Luke Schroeder, columnist Last Friday, President Trump announced the decertification of the Iran Nuclear Deal. While this move has attracted high volumes of criticism, it is the right course of action. To understand why this is the right decision, let’s take a step back to 2013. At that time, members of the international community were deeply concerned with Iran’s nuclear ambitions. A nation where chants such as “Death to America” are common should never be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. Under the Obama administration, the U.S. joined the U.N. Security Council in negotiations with Iran. By the end of 2013, the talks had resulted in the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), a temporary agreement that reduced economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for a freeze of that nation’s nuclear weapons program. Negotiations continued for nearly two more years, and eventually led to the adoption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. The Deal eliminated over $100 billion in international sanctions on Iran in exchange for a weakening of Iran’s nuclear program. As part of the final agreement, the United States also payed Iran nearly $2 billion, including $400 million in cash. Critics of the deal frequently cite its sunset provisions, which lift key nuclear restrictions a few years after they take effect, as fundamental flaws. In their eyes, significant Iranian...Read More
Lukas Schroeder, Columnist Needless to say, gun control is one of the most polarizing issues in the United States. This split isn’t difficult to notice – Americans on both sides of the aisle typically possess deeply rooted, divergent views on gun ownership and the Second Amendment, views that are not easily altered. Those who call for more gun control mean well. They wish to decrease violence in the United States, and believe the reduction of gun ownership in our country would accomplish that goal. However, these people are mistaken. Studies estimate that there are well over 300 million guns...Read More
On more than 20 occasions, President Obama asserted he did not have the constitutional authority to circumvent Congress in order to create his own immigration policy. During one such occasion in 2011 he stated: “Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting … But that’s not how our system works. That’s not how our democracy functions. That’s not how our Constitution is written.” In 2013, he echoed his earlier comments: “My job in the executive branch is supposed to be to carry out the laws that are passed … if we start broadening that, then essentially I would be ignoring the law in a way that I think would be very difficult to defend legally.” Clearly, Obama had a firm understanding that he should not exceed his constitutional mandate. Then, just a few months later, he entirely changed his mind. Standing in the Rose Garden, President Obama sidestepped congress and announced what is now known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. DACA circumvented U.S. law to prevent the deportation of young illegal immigrants under certain circumstances. To have qualified, illegal immigrants must have attended or graduated from high school, entered the United States before the age of 16 and had a criminal record free of felonies or major misdemeanors. At the time, many lawmakers raised concerns over the legality of President Obama’s action. The...Read More
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