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The Debate About “Birthright”

Recently, President Trump said that he is planning to sign an executive order to ban people from attaining citizenship from birthright, saying, “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States.” His statement was made in reference to the fact that those who are born in the United States whose parents are non-citizens, or illegal immigrants, are legally considered citizens from birth.

This almost definitely comes from the caravans that are currently traveling to the United States’ southern border. The caravans have brought up a huge debate about immigration, primarily illegal immigration. The past year, as a whole, has been a huge debate about America’s immigration policy, and whether we should change or keep it the way it is.

Trump’s call for an executive order has stirred up the conversation even more than the caravan has, in the span of just a few days. Some say that his call is unconstitutional, while others champion his decision. Whether he will implement the policy to prevent people from being granted citizenship by birthright is still unknown, as he hasn’t made any formal actions yet, but time will tell.

If he does end up implementing it, there are still a lot of unknowns. How will babies become citizens in the future? Does this count towards legal citizens too? These are questions that have yet to be answered, leaving the President’s calls–for now–to be nothing more than senseless rambling. Another hard question that has yet to be answered is the constitutionality of his executive order. Can a President single-handedly amend the constitution? Most, as of now, are saying a flat no.

Most likely, if President Trump goes ahead with the order, it will be challenged by many federal courts. Only then will we know if it is truly constitutional or not.

But, for now, we have to wait, and see if the President makes a move.

 

By: Jaron Bullington

The Government Shutdown–Impending doom, or nothing to worry about?

On the day that this article was written–January 11th, 2019–the US government had been inoperative due to a shutdown for 21 days. All across the country, there have been innumerable cases of government workers doing their jobs unpaid, being penalized for something that they had no part in. President Trump gave the inciting action for the shutdown, after conflict regarding the building of the border wall with Mexico. Democrats have been almost uniformly opposed to the building of the wall, citing reasons why it wouldn’t work, along with funding issues. Republicans, on the other hand, have been divided by both Trump and his border wall, and the party is facing a major split in ideals.

 

More than politics, however, the government shutdown has majorly affected government workers. With no pay, there is no doubt that all types of government workers are struggling to survive. This is the real problem, even more important than divisive politics, because it affects the standard citizens rather than the elected officials. There is no doubt that many people in our families, as well as some of our friends, work for places like the TSA, National Parks, or for the general bureaucracy; this can ruin the lives of these people, as many people, almost 78% of full-time workers, work paycheck to paycheck. Something needs to be done, because these are real people with real lives, with families to feed and house. As the shutdown continues to persist day after day, tensions are rising in working class Americans–forcing them to ask themselves questions such as “Can we pay for this month’s rent?” or “Can we pay for food for the month?”

 

These are questions that cannot be answered until something is done about the border wall.

 

Until then, we can only sit like ducks waiting for the gun to fire.

 

By: Jaron Bullington

The Kavanaugh Circus

Written by Jaron Bullington, October 4th, 2018

This article is not meant to say that Doctor Ford or Kavanagh are guilty, or completely innocent, but instead bring light to the issue at hand- the ignorance of the due process of law.

For many weeks, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been in the light of the mass media. Headlines upon headlines storm every person’s social media and newsfeeds, and it is one of the most heated subjects of this year. Why, though, you may ask, has Kavanaugh been at the center of this media attack? He was accused of rape and sexual assault, by Doctor Christine Blasey Ford.

Kavanaugh has been labeled many things these past few weeks- rapist, misogynist, etc.- but why is he labeled this way? Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, right? The fact of the matter is that there has been absolutely no corroborating evidence to confirm Ford’s original claim, something crucial to determining if Kavanaugh is guilty of said crime. The basic feature of U.S. law is the idea of due process, or the idea of an accused person being innocent until proven guilty in the court of law. It seems that this case, the case of Kavanaugh v. Ford, has had many people abandon this idea. Sparks have been flying in the #MeToo movement, and throughout the left, some outright saying or implying that Kavanaugh is indeed guilty. It is true, and undeniable that Doctor Ford’s statement in the Senate judiciary committee was heart wrenching, it felt meaningful. But, as is law, guiltiness is not determined by how someone acts or feels, instead, it is determined by cold, hard evidence. Doctor Ford does not have it.

There are many that say to “Believe the Victim”, or in this case, “Believe Doctor Ford”. This is a dangerous thing, and many do not realize why. If we inherently say that the accuser is a victim, before even determining if the accused is guilty, there is a problem. This ignores basic law, again, due process. The court should decide whether the accused is guilty, and then we can start to talk about the accused. What this creates is a sort of “guilty until proven innocent” culture, where the “victim” has bias toward them, not due to substantial evidence, but because they said that they were victimized.

This also hurts those that are victims of actual rape, and sexual assault. It demeans their claim, because of others who were trusted or “believed” but were proven wrong in the court of law. It is a “the boy who cried wolf” sort of situation; if so many people say that they were victimized by a person, but proven wrong in the court, other people who may have actually been victimized might not be trusted.

Overall, the Kavanaugh hearing has been an absolute circus; a parade. A total ignorance of the law. Our elected officials act like children in a daycare- arguing, screaming, and running away. If there’s one thing to take out of this (other than to trust in the due process of law), it is the fact that we, as the next generation, need to get out and vote.

The Ketogenic Diet–What Is It?

It is well known that food has the power to cure many things, and help improve other ailments, such as depression[1], gastro-intestinal problems, and more. Food also has the power to help you lose fat weight, and gain muscle mass. One of the most prominent diets in recent years is the Ketogenic diet.

The ketogenic diet has been on the radar in social media, news, and TV, but nobody really understands what it entails. There have been a number of success stories, tales of incredible weight loss over a relatively short period; it seems like a thing of fiction. However, the truth is, it IS real, but there are many misconceptions about what/how to engage in this life-changing diet.

The keto diet is a diet that focuses mainly on cutting out carbs and sugar, while increasing the intake of fats and proteins. From a scientific standpoint, cutting out carbs and sugar exponentially decreases glucose in your body, which is a sugar that turns into fat (AKA, what produces belly fat and fat on other problematic areas). When you decrease glucose, your body starts to produces cells called “Ketones”, hence the name “Ketogenic;” these ketones use the fat which you already have in your body as an energy source. This process is known as “ketosis.”

The golden ratio is 2:1, meaning 2 parts fat to 1 part protein. The actual amount, in grams, depends on your body weight, but a typical adult male usually should get 100g of fat, 60g of protein, and only 40g of carbs. Again, these sizes depend on you, and your body. But the most important thing, which most of those who try the diet fail at, is to not eat ANY sugar. If you eat high amount, even low amounts of sugar, you are at risk of ruining the diet, and making yourself unhealthier than you started. The fat that you take in, combined with the sugar, creates a crazy amount of fat (on problematic areas).

If you control your diet, you will see results. Higher energy, fat loss, and overall improvement of health are just some of the many benefits of doing the ketogenic diet.[2] The ketogenic diet can even help with diabetes[3]. In the end, it cannot hurt you to try it. Cut sugar out of your diet for a week, limit your carb intake, and just try it. You will be surprised with the results, guaranteed.

 

By: Jaron Bullington and Abdiel Perez

 

[1] Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBLq0lQmCvg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MpeSudXyRs

[2] Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ketogenic-diet-101#weight-loss

[3] Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/why-i-tried-keto-diet#2