The Conservative Conscience

This is American University’s foremost conservative policy and opinion journal administered by the American University College Republicans. Featuring articles by and for American University’s conservative community, this journal serves as the primary resource for an extensive breadth of topics.

Remembering John McCain: The Maverick’s Last Words As A Call To Action

Eric Brock
“Do not despair of our present difficulties. We believe always in the promise and greatness of America because nothing is inevitable here. Americans never quit, we never surrender, we never hide from history. We make history.Farewell fellow Americans, God bless you, and God bless America.” - Senator John S. McCain III

Moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem is Long Overdue

By: Robert Heilberg
It’s not a controversial idea that a foreign embassy is typically located in a country’s preferred or official capital city. Washington D.C., the home of the U.S. government and the capital of the United States is home to foreign embassies from around the world. The reason why those embassies are located in Washington is not done so by accident. The work that foreign embassies and their appointed ambassador do relies on proximity to the central power and core institutions in the host country. It’s the same reason why the U.S. embassy in Germany is located in Berlin, not Hamburg or Frankfurt, or why we station our ambassador to China in Beijing, not Shanghai or Nanjing.

GOP Tax Plan Kicks Ass

By: Andrew Magloughlin
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) unveiled the long-awaited Republican tax plan yesterday, dubbed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. This bill delivers many of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises by lowering taxes for a whopping 94% of Americans.

President Trump’s on War in Afghanistan: A Needed Improvement

By: Nawal Ali
In August, President Trump announced that the United States will deploy additional troops to Afghanistan as part of a new change in American policy regarding the longest war in US history. Some commentators were skeptical of President Trump’s new strategy, concerned about the lack of a timeline for the end of the already 16-year-long war. Additionally, there was no explanation about how this increase in troop levels could change the current situation in Afghanistan. What these critics and skeptics fail to acknowledge is how the approach of the Obama administration was not working. President Trump’s speech made clear that an improvement in American policy can be made.

Going Nuclear on the Nuclear Deal

By: Robbie Rosamelia
President Trump Begins The Long Road To Combatting The Iranian Threat By Decertifying Their Compliance With The JCPOA
President Trump’s announcement on October 13th to decertify Iran’s compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—commonly referred to as the Iran Nuclear Deal—was met with both praise and scorn as Iran has proved it is becoming increasingly bold in how far it pushes the deal to its limits. With rhetoric abound, it is necessary to take into account the events that led up to the president’s decision and deliver a reminder that the Iranian threat did not end with the deal.

A Conversation with Jonah Goldberg

By: Thomas Kenna
Prior to listening to his brilliant lecture on Wednesday evening, I had the honor of interviewing National Review Senior Editor and American Enterprise Institute Fellow Jonah Goldberg for The Conservative Conscience. The interview lasted about thirteen minutes. It has been transcribed for your consumption and enrichment below.

Cicero: A Conservative Role Model for Our Time

By: Nicholas Illuzzi
With the successes of the 2016 elections, the Republican Party has found itself in its most powerful position in almost one hundred years. Not only does the GOP control all three branches of the federal government, it also has trifectas (control of the governorship and both houses of state legislators) in 26 states. This incredible electoral success has come from an ideologically diverse slate of candidates, more focused on winning through a local understanding of constituents as compared to national ideological purity and big out-of-state donors. With this diversity, however, comes conflicts. These conflicts have begun to define Trump-era legislation. Republicans across the nation have found themselves beholden to constituencies with different values, from suburban evangelicals to the blue-collar working class. These variations have had the Republican Party questioning its values since the primaries.

Jonah Goldberg Can Buy Pants

By: Thomas Kenna
A Profile of Jonah Goldberg
Despite what you may have heard, Jonah Goldberg can, in fact, buy pants. And while President Trump may be quick to critique his pants-purchasing capabilities, Goldberg’s contributions to ideological conservatism, on the other hand, are difficult to dismiss. In the nineteen years that Jonah Goldberg has been writing for National Review, he has brought humor, wit, and relevance to conservative commentary.

The Reality of the Gender Pay Gap

By: Matthew Levengood
Almost every women’s-rights activist has in their repertoire of arguments the supposed colossal injustice that is the wage gap. Allegedly, women make less money than men for equal work. Outrage! How is this happening in the year 2017? There’s a key issue that many people are missing when they rally against this statistic – it’s horribly out of context. What many feminists and policymakers on the left often ignore are the hard economic factors behind the wage gap.

