“What’s going on?” It’s a question still relatable in 2017.
Since Donald Trump won the U.S. national election in November, plenty of notable musicians that’ve come out and denounced the newly-elected president.
With political protests becoming the norm, here are five dead singers who’d piss off Trump (and make kick-ass music) if they were still alive…
1. Marvin Gaye
Released in 1971, his album “What’s Going On” is critically-acclaimed as one of the best all-time. Written during the Vietnam War, Gaye openly protested the draft, the Far East-conflict and further social issues.
2. Woody Guthrie
The guitar says it all. In protest to “God Bless America,” Guthrie wrote “This Land is Your Land.” According to the guitar, Mr. Trump, his political agenda and his followers might not do so well in with Guthrie and a few four-chord tunes.
3. John Lennon
“Imagine there’s no countries/It isn’t hard to do…”
4. Bob Marley
The world’s first Third World superstar, the late Bob Marley was not only the king of reggae, but a political revolutionary who helped united a politically-torn Jamaica in 1976 on the brink of a quasi civil war. As he sang in 1974, “Never make a politician, grant you a favor.”
5. Joe Strummer
Originally the lead singer of The Clash, an English punk band, Strummer was instrumental in writing songs about the working class, political upheaval and equality. Perhaps his quote “Don’t write slogans, write truths” feels timely today.
Winter is coming for President Donald Trump. As he signs executive orders and makes presidential memoranda, snowflakes gather closer and closer together, becoming colder and bigger by the second. Below is a compiled list of all the snowflakes refusing to melt.
Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Hours after President Trump took office, this snowflake broke out in shingles. Why? The new president began the process of reforming and, eventually, repealing “Obamacare.” The order, small as it may seem, allows the new secretary of health and human services and other federal agencies to “interpret regulations as loosely as possible to minimize the financial ‘burden’ on individuals, insurers, health care providers and others.” The president is urging his policy makers, and stressing out this snowflake, to work relentlessly to draft a piece of legislation to oppose “Obamacare” so that he can repeal the ACA as soon as possible.
2. Global Gag Rule
The pattern of undoing and redoing the “Mexico City” abortion policy began with President Ronald Reagan and continued with the 45th president. The policy bans federal funds from being used to support organizations that provide counseling to women on family planning when abortion is a medical option or even just mentioned in consults. After reading this on Twitter, the snowflake below rose up in an uproar, whipped off its purple blanket, and began calling all its elected officials. Wishing it could do more, the snowflake donated to the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
3. Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines.
When Trump informed the public that he plans to personally renegotiate the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL pipelines, this snowflake, an environmental activist, was livid. It had just spent months with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and had fought against the Keystone XL pipeline in 2015 . . . now the president wants to test this snowflake and its people again? Over its puddle body.
4. The Wall
This bristling snowflake below commented an angry face on its friend’s Facebook post about President Trump’s plan to actually construct a 1,900-mile long wall along the border with Mexico. It immediately went and retweeted former President of Mexico Vicente Fox’s tweets against the border wall; all the while questioning why the Trump administration is working relentlessly to find money for a wall but cannot find a proper education secretary.
5. The Muslim Ban
President Donald Trump carelessly ordered an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, a 120-day ban on all other refugees and a 90-day ban on visitors from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. Snowflakes from all over quickly swarmed together and blew into airports. A few snowflakes representing the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) even sued, resulting in a New York federal court issuing an “emergency stay on President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries.” This, however, was not enough for some law enforcement as people were still being detained. Hundreds of snowflakes flew to the rescue, defending those being detained pro bono and protesting within the airports for hours on end.
Sally Yates, a proud snowflake and U.S. attorney general, refused to defend the executive order and joined the blizzard rushing toward the White House instead; eminently resulting in the termination of her position.
If the three million snowflakes who wore pussy hats and marched across the world and the yet-to-be determined number of protesters and attorneys filling airports at this very moment are any idea of what’s to come … well, President Trump better find a way to stay warm.
