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Prose

Regarding John McCain

When John McCain died, I expected to grieve him. What I did not expect was to be reprimanded for my grief. Having scrolled newsfeeds and weathered twitter storms, I’ve been informed many times over that my wanting to write a tribute to John McCain would be considered traitorous behavior by many friends whom I respect. I am, surprise surprise, a progressive. But here’s the thing: I don’t buy it. The oft-cited justifications seem dangerously close to imposing a zero tolerance policy on who we are allowed to mourn…

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Arya Shahi
Make America Great Again

Donald Trump is not the first man to don rose colored glasses and employ this manipulative campaign slogan. Ronald Reagan famously used it, word for word, and Andrew Jackson ran on the exact same sentiment in an attempt to evoke the stability and fairness of George Washington's America. Both men became President…

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Arya Shahi
Republican National Convention

This week Donald Trump is set to become the nominee of the Republican Party for the presidency of the United States of America. I grew up in Arizona, a historically Republican state, where I was influenced by many intelligent, insightful, and passionate conservative thinkers. I grew up watching both political conventions. And while I did not always see eye to eye with the brilliant conservative minds surrounding me, I am thankful for them. I’m thankful because they have made it easy for me to make a very important distinction today...

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Arya Shahi