Gun Rights are Rights, Too

Jason Clower, Pushing Forward This conversation would be easier if it were about sex. I would propose to my fellow liberals that we get serious about rape culture through simple, commonsense regulations: No one could take a new sex partner without a background check and a 10-day waiting period, with a limit of one new …

Immigration Economics, By the Numbers

SONJAY SINGH, PUSHING FORWARD ORIGINALLY APPEARED ON BETTER ANGELS Economics of Immigration The immigration debate often turns into a moralistic argument, with those on the left arguing for the expansion of amnesty and increased immigration quotas based on an idea of the right of movement and an obligation to provide sanctuary. Similarly, the argument from …

DACA is Part of the American Dream

KEVIN LEVY, PUSHING FORWARD ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN BETTER ANGELS The often-vitriolic immigration debate has reared its horned head again with the recent announcement from the White House that President Trump would rescind President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program. Talking heads have surfaced to talk about the need for DACA (from the left) …

I Stand with #TakeTheKnee

KEVIN LEVY, PUSHING FORWARD Betsy Ross is often credited with stitching the first American flag that flew in the American Revolutionary War. Throughout the centuries, that great flag and its many variants would be flown on Government buildings, military bases, personal homes, and car dealerships around the world. Recently, the subject of flag protests has …

How Democrats Can Fix a Broken Message and Heal a Broken Party

KEVIN ROSE, PUSHING FORWARD As lawmakers return to Capitol Hill following their August recess, all eyes are sharply focused on a Republican majority enveloped in chaos. Scrambling to tackle heavy legislative challenges such as preventing a default on the debt and providing billions of dollars worth of aid for the storm-torn areas left in the …

The Necessity of Free College in America

CRYSTAL FORETIA, PUSHING FORWARD As summer winds down, students across the country are feeling the pressure of coming back to school. While high school seniors prepare their college applications, their collegiate counterparts worry about graduating on time and entering the workforce. But the two groups have one large concern in common: money. Even while college …

Trump Plays to His Base, Often at the Expense of the Nation

BRANDON COLLIGAN, PUSHING FORWARD Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced that the President would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and that Congress would have six months to find an alternative to the policy. This sudden reversal of U.S immigration policy, which aimed to give citizenship to formally immigrant children, was a shock …

Pardoning Arpaio: Another Indication of Authoritarianism

CHRIS DESETT, PUSHING FORWARD Well, he has done it again. The President of the United States, sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution and the rule of law, looked our democratic norms in the face, and said “Bite me.” While it is the President’s prerogative to issue pardons and to commute federal sentences, the way …

Ending DACA is Economically and Morally Wrong

ALEX CRAWFORD, PUSHING FORWARD Once again, Donald Trump has made the wrong decision. Reports surfaced yesterday that the President has decided to end Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protects people who were brought to this country illegally by their parents. Even after he said he “love[s] the DREAMers.” The DACA program allows …

Run, John, Run!

KEVIN LEVY, PUSHING FORWARD Days after the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump forcefully condemned, by name, the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis. While the President’s (second) statement was direct and unequivocal, it was not laudable by any means. The founding principles of the United States of America are the rights of all …