You’ve probably heard by now that there’s a new president in town, and he’s not afraid to use the power of the pen. As of Jan. 31, President Donald Trump has signed 17 executive orders, some more controversial than others. While many Americans and international figures have taken to social media to denounce and debate the consequences of the acts, some have opted to just pretend none of this is happening. Fear not; you’re not alone. These seven cuddly cats, cute as they are, have no clue what’s going on either.
The Kitty Congress
As official as they look in their frilled collars, these senapurrs were powerless when Trump ordered federal agencies to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement” of the Affordable Care Act that imposes a “fiscal burden” on states, individuals and health care providers. Rest assured, the Kitty Congress is working diligently to purrsuade our human Congress to approve replacement legislation that will keep both Medicare and MediCat intact.
“If there’s a new regulation, they have to knock out two. But it goes far beyond that, we’re cutting regulations massively for small business and for large business,” Trump said.
As a cat, Creamsicle isn’t very fond of rules himself, but he is very confused. It seems to Creamsicle as though this order will make an arbitrary distinction between necessary regulations and frivolous ones.
Smokey Mittens has worked for the National Parks Department for 20 years, so he was one of the first to learn of Trump’s order that both froze the hiring of federal employees and halted all pay raises. Smokey understood because the national debt is substantial. Then he learned the hiring/pay freeze didn’t apply to the U.S. Armed Forces. He didn’t like that one bit.
This is Jasper. As one of the biggest environmental advocates in the cat community, Jasper was thrilled to hear construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline was halted. When the president reinstated construction of DAPL and the Keystone XL pipelines with a Jan. 24 executive order, this was Jasper’s face.
https://flic.kr/p/Lmx2E1This precious feline asked to remain anonymous, and wants to make it very clear that just because he is the same color as Trump, he in no way endorses the funding of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The projected costs, which range from $12-$15 billion, are enough to make him close his eyes in shame (but also open one again because he really can’t look away from this train wreck).
Like many Americans, Midnight is an active voter and concerned citizen. He reads the news every morning, even if he doesn’t always like what he learns. (He is a very good boy.) Today, Midnight learned the president is restructuring his National Security Council to promote his chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Midnight is aghast, knowing that Bannon is a former chief executive of Breitbart News and a very controversial figure. (And he hasn’t even gotten on Twitter yet to see the #StopPresidentBannon posts.)
Donald Trump has polarized the political world, pitting liberals against conservatives with a newfound intensity that has consumed newsfeeds and disrupted Thanksgivings around the country. In liberal Athens, Ohio, conservatives are about as commonly accepted as Miami fans or teetotalers, but can you really judge a Trump supporter by his cover? I spoke to Cole Neuhart, a member of the OU College Republicans, and Dan Kington, a member of the International Socialist Organization (ISO), to find out more.
(Music courtesy of Martijn de Boer (NiGiD), ccMixter)
Editors Note: This article incorporates audio and video to further tell the story of Southeast Ohio Democrats, click on the audio and video links from interviews I conducted throughout the story for full effect.
“Disbelief.” “Sadness.” “Distraught.”
These were just a few of the terms Nicholas Felt, a junior at Ohio University studying political science, used when describing his emotions after a wave of red candidates overtook the nation’s electorate on Nov. 8.
“I had been around a few people in the LGBT community that I’m close with and a lot of international students as well,” said Felt, also member of the Ohio University College Democrats. “They were all kind of distraught, for lack of a better term, about what had happened the night before.”
President-elect Donald Trump and a number of other successful Republican candidates were what had happened the night before.
Besides capturing the presidency, the GOP won 245 of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and held onto a majority in the U.S. Senate. More than two thirds of the nation’s governors are now Republican, and 68 of the country’s 98 state legislatures are Republican-run.
This left many Democrats like Felt puzzled. What had happened? How had no one, not the pollsters or political pundits, expected such a devastating blow to the Democratic Party?
