America Needs a Blue Flu for Citizens’ Rights

Conner Drigotas | @CDDrigotas

The phrase “Blue Flu” describes a unique phenomenon: when mass numbers of police officers call out sick in a coordinated manner to protest a public policy. In states where police are legally prohibited from striking this has been a tool used by officers to leverage political power and enact change in government.

This is not a new tactic; in the past, it has been a means to promote the interests of police officers exclusively. In New York City, 1971, twenty-thousand police officers coordinated calling in sick to pressure public officials into giving officers higher pay and increased benefits – at the expense of the citizens’ bottom lines. The city acquiesced, and taxes went up. Police have used the Blue Flu in cities across America to fight for law enforcement causes. It’s time we have one in defense of citizens’ rights and for the protection of police officers who are asked every day to enforce laws that pit them against the citizens that they swore to protect and serve.

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Counterculture in the US: Naturality of Bohemianism

Dane Larsen | @_danebailey

The counterculture of the United States took the Western world by storm in the late 1960s. It was a cultural progression against the political and social establishment that emulated bohemianism. The movement achieved common goals underlying issues interpreted in a unique way. It was during this time that the unconventional lifestyle that had taken root long before Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock ’69 finally became orthodox.

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I’m One of Thousands who Left Maine and Hasn’t Returned

Conner Drigotas | Facebook Page

I was born in Maine in 1990, making me 28 years old. I was raised in Maine, went to high school in Maine and love my home state.

As I packed my bags to head off to college in 2009, I was going to live outside of Maine for the first time in my life. I planned to spend four years away, then return (better educated) to live and work in the home I love.

That was the plan.

Almost a decade later, however, I still have not moved back.

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The Pentagon is Asking Congress for Money to Fund the Taliban

Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

The United States Federal Government and Pentagon are still funding terrorist. The U.S. has a long history of terrorist financing, but it has gone on for so long that it has just become an accepted fact in the American unconscious. Those engaging in political discourse often see such allegations as mere conspiracy theories. Recently, though, the Pentagon asked Congress for money so they can pay for Taliban travel expenses.

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Meet the 2020 Libertarian Candidates

Kevin Damato | @KevinCDamato

As the 2020 presidential election approaches, there is much talk about the boisterous and ever-growing democratic field. However, the 3rd largest American political party, the Libertarian Party, also has a primary ahead of them.

In 2016, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson was able to garner small doses of media attention. However, the 2020 libertarian candidates seem rather unknown. Information on the candidates is limited, but outlets like Chris Spangle’s “We Are Libertarians Network” have done their best through their presidential candidate and debate series hosted by Hodey Johns.

Note that this is not a conclusive list of all candidates. Rather this is a short description of the most prominent figures who have announced their campaigns.

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