When You Play The Game Of Socialism, You Win, Or You’re Poor

By: Jon Mann
As aspiring academic DJ Khaled once said, “Congratulations, you played yourself.” That’s especially the case for populations that adopt socialism. In every example, someone who is not you, most notably leaders of state-owned corporations and corrupt politicians, will prosper from socialism. I am more than ready to concede many individuals benefit from a socialist system; I just highly doubt you would be one of them.

Government Intervention and The Great Depression

By: Andrew Demosthenous
William Mansfield manufactured cotton twine and threads during the Civil War. These threads were sewn into cotton blankets and used by Union soldiers fighting to preserve our Union and end the oppression of slavery . When the war ended, Mansfield gave the company to his son George, who began to manufacture fishing lines.

Conservatism Still Matters

By: Robert Rosamelia
In a turbulent and demoralizing political landscape, we should defer to tradition to steady ourselves
President Donald Trump is unique in nearly every metric on which a president is judged. He was elected without any prior military or political experience, he has an infamous penchant for tweeting whatever thoughts come into his head, and—most notably for a Republican president—he seldom talks about Constitutionalism or conservatism.

Why Cuban-Americans Vote Republican

By: Thomas Gueli
In typical AU-fashion, my neighbor and I had been discussing politics last Saturday. In the course of the discussion, my neighbor admitted that she could not possibly understand how Pres. Trump won the state of Florida in the 2016 election despite the state’s large Hispanic-American population. Her underlying assumption was only partially correct; while Hispanic-Americans tend to vote for Democrats, Cuban-Americans, specifically, are solidly Republican voters. Progressive readers might be curious as to why.

Europe’s Economic Environmentalism

By: Nicholas Illuzzi
How Necessity Drove Europe’s Environmental Ideology
On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement. On that date, I was enjoying a vacation in Italy, a nation with a diverse and beautiful environment. Italy is also a nation that follows the European Union’s environmental legislation and has championed efforts to reduce carbon emissions. As I saw wind turbines adorning the hills of the Tuscan countryside, I wondered how Europe has been able to prioritize and implement such extensive environmental measures when such efforts have found little traction in America.

Who Needs a Space Corps, Anyway?

By: Brian Thomas
This past June, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces submitted an amendment for the National Defense Authorization Act 2018 seeking to create an independent “Space Corps” within the Air Force. This relationship would be similar to the relationship between the Marine Corps and the Navy.

A Great Time to be a Republican

By: Robert Rosamelia
The New Direction for AU College Republicans
In President Barack Obama’s first public appearance since leaving office in January 2017, he appeared at the University of Chicago with a panel of six students and community leaders. The comments from one of the panelists, Max Freedman—himself a College Republican, struck me as particularly important to keep in mind.

What Republicans Misunderstand About Selling Health Care Reform

By: Robert Heilberg
The highly publicized debacle that ended in the failure of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) at the hands of divided factions of congressional Republicans exposed not only in house divisions within the GOP, but a frustrating failure within the party to sell the merits of their legislative agenda.

Why we abandoned Donald Trump (and why you should, too)

Note: this article was originally published in the Eagle in August. In light of current events, it is more relevant than ever.  By a staggering margin of 76 percent to 24 percent, the members of American University College Republicans (AUCRs) have voted to withhold an endorsement of Donald J. Trump, the Republican nominee for president.

The Fall of Donald Trump: Why His Campaign’s Implosion Will Save the GOP From Itself

On October 7th, 2016, The Washington Post released a tape in which Donald Trump made aggressive sexual remarks about women. With statements asserting “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” and that because of this he could “grab them by the p***y,” Donald Trump has shown a far darker side to his already sinister image. His disrespect for women and glorification of sexual assault have led to a mass exodus of Republican elected officials, with Reps. Joe Heck (NV-3), Mia Love (UT-4), Barbara Comstock (VA-10), Jason Chaffetz (UT-3), Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John Crapo (R-ID), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Senate Republican Conference Chair John Thune (R-SD) all either unendorsing the nominee or asking that he be replaced immediately.

