Right-Side Columnist Bids UCSB Farewell

I’ll be perfectly honest — UCSB wasn’t my first choice, by far. I came out of high school the preppy, sarcastic valedictorian of a sleepy suburb no one’s heard of. Despite receiving the Regents Scholarship here, I was sure that I was off to Pomona College in Claremont. Surely, someone such as myself would never […]

[Right Said] Reaching Across the Aisle: Bipartisanship in Today’s Politics

Bipartisanship is a word that is bandied around by our politicians often but rarely practiced. In some ways, to even talk about bipartisanship in American politics is a foolhardy exercise. Vitriolic exchanges between parties have characterized our Republic since its earliest days. Among the more infamous exchanges were John Adams’ charge that Thomas Jefferson had […]

[Left Said] Reaching Across the Aisle: Bipartisanship in Today’s Politics

Aristotle famously called man a political animal, and much has been said about what he meant when describing man as such. It could be that man is political simply because he is social. His existence requires the presence of other men, and if he is to continue existing, he will have to find ways to […]

Right Said: Gay or Not, Marriage Is Already in the Dog House

When I arrived in our nation’s capital for my time at UCDC this week, I had the opportunity to witness and photograph protesters outside the Supreme Court rallying in support of overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. Many held posters with the now nauseatingly familiar equal sign currently plastered all over Facebook, while others thankfully […]

Left Said: Love of Liberty Clashes With Love of “Traditional” Families

It simply goes without saying that in a liberal democracy, two individuals of the opposite sex have a political right to marry one another before the state. The conversation on “marriage equality” ends there, though more can be said about the nature of marriage itself and marriage politics. To qualify my first claim, American conservatives […]

Right Said: Giving Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act the Boot

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the case of Shelby County, Alabama vs. Holder. The case concerns Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which stipulates that particular areas of the country that do not meet a certain threshold for minority participation or have a history […]

When “Chikin” Gets Political; Eat Mor Chikin

With delicious chicken bites, pickles on buns, friendly customer service and entirely reasonable prices for it all, Chick-fil-A has long been, at least in my experience, one of the most ideally run fast(er) food restaurants our country has to offer. If my memory serves me correctly, I knew about them before I ever set foot […]

When “Chikin” Gets Political; Resist Bigoted Chikin

Passively, I gazed up at the menu, awaiting my turn to confess my order to the cashier. Minutes beforehand, my companion and I laughed about the thought of two staunch leftists shamelessly patronizing a restaurant that embodies reactionary thinking. But as I stood in line, capitalism’s wonders overwhelmed my senses. Santa Barbara’s new, warmly painted, […]

Left Said: America’s Drone Warring With Impunity

For all the talk of drones and extra-judicial killing this past week, I’d like to offer the following as an exercise considering arguments that you might not hear from the Department of Justice or the U.S. Senate or even the New York Times, for that matter. The reader will no doubt be aware of the […]

Right Said: Sometimes Hypocrites Do Things Right

Imagine, if you would, a dystopian world where your government thought it could assassinate you or your fellow citizens at will according to some unknown set of circumstances that it refused to (or could not) define. A world where, if you are about to be “imminently” or have been “recently” involved in “particular” terrorist “activities,” […]

Colonialism Isn’t Dead Yet (Well, Not in Mali)

For those who have followed the situation, and even for those who haven’t, the story being told about Mali will be both convincing and familiar. It goes like this: In a part of the world known for instability, terrorists threaten to overthrow a democratic government. These terrorists are characterized by repressive political and religious attitudes […]

Breaking News: The French Win a War

Since I don’t expect that many of you would have noticed (and for good reason), I have a news flash for you: The French have actually won a war. Okay, maybe it wasn’t really an actual war, and the French have won many military conflicts in the past, but this French victory in Mali is […]

[Left Said] President Obama: Master of Rhetoric and the Status Quo

Last week President Obama gave liberals the speech they wanted to hear: His rhetoric was lofty, historically conscious and unabashedly progressive. Now that the goose bumps have settled, however, we will have to wait and see whether his message proves hollow or if he can deliver. From a political standpoint, things look both good and […]

[Right Said] Obama is Back and More Liberal Than Ever

Just in case you missed it or decided not to tune in, the president made another bluntly polemical campaign speech last Monday. No, the 2014 midterm elections haven’t already started (yet). I am, of course, referring to his inaugural address. Though falling far short of the grand expectations that the president would parallel the persuasiveness […]

[Left Said] US Immigration Policy: Drawing the Line Between Who Gets In and Who Doesn’t

  Irony comes cheap in the United States. Amid the reactionary uproar defending the Second Amendment, many voices of the right avidly pointed out that no small number of what we have come to know as totalitarian states “took the guns.” Their point in doing so is to equate President Obama’s would-be gun legislation to […]