The Observer

Dear 2020 Presidential Candidates, We Have to Talk About the Planet

Dear 2020 Presidential Candidates, We Have to Talk About the Planet

April 30, 2019

Climate change is the only issue that should matter in the 2020 election. And, though science is not politics, we have allowed our politics to come before science. This must stop.

Robby Mook and the Future of American Politics

Robby Mook and the Future of American Politics

April 30, 2019

Democrats are less than a year out from the heart of the 2020 primary election, and many left-leaning voters are somewhat confused about how we will get there. With an intimidating number of candidates in the field, and new ones seemingly announcing every day, the state of the primary already feels intimidating and exhausting.

AOC: The Bigger Picture

AOC: The Bigger Picture

April 9, 2019

As an American conservative and a European liberal, we hold different political convictions, but we both agree the criticism Ocasio-Cortez receives is trivial.

No Good Outcomes in Upcoming Spanish Elections

No Good Outcomes in Upcoming Spanish Elections

April 9, 2019

The global trend of strong, alt-right, semi-authoritarian, populist discourse fueled by the migratory crisis in the Mediterranean and the 2008 economic crisis has seeped into Spanish politics.

Doctors Have a Duty to Care, Not Discriminate

Doctors Have a Duty to Care, Not Discriminate

March 28, 2019

Even though doctors are supposed to be completely devoid of judgment when treating their patients, federal policies allow doctors to discriminate against their patients. Across the country, doctors are allowed conscience protections which allow them to refuse to treat patients based on their “religious” beliefs.

Democrats’ Tax Proposals Need Other Revenue Sources

Democrats’ Tax Proposals Need Other Revenue Sources

March 21, 2019

In the context of Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal, which would be a massive economic stimulus to address climate change and income inequality, $50 billion would barely make a dent in this piece of legislation.

Is Gen Z Truly a “Liberal Tsunami”?

Is Gen Z Truly a “Liberal Tsunami”?

March 19, 2019

I expected some extreme and blatantly false proclamations, like “People in Gen Z believe it is possible to choose your species!” What I found was someone so out of touch with current issues that he paints reasonable concerns as an outrage against “traditional” society.

Tim Apple: Trump’s Weirdest Lie Yet

Tim Apple: Trump’s Weirdest Lie Yet

March 18, 2019

Why on God’s green Earth would anyone want to lie about a simple slip of the tongue like this? One rationalization stands out among the rest: Trump has been so engulfed by winning and privilege his whole life that he refuses to lose any battle, however small.

Schultz 2020: Tall Order, Grande Problem

Schultz 2020: Tall Order, Grande Problem

February 19, 2019

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz shocked the U.S. political world with his recently expressed interest in running for president in 2020 as a “centrist Independent.” He argues that the two-party system is irreparably broken, pointing to both the damage Trump has caused to the country while in office as well as his fear that the Democratic Party may be moving too far to the left.

We Need to Diversify Specialized High Schools

We Need to Diversify Specialized High Schools

February 19, 2019

This plan is not meant to racially balance the schools, but rather to desegregate the school system.

Amazon’s Pull-Out Couched in NYC’s Best Interest

Amazon’s Pull-Out Couched in NYC’s Best Interest

February 19, 2019

Amazon’s Feb. 14 announcement that the company would cancel its plans was the happy ending New York never saw coming.

The Nation Moved On From Parkland. We Haven’t

The Nation Moved On From Parkland. We Haven’t

February 19, 2019

When the news notification for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting first popped up on my phone screen, I turned it off without looking.