Overcriminalization is not Conservative: Why Republican Senators Should Support S. 2123

S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act (SRCA), is inherently conservative because it benefits Americans while significantly reducing federal spending. The current changes to SRCA examined in the Senate aim to address the concerns of some legislators while keeping the substantive reforms to the nation’s broken justice system. If nothing is done, the price of maintaining a sufficient justice system will become far too costly.

The Dead Dogma of Trans Rights Advocates

Living on a campus where the student body is always brimming with ludicrous outrage, a second-year student should be resigned to the fact of life that a protest is never far away. In recent weeks, the American University (AU) populace has focused its white-hot spotlight of rage onto Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) and its upcoming spring speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos.

Syria- Five Years Into the War, The US Needs to Stay Out

I have to give Bashar al-Assad some respect for doing something that nobody else could: He managed to unite Rand Paul, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Vladimir Putin on a serious issue. Those who watched the fourth GOP Presidential debate witnessed what is best described as a foreign-policy shotgun wedding between Rand and Trump, sparked by a mutual disdain for the interventionist views of Marco Rubio and his fellow Reagan-era neoconservatives, like Hillary Clinton.

The Environment: A Conservative Cause

With the start of the new semester come new classes, some familiar and unfamiliar faces, learning about our new professors and loads of tedious readings. But wait! Let’s not forget the same ugly anti-capitalistic and anti-private property rhetoric thrown around each and every semester at AU. You hear this rhetoric even in classes not directly concerned with politics and policy— in one of my first classes this semester, I witnessed this rhetoric. While conservatives across campus are exceptional at defending our values in the classroom, we stumble with questions regarding the environment. And of course, Liberals use our falter to rail against capitalism.

GOP Debate Grades: Rubio Under Fire, Cruz Kisses Sir Donald’s Ring, and Jeb! Earns His Exclamation Point

Without further ado, here are my rankings for both the undercard and the main stage debates: Main Debate Donald Trump: B. Coming fresh off an admittedly impressive 41% in the latest national poll from Monmouth University, Trump certainly had a lot at stake tonight. For the most part, this debate will neither be a boon to Trump’s candidacy, nor will it be the silver bullet that finally brings him and his numbers down to Earth. It is worth noting that Trump is starting to look more and more unserious against an increasingly serious primary field. Worst moment: not knowing what the nuclear triad is. Best moment: thoughtful and humble answer about committing to GOP and not running as an independent.

Wait, Climate Change is Real?

Our favorite GOP presidential candidate Donald J. Trump is quite the social media mogul. Sometimes he posts short, stoic Instagram videos where he usually ends with, "WHAT ARE THEY DOING/THINKING?" His most recent video caught my eye more than his usual shenanigans. He 'calls' out President Obama for being in France to discuss climate change while he apparently should be focused on illegal immigrants and Syrian refugees crossing our borders. Lovely. While I feel it goes without saying, Mr. Trump needs to put his priorities in order. Climate change has not been the fastest process ever, future generations will bear the burden of its effects, but guess what? Temperatures are rising everybody. Our generation has inherited the task of lowering temperatures or future generations will feel climate woes tenfold.

Misconceptions about Capitalism

From presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to Pope Francis to social activists like the Black Lives Matter group, capitalism is under fire. Capitalism is criticized more than usual in recent years, as a rising number of people, particularly among the American left, have unfavorable opinions of the system that created the unprecedented rise in economic prosperity that humans have enjoyed the last few hundred years. What misconceptions have caused people to become so disillusioned with capitalism?

The Real Winners and Losers in the Debates

A lot of mention has been made of late as to who is benefitting the most from their debate performances, and who is damaged irreparably. Amidst the entertainment of the fiasco that has been the debate cycle, in both parties, there are unseen winners and losers.

Saying “No” to Syrian Refugees: Conservatism or Xenophobia?

As of today, 31 governors in the United States oppose sheltering Syrian refugees. All but one them are Republican governors. Based on this alone, it seems as though conservatives in general are opposed to helping other human beings who are in need. The rationale behind this opposition appears logical at first glance. By preventing Syrian refugees from entering the United States, the government would protect people from terrorists posing as refugees. This would somehow ensure national security and protect the American people and their values from the onslaught of radical terrorists. What can get more conservative than that? However, in truth, this is far from conservatism. This is pure xenophobia that actually tarnishes the sacred values of conservatism.

