• Joshua, this is fantastic! I had no idea how failed democracy was tied to these nations, specifically the DRC. This piece makes one think about other failed nations in the world, or even developing countries who got started later than America, or were pushed down by other world powers. Your statement, “Understanding how political corruption has b…[Read more]

  • Calaia, this is a very interesting an thought provoking poem. Most people assume gun violence is just that, reckless violence, but here you mention, “Because the people or the person behind the gun are scared of reality
    Scared of facing the fact that they’re human beings just like us
    And that they’re nothing without the gun or weapon” which s…[Read more]

  • Joshua, this is fantastic! I had no idea how failed democracy was tied to these nations, specifically the DRC. This piece makes one think about other failed nations in the world, or even developing countries who got started later than America, or were pushed down by other world powers. Your statement, “Understanding how political corruption has…[Read more]

  • Calaia, this is a very interesting an thought provoking poem. Most people assume gun violence is just that, reckless violence, but here you mention, “Because the people or the person behind the gun are scared of reality
    Scared of facing the fact that they’re human beings just like us
    And that they’re nothing without the gun or weapon” which sug…[Read more]

  • In February of 1954 Rev. George Docherty delivered a sermon to a congregation that President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a member of. In his sermon Docherty stated that “To omit the words ‘under God’ in the Pledg

    • Kaila replied 1 week ago

      Wow, great post. It’s interesting, I have never thought about the pledge in that sense. It’s odd that a country that portrays itself as religiously diverse has such strong connections to Christians the ideals of them. Its a contradiction in all senses.

    • Joshua replied 1 week ago

      I never knew that “under God” wasn’t in the original pledge. I wonder why “under God” was added in the 50’s. Could be something to look up for later.

    • I had no idea this was a thing. It’s highly ironic, considering American ideals of religious freedom. This topic will make a very interesting essay; I’ll be interested to read it.

    • I thought that “under God” was in the Pledge of Allegiance from the very start. It’s fascinating to explore how religious ideals have influenced greater American culture, especially in the relatively recent 20th century. It would be very interesting to read responses to Rev. Doherty’s claim from a multitude of religious perspectives. Personally, as a non-Christian, I believe that one does not need to be Christian to fulfill the “American ideal” (values such as self-determination and freedom, in my interpretation), as they are unrelated to worship of a deity like God, but one can be religious and fulfill the ideal at the same time.

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