We Are United

As a result of the election, tensions have risen between Americans throughout the United States including DHS.

By Nick LeBlanc

We’re not robots. Seems like an obvious statement. We have a heart, legs, and arms.  The outstanding thing is that, with our advanced minds, we have the ability to learn about the world around us in ways no other creature can. We can aspire to be anything we want.

However, such a mind can lead to thoughts that are detrimental to its beauty.  Hate, division, arrogance to name a few.  After November 8th, some of these negatives have become more prevalent.  The issue is the lack of unity driven by hate from each side.  Hate cannot drive out hate: only companionship can.

Before the election, the only thing that was talked about was the statistics.  There was never a mention of the social aftermath that would ensue.  Obviously, people will always disapprove or approve of a candidate, but in this year’s election, it has led to something destructive.  For those who disapprove, it is more destructive than productive by dividing yourself.  For those who approve, it is more destructive than productive for attacking others instead of working towards unification amongst all.  The introduction of Donald Trump into the government doesn’t change the fact that our country is ruled by the people for the people. Us. Not Donald Trump.  Approach every second like it’s an investment, and put your energy into things worth obtaining.  Then the United States will truly be great.

With that being said, you can’t let something hold you down. You can’t let your defense for something or someone summon hatred within your mind, because the potential for success within our beautiful country is so high that such thoughts would only destroy such a value that we often take for granted.  With such a widespread division at Dexter High School and nationwide, people need to come together so we can reach our potential and positivity in life as Americans.

The worst thing we can do as a people, and as a student body, is attack one another over our different views.  Such actions would merely add fuel to the flame.  No, what is needed is unity.  We are Americans.  Whichever man or woman sits in that Oval Office would never be allowed to purposely attack fellow Americans who help this country be the best in the world.  So why should we? We help each other, we love each other, and some even die for each other.  No matter who is the head of the executive branch, I am proud that I live in a country where freedom rings, because behind the worry, behind the love, behind the hate, we are all one people: Americans.

Trump’s Policies

Straight from the mouth of the President-elect

By Alex Strang

Education

President-elect Donald Trump wants to localize primary school curriculum and end the common core curriculum. “I’m a tremendous believer in education, but education has to be at a local level,” Trump said. “We cannot have the bureaucrats in Washington telling you how to manage your child’s education.” He wants to give everyone the opportunity to go to the school of their choice by redirecting education spending. In addition, he wants to make college more affordable and expand technical and vocational training.

Economy

Trump wants to renegotiate the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He also wants to reduce taxes on businesses and the wealthy. It will, in theory, lead to more money for investing and hiring to grow both business and the economy. “That’s going to be a job creator we haven’t seen since Ronald Reagan,” Trump said of his policy. He wants to allow states to raise the minimum wage as they see fit.

Immigration

Trump plans to suspend immigration from regions associated with terrorism where vetting cannot always be effective. “We’re going to bring people in, but we’re going to bring people in legally,” Trump said. This includes preventing Syrian immigrants from entering the country. He wants to enforce the country’s immigration laws (much more than President Obama did, he said) and deport illegal immigrants. He wants to build a wall along the Mexican border.

Defense

Stopping Islamic terrorist groups is a priority for Trump. He wants to defeat ISIS, potentially in a joint military effort with Russia. He wants to put American interests before any other country: “‘America First’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,” he said. He will push NATO allies to pay their fair share so the U.S. does not have to spend more on defense for other nations.

Health Care

Trump has vowed to repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). In a recent interview, Trump stated, “We’re going to repeal and replace it.” The plan is to replace it with Health Savings Accounts which, according to Trump, “will be great healthcare for much less money.”  He wants to make insurance available to purchase across state lines and give more flexibility to states for localized Medicaid programs.

Climate Change

Trump has stated that he doesn’t think climate change is real: “I believe in clean air, immaculate air, but I don’t believe in climate change.” Trump wants to get rid of Obama’s EPA mandates. He also plans to cancel the Paris climate agreement which aims to limit greenhouse gas emissions. However, Trump is a supporter of private businesses making the transition into environmentally friendly power sources to make the air, water, and environment clean.