A Real House of Cards

In the past few years, many Americans have been gripped by the hit Netflix series, House of Cards, the story of the corrupt House Majority Whip, Francis Underwood who exacts vengeance on his political adversaries standing in his way to higher power. Lately, the story of another Majority Whip moving up the political ladder permeates through news feeds across America. That would be the story of former Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). McCarthy rose from his role as Whip to Majority Leader after the unprecedented primary defeat of sitting Leader at the time, Eric Cantor (R-VA). McCarthy recently seemed destined to be Speaker of the House after Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) resignation announcement.

When Identities Collide: The Case of Minority Conservatives

I’m an Asian immigrant. I’m a minority in the United States. And I’m a conservative. But most of all, I’m proud of all of these identities. Every time my liberal friends discover my conservatism, their eyes widen and their faces explode in disbelief. Some liberals tried their best to be polite, but in their glances I could sense their surprise and confusion over my identity as a conservative. Some liberals thought I was joking because they couldn’t fathom that an Asian man or an immigrant can be conservative. Some went as far as accusing me of being on the wrong side solely because my heritage doesn’t align with conservatism, at least in their opinions. While I believe that the aforementioned individuals and others have the right to hold their own judgments on who I am and how I identify myself, I want to stress that conservatism shouldn’t be reduced to one’s gender, race, sexual orientation, status, religion, or other social factors.

The Decline of American Values is the Cause of Current Gun Violence

Another week, another mass shooting. This time a shooter, whose name isn’t even worth mentioning because he is the nadir of humanity, shot and killed nine individuals, apparently targeting Christians, and wounded many others at Umpqua Community College, before turning the gun on himself and ending his pathetic life. Before the bodies went cold, our glorious leader Barack Obama called for increased gun control policy saying: “Our thoughts and prayers are not enough.” The left is quick to blame all the current mass shootings on the proliferation of guns in our society and calls for restricting gun access.

The Destruction of Discourse on Campus

This article relates to recent events involving free speech on campus. Last week, a heinous attack against conservatism, perpetrated by a group using the handle “@AUJusticeLeague,” ignited on Twitter. Responding to students posting pro-life flyers promoting the message #DefundPlannedParenthood, the “Justice League” tore down the flyers, vandalized them, and posted a picture displaying a middle finger towards conservative leaders on campus.

Why I’m Conservative

“You feel the need to justify yourself.” Each time I take the Myers-Briggs personality test; this question bugs me. Before coming to American University (AU), as a conservative living in a red central-Pennsylvania county, I seldom justified my political views. But now, at the largely liberal AU, self-justification is routine for conservatives like me. One particular moment of self-justification came when I identified as a Republican during welcome week. One of my floor-mates’ ensuing response to my Republicanism was: “So you support rapists.” I’m still frantically searching for a connection between the two.

Battle of the Blogs: Marijuana

Today, American politics is a disdainful struggle between increasingly polarized partisanship. Since many of us American University students are aspiring public servants, we’ll wield future influence over the solutions to our great nation’s problems. We must look not only to represent our best interests, but to reach across the aisle, build consensus, and ensure that substantive progress results from our political endeavors. To exemplify consensus building, the respective blogs representing AU College Democrats and AU College Republicans are collaborating to tackle controversial issues. This piece represents the Republican opinion on the pressing issue of legalized marijuana; its sister-piece represents the Democrat opinion. Although both pieces display contrasting opinions, the articles collectively forge an impactful and reasonable agreement. The AU College Republicans urge our viewers to also read the supplementary Democrat article, which is linked below this paragraph. Please enjoy.

Battle of the Blogs: A Bipartisan Approach to Higher Education Policy

For years, the Republican Party has defended the individual responsibility of parents and state governments to promote educational opportunity for all Americans. According to the Republican Party Platform, which was last altered in 2012, “education is much more than schooling. It is the whole range of activities by which families and communities transmit to a younger generation, not just knowledge and skills, but ethical and behavioral norms and traditions.” In February, President Obama introduced a plan that would give free community college to any student who completes high school and maintains a 2.5 grade point average. However, this plan is simply unaffordable and will not be successful in the short or long term. Furthermore, a bipartisan policy initiative is needed to promote higher educational opportunities.

Battle of the Blogs: Climate Change

Today, American politics is a disdainful struggle between increasingly polarized partisanship. Since many of us American University students are aspiring public servants, we’ll wield future influence over the solutions to our great nation’s problems. We must look not only to represent our best interests, but to reach across the aisle, build consensus, and ensure that substantive progress results from our political endeavors.

