Dang Trump, back at it again with another victory

On Tuesday night, Donald Trump won the Nevada Republican Caucus with 42 percent of the vote.

This is yet another victory that puts Trump one step closer to becoming the Republican nominee for president.

As of now, Trump has 67 delegates out of the 1,237 delegates required to get the party’s nomination. That may not seem like a lot, but when you compare it with his competitors, it is.

Ted Cruz has 11 delegates. Marco Rubio 10. John Kasich 5. Ben Carson 3.

Simply put, Trump is leaving the competition in the dust. Worse yet, he’s doing it even without the support of the majority of Republicans.

The Republican Party as it stands now, is so fractured and is in such disarray that even an political outsider like Trump is able to beat even the most conservative of conservatives.

For instance, Trump came in second in the Iowa Caucus with 24.3 percent, losing by three percent to Cruz. It’s been uphill since then,  Trump won New Hampshire with 35.3 percent. He then won the South Carolina primary with 32.5 percent of the vote. There, he beat Rubio and Cruz, who were neck-and-neck at 22 percent.

So, while Trump is not winning by overwhelming margins, he is still winning and that should be concerning. If the Republicans cannot come together and back a single candidate, they’re going to end up with Trump.  While some may be fine with that, it wouldn’t be good for the party or America.

Already Trump has made outrageous and offensive comments about Mexicans, disparaged women, proposed banning Muslims from entering the U.S., engaged in petty fights and has been as bold and brash as possible.

Trump is taping into a dark element of the political world and he’s probably going to take the Republican Party down the same path with him and ruin it for years to come.  While other candidates are busy fighting each other, they should be rejecting Trump.  Coming together against Trump may just be the thing that can unite such a fractured party.

More importantly, voters need to reject Trump and his boisterous personality.    

Right now, no Republican has the majority support from their party.  Not even Trump.  So, the nomination is not settled yet, but with every passing primary and caucus, it gets a little closer. With that in mind, it’s still not too late to prevent a Trump nomination.

GOP: Stop running out the presidential clock

When Antonin Scalia died on Saturday, Feb. 13, he went from being a Supreme Court Justice to a political football. In an election year like this, it was to be expected, where any issue can suddenly change the dynamics of the race, but that doesn’t make it right. Appointing a new Supreme Court Judge shouldn’t be a political issue. It should be a common sense and constitutional idea. Yet, it’s not. Many Republicans have come out and opposed a replacement for the conservative judge until after the 2016 presidential race. In other words, President Obama shouldn’t get to nominate another Supreme Court Justice. This is bogus. The President is more than able to nominate anyone he chooses to fill Scalia’s seat, even if it is an election year. Other presidents have done it before, including conservative icon Ronald Reagan. Cutting off the President’s constitutional abilities simply because it’s an election year is wrong and poses numerous problems. Should the President just stop fulfilling his constitutional duties, like signing bills or stop paying attention to national security issues because it’s an election year? I think we know the answer to that. Also, stalling the nomination process and rejecting the nominee belittles the Supreme Court. It has an important job to do like any other branch of government and it should be able to function to the best of its ability. Right now, with the eight members, split decisions simply affirm lower court rulings and don’t really solve the problems the Court is trying to address. With important cases dealing with the Affordable Healthcare Act, immigration, abortion and even voting before the Court right now, these issues may be prevented from being resolved simply because not enough judges agree one way or the other. Preventing the Supreme Court from being able to carry out its job for political reasons puts politics before the law. The Supreme Court, after all, is supposed to be the most politically neutral branch of government. That’s why Supreme Court justices are appointed for life so they don’t have to be worried about the politics of elections, yet they are this year. What the Republicans are considering when it comes to the President’s Supreme Court nominee is holding the Court hostage. This isn’t new. They did the same sort of tactic used with the debt ceiling and shut down the federal government. The Republicans need to stop being the “party of no” and show that it’s a party that shows is capable of governing. Kicking the can down the road is not governing, yet that’s all the Republicans seem capable of doing right now. So, Senate Republicans (and to the Republican Party in general since it has aspirations for holding the nation’s highest office), do what’s right for the country. Vet the President’s Supreme Court nomination. Evaluate the candidate. And at the end of the day, if they are qualified, approve them. If not, send the nominee back and demand better. But don’t (and I repeat, do not) outright reject the nominee.

