Valerie Hess10 hours ago
To Shoot, or Not to Shoot...
In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Florida, it’s left people searching for answers. We need solutions to a widespread issue that’s taken numerous amounts of innocent lives, and scarred many ot...
Peter Rose11 hours ago
Political "Education" of the Young
Should teachers be allowed to politically educate our children? This essay results from reading a post on Facebook. A post was questioning why do some on the Left continue to apparently ignore the mil...
Diane Nivens12 hours ago
I Will Die for Your Kids
As I sit here on my bed, having just received news of school being cancelled due to an ice storm, I can't help but think of the recent school shooting tragedy. You see, I'm not a teacher...yet. I'm tr...
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Dan McGinnis17 hours ago
Thoughts and Prayers
Another school shooting. Seventeen amazing young people and teachers murdered in a Florida high school. A dozen more injured. Hundreds traumatized by the event. Tragic. We send our thoughts and prayer...
Jamesey Granta day ago
From A Leftie: Why Donald Trump Isn't Such a Bad Idea After-all
Oh Donald - you reptilian pussy grabbing money hungry monster. Why are you in our lives? Why do I have to watch your stupid hand gestures and hear your annoying voice on a daily basis? Here is a man w...
4:28
It all happened in a blur. In a crowded mall, surrounded by hundreds of people, a couple days before Christmas. No one expected it. 4:28 PM, gunshots are fired. Everyone in the mall panics. Everyone i...
Claire Raymond5 days ago
Why Nick Offerman Should Be the President of the USA
Let me start by saying I am not an American. I am a British woman. So I don't know a great deal about your politics, but I know a really bad President when I see one. "Snowflake!" I hear you cry, but ...
Zacc Lavigne13 days ago
What Do We Want? Livable Wages! When Do We Want ’Em? In Our Lifetime!
As more and more provinces, states, and municipalities set out to increase the minimum wage to $15/hr, there is growing concern over increases in minimum wages resulting in fewer jobs and increased pr...
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Dan McGinnis14 days ago
The Trump Phenomenon
It has been a fascinating case study for a political science major like me. I have been involved in politics at all levels all since high school. The first campaign I worked on was Ronald Reagan's pre...
Dijana Kunovac23 days ago
Donald Trump: A Refugee’s Perspective
The past few days have been unbelievably difficult for me. Watching this country, my home, the United States of America, turn into something eerily familiar and terrifying has been equal parts shockin...
Katy Preen24 days ago
Hostile Environment
Another day, another example of rich people putting spikes on things to shield them from reality. This time (I swear I am not making this up), a developer in Bristol has put spikes on the branches of ...
Jack Keanea month ago
30 Curious and Obscure Words, Phrases, & Insults (Which Are Totally Not All About One Specific Tremendously Stable Genius)
Lexicography is a wonderful thing. The study of words and language, the strange and fascinating ways in which these words came to be, and how they have linguistically evolved over time, is a subject r...
Dear Donald
Open letters to the President of the United States from the people of the world. Submit your own grievances, praises, and suggestions through Vocal today.
Political Humor
Where political gaffes become comedy fodder.
Dear Theresa
Open letters to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; do it like they do on Downing Street.
Valerie Hess10 hours ago
To Shoot, or Not to Shoot...
In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Florida, it’s left people searching for answers. We need solutions to a widespread issue that’s taken numerous amounts of innocent lives, and scarred many ot...
Diane Nivens12 hours ago
I Will Die for Your Kids
As I sit here on my bed, having just received news of school being cancelled due to an ice storm, I can't help but think of the recent school shooting tragedy. You see, I'm not a teacher...yet. I'm tr...
Gun Control and Human Freedom
I first want to express my condolences for all the victims and families of the recent shooting in Florida as well as all other innocent lives that have been taken by shootings in the past. Many people...
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Dan McGinnis14 days ago
The Trump Phenomenon
It has been a fascinating case study for a political science major like me. I have been involved in politics at all levels all since high school. The first campaign I worked on was Ronald Reagan's pre...
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Dan McGinnis15 days ago
Rebirth of the Republican Party
Every generation sees the rebirth of a political party. Republicans ushered in the age of Ronald Reagan and a new confidence and pride in being conservative. Democrats enjoyed a resurgence of populari...