Republicans now holds a super majority in the State House and Senate in Ohio, and of those seats that were up for grabs, only two Democrats of the 16 who ran won in the House. Ohio Democrats also held onto 33 of 99 seats in the Senate.
One of the most surprising Democrat losses in the Senate took place in the 30th District of Ohio, where incumbent Lou Gentile lost his bid for reelection.
Felt, also a campaign intern for Gentile, said his competitor State Senator-elect Frank Hoagland, a small business owner and retired Navy SEAL, was not expected to win as per data. At the end of October, Gentile had raised $420,000 versus Hoagland’s mere $35,000, according to The Post.
Gentile was the only incumbent Democrat running for reelection in the Ohio Senate, and the only Ohio Senate incumbent who lost in the state.
“We were really optimistic going into the election, we felt that we ran a very good campaign,” Felt said.
Gentile, a native of Steubenville, Ohio, has served as State Senator for the 30th District since 2011, when he was appointed to the seat by Senate Democrats after Sen. Jason Wilson’s resignation. In the 2012 election, Gentile held onto his seat with 52 percent of the vote.
“It was unfortunate but you can definitely expect Lou to be back,” Felt said. “I can’t speak on behalf of him, but I don’t think his time in public service is over. You can definitely expect to hear his name again.”
Athens County is widely known as a heavily blue district in Ohio.
On Nov. 8, 2016, 55 percent of the county voted for Hillary Clinton, 64 percent for Gentile and 53 percent for Sarah Grace, the candidate for the 95th District in the Ohio House of Representatives. But, the surrounding counties in Southeast Ohio thought otherwise, electing their competitors: Trump, Hoagland and Jay Edwards.
Jay Edwards won the 94th District seat in the Ohio House with nearly 58 percent of the vote, winning the majority of Washington, Vinton and Meigs County.
“I think Sarah Grace ran a really strong race for state house representative,” John Haseley, chairman of the Athens County Democrat Party, said on the night of the election. “But I think she got caught up in forces outside of her control outside of Athens, Athens County really gave her a strong vote.”
Grace and Edwards were both new to the political scene in their bids for the 94th District. As the current representative, Democrat Debbie Phillips, reached her term limit this year, Athens Democrats campaigned hard to keep the seat blue.
Grace out raised Edwards, with nearly $76,000 to his $48,600 in the general election, according to The Post.
Grace also had a recent precedent of Democratic control behind her as well. Even so, Haseley said he thinks Grace “got caught up in the national election outside of Athens County.”
Despite the upset in the 2016 election, Democrats are looking towards the midterm election for a chance to restore their liberal values in Southeast Ohio’s representatives.
There’s no way to sugarcoat it,” said David Pepper, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party said in a press release on Nov. 9. “Tuesday was a terrible day for our country and for our state. We have a lot of work to do.”
Pepper continued by saying:
“Of course we have to dust off and rebuild to win elections in 2017, 2018 and 2020. One piece of good news is that thousands of people were passionately involved in this past election, so there remains a strong, durable infrastructure from 2016 which we can now build upon, and that we can only make stronger for future years.”
Haseley’s post-election message for Athens Democrats mirrored that of the state party chairman’s, both looking towards the future as a time to reinstate Democratic principles.
“We are looking forward to growing the Democratic Party here, and getting things done,” Haseley said. “We have a really strong Democratic Party that cares about issues that are important to this part of Ohio. We care about what people in Appalachia are going through we care about what students are going through with college debt.”
Felt anticipates a big fight coming up in the 2018 midterm elections, waiting to see the repercussions that a Trump presidency might have on the Appalachian region of the state.
“So I think a big thing, with how Ohio votes at least, in the next few years is going to be how Southeast Ohio gets jobs back and how everybody’s pocketbooks are going to be affected by Trump’s new tax plan,” Felt said.
Felt continued by saying he’s personally taken steps to mobilize voters and emphasize the importance of the future election.
But when it comes down to it he said, “we are really going to be pushing to make sure the country does not vote like it did a few weeks ago.”
