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Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna
Ruairí Alfredo Arrieta-Kenna (BA Political Science '18) was a columnist for the Stanford Daily.

Keeping it in the family

Yesterday, Donald J. Trump clinched the Republican nomination by finally securing an outright majority of the party’s delegates. The question now becomes: Who will be on the ticket with him? When discussing potential running mates for Trump, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post explained, “no one knows. Trump relishes being unpredictable, so trying to game…

The angry, white men coalition

Dear liberals, stop panicking over Trump. That’s the headline Michael Cohen wrote on Tuesday for his Boston Globe column that outlined the various reasons he is confident that the United States won’t elect “a racist, misogynist demagogue.” It sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Not even a year ago, countless political commentators told us why “Donald Trump…

Ready to bust

There is no shortage of people who dislike Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Fortunately for Trump and Clinton, there is no shortage of voters who like them either. Although it’s been pretty clear for several weeks, it is now almost inevitable that Trump and Clinton will face off in the general election. Never-Trump conservatives and…

The devil doesn’t always need an advocate

Dictionary.com defines “devil’s advocate” as a person who advocates an opposing or unpopular cause for the sake of argument or to expose it to a thorough examination. This past year has been rife with free speech controversies, particularly on college campuses. While most may find it easy to point to an increasing culture of political…

Ryan’s Ripon revival

As the summer draws nearer and nearer, it seems increasingly likely that the Republican Party will lose the 2016 presidential election. There are three ways they can lose. They can lose with a racist demagogue at the helm. They can lose with a self-interested, loathed-by-all, ideological extremist. They can even lose with a hand-picked, more…

Letter to my peers

To my fellow young adults, Most of us tend to think that politics is either boring or entertaining. Donald Trump has been entertaining for a while; Hillary Clinton is pretty boring. Would we even know the name of the current Secretary of the Treasury if it weren’t for the likes of Jon Stewart, John Oliver…

The party is deciding

In 2008 and 2012, the establishment favorites, John McCain and Mitt Romney, each won the Republican party’s nomination. They were both economically and socially conservative (which I am not), but I would, in a heartbeat, take either of them as our next president over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz. Now, in 2016, it seems almost…

American democracy inaction

The future of the Supreme Court was already a major factor in the 2016 presidential election. The death of Justice Antonin Scalia last Saturday only made it more salient. With the barrage of commentary that has followed, reactions from both ends of the ideological spectrum revealed the extent to which our system of government is…

Democrats are Sexist

Last Thursday, Stanford University announced its new president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne. Reactions on social media and in campus student publications, including The Stanford Daily, have largely centered on the new president’s descriptive identity. He is, as the ten presidents before him were, a straight, white male. The Stanford administration no doubt sought the most qualified person…

The political gridiron

I don’t really like American football, but I do really like American politics; and I love analogies. In today’s state of partisan polarization, we can think of the Republican and Democratic Parties as two different football teams with different goals (or end zones, if you will). It would be nice if the two teams didn’t…

Republican Righteousness on Democratic Dictatorship

It’s 2016! This year we’ll elect the next president of the United States, and it may even be the first time many of Stanford’s current undergraduates vote for president. However, while the likes of Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, John Ellis Bush, and the rest of the bunch compete for our attention, our current president is making all the headlines.

To practice what is preached

In a New York Times article published on Monday about the rising hostility toward Muslims in France, a scene is described in which Muslim women paying homage to the victims of last Friday’s horrific attacks were harassed for their faith. One of the women responded to the harasser, “The Quran says that nobody can take a life… [The killers] have nothing to do with us.” Another pleaded, “We are calling for peace and love.” Unfortunately, there was little they could say or do to combat the conflated perception of what is practiced by some terrorists under the guise of Islam and what is actually preached by the Islamic faith.

There will be a young Latino in the White House

The United States presidential election has long been something of a strategy game between the GOP and the Democratic Party. Phrases like “sacrificing the general to win the primary” or vice versa have arisen out of the traditional notion that a candidate must portray him or herself as conservative/liberal enough to win the party nomination but moderate enough to win the general election. In the last two presidential races, the Republican Party toyed with degree of ideology—they nominated candidates who were more “down the middle” than extreme so as not to alienate moderates.

Winners and losers

Last week we had the first opportunity to see the Democratic presidential candidates debate each other on national television. Shortly after, ABC News, Bloomberg, CNN, The Guardian, The New Yorker, The New York Times, NPR, POLITICO, Slate, TIME, Vox, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and a multitude of other political commentators told us that Hillary Clinton was the clear winner.

The Future of the Democratic Party

It seems as if most Democrats are either Feeling the Bern or Ready for Hillary, the notion being that the two are mutually exclusive. The leading candidates have yet to directly attack each other, but the former is often viewed as a revolutionist, the latter a calculated establishment politician. But must the Democratic Party really choose between idealism and pragmatism? I don’t think so.

The future of the GOP

Much to the establishment’s chagrin, the Republican primary has instead become a melee of seemingly countless contenders, each competing for attention and striving to set him or herself apart, with political “outsiders” polling the most favorably.
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