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Justin Wagner15 days ago
“Time to Get Justified: My Views on Donald Trump”
What is it about Trump that his followers find so enthralling and captivating? Because I, and the rest of society who didn’t vote for him, would certainly love to know that answer from one of his supp...
Rich Monetti2 days ago
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Holds Rally in Front of Republican Headquarters
17 people needlessly shot dead at the Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. It certainly feels the same. So does the immediate, angry response that implores change. But determined high sch...
Jennifer Tran3 days ago
Hear the Echo
It happened again and we are not surprised. It is a strange time to be alive. We have access to so much information all the time; we are bombarded with it daily, if we allow ourselves to be. I find my...
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Dr. Williams3 days ago
Still The Carnage Continues
History is ripe with incidents that reoccur most times through different scenarios but tragically so much of the outcomes remain the same. We are living in an age where we have yet to learn from our m...
Jordan Shannon3 days ago
The Real Problem Behind Gun Control Debates
Introduction A massive amount of gun control debates have risen in the wake of the recent Florida school shooting that claimed 17 victims. With each mass shooting that has come to pass, there has alwa...
Jamie Greenwood8 days ago
A New Communist Country
Seagulls squawking for freedom.
Cole Henry10 days ago
Why Beto O'Rourke Can Beat Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate Race
The 2018 senate race in Texas is starting to get into full swing. Most political experts have declared that the Republican candidate, Ted Cruz, seems like the probable winner. He's an incumbent and a ...
4:28
It all happened in a blur. In a crowded mall, surrounded by hundreds of people, a couple days before Christmas. No one expected it. 4:28 PM, gunshots are fired. Everyone in the mall panics. Everyone i...
Deia DeMarco2 days ago
Dear America...
I have always been so incredibly proud to be an American, where at least, I knew I was free. But something has happened to my beloved country.
Gentrification: My Take
Gentrification has affected almost all people of all ethnic backgrounds in the United States. The most popular to date has been in the hispanic communities located in Los Angeles, California. Gentrifi...
Peter Rose3 days ago
International Interference in American Elections
International interference in domestic elections. In the media, there are claims that the United States of America is accusing Russia of “tampering” with their (U.S.) election. To a Brit in England, t...
DW
Dr. Williams8 days ago
That Sinking Feeling
As the winter Olympics take center stage without too much fanfare, the Trump Administration is poised to unleash a budget filled with draconian cuts in just about every safety net there is. These safe...
FISA Memo Reveals Corrupt Officials
After a long year of accusations and fraudulence and what is already old news to some, truth has surfaced and reached the Entirety of the House Of Representatives in Washington D.C on Thursday. A truth In the form of a four-page long FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) Memo, in which provides hard evidence into the abuse of power, intelligence weaponization and sinister political corruption of the FBI and DoJ (Department of Justice). In deceit with the Clinton Campaign, Fusion-GPS and O...
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Dr. Williams6 days ago
Scapegoat
Throughout history leaders have always tried to put blame on others for their rationale. Whether their ventures were successful or not, the decisions they made affected so many others in ways that see...
Joseph Pecher8 days ago
5 Close Calls to Nuclear War
With the possibility of North Korea constructing and using a nuclear missile against South Korea, Japan, or the United States, perhaps we should look back into history during the days of the Cold War ...
Chloe Holmes14 days ago
The Role of International Institutions in Determining the Outcome of the Events of the Kosovo War, Leading up to, and Including, the Kosovo Declaration of Independence from Serbia
Kosovo became the seventh state to declare independence from Serbia (which was a part of former Yugoslavia) on February 17th, 2008, after a war riddled with human rights violations and controversy reg...
Why I Want to Run for Office
I want to make a difference in the world. First I’m going to get onto the Work2Future board in San Jose, which meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month. I can get to this meeting, first thing. Second,...
Karan Bhullar2 months ago
One Problem With the Constitution
Article 2 of the Constitution sets up the executive branch. In section 1 it specifically says “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the same time of the adopt...
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Michael McKeever4 months ago
The Challenge of Revising the Iran Nuclear Deal
On Thursday, October 12th, Zachary Cohen of CNN reported on fear of potential consequences of decertification of the Iran nuclear deal. He cited Jake Sullivan, a top foreign policy advisor to Hillary ...
Joe Wilson15 days ago
How Likely Is War with North Korea?
As you've seen on the news, the North Korean administration is getting itself lots of attention in the Western world. Threat of war looms over us, and Trump acts as a catalyst, returning verbal fire a...