The Chinese community living in Athens, Ohio reacted with pessimism after the election victory of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. They expressed concern that the Republican President-elect will take a tough approach towards immigrants after taking office.
“I am not a religious person but today I want to visit a random church and pray,” a Chinese stay-at-home mom living in Athens wrote Wednesday on WeChat, a Chinese social media platform, a day after Trump’s win. “I pray I was wrong about Donald Trump. It is the first time in my life I wish I was so wrong.”
The 36-year-old green card holder asked to keep her Chinese name anonymous. She said she hopes Trump, as a shrewd and pragmatic businessman, will abandon hatred after taking the White House.
“With such a president who is not careful about what he says, what worries me the most is an increasing hostility against immigrants and minorities, especially in schools,” the mom of a three-year-old child said.
President-elect Trump, 70, according to The New York Times is “a real estate developer-turned-reality television star with no government experience.” His positions on immigrants include building a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico to stop illegal immigrants and tightening H-1B visas issued to low-skilled foreign workers. Trump will take office on January 20, 2017.
Current students studying in America worry about their futures
For Chinese students who wish to stay and work in America after graduation, Trump’s election win poses extra challenges.
Xiaoyu Wu is a second-year doctoral student in the School of Media Arts and Studies at Ohio University in Athens. She plans to find a job in America after graduation but now feels disappointed with the election outcome.
“Trump’s victory probably won’t influence me that much because I am legal and Trump is against illegal immigrants,” Wu said. “The biggest problem is many American people may misinterpret what Trump said during his election campaign and target all immigrants.”
“It could foster an unfriendly environment against foreigners in the long run, decreasing job opportunities provided to them,” Wu said.
“Anyway, as a foreigner I am disappointed with the result,” Wu continued. “America is supposed to be the most advanced and tolerant country in the world.”
“I probably will rethink about my future. I will have a much better life in my home country,” Wu said.
Prospective students thinking about coming to America won’t step back
Regarding concerns that Trump’s election win may disrupt the study plans of international students who are thinking about coming to America, most of the prospective students in China say they will not step back. According to an online survey among 84 respondents posted by the author on bbs.gter.net, a Chinese study abroad website, 60.71% said Trump’s victory will not influence their study plans.
“I won’t change my plan,” Zhiqiang Sun, a college student at University of International Business and Economics in Beijing said. Sun plans to start his master’s program in America in fall 2017.
“It’s like when we enter a bear market, will investors stop buying stocks?” Sun said. “Trump’s victory may affect us indirectly, but I believe the influence on individuals is not that big.”
China is the biggest spring of international students in the United States. In the 2015-16 academic year, 328,547 Chinese students were studying in America, increasing 8.1% from the previous year, according to the Institute of International Education.
Chinese people react to Trump’s victory with memes
Compared to Chinese people living or planning to study in America, people back in China reacted less seriously to Trump’s victory. Some of the Chinese social media users joked that they are the “chi gua qun zhong” (watermelon eaters, a joking expression referring to a group of onlookers who witness a sensational event), paying close attention to the unusual chaotic election.
Meanwhile, hilarious memes about the President-elect started to float on Chinese social media.
As of mid February, the hike of New Year’s Resolution Ping goers has been going up alongside pre-spring break Ping goers, according to an interesting chart in The Post’s article by Julia Fair. Regular gym goers have been trying avoid the rush. The assistant director of Ping says that working out can not only help you achieve a weight loss goal but a less stressful state of mind.
OU has always seemed to have been “under construction” in many areas on campus. It actually happens to be part of a “10 year plan” to renovate the university. The major goals of this operation include actions such as finally getting rid of all the South Green dorms and making campus more walking and biking friendly. The Athens News has the full story.
Prez McD and Mayor Wiehl sent out a letter to students who live off campus regarding Athen’s expectations on laws that have probably, no, DEFINITELY been broken in the past. Traffic patterns, being too loud, outdoor fires, and of course alcohol is mentioned.
CURATED BY KAYLA BEARD
Local elementary school students learn the importance of sustainability. A new exhibit at the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery allows students to explore the benefits and practices of ecological sustainability.
