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Podcast #54: A Week in Review and Star Wars

Liz Wolfe emerges from a desert vacation to talk with Stephen about the past week of Young Voices action. Stephen and Liz talk about how art is sold across the southern border, Glenn Beck, sex work, serious drugs and also the changing nature of Star Wars.

This is a fun conversation you don’t wanna miss!

Follow Liz Wolfe @LizzyWol and Young Voices on Twitter @yvadv and Stephen Kent @stephen_kent89

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Glenn Beck Program – Bill Wirtz And The French Election

Young Voices Advocate Bill Wirtz was a guest on the Glenn Beck Program to share his insights on the French Election, Faux-conservatism in Europe and the prospects of Marine Le Pen.

Check out the whole segment HERE

From Glenn Beck: Is it about ‘freedom’ or ‘stuff’ now? …A story from inside North Korea …How phone calls have changed …Bill Wirtz from Young Voices calls in from France with an update on the presidential election there …Trump’s changing tone on NAFTA …Seriously…who is running The White House?

 

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Is balance soon to come to Star Wars, and politics?

Today, the United States might recognize that dichotomy. The country is more polarized than it’s been since the end of the Civil War. Politics’ middle ground has all but evaporated, while partisanship and tribalism has consumed American life. Two sides dominate the debate, both claiming the mantle of moral clarity in a battle against the forces of darkness.

The final prequel film, 2005’s “Revenge of the Sith” includes a line that speaks to 2017. “Good is a point of view,” Chancellor Palpatine assures Anakin Skywalker. While this line is delivered by the clear villain, the point rings true. Bad people don’t view themselves as bad.

In a 2016 Pew Study, researchers found that more than half of Republicans and Democrats say they not only disagree with the other side, but are actually frightened by them. About 49 percent of Republicans say they fear the Democratic Party, while 55 percent of Democrats fear Republicans.

Binary choices in an increasingly-polarized climate has created resentment and distrust in the system. It’s not clear if American politics is making people more extreme, or if it’s the other way around. What we do know is that in 2016 Americans ended up choosing between two of the most disliked candidates for president in our history. We’ve reached a new low in our politics, and it’s not a stretch to say most Americans probably want to do what Luke Skywalker did somewhere between “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens” –– walk away from it all.

Read the whole piece at The Washington Examiner

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Podcast #53: Is Free College Going to Help or Hurt Millennials?

Today on the Young Voices podcast, a discussion on college costs and whether or not “free college for all” will benefit young people. Senators Bernie Sanders & Elizabeth Warren put forward the College For All Act, and Young Voices Advocate Julian Adorney penned a piece in the National Review looking at the potential for this idea to backfire.

Julian joined the podcast today and spoke with Young Voices spokesperson, Stephen Kent, about his piece in the National Review and about the trouble with free college.

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Podcast #52: Politics ain’t beanbag, but there is a lot of golf

Politics ain’t beanbag. Timeless words and a timeless truth. Today on the Young Voices podcast we’re joined by Jerrod Laber, who wrote a piece in the Washington Examiner on the partisan politics of playing golf. During every administration the public is treated to 4-8 years of the opposition attacking the president for playing golf and not working, and the Trump years are no different.

Jerrod wrote about this in response to Shaun King, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist, who has argued that Republicans attacked Obama’s golf habits and not Trump because of racism. Jerrod says it is just politics as usual.

Follow Jerrod on Twitter @JerrodLaber Young Voices @yvadv and Stephen Kent @stephen_kent89

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