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Trump/Sanders Campaign: Populism Trumps Common Sense
The majority is always right. The minority is always wrong.

Shopping Carts: The Scourge of Louisville
Metal monstrosities terrorize Louisville

Bernie Sanders “Saves” College
Bernie brings social justice to college

sanders and trumpTrump/Sanders Campaign:
Populism Trumps Common Sense

J. A. Gedra

Two years ago, no one would have expected that the two most electrifying candidates in this year’s presidential race would be a self-avowed socialist and a reality show star. Bernie Sanders emerged from the backwoods of Vermont with his message of stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, and Donald Trump has descended from his penthouse in Trump Towers hurling personal insults at all establishment candidates to transform the political landscape. Both are trying to upend the apple cart of regular politics to achieve their differing versions of an ideal government.

What most people do not seem to notice is that both Trump and Sanders are running the exact same populist campaign. Both candidates promise that the government will give the majority whatever they want. This can clearly be seen when one turns either of their political speeches into a game of Mad Libs.

Right now your life is horrible; because ___________ are doing ___________, which hurts you by causing ________. If you elect me, I will stop ________, and give you __________. Everything will then be wonderful.

Sanders fills in the blank by saying:

Right now your life is horrible; because the people on Wall Street are receiving bail outs and special government deals that are screwing everyone else and preventing social justice. If you elect me, I will put a stop to the benefits that the fat cats on Wall Street are receiving and give you free college tuition, healthcare, money, and ponies for everyone. Social justice for all!

Trump follows suit with his similar proclamation:

Right now your life is horrible; because the government establishment politicians are spending money they do not have, making bad trade deals, being pushed around by terrorists, and not defending our borders from illegal immigrants, which hurts you by stealing your jobs. If you elect me, I will stop the establishment politicians, terrorists, Russian aggressions, jobs going overseas, Obamacare, and the government in general. This will allow you to keep the money you have earned and be safe from Islamic Terrorists. It will be huge!

Both populist candidates promise to vanquish their enemies and provide everyone with the moon and every other celestial body in the sky. Some might say, what is wrong with that, it is just politics as normal: demonize your enemies and promise your supporters tons of free stuff? The difference is the populist message: the government will give the majority whatever they want.

At first, the populist message sounds great. The government will give the majority what they want. If you are in the majority, this is great, but if you are in the minority, you better lookout, because they are coming for you.

The majority of Americans are not rich Wall Street investors; I believe the number is around 99% who are not. If Sanders becomes president, the rich will be stripped of their earnings to satisfy the greed of the masses.

Trump is no better. Trump has promised to deport the minority of individuals who have arrived in this country illegally and has an eye on Arab Americans in order to keep the country safe.

The rights of the individual are tossed aside to satisfy the mercurial desires of the majority. This is extremely dangerous, because everyone belongs to some minority group. If populism reigns, it is only a matter of time before the group you belong to becomes a targeted minority. Under a populist system, Black Lives might matter one day and be targeted the next.

The other huge problem with a populist government is the cost. Nothing in life is free. Everything has a cost. Allegedly free college tuition, healthcare, childcare, and other goodies all cost money. Someone has to pay for it. In a populist message, the benefits to the majority are usually paid by the targeted minorities. Sanders intends to take every last penny from the rich, which sounds great to the non-rich person until one simple economic fact is revealed. There are not enough rich people in the United States to pay for all the promised free stuff.

When the majority is allowed to trample over the rights of the individual bad things happen throughout history. Religious minorities are allowed to be persecuted, ethnic minorities can be enslaved, and economic minorities can be taxed to the point of no longer working. Every individual is at risk when the populist mob is in control. The only way to defend oneself from the tyranny of the majority is to protect the rights of the individual.

Shopping cartShopping Carts: The Scourge of Louisville

Progressive Pete

The Louisville Metro Council deals with only the most pressing issues in Kentucky’s largest metropolis. Many might believe the biggest issue would be the heroin epidemic, traffic gridlock, or even affordable housing, but all of these issues pale in comparison to the most momentous of maladies, shopping carts.

It has come to the attention of the Metro Council that many people are going to stores, loading shopping carts up with goods, and then taking the carts back to their abodes. To make matters worse, people are not returning the metal monstrosities to their stores of origin. Instead, carts have been abandoned across the Commonwealth, and the streets are now strewn with shopping carts.

There is only one way to resolve this shopping cart crisis, we need shopping cart lanes. If people had a way to safely transport their shopping carts down the road, people would no longer leave them throughout the city, because they would have an efficient way to transport their carts.

Shopping cart researchers and urban designers have known for years that shopping cart lanes are crucial to the flow and functioning of all major cities. The research speaks for itself. The majority of American adults use a shopping cart at least once a week. Most Americans use shopping carts more frequently than they use bikes. Think of all the people who have benefited from bike lanes, and then imagine how many more would live more fulfilling lives from being able to walk down the street with a full cart of groceries.

