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I have a new blog and website that I’ll be posting on now. However, I will be posting those blog posts here, as well. My blog is here and my website is here.

Here’s what “Only-Conservative-Here” commented on my last post about Why We Need Obama to Win. Normally I don’t engage with Tea Partier trolls, but I’d just like to address this.

Obama had a majority in Congress before 2012. He could have done all sorts of things.

Plus, he signed the NDAA. Which is unconstitutional. That’s enough for me to consider not voting for him.

“Do not just vote on one single issue. Get educated.”

Which is why I’m not voting for President Obama.

“but I worry that a successful blockade of everything Barack Obama tried to do will give Democrats in the future the idea of, “Hey, the GOP blocked everything Obama did, we should do the same so we can get a Democrat as president again!” I know that happen if Romney wins.”

But they didn’t do that under Bush. Republicans were also able to work out with Clinton back in the 90s. Plus, Democrats might not control the Senate in 2013.

“This is dangerous because it’ll show politicians that they can say whatever they want to get the party nomination”

This has been happening for years. Obama himself lied, and continues to lie (Benghazi is an example).

Also, please name one position where Romney has flip-flopped on.

  1. False, Democrats only had a 60 seat majority during these dates:
  2. From July 7. 2009 (when Al Franken was officially seated as the Senator from Minnesota after the last of Norm Coleman’s challenges came to an end) to August 25, 2009 (when Ted Kennedy died, although Kennedy’s illness had kept him from voting for several weeks before that date at least); and
  3. From September 25, 2009 (when Paul Kirk was appointed to replace Kennedy) to February 4, 2010 (when Scott Brown took office after defeating Martha Coakley);
  4. For one day in September 2009, Republicans lacked 40 votes due to the resignation of Mel Martinez, who was replaced the next day by George LeMieux
  5. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111th_United_States_Congress#Senate 
  6. Basic political knowledge shows that it takes months to YEARS for a bill to pass in our government
  7. I’ll refer to you this website with cited sources about exactly what he’s done http://pleasecutthecrap.typepad.com/main/what-has-obama-done-since-january-20-2009.html

2. Yes, he did sign the NDAA. I don’t agree with that action.

3. Republicans did NOT work with Clinton in the 90’s. They were almost as extreme as they are now. Newt Gingrich catalyzed this polarization that led to, then, the most unproductive Congress ever with 333 bills passed. This Congress, 61 bills! That is downright disgraceful! And look at who has the majority in the House.

4. Since you can’t site any sources I’ll just go ahead and say that’s false. I don’t know enough about Benghazi, and frankly don’t want to spend time looking for more sources to prove you wrong yet again.

5. This should be an easy enough URL for even you to type in http://mittromneyflipflops.com/. Also check out http://romneyflop.com/. I mean “Romney flip flops” has 6,500,000 results, man. “Romney lies” has over 158,000,000. You’re bound to find something there. There are two full sites dedicated to this man, and he’s only been in the spotlight for a year!

Now, this is a somewhat loaded title. Obviously, I am in support of our current President in winning reelection in about a week. Most democrats point to his social record, his creation of over 5 million new jobs, lowering unemployment, unleashing green energy, and much more. However, I believe Obama needs to win for another two very important reasons.

Firstly, it will set an extremely negative precedent for campaigning. Campaigns have always been very negative, but Mitt has taken his campaign to a whole new level with blatantly lying and switching positions while not being held accountable. This is dangerous because it’ll show politicians that they can say whatever they want to get the party nomination, then towards the end of the campaign they can completely switch stances and try to get the Independent vote. It’s dishonest towards the American people and it is wrong.

Secondly, and most importantly, it’ll set a precedent for how parties in Washington will act towards the opposite.

Republicans have been a majority in the least productive Congress ever in the history of the U.S. How did they accomplish such a feat? By making their number one goal to make the president a “one-term president” according to Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. Shouldn’t Congress’ number one job be to improve the well-being of all Americans?

I think liberals are more of an understanding and common-sense driven bunch when it comes to bringing the greatest good to the most people, but I worry that a successful blockade of everything Barack Obama tried to do will give Democrats in the future the idea of, “Hey, the GOP blocked everything Obama did, we should do the same so we can get a Democrat as president again!” I know that happen if Romney wins.

As the election gets closer, please realize not only who you are voting for, but what you are voting for. Do not just vote on one single issue. Get educated. And for those of you who voted Romney, I feel so sorry for you.

There’s been a lot of hullabaloo following President Obama’s “You Didn’t Build That” comments. As with any political sound byte, you should probably take this with a grain of salt.

