Letter from HCSGA President

Greetings students!

My name is Logan Samuels and I will be serving as the President of the Hood College Student Government Association for this academic school year. I wanted to take the time to introduce myself and to re-introduce the image of the HCSGA.

The boiled-down mission of HCSGA is to be a voice for the student body. We pride ourselves on the ability to survey what students want and need to see on campus and then use our positions as a catalyst for provoking action and change.

This year, HCSGA is determined to change the way we operate so that we can better help the students of Hood College. Over the next few weeks, you will be seeing a variety of new offerings from the HCSGA that we have configured and redesigned to best represent you.

HCSGA executive members will now be available to hear your concerns through new office hours where you can seek a specific member out and address any concerns you might have about our organization, a student organization you are involved in or an issue on campus. We are actively pushing to be more visible on campus and more proactive about seeking issues and formulating them into positive and constructive change.

We are also currently in the process of revamping our website to simplify finding forms regarding new organizations, budgets, elections, etc. and having a go-to place to learn about the people behind the HCSGA and how you can get involved.

The HCSGA executive board has been in full swing for the past few weeks and this week, now that we have successfully hosted our fall elections, our senate will go back into session. I strongly encourage each of you to attend as many senate meetings as you can, as they are open to the public, and this is a great way for you to express concerns to a forum of people who can support you and take action.

It is our aim to stand up for what students want, but we cannot do this without your assistance, so please do not hesitate to speak up and bring forward concerns, ideas and questions that the HCSGA can help you and our campus with.

I am looking forward to a wonderful year of growth, change and empowerment, and I am excited to officially kick off the fall semester and hit the ground running. Congratulations to our newly elected HCSGA leaders and best of luck to all students for their fall semester in both academics and endeavors.

Sincerely,

Logan H. Samuels

Ralph Nader organizes “Breaking Through Power Event”

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The official logo for the “Breaking Through Power” conference. Image courtesy of Evan West

 

Ralph Nader has organized an event to inspire young people who have hopes of making an impact on the country in a positive way through those who have already done so.

Hood College students have been invited to attend the Breaking Through Power event in Washington D.C. This event will feature several speakers who have inflicted change throughout the country.

Nader himself will host a variety of talks on matters including: “The Underutilization of Tort Law,” “Overcoming Civic Apathy,” “The Winning Strategy—and Proclamation,” and others. Hood students have been invited to attend the convention’s opening day, on Monday, Sep. 26.

On Monday, the line of sessions include: “Power for the People—What Our Energy Policy Should Be” with S. David Freeman, “Teaching Taxes—Politics and Practice” with John Fox, “How Congress Really Works” with Joan Claybrook, “A Citizen’s Guide to Freeing the Press” with Janine Jackson, “Small Claims Courts—the People’s Courts—Why Not Use Them?” with Oliver Hall, “Public Sentiment and Social Change—What it Takes” with Peter Dreier, “Overcoming Civic Apathy” with Ralph Nader, “Building A Movement” with Karen Hobert Flynn, and many more.

Other events throughout the week include “The Underutilization of Tort Law” which includes information regarding Tort Law and how people can use it properly. This specific law is for people who are wrongfully injured due to hospital malpractices.

According to a Johns Hopkins study, this happens to about 250 thousand people every year and only 3 percent of next of kin will bring a lawsuit against a hospital. This session will explore why people do not use the law and how they can benefit from it instead.

According to Nader, this will open up an opportunity for college students to see what the current generations have done and what they can continue to do in order to provoke change.

Although students may feel that the event is above their educational level, Nader feels that events like these are key to learning.

Nader said, “If you have low expectations of young people they will oblige you. If you have high expectations of young people they will surprise you.”

Nader considers himself to be an example of what one individual can do to promote change. He believes that one of his biggest accomplishments is the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act in 1966.

This bill has saved approximately 3.5 million premature deaths, not including injuries and other related incidents. This is due to Nader’s knowledge and desire to promote change in the world after losing several friends in car accidents.

 

This event as a whole will demonstrate to students that it is easier to make change than they might believe. It will be hosted by leading experts in a variety of fields, and Nader hopes that this convention will teach civics to people from the perspective of those who have actively participated in it.

Labor Day experience

Contributing Writer Nina Walton

This past weekend, Hood students, faculty and staff were granted a small break for the Labor Day weekend holiday. With two weeks of classes under their belts, it was a much-needed chunk of relaxation before getting back into the swing of things full time for the semester.

