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    America: More Divided Than Ever; A Desperate Need for Bipartisanship

    America is becoming more divided by the day. We watch as President Trump signs an executive order that is then almost immediately blocked by the courts. Democrats and Republicans in Congress are constantly at each other’s throats. Liberals and conservatives tear each other apart on Twitter and Facebook because they can. No one is looking for solutions to problems but for reasons to viciously argue a point of view. Once again, it feels like nothing is getting done because everyone is too busy trying to hammer someone to the ground with their heated opinions.

    I am here to call for bipartisanship. It can and will work, but only if we try—really try, on both sides of the aisle. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were both flawed, and yet they found a way to work with their opposition, balance budgets, and keep our country safe. Reagan had to work with Tip O’Neill and Ted Kennedy, and Clinton had to work with Newt Gingrich—a cast of characters who could not have been more divisive at times and opposite in viewpoints.

    And yet, essentially, it worked. Each President approached these challenges differently, as so many leaders do. But they got their jobs done.

    If America has a unified, bipartisanship approach to the issues, we can succeed. And I think we will be surprised and pleased with the progress that we will accomplish when we join forces, rather than allow partisan politicos to create a larger divide.

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    The First Amendment and Violence

    Violence silences the very people who need to be heard.

    Since the inauguration, America has seen an influx of violence from protestors. We have seen events like what happened in California, where the violence at a university caused a temporary shutdown of the streets. In nationwide riots, protestors have damaged or destroyed both public and private property.

    The actions of the violent have drowned out the voices of those who want to exercise their right under the First Amendment.

    This is not about whether we like or dislike what someone might say. It’s about a core right in our Constitution to let people speak their minds freely, regardless of how offensive we might find a person’s views. Violent protestors only serve to suppress a person’s right to exercise free speech.

    Those who were peacefully protesting also had their rights stifled. The violent protestors made the nationwide news and caused the police to shut down the streets, ruining the ability for the peaceful protestors to continue or for their issues to be discussed in a reasonable forum.

    The Constitution shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech or the right of the people peaceably to assemble. Nowhere in the Constitution is the right to violent assembly. I condemn any side of the aisle that resorts to violence or suppresses free speech in any way, whether it’s a march or a display of art in the Capital; I will always abide by the undeniable fact that the First Amendment is your Constitutional right.