Battle of the Blogs

This upcoming week, the AU College Democrats and AU College Republicans will host "Battle of the Blogs."

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, both the AU Dems' blog and the Conservative Conscience will produce articles regarding three hotly debated topics. Each blog will define its respective party's stance, and ultimately end with a concurring suggestion for bipartisan reform. Please tune in!

A Conservative Replacement: Fixing the Affordable Care Act

One of the most hotly debated issues in the American political landscape today centers around the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially referred to as both the ACA and Obamacare. The ACA, passed by the 111th Congress and signed into law by President Obama in late-March 2010, is the most gargantuan overhauls of the American health-care system since President Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law in 1965. The arguments for and against Obamacare are very much divided along party and ideological lines, with liberals generally supporting the ACA and conservatives feverishly opposing it.

Donkeys in Elephants’ Clothing

Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid’s (D-NV), impending retirement brings much excitement for Republicans in Congress. One of the biggest obstacles to the Republican agenda will soon be removed. While this may, for the short term, be a victory for the GOP, the celebration should be tempered, as there are two larger, more obstructive figureheads that stand in the way of the Republican policy agenda, and they come from within.

An Ode to Influential Conservative Women

The Republican Party stereotype is that it is comprised of old white men. Conservative women often go unnoticed for their achievements simply due to their political affiliation. However, Republican women historically have been trailblazers in American politics and courts. Here are a few of the most influential Republican bellwethers for female roles in United States politics.

A Modest Proposal: Addressing Marriage Equality

Republicans recurrently headline the media with their stark opposition to same-sex marriage. Claims refuting same-sex marriage typically involve references to the Christian faith, religious freedom, and the pollution of traditional family values. Republicans believe that the “definition of marriage,” one man and one woman, must describe all American families. While Republicans harangue the American people regarding the sinfulness of same-sex marriage, Democrats, and liberals alike, label the GOP as bigoted and unaccepting to "the extension" of the civil rights movement. The same-sex marriage debate is a heated social conflict drawing more personal libel than solutions. In fact, the marriage debate is so incendiary that its most solvent decisions derive from the judiciary. But realistically, what is the government’s role in marriage?

Quote of the Week

This week, we present you all with a quote from Grover Norquist, the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, "I don't want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drain it in the bathtub."

LGBT Not Welcome: Legalized Intolerance or 1st Amendment Right?

Indiana found itself in a national firestorm after Governor Mike Pence (R) signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law. RFRA is perceived as granting religious business owners the right to refuse service for members of the LGBT community, but other laws similar to RFRA have not had that result. LGBT advocates believe the law legalizes discrimination similar to that which African Americans faced in the segregation era. LGBT advocates use phrases like, “We decided everyone could sit at the counter 50 years ago,” and, “No hate in our state!” Interestingly, many economic conservatives opposed the law because they believe it will deter businesses from locating in Indiana. So far, the RFRA hasn’t boded well for Indiana.

Malfeasant Messaging: Clinton’s Secret Emails

At first, it seemed like another overblown scandal. Hillary Clinton was once again the target of conservative bloggers and broadcasters nationwide for using her private email account to conduct State Department business. State Department employees are instructed to use a government email account under the law and thus Clinton’s critics were quick to slam her on the issue. Even though I learned about the law, I assumed that Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal would warrant quotations and would be nothing more than another political stunt to hurt her image going into 2016. However, once I read about Clinton’s private email account, it became clear that this is no hoax.

The Top Five Reasons Israel is NOT an Apartheid State

In light of recent events, Israel Apartheid Week at American University and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s congressional address, it is beneficial to put forward a few facts about Israel and what apartheid really means. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, apartheid is defined as “racial segregation; specifically: a former policy of segregation and political and economic discrimination against non-European groups in the Republic of South Africa.” The word apartheid originated from the South African segregation movement.

Education is Not a Handout

Obama’s community college subsidy proposal is asinine and destined to fail. While addressing a crowd in Tennessee last month, President Obama claimed that free tuition at community colleges would pave the way for an adept workforce. However, a report from the National Center for Education Statistics claims: “only one in five students who attend community college earn a bachelor’s degree within six years.”

A Little Humor to End the Week

[embed][/embed] Hello everyone! After another week grinding out work in college, I think we should all take a few minutes to laugh. After today, it is officially Spring Break, and we should all take this time to have fun and laugh.

