People will tell you two things when they send you off to college: study hard and have fun. We have some concept of studying hard, but the other piece of advice, you will soon realize, comes across very vaguely. I didn’t grasp why “fun” has a unique meaning at school until I figured out that, at college, starting a sex life is like opening a bank account. Among being the space to cultivate a career-ready individuals, college juxtaposes an environment to truly experiment with everything! It’s the beginning of the semester so I thought I’d give freshman, or anyone interested in going to college, a head start by sharing some stories of mine.
White House Annouces “We The People” Online Petition Initiative
Today the White House announced a fascinating new initiative called We The People; and if taken seriously, it could truly revolutionize the way every day, web-surfing people like you and I participate in the ongoing political discourse of our nation.
According to the White House website, We The People will allow every day citizens to utilize social media to float online petitions across the web. Generate 150 signatures and your petition will be searchable on the Whitehouse.gov website. Snag 5,000 petitions in 30 days and “it will be reviewed by a standing group of White House staff, routed to any other appropriate offices and generate an official, on-the-record response.”
If they’re serious, this could definitely make things interesting in this country. And perhaps even our readers should be on the lookout for a few BYP-generated petitions in the near-future.
But for now we’ll remain skeptical. Is this a genuine attempt at bringing the voices of the American people closer to the forefront of American politics? Or is We The People simply the Obama Re-Election Campaign’s latest attempt at reigniting its once-fiercely loyal base as they hurdle haplessly towards 2012?
Or is it both?
September 1, 2011
Maaaan…Rush Limbaugh is gonna be pissed!
According to Sabrina Tavernise of the New York Times, Minorities are far outpacing whites in terms of population growth in America’s biggest cities.
Hispanics and Asians led population growth in the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas over the past decade, growing by 41 percent and 43 percent respectively. The population of blacks grew by 12 percent, and the aging white population was largely flat, increasing by less than 1 percent.
William H. Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution and the author of the report, also said the United States had reached a demographic milestone: About half of all recent births were to minority parents, a shift that will have broad policy implications in the years to come.
How this monumental development will impact America in the future is anyone’s guess. But this phenomenon shows absolutely no signs of letting up. And something tells us this development may prove (or already prove) influential in future and recent legislation regarding important issues like immigration, voting rights, gerrymandering and education, just to name a few.
And it probably explains these charming sentiments as well.