Several students decided to go home for the weekend to reunite with their parents to catch them up on the first few weeks of college. For first-years, this was their first chance to return home and share tales from orientation week and what it was like to attend college courses with their new professors.

Many students were also able to enjoy a home-cooked meal or grab a bite at one of their favorite restaurants. Whether people traveled home, went on a mini vacation, or stayed local, everyone seemed to have enjoyed the weekend.

Debbie McCutcheon said that she stayed at home. “My son John has a metal detector and he has been digging holes on my property, so I helped him.”

Dwight Bowie said: “I went to a family picnic. There was a lot of food [and] there were two bands as well. There were around three hundred people.”

Others, like Mary Hoag, were not able to take time off for the weekend. Hoag was available through campus safety around the clock in case of an emergency.

Teresa Case, however, was looking forward to having time off of work to enjoy a hike.

Other breaks included attending cookouts, heading home for a visit, going to a lake, visiting Chicago, and everyone’s favorite, catching up on some much needed sleep.

The Starfleet Academy Experience – An impulsive mission into outer states

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Carly Berkowitz in an exhibition at the Starfleet Academy Experience. Photo courtesy of Carly Berkowitz

Contributing Writer Carly Berkowitz

It occurred to me at the time that I was making a bad choice. It was already well past midnight and I was facing a four hour drive through traffic that I knew would be nightmarish at best, but that wasn’t going to stop me.

I had stumbled across the information while perusing Facebook a few nights prior and had gotten excited – in celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary on September 8th, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum was hosting an exhibit called the Starfleet Academy Experience. Be still, my nerdy little heart!

As I child, I grew up watching Star Trek.  The shows became a sort of weekly family event for me where we would all sit together for an hour and blast into the future.  Some children had family game night, I watched space soap operas.

The exhibit boasted interactive displays, trivia, memorabilia, and the chance to become a Starfleet Academy cadet for a brief time.  There was only one drawback that I subsequently didn’t discover until far too late – the museum was in New York.

There were a million reasons I shouldn’t have gone – the condition of my car, my lack of money, the fact that I should have been doing homework etc. – but Star Trek was the first nerdy thing I loved, and I wasn’t going to miss the chance to live it. And so I went.

As my first mate and I waited for our chance to enter the 24th century, we explored the U.S.S. Intrepid, a 73 year-old aircraft carrier that served in World War 2 and now serves as the bulk of the museum.  Included on display were the NASA space shuttle Enterprise and a piece of Star Trek history, the space shuttle Galileo prop from the original series 1960s series.

Upon finally entering the exhibit, we had our pictures taken and were outfitted with a watch-like device that we were instructed to scan at the various stations and it would record our results.

Outfitted and ready, we were greeted by the hologram of a young Vulcan woman upon entering.  She welcomed us to the academy and introduced us to the possible departments we could be sorted into like a more mundane, futuristic Harry Potter.

Would I be command, tactical, navigation, engineering, science, medical, or communications?  I couldn’t wait to find out.

The overhead lights were dimmed and the walls were inlaid with neon lighting that reflected onto their pale panels giving each one a glowing effect.  Screens and displays were laid out logically, allowing visitors to interact without too much of a wait.

The first room was medical and communications.  After the initial 5 question aptitude test for each department, we were given tasks like scanning an unconscious Klingon for ailments and diagnosing him, and even learning a few choice Klingon phrases.

There were also more personalized elements to the displays allowing visitors to alter pictures of themselves with certain distinct alien facial features.  Hint to the wise: Klingon forehead ridges and Andorian antennae don’t mesh well.

Each room presented kiosks with the same sort of mini aptitude test as in the first, as well as bigger exhibits and both props and costumes on display.  I was able to beam myself down using a transporter, plot a course through dangerous space for the Enterprise, and take phaser training, all while my results were stored away for further analysis.

The experience culminated in the final, ultimate, most infamous test in all of Star Trek history: the Kobayashi Maru.  Fans of the series may recall that this test is considered impossible to pass as it puts the student in an unwinnable situation.  The only person known to pass it was the legendary Captain Kirk, who reprogrammed it to do so (he essentially cheated).

Cadets are placed in front of a terminal on a recreation of the bridge of the Enterprise D and presented with the facts of the test and the options – three