Local DJ Brandon Thompson is calling for the city to close Palmer Street and High Street specifically for fest season.Thompson, who regularly performs at the fests, is pushing a petition that would close the streets during fests and has proposed a system where students fundraise to cover the cost of extra police.
Summary: The Ohio men’s basketball team was rewarded with a #2 seed and a first-round bye in this year’s MAC Tournament. Ohio also saw three Bobcats get rewarded for their stellar individual efforts earlier this week as well. Forward, Antonio Campbell was named first team All-MAC. Jaaron Simmons was a second team All-MAC selection. Jordan Dartis was named to the MAC All-Freshman roster. The Bobcats will most certainly look for strong performances from the three All-MAC honorees to make their way through a tough conference tournament this coming weekend.
Summary: Things are looking up for Ohio men’s basketball. After finishing with a win over rival Miami, the ‘Cats (20-10, 11-7 MAC) were able to secure a #2 seed and ultimately a first-round bye in the conference tournament. Additionally, they find themselves on the favorable side of the bracket, having went (8-1) during the regular season against the teams on their side of this year’s bracket. The Bobcats are schedule to see their first action of the MAC Tournament Thursday night where they will face the winner of #7 Northern Illinois vs. #10 Western Michigan.
That might be the biggest upset in women's MAC Tourney history.
Summary: Buffalo proved problematic for Ohio during the regular season. The Bulls emerged victorious over the Bobcats on both occasions. The trend continued during the MAC Tournament as well. Ohio’s first, and only game in the MAC Tournament, was a 72-60 loss to Buffalo. For the third time this season, Buffalo upset Ohio. Ohio will play in the Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) next week.
Summary: Ohio wrestling (13-3, 5-3 MAC) placed third in the MAC Tournament this past weekend behind Central Michigan and Missouri. For Missouri the win marks their fourth-consecutive MAC title. With the help of the 41 At-Large bids announced earlier in the week, Ohio will now send a program record seven wrestlers to the NCAA Tournament. Freshmen Shakur Laney, Cameron Kelly, and Austin Reese will be joining redshirt seniors Spartak Chino, Cody Walters, Andrew Romanchik, and Phil Wellington in New York City this weekend for the 2016 NCAA Wrestling Championships at Madison Square Garden.
Your guide to the 2016 presidential race
CURATED BY KAYLA WOOD
Trump’s hands and…other body parts
Presidential hopeful Donald Trump keeps talking about Donald Jr. in response to comments Marco Rubio has made about the size of Trump’s hands. The New Political has the update for youhere.
The Republican race has essentially become a contest of who is the biggest bully
After Marco Rubio began stooping to Donald Trump’s level of bullying and verbal harassment, Cynthia Lednor Garza of The Atlantic wrote afeature piece about how Trump is a real-life, playground-like bully. Bullying and parenting expert Barbara Coloroso agrees with this statement, even though Trump is not in elementary school or middle school like most other bullies; he is 69-years-old.
Black Lives Matter, but Sanders may have alienated white voters while trying to overcompensate for that fact
At the Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, Bernie Sanders was quoted saying that white people don’t know what it’s like to live in poverty or the ghetto. Louis Jacobson of Politifactexplains how this was a misstatement on Sanders’s part.
Want a really easy way to see who is in the lead for the presidential race? Look no further!
Wilson Andrews, Kitty Bennett and Alicia Parlapiano of The New York Timesput together a few different easy-to-read graphs that show exactly where each of the candidates are in terms of delegates and states won thus far in the election. They also added in a calendar of all remaining primaries and caucuses before the general election in November.
Stay up-to-date on everything the remaining candidates are doing in primary season with The New Political
Ohio University’s on-campus political publication, The New Political, has awebsite specifically for voters on campus to remain in the know about each of the candidates for the 2016 presidential election. Each candidate’s profile is updated twice a week to reflect the most important things he or she has done over that three-to-four-day timespan.