The Resonation of Donald Trump – Part Two

Last year I wrote about Donald Trump and how his political campaign resonated with many Americans because many of us enjoy a good affront to any establishment, especially that of the political kind. I mentioned that there is a deeply rooted national logic to it, thanks to the way our Founding Fathers behaved. I went…

2016 Presidential Election

What are these candidates trying to prove? How did we get here? Am I supposed to vote for a candidate or against another? This is called mudslinging? To vote or not to vote? How did we get here? Even if I do vote, will I regret it the next day? Funny how democracy tears us…

Toe the Line

As children we played the game “tug of war” often. This is where two teams would line up opposite each other and pull a thick rope with all their strength. The goal was to pull your opponents into the mud, which separated us by about ten feet. Each team would toe the line until one…

Polling Millennials

Rand Paul recently asked,“have you ever met a college student that has answered a presidential poll?” Great question. No Rand, I have never met a college student that has. The more I thought about this question, the more time I spent wondering why. Cliff Zukin, in a New York Times opinion piece, explained that due…

The Resonation of Donald Trump

In this short post, I enlist the adapted definition of resonation, which is to evoke a feeling of shared emotion or belief. At this moment, Donald Trump is surging in the polls. His out-spoken style and disregard for political correctness has resonated with many in the Republican Party. But, why? The Presidential Office is all…

Term Limits

Term limits are a contentious topic here in Los Angeles County. In 2002, voters passed Measure B (64% in favor), to limit the terms of County Supervisors to three consecutive four-year terms. So right about now things are getting interesting in LA. Why limit the terms of elected officials?  Presidential Candidate Dr. Rand Paul thinks,…

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

I had a great time at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California. President Reagan came from humble beginnings. He worked hard to build a multi-faceted career in entertainment and politics. These two industries, entertainment and politics, have become bedfellows in this 24-hour news cycle in which we live. We all…

Neel Kashkari – Lessons from the Trail

Neel Kashkari’s Lessons from the Trail was a great read. As an aspiring political leader, I learned a good deal from his candid remarks. I have a better understanding of what it takes to energize voters and establish name recognition. Here are a few things that we can start working on now. Kashkari writes, “The…

Political Ads & Retaliation

Mailboxes fill to the brim daily with leaflets and pamphlets. Radio stations are finally out of the red and in the black. Musty hotels carefully seat the elderly in stained chairs to listen to rehearsed debates. Neighborhood fences clutter with rectangular signs that boldly shout: INTEGRITY, HONESTY, and SERVANT. Well, maybe not servant, but you…

Meeting Neel Kashkari

There is nothing more American than listening to a political campaign speech with strangers in a crowded room. As a nation, we entertain this extraordinary opportunity to reevaluate our values every few years. It is a visceral experience because we survive both economically and socially on the decisions made by those who were elected to…