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Chelsea Kendrick14 hours ago
Dear Donald, Why So Sovereign?
Dear Donald, I'm writing you to discuss the speech you gave in front the United Nations General Assembly. I'm not too pleased with what I heard from you, and many others aren't either. In order to com...
Martha Qa day ago
Proud to Be Latina?
My name is Martha, I am full Mexicana, and I have never been proud of my ethnicity. Allow me to start from the very beginning. Martha is my given birthname, a classic Mexican name usually pronounced “...
Robert Wellsa day ago
Legacy of the Confederacy Part IV
Just southwest of the White House, a massive statue of Abraham Lincoln upon a throne sits in a building designed to resemble an ancient Greek temple. Like a god, Lincoln looms over those who stand bef...
Trump Rant Backfires Among Athletes
So. As President Trump tries, yet again, to ram through legislation that will effectively kill Obamacare and leave thousands without appropriate and affordable health care, he's now turning his attent...
Matthew Berto2 days ago
Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism
The Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) are socialist utopias where the citizenry enjoy unparalleled standards of living in states that have successfully combined free mark...
Mark Grigoriev2 days ago
Did We Defeat The Wrong Enemy?
With the rise of social media we have been slammed with many extraordinary and highly unpopular claims or theories all over the internet, forcing us to question mainstream narratives that we assumed w...
Chelsea Kendrick14 hours ago
Dear Donald, Why So Sovereign?
Dear Donald, I'm writing you to discuss the speech you gave in front the United Nations General Assembly. I'm not too pleased with what I heard from you, and many others aren't either. In order to com...
PJ Reilly9 days ago
Corrupt the Youth
This essay does not intend to add to the thousands of think-pieces on Donald Trump's profound unfitness of the Office of the Presidency on the basis of his politics, for it is clear that the subjectiv...
Jared Rimer16 days ago
Is Trump At It Again?
In my previous article here on Vocal dealing with Trump, I talked about why he didn’t seem to fit the job in my opinion. As time has gone on, it seems like I’m becoming right. Recently, during a compu...
Padma Thornlyrea month ago
Indian Guides
A truly moral nation, wishing to leave as its legacy the foundational principles and guiding ideals of freedom, fairness, justice, responsibility, and love and regard for future generations, must full...
For Those Who "Don't See Color"
Welcome to your alternate universe, where up is down and down is hate. It would be ignorant of me to not touch on this particular subject, especially considering what's happening in the United States....
Clark Ramosa month ago
I Was at the #PhoenixProtests.
We wore anti-Nazi "45" shirts. We were turned away from the doors of the convention center for our shirts. The guy said, "we have the right to refuse anybody from entering the rally," but we also hear...
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.
Martha Qa day ago
Proud to Be Latina?
My name is Martha, I am full Mexicana, and I have never been proud of my ethnicity. Allow me to start from the very beginning. Martha is my given birthname, a classic Mexican name usually pronounced “...
Trump Rant Backfires Among Athletes
So. As President Trump tries, yet again, to ram through legislation that will effectively kill Obamacare and leave thousands without appropriate and affordable health care, he's now turning his attent...
Sorcha DeHeer12 days ago
Conservatives vs Social Policy
Despite continuing criticism and skepticism from many members of the community, the Lethbridge safe injection site is expected to open in 2018. The decision was finalized after almost a year of discus...
Chelsea Kendrick14 hours ago
Dear Donald, Why So Sovereign?
Dear Donald, I'm writing you to discuss the speech you gave in front the United Nations General Assembly. I'm not too pleased with what I heard from you, and many others aren't either. In order to com...
Glenn Bushinski6 days ago
Dear Donald, You Remind Me Of My Cult Leader
Dear Donald, You remind me of the cult leaders I used to work for and I must credit you with at least one thing--you are an expert at exploiting the fear of being wrong. It's brilliantly evil. You are...
Tessa Woyner10 days ago
Dear Donald Trump
Dear Donald Trump, When I grew up, the people around me taught me lifelong values that I still hold dear to this day. My parents mostly, with large contributions from extended family and friends I've ...