Every Louisvillian needs to storm city hall and demand that Mayor Fisher utilize the same courageous, progressive thinking he demonstrated when he closed car lanes to create bike lanes. Mayor Fisher was not dissuaded when others pointed out that there was no demand for bike lanes and traffic jams would worsen with less car lanes. We need that same courage from Mayor Fisher as he boldly creates shopping cart lanes for all.

TARC, the local public bus agency, should be praised for embracing the future of shopping cart lanes. They have already invested 10 million dollars of tax payers’ money to create mega carts. These super shopping carts will allow eight people to push 1 ton of food from the store to their homes.

In order to build the lanes, some roads will have to be redesigned for exclusive use by shopping carts and bikes. Unfortunately, despite the obvious need, we cannot have all roads be solely reserved for bikes and shopping carts, because some people are still using the technology of the past to motor around. Since most people are selfish and refuse to bike 20 miles to work, a few roads will have to remain for cars. In order to have shopping cart access alongside the car roads, eminent domain will have to be utilized for the greater good. Houses will have to be seized by the government, demolished, and paved order for shopping carts.

Editor’s Note: In the next issue, we will talk about the lack of affordable housing in Louisville.

Majoring in debtBernie Sanders “Saves” College

Molly Roberts

College tuition is too damn high! This is a fact that Republicans, Democrats, and Socialists agree on. Republican State Senator Dan Seum is currently trying to fix the problem by requiring all state colleges in Kentucky to have a four year freeze on tuition increases, which would require colleges to actually live within their means. Many people might believe this is a good idea, but this hardly seems fair. Why should only Kentucky schools spend what they can afford when every other state spends as much money as they want?

Bernie Sanders, avowed socialist and my personal hero/savior, has a more superbly awesome approach, free college for everyone. Under Republican plans, people still have to pay for what they use and meet academic criteria to be accepted in to college, which is completely unfair. After all, if you have water, and I am thirsty, it would be selfish of you to not give me the water for free. Are other people so focused on stuff that they cannot give me the stuff that I want?

College is a good thing that people want. If people want it, they should have it. No one should ever be told no. But this is exactly what happens all the time. People are told they cannot go to college because they do not have enough money, are not a good enough athlete, or are not smart enough. All of these barriers need to be overcome if we are to live in a socially just society.

If college is free, no one will be held back due to a lack of money. This is the only fair way to do things, because people cannot help how much money they have. Some people have more money than others, which is totally unfair. Why should one person who works make more money than another, when both people are human beings? Even if a person does not work, should they receive less money? Not everyone is blessed with a work ethic. Should a person who is not motivated to work be punished?

College sports are another area that is filled with discrimination and unfairness. Most college teams require people to try out for their team. They subject applicants to demeaning exercises and then judge them by how they performed against each other. After this hazing, coaches do not even let everyone join the team, and the ones who make the cut are not even guaranteed playing time. A more barbaric system could not be imagined.

In order to fix college sports, we need to sprinkle some Bernie Sanders’ magic on these collegiate activities. For starters, everyone should be starters on the team. This can be achieved by increasing the number of players on the field. If a team has 500 men and women on the men’s basketball team, they should all be on the court at the start of the game. Some basketball courts might have to be increased in size to accommodate the new accepting atmosphere of college basketball, but it is really the only fair thing to do.

Some might be concerned that the games will be lopsided when there are 12,500 players on the floor for the University of Kentucky team and only 3,650 come out to play for the Xavier University squad, but this will not be a problem, because the final score will not matter. From now on, every game will end in a draw, because a tie is really the only fair way to end a game when all players are not born with the same basketball skills. If the more athletic team was allowed to win, than some people might feel that they were better than others, which is of course wrong, because we are all equal; even the players who are not as good as the others.

Finally, we will need to end the most severe discrimination that has been going on for years in college, intelligence. For years, colleges have been discriminating against individuals by only allowing “smart” people to attend college. Applicants needed to have a high school diploma, a certain score on the ACT or SAT, or an IQ above 70. A more severe form of segregation has not occurred since African Americans were not allowed to attend the white movie theaters. If a person has been diagnosed with an intellectual disability, formerly known as mental retardation, they should not be prevented from going to college and earning a degree. A lack of understanding of what is going on in a course should not prevent a person from attending or passing a class. Simply showing up or thinking about showing up, should be enough to pass the class. Entrance criteria and grades should be done away with, since they create the impression that some people know more than others.

Bernie Sanders has shown us the way to prosperity and happiness. Everyone should be allowed to do whatever they want for free and believe what they did was great, even if it was not. As Bernie Sanders demonstrated with economics, ignorance of a subject should not prevent a person from being an expert on the subject.

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