President Trump is no stranger to controversy. His entire presidency, and to a lesser extent his entire life, has been a series of controversies again and again. But perhaps nothing has been quite as polarizing as the decision made last week to withdraw United States troops from the Middle East, specifically from the area around the Turkey-Syrian border.
The Trump administration has gone above and beyond in showing the United States how blatantly corrupt it can be, the most recent brow-raising scandal is being the President’s request for help from a foreign government in the investigation of a political opponent (that opponent being Joe Biden, one of the Democratic frontrunners).
University of Connecticut College Democrats and College Republicans are taking away different key points from United States Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the Special Counsel’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, but they both agree that as much of the full report should be released as possible.
Discourse about immigration has been largely shaped by the notion of a wall, and the Democratic response has been a weak “no wall” rhetoric. Last week, funding for the wall was negotiated in Congress to $1.4 billon, down from the $5.7 billion that Trump had asked for during the last government shutdown.
However, perhaps an even more important issue to consider is that the wall will not even be effective for what Trump wants to accomplish. Besides the issue of the wall stopping illegal immigration, another problem Trump wants to tackle is stopping the opioid crisis by stopping the flow of drugs into the U.S. from the southern border.
I begin with this because populism—along with fascism, globalism and a variety of other isms—is often misrepresented in the media and discourse, resulting in arguments over whether politician X is a populist or not. While often used as a dirty word, the term should be positive. After all, doesn’t it just mean following the public’s will?
The opioid problem in this country is not a secret. The issue has been growing in magnitude for years and people are readily aware of its existence. Unlike other issues such as the environment and abortion rights, one thing Americans seem able to agree on is the need for a reduction in the number of opioid-related deaths that occur each year.