By saying that you didn’t build that, the President is implying that businesses, yes all of them, got some help with their successes from all of us. Yes, Steve Jobs built an empire with amazing an beautiful products, but did he build the roads to his office? Did he build the Internet, which was a critical tool used to market Apple’s products and allow iTunes to work?

No he didn’t.

Public funds, the collective of the American people, helped build both infrastructures of roads and Internet. An these are only two examples.

We are inherently dependent on each other on some tasks. Do you think a corporation is going to diverge from making a profit to build something that will help all individuals? Probably not. The only purpose of a corporation is to make a profit. That’s why corporations are also not people, but that’s a whole other beast to tackle. Do you think an individual will be so selfless to donate all his time and money to build a series of roads for all to travel on? I know I probably wouldn’t.

Truth is, we are all selfish beings. All of our actions are selfish. Deep down, helping others is a selfish act. YOU want to see others happy. YOU want to see others succeed. This is why we must work together on huge projects involving infrastructure and safety. That’s what a government should be for: to help everyone have the opportunity to exercise their rights and pursue their dreams.

I appreciate and acknowledge the individual accomplishments of everyone, but please do not forget what we have accomplished together.

"Freedom of speech" is not freedom from consequence. Freedom of speech only applies to governement interventions. What ordinary citizens do in reaction to your speech is something else entirely. When you offer a hateful, prejudiced, or ignorant opinion, you should be prepared to face those who want to poke you in the nose for what you say. Being a Lutheran myself, it just astounds me how much hatred is spewed from people’s mouths. Christians like to tell those of us who are keeping them in check that they’re being "persecuted" when the rest of us react to their persecution of gays and women. News Flash: They haven’t the first clue what real persecution is. They should be praying they never find out.Chick Fil A Protest

One of many great Mars paintings

One of Des Moines’ most admired and groundbreaking coffee shops, and my personal favorite meeting place, is closing on August 18th. Mars Cafe owner Larry James Jr. posted on Facebook about his decision saying,

Apart from Mars, I’m an attorney with a growing practice and a wonderful young family. My career and kids require more time now, and so it is time to close the cafe.”

My heart dropped when I first read this. I almost became angry with the decision, “Why wouldn’t they just sell it? Mars means so much to the Des Moines community!” I’ve realized this was incredibly selfish, because really, Mars was so successful because of Larry. Without him, the Cafe wouldn’t have been the same at all. Nathan Wright of Lava Row in Des Moines sums up the closing of Mars nicely here.

I’ve met with him personally to talk about different projects that Drake University Students in Free Enterprise could take on. He was genuinely one of the most open guys I’ve ever talked to. He was open to helping our organization at Drake, as well as others across Des Moines. It was the birthplace of Dwolla, which is where I work as an intern now, among so many other ideas, partnerships, artistic inspiration, even marriages I’m sure. I could go on and on about how much Mars meant to me, but the main purpose of writing this for me was to reason what would be next for that vacant Mars spot.

Larry candidly suggested a project for SIFE at the end of one of our meetings: “Communicate that DogTown isn’t such a crappy, ghetto place.” This is what I have written down in my notes, so it is in no way a direct quote from him, by the way. This struck me because the DogTown area really is perceived by students at Drake as a pretty shady, dangerous area, even though it really isn’t. An old chinese restaurant, Planet Sub, a hippie shop, a tattoo parlor, a sushi lounge, Jimmy Johns, Planned Parenthood, and the Dublin Pub aka “Club Dub” pretty much make up DogTown now. An eclectic mix, but not exactly a community hub. Mars was that shining light in the area that gave the community a reason to head out towards Drake, now someone has to come along and give people a reason to come back.


I think the most logical option is to have another locally-owned cafe go in there, but it needs to make itself known and appreciated by Drake students. They have to go out of their way to get that demographic. Here’s why: thousands of potential customers live within walking distance of the location. Drake has awful food and charges way too much for it. Pitching great comfort food for a reasonable price is the perfect bait for students wanting to get away from Subway, Starbucks, and the awful Hubbell Dining Center. I think students are always looking for a place where they can relax, laugh, and enjoy good food and music. My specific suggestion: a place like Zingermans Deli in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Des Moines doesn’t really have a classic Deli at all. Palmers is close, though.

Although Mars is leaving, I still remain hopeful that someone will bring a sense of community that Mars was so great at fostering. I think if Drake and the rest of Des Moines care enough, they won’t let this opportunity at this location go to waste. There is so much potential for the area—we just need the right people with the right mindsets to lead the charge.

PS: Bring back Dog Town Fest!


Robert Reich on Beyond Outrage: Stopping the Cycle of Political Cynicism

“The first thing is to connect the dots, to see how one frustrating or outrageous thing is connected to all the other frustrating and outrageous things. If we’re going to make progress on this, we’ve got to see the big picture.”

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