PJ Reilly9 days ago
Corrupt the Youth
This essay does not intend to add to the thousands of think-pieces on Donald Trump's profound unfitness of the Office of the Presidency on the basis of his politics, for it is clear that the subjectiv...
Darryl Richie15 days ago
Rise
Colin Kaepernick is an American football player and former Quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers. During a preseason game in 2016, he sat down during the playing of our country’s national anthem, “Th...
Katy Preen21 days ago
On Punching Nazis
Do you know when there's a fashionable idea going around, but there's something that feels a bit “off” with it? I spend a lot of time in skeptical and atheist circles, and there is always some real-wo...
Johnny Vedmore7 days ago
The Potomac Institute, the CIA, and 9/11
The Potomac Institute has grown steadily since September 11, 2001. In May of the same year, before the attacks that defined American foreign policy for a generation, the Potomac Institute for Policy S...
Are You Liberal, or Your Kind of Liberal?
‘I’m a believer of free speech.’ ‘I don’t judge.’ ‘People should be allowed to express their opinions freely...’ This is the current soundtrack to today’s society. It’s quite a beautiful tune if truth...
Guillermo Calvo21 days ago
On the North Korean Crises and the New Silk Roads
A recent informal discussion among several academics and civic leaders outside of the United States trying to understand and analyze emerging trends in light of emerging crises touched on a very distu...
Jenny Vidler19 days ago
Immigrant
There's something about the word immigrant that always has a negative connotation. Growing up in California, USA my first image when I hear the word immigrant is someone who is Mexican coming to Calif...
Dear Kim Jong Un
Dear Kim, Why? Why are you doing this? What good could it possibly do? Why are you putting yourself and everyone you love at such great risk? Why are you putting the world at an even greater risk? Why...
Michael LaMasa25 days ago
Confessions of Someone Who Isn't Black
I wrote this essay back in July of 2016 when week after week, we would see more and more brutality from the police against unarmed black men and women. In light of the events in Charleston, I felt it ...
Nikkie Evans7 days ago
Failed Democratic Governments That Collapsed into Dictatorships
Many people see the election of Donald Trump in America as the dissolution of the American Republic; that this is a sign that America is another one of the many failed democratic governments that coll...
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Dr. Williamsa month ago
The Greatest Challenge
Are we being led like sheep to the slaughter by leaders after quenching their thirst off of the tears of the masses? Is mankind going to dissolve into obscurity where all that is left is woe and miser...
Trump's Nazi Problem
Another day, another Trump Nazi think piece. One would think that I enjoy writing these, but I don't. Truly I would rather go back to living in my bubble and pretend that this reality star was still t...
Robert Wellsa day ago
Legacy of the Confederacy Part IV
Just southwest of the White House, a massive statue of Abraham Lincoln upon a throne sits in a building designed to resemble an ancient Greek temple. Like a god, Lincoln looms over those who stand bef...
Mark Grigoriev2 days ago
Did We Defeat The Wrong Enemy?
With the rise of social media we have been slammed with many extraordinary and highly unpopular claims or theories all over the internet, forcing us to question mainstream narratives that we assumed w...
70 Years Since Partition…
My grandfather was only a boy when the partition occurred in August of 1947. He and the rest of my relatives had thankfully stayed fairly safe amongst the horror of what took place during this period....
Daniel Fuchsa month ago
Dear President Trump
President Trump, First, thank you for running and taking on the enormous undertaking of MAGA. Recently, as talk grew about the large Powerball jackpot, I began to think what could be done with that ki...
Dre Josepha month ago
We the People...
I don't give a shit how long its been or how far Black people (and others) have come since 1789. NO. FUCKING. BODY... should be allowed to hide behind freedom of speech to spew and express racial, rel...
Victor Trammell2 months ago
Draining the Swamp
In American society, there are some careers, which may be very lucrative that people just aren't able to do forever. Professional athletes, commercial airline pilots, supermodels, even artists in cert...