Mark Grigoriev2 months ago
Russia Defeats ISIS in Syria
A Russian coalition consisting of Syrian forces and their allies took over the last ISIS stronghold in Syria, the city of Abu-Kemal. The flags of Syria and Russia as a sign of their defeat of the last...
Isabella Banner4 months ago
Nuclear Disarmament: Not Just For Hippies Anymore
What comes to mind when someone looks at a peace symbol? I grew up believing that the peace sign was evil, that it was the Wiccan symbol of a broken cross. I was seventeen-years-old before I discovere...
Angie Still4 months ago
40 Truths About 2017 America
1. Trump will never make America great again for anyone making less than $1 billion annually. And, let's face it, for billionaires — this place has always been great. 2. All human beings deserve good,...
Kevin McClintock6 months ago
Political Characters
Winston Churchill Churchill is famous for many things, not least his 'character'. Witty, passionate, lachrymose and 'honourable', he is not likely to be forgotten. His politics were not without contro...
Cato Conroy7 months ago
Best Books Written By US Presidents
Being the US president means that you need to have a lot of skills. You need to be a good negotiator, able to think critically, and also have to be able to use your words carefully. Or, that's what it...
Alex butters7 days ago
Looking at the Next Conservative Leader
When Theresa May announced on the 30th of June 2016 that she would be running to replace David Cameron, few expected her to succeed. The position had long been touted as a straight race between the th...
Kafui Okpattah8 days ago
The Brexit Long Read Pt. 1: Where It All Went Wrong for Charmeron
House of Cards aside, this lobbyist is also an avid listener of podcasts — 'Political Thinking with Nick Robinson' being a particular favourite of mine... imagine my excitement when I turned on my pho...
Biden 2020?
Everyone is already abuzz with who is going to seek the 2020 Presidential nomination for the Democratic Party. It seems as though every time a Democrat goes on national television they are asked if th...
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Dan McGinnis17 hours ago
Thoughts and Prayers
Another school shooting. Seventeen amazing young people and teachers murdered in a Florida high school. A dozen more injured. Hundreds traumatized by the event. Tragic. We send our thoughts and prayer...
Should Self Identification Replace Gender Recognition Certificates?
I'm in quite a unique position to write this piece; as both a transgender woman and a budding journalist, I'm seeing two sides to a heated debate—and I'm seeing the reasonable points of both sides. Lo...
Health Promotion
The Ottawa Charter was the First International Conference on Health Promotion (1986). The Charter’s main aim was to continue identifying action to help achieve targets from the World Health Organisati...
Josh Odd4 days ago
Art Analysis from an Art Student
When I reminisce about the years of 2008-2016, I realized that a lot of events happened. Movie stars, writers, artists came and went. I narrowed it down to events in my own life that happened. I gradu...
Joel Eisenberg8 days ago
George Lucas Did Not Rape My Childhood, but His Sith Informed My Politics
Oprah Winfrey killed it on this year’s Golden Globe Awards. The ovation was staggering. Men and women both were crying. She addressed the #MeToo and #ItsTime movements, and minutes later was touted as...
Real Talk12 days ago
Eating Tide Pods
With the wonderful Tide Pod challenge amidst our school system and teens, where is the finger pointed? In the video above, lawmakers are calling for the design to be changed. But why? They claim these pods are appetizing to kids and this is the problem. Is it this really the issue, or is it a political ruse to appease the public? Let's take a look at these pods. Cot'n Wash, Inc. came out with the first liquid laundry pod in 2005. These were called Dropps. So these Dropps became popular as time w...
Claire Raymond5 days ago
Why Nick Offerman Should Be the President of the USA
Let me start by saying I am not an American. I am a British woman. So I don't know a great deal about your politics, but I know a really bad President when I see one. "Snowflake!" I hear you cry, but ...
Leanna Davis18 days ago
Most Ridiculous Things Ivanka Trump Has Said Ever
The most ridiculous things Ivanka Trump has said ever come from her own books as well as her social media accounts and interviews. These are things you just can't make up. Of all the quotes she has sa...
Delilah Jaydea month ago
Why Oprah Might Not Be The Best Choice For Presidency
Since her inspirational Golden Globe speech went viral, talks of "Oprah 2020" has risen from whispers, to chatter, to potentially possible. We considered what she would wear to her inauguration. We po...