Wednesday, January 27, 2021

My Introduction to the Gallatin Democrats

This past summer, an opening arose for me to pursue the Democratic Party nomination for Montana House District 68, and I was asked to give a five-minute introductory speech. Although I no longer have the final text as I presented it, the following is a fair representation based on my previous written drafts.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Election Day: When the Voting Ends and the Counting Begins

After a long and often bewildering campaign, we have finally reached Election Day—the conclusion of a season of charged rhetoric, legal posturing, and overwhelming early-voter turnout. Today, however, is only the end of a beginning. We the people have been tasked with selecting a title for the next chapter of American history, and after nearly two years of deliberation, the time for making a choice has come. Millions of us across the country have already submitted ballots, and millions more will cast votes before the polls close.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Tough on China: How a Trade Alliance Can Stop a Trade War

As part of my political science degree, I took a course titled International Relations Theory. For my final project, I drew a fascinating subject that I have been contemplating since the 2016 presidential campaign: U.S./China relations through the lens of neoliberalism/globalism. The following is my case study analysis, which if I were in a position to have a policy stance on the subject rather than just an opinion, this would be it.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

The Value of Multicultural Education

I was recently showed an older video on fixing the U.S. education system through the elimination of racial and cultural identifiers and felt compelled to share some of my writings on the subject from my time in the Montana State University education department. What follows is actually a compilation of ten smaller papers in response to assigned readings from a course textbook. While it may at times read like a review, the supplemental research and context add substantially to the original work.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Dismissing the Cause of Scottish Independence

As a respite from the parade of daily essays I have been releasing in bulk, I’ve decided to dig up this paper I wrote for my British Politics class that preceded my trip to the United Kingdom. It seems to be an appropriate time to release this discussion on Scottish independence and UK devolution, given the subject of the third episode.

Great Britain and Historical Perspective: Episode III

Since I’m sitting quietly in the London Heathrow airport, I had just as well be productive, so posting the next essay seems a passable use of my time. Just as the legend of William Wallace is a valuable myth in Scottish history, I was tasked with finding a relatable tale from the United States that all Scottish visitors should be told.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Great Britain and Historical Perspective: Episode II

Episode Two in this saga brings us to the Scottish Parliament, where the assigned topic is clearly restated in the introductory paragraph of my essay that follows. I enjoyed the visit and greatly appreciated the time given by Scottish National Party MSP David Torrance. I would rate the experience 5/5 on TripAdvisor. (For the record, my mention of New Coke predates the announcement of a promotional re-release in cooperation with Netflix and Stranger Things and the subsequent issues with the marketing website.)