Elections are coming, get ready

There are a ton of responsibilities that come with young adulthood. From paying bills, to moving out of our parents’ houses, to going to college, to finding love and a career path, it all seems like so much. While all of these are indeed the first steps into that awkward stage of early adulthood, there is one responsibility that often gets overlooked. Voting. The sad fact of the matter is that our age group (age 18-29) is the least likely to vote. Our participation rates have been slipping for years. Only 21 percent of us voted in 2014. We made up 13 percent of total voters that year, down from 19 percent in 2012. We are also less likely to be registered to vote than other age groups. But we shouldn’t be. We should and must embrace voting out of necessity to ensure a better future. As young adults, we have much more at stake with each election than the middle-aged or octogenarians do. Statistically, we’re going to outlive them, so we’re going to have to deal with the consequences of policy for a longer time. Student loan debt is going to affect us more than older Americans. Inaction on climate change is going to have more long-term effects on our lives than our parents' or grandparents'. Inaction on common-sense gun control reforms will be even more of a problem for our children than our grandparents’ children. And these are just some of the important issues that are being talked about during this very election cycle. These are the issues that need our involvement. Our ideas. Our solutions. If we don’t engage in these conversations now, when will we? Ask yourself this: Will any of these problems get any better if we sit out of this election? Can we afford to wait until the next election to participate? (Hint: there’s only one right answer). So, here is what you can do. First, get registered to vote. You can do that multiple places, including the DMV, military requirement offices, and even online. For the digital generation living in Missouri, there is the option of online registration by visiting Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register.aspx and by filling out a short form. In order to vote in the Missouri presidential primary on March 15, you have to register by Feb. 17. So get registered as soon as possible. Once you’re registered, get informed. Learn everything you can about the issues and candidates. Read and watch the news and follow campaigns on social media. Then, once that is all done, all you have to do is… vote. It’s that easy. We have the power to shape the outcome of this election year if we choose to participate. If we can look up from our phones and turn off Netflix for just a few moments this year, we can help determine not only the future of this country, but our own futures as well.

We have other classes, too

It's quickly approaching that time of year again. Ah, yes, finals week. To our fellow students, we are all in the same boat. Suddenly, what felt like an eternity to raise that midterm grade is now two weeks and those deadlines for three projects are approaching at a high-rate of speed. And it sucks. A lot. The majority of full-time students take anywhere from four to six classes per semester. Not to mention all of the students that take more than the average amount of credit hours. So, that's four to six classes to study for. And, depending on the type of final they have, whether it's a project, cumulative test or a presentation, that workload becomes overwhelming for everyone. Professors, stop overworking us. We get it, you have to have a certain amount of graded material every semester. But, it honestly feels like most of you are waiting until the last few weeks to really get in a majority of that work. We all know there's a way to make it so we don't have four crossing deadlines in the same week. We understand that we have to be able to follow deadlines and a large workload for our careers in the future. But, there's a small chance we're going to have to write a 15-page polysci research paper and put together a 10-minute COM104 presentation in our careers. Help us help you. There are professors out there that will change the date of a big test if a majority of the class votes to move it. Give us options, let us work with you. We don't want to fail and we know you don't want us to fail.    

So uncivilized Western (Editorial)

There has been a growing trend not only in St. Joseph, but also here on our own campus, crime. This is issue nine of the Griffon News and so far this semester, we have reported 36 crimes that have happened on campus including one sexual assault. So far this semester, we have reported 36 crimes on our campus crime logs. This is nothing to be proud of Missouri Western. What is going on? Are students really bored or dumb enough to be committing so much crime at a school that has its own police force? Or is there so many arrogant people here that they just think that they'll get away with doing whatever they want? Let's be honest, it's probably both. The most disturbing part is that there have been a few cases of illegal drug and minor's in possession of alcohol. Drinking and doing drugs is apparently the 'cool' thing to do these days, but they are still against the law. While at college, we are supposed to be learning to reach our lifelong careers. Yes we can experiment and try new things, meet new people and be open to and interact with different cultural and ethnic groups. It's just a shame that many people are going to throw their college careers and future potential over drugs and alcohol. We are the future and older generations are going to be depending on us one day. Do you really think they're going to trust us if we carry around a past like this? Having the kind of attitude that you can get away with everything and the law doesn't apply to you is the problem. That's why we are called the worst generation ever. Why not instead of causing trouble, stealing other's things or physically hurting someone else just grow up and start helping each other out. Set an example for the younger or incoming students and act like civilized human beings. We can do better Western.