. They saw the importance of knowing what was going on around them and how it could affect their entire life, and regardless of who they voted for or their political affiliation, I was, and I’m still, incredibly happy that the majority of my friends (except for one individual who has complained about her rights before…) mailed a ballot in or went to their voting place to make a difference. Continue reading “A Youthful Voice”

Who Should College Students Vote For In This Coming Election?

As Published in Cal Poly Pomona’s Uloop.

Both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention came and went sowing seeds of patriotic pride for their own political party and a boost of enthusiasm for the coming Presidential election. The candidates spoke behind pedestals, buttons and silly hats were passed out to the conventions’ attendees, and all of the networks’ lights and television cameras captured images of old men yelling at empty chairs. It was an interesting and uplifting turn of events, but after the stage was wiped clean of all the red, white and blue streamers and confetti, do you know who you should really vote for? Continue reading “Who Should College Students Vote For In This Coming Election?”

Today We Remember 9/11

Eleven years ago our nation was changed forever. And as the country watched their television screens in utter shock, we stood in fear for our loved ones and when we found out that it all was intentional, we wondered why anyone would commit such an act. After the attacks on 9-11 our country has come together in the wake of a horrific event, displayed patriotism by mounting flags on car antennas and in yards all over the nation, and for a moment, showed the world what it was like to stand together as the United States. You couldn’t go anywhere after that day without running into a flag flying proudly in the wind. We covered our land from sea-to-sea in the valiant red, innocent white and our perseverant blue.

Today we still remember 9/11 honoring those that lost their lives that day.

Ron Paul and the Youth Vote

Ron Paul 2012—it sounded more like a joke back in the 2008 Presidential election when the youth vote was first encouraged with popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Obama had a leg up with his more youthful and relatable approach to his campaign, and poor Ron Paul was never let into the discussion by the media.

Fast forward four years and now the 76-year-old-great-grandfather who disappears days at a time from the Republican campaign trail to rest is now reeling in young voters.

Umm, what now?

Yeah, the Texas Republican with the libertarian message of less government, ending the U.S. military involvement overseas, and promoting personal liberty is all over my YouTube page and my Tumblr dashboard. Apparently now the old guy is racking up all the preliminary caucus votes with nearly half of all voters under 30 in the first two states going to Paul. The surprise number of votes pushed him to second-place in the New Hampshire primary and third place in Iowa’s leadoff caucuses.

So why are all the young people backing the oldest candidate?

“Ron Paul is bringing unorthodox ideas to the marketplace that don’t fit with the conventional pillars of either political party,” said Matthew Segal of OurTime.org, a nonpartisan group that promotes political participation among young people. “And because young people today are a uniquely independent-minded generation, he’s resonating with them.”

The man even has an anti-war message, he’s against SOPA Stop Online Piracy Act, and has support for liberalizing drug laws. He isn’t the GOP norm which is great for young Republicans. On the other hand though, Paul doesn’t fully agree with the younger voters on some views. He opposes abortion rights, and he says the subject of gay marriage should be left to the states even though polls for the youngsters show support in the opposite opinions.

With all the other nut jobs we’ve been hearing about running for the GOP nominee, Ron Paul has definitely become someone to think about as an alternative and a serious candidate. Paul even seems to have a better idea as to what the younger voters want in a President with his understanding that his supporters are fearful mostly of joblessness and college loan debt after graduation. His focus on looking at what’s right in front of him at home is appealing to young voters who think the troubled economy should be fixed first.

Saying all of this though poses the question for whether Obama may lose all of the 66 percent of young voters that put him into office in 2008. His popularity has obviously lowered a bit with the ailing economy and the high unemployment, and with Paul’s decision to not rule out a third party candidacy, Obama will have to watch out and try to win over the youth vote all over again.