Being Biden or Being Inappropriate?

Joseph Biden. Former Senator. Two-term Vice President. Everybody’s good ol’ Uncle Joe. Let’s be honest, we all secretly love JB. Some love him for politics, and some love him for his antics. But lately America’s sweetheart has picked up a new habit; he’s becoming a serial whisperer. While generally creepy in concept, his victims subjects victims of his whisper-attacks show an uncanny correlation.

Our CPAC Predictions

Conservative Conscience columnists Tom Hebert and Andrew Magloughlin ventured to CPAC with the American University Young Americans for Liberty chapter. Before Tom and Andrew recount their CPAC experiences, some general notes must be shared. Among potential Republican presidential candidates, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz drew the largest audiences in descending size, respectively.

Mr. President, ISIS is Radical Islam

After the United States crushed former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s military, former Iraqi soldiers committed to ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. This group of Jihadists merged with al Qaeda militant groups in Syria in April 2013. Since then, ISIS receives global attention for beheading Christians and seizing territory in the Fertile Crescent. Before ISIS gains more control in the Middle East, the Obama administration must implement a military strategy.

Former First Lady Laura Bush is the 2014 Wonk of the Year

On Monday afternoon, AUSG released the name of the 2015 winner of Wonk of the Year. Much to the joy of some and chagrin of others, the wonderful former First Lady Laura Bush was selected. AU being a very liberal campus, it is no surprise that there was some backlash about the choice. But even as a conservative, I think there are so many more reasons as to why Laura Bush was a fantastic choice for the Wonk of the Year.

Greece vs. Latvia: Left Wing Economics vs. Real Austerity

Since 2010, a sweeping debt crisis has hammered the Eurozone. The poster child of this crisis is Greece. In October 2014, Greek unemployment stood at 25.8 percent; high unemployment remains a theme in the Greek economy since the 2008 recession. Liberals decry the Greek economy situation as an example of conservative economic principle failures. However, the Greek economy is not an example of real conservative austerity, but rather, the result of liberal economic principles. Unfortunately, Greek austerity arrived too late. Unlike Greece, a country that adopted true austerity is Latvia, and its economic recovery is a testament to conservative fiscal policy.

Exiling the Homeless, One Spike at a Time

For many, metropolitan centers symbolize the American dream. Towering sky scrapers and animated streets display the gorgeous outputs of capitalism. Interestingly enough, American metropolitan centers weren’t always hotbeds of wealth and success. A series of metropolitan policy changes and technological advances precipitates today’s scenic downtown image. Policy reformation involved exiling homeless populations to ensure downtown locations as a playground for wealthy and middle class Americans.

Checks and Balances: The DHS Funding Debacle

After an absolutely brutal shellacking in the 2014 midterm elections, President Obama was despondent. Republicans picked up nine seats in the Senate, thirteen seats in the House, and netted three new gubernatorial seats (Republican Bruce Rauner’s win in Illinois for the governorship was a particularly stinging defeat for Obama). By all objective standards, the 2014 Midterm Elections were a historic drubbing for the Democratic Party.

America and the Future of Afghanistan

While President Obama’s tenure has involved countless geopolitical failures, the decision to remove troops from Afghanistan by 2016 tops the list. From 2009-2012, the number of boots on the ground in Afghanistan remained above 50,000 (CRS).  Fast-forward to January 2015 and the U.S. troop level is below 10,000. With the continual threat of terrorism in the Middle East and the rise of groups like ISIS, now is not the time to withdraw or reduce the military budget. President Obama’s decision to remove troops is unjustified; furthermore this shows that the U.S. has quit on the mission it embarked upon in 2001.

Conservative Students: Bullied into the Shadows

As I sat in my Monday morning policy course, I listened to my professor say, “Conservative students have complained about being uncomfortable on a campus as liberal as AU, well then WHY ARE YOU HERE?” Dear Professor, believe me I have already asked myself that question.


Welcome to the official website of conservative journalism at American University! Our writers feature a diverse panel of AU College Republicans and Network of Enlightened Women members. On a predominantly liberal campus, conservative views are often suppressed and we will change that by providing diversity of thought. We express our conservative values openly and fearlessly. The content presented on this website is solely that of the author and contributors. Multiple articles will be posted here each week.