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Dear Donald... Be A Better Man
When it was first announced that you might run for the role of President of the United states, I laughed. Many of my Canadian friends laughed. We were so sad to see Obama leave the office, disheartened to see what Hillary was facing, and worried about who the new President would be. But still, your bid seemed like a joke to be played out in social media, and one that would never come to fruition. It was hubris, and you were clearly a narcissist. The American people would not allow it. This was not the first time I watched in disbelief as the American people voted against their own interests. I was similarly shocked by the level of support that George W. Bush received, and horrified by the antics of Sarah Palin. But I never even imagined that the people, the presidency, would stoop so low.
Life Inside America's Most Toxic Zip Code: A Warning of What Happens When Democracy Fails
48217. This innocuous number is a zip code of a town section so derelict, so toxic, and so blighted that locals no longer call it by its own name. It's just a zip code that is part of the Southwestern corner of Detroit - a city already known for its rough living, corrupt cops, and street violence.
23 Donald Trump Illustrations that Sum Up America's Feelings Perfectly
Humanity has always had a history of expressing social, political, and personal views using artwork. In Ancient Greece, the artwork extolling political figures took the form of statues and paintings on amphorae. In the 1850’s, it was a political cartoonist by the name Thomas Nast who outed Boss Tweed’s corruption through the form of easy to understand comics published in a local paper. Today, artists who are inspired to speak out against political figures are doing so through digital art - and what these pictures showing Trump definitely say more than a thousand words on how the artists feel about the president’s actions.
How Social Media Would Have Destroyed Our Political Heroes
Social media has only held sway over three presidents in American history, and, in that time, it has reshaped the political landscape. Presidents have risen and fallen thanks to the internet's influence. Information and misinformation have reached countless ears. Entire social movements have been born on the internet, and reached the White House to influence policy—or resist policy that can harm countless people.