Christina St-Jean2 months ago
Paris Reels as Another Attack Hits France
Levallois-Perret, France, is the most densely-populated town in Europe (per Wikipedia) and while the town usually enjoys picturesque views and moderate temperatures, this morning (August 9), it became...
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Dr. Williams2 months ago
The Conflicts Waged In the Name of War
History is an invaluable tool. For it tells us of the mistakes made in the past so as to not repeat those same mistakes. Yet, our leaders have continually failed to head the lessons that history is su...
Dominic Martin2 months ago
Is North Korea Truly a Threat to International Security?
After World War II, Korea was divided into two states. The Soviet backed North and the US backed south. In 1950, the Korean war broke out because The North and Kim Il Sung wanted to reunite Korea but ...
Kevin McClintocka month 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 Conroy3 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...
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Erik Skaarsgard 3 months ago
10 People Who Should Replace Sean Spicer and Why
After just a few months, the Trump administration has been a clown car of scandal. The mouthpiece for this, alongside the golden-skinned leader himself, is former Easter Bunny, Sean Spicer. Among the ...
Victor Trammell5 days ago
Disgraced Former Congressman Anthony Weiner to Face the Music Over Sexting Scandal Involving an Underage Girl
The downward spiral that former Democratic US Congressman Anthony D. Weiner has been descending on over the years finally reached a threshold, which will inevitably lead him to a prison cell. This pas...
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Olivia Rose14 days ago
Political Perspectives
I wrote my feelings about the friendship between Barack Obama and George Bush in 2014 after being fed up with conservatives lambasting President Obama and praising former President Bush. I had a hard ...
Jemma Gallagher18 days ago
Jacob Rees-Mogg & Forced Pregnancy
The United Kingdom had a general election in June 2017 in which Prime Minister Theresa May, leader of the Conservative Party, called an order for her party to get a larger majority and have more of a ...
Laura Echeverria19 days ago
"Dream Act" Myth Buster
It's likely that you've heard about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the president's recent decision regarding the program. Roughly 56% of Americans support Dreamers and undocumen...
Myles D. Goethea month ago
Solidarity Against White Supremacy 8/27/17
I took a new friend to today’s demonstration at the Federal Plaza on Adams and Dearborn that consisted of an estimated 3 thousand plus citizens toward Trump Tower in Downtown Chicago. This protest was...
THE AFRICANAa month ago
The Life and Times of the Liberal Nigerian
If you have been reading my articles, by now you will pick up that I am a very progressive person (Liberal AF!) and I am African (it's literally in my bio). I strongly advocate for social change and i...
Is It a Threat? Is It a Joke? Scaramucci Says He'll Bring a "Professionally Monogrammed Front Stabbing Knife" for Stephen Colbert
Anthony Scaramucci, aka "The Mooch", aka the White House Communications Director with the shortest lived tenure, seems like he might be going off the rails. In an August 10 tweet, Scaramucci posted, "...
There Is a War in the World of Communist Memes
The socialist presence on Facebook is now well established, especially in the world of memes. Even Vice wrote about it. Sassy Socialist Memes, with its 900,000 likes, is maybe the most well-known of t...
Matthew Kresal2 months ago
The Lobbyist As Anti-Hero
There's a line in an early episode of Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing where White House chief of staff Leo McGarry (played by the late John Spencer) tells the staff that "There are two things in the worl...
Jocelin Leige24 days ago
Daily Mail Made a Big Fail
Sometime yesterday Daily Fail, I mean Mail, made an article about the lovely Munroe Bergdorf and how she said, just as I did, that all white people benefit from privilege. As you will see, they used h...
Dre Josepha month ago
Kaepernick: The New Ali
If the vast majority of Black people in America (notice how I said not all) do not boycott the National Football League this upcoming season... we are lost as a people like for real for real. Colin Ka...
Patrick Wilson3 months ago
Is Western Civilization in Jeopardy?
Contrarian feminist scholar Camille Paglia is an acquired taste. In a short exposé interview with The National, she is described as “an anti-feminist feminist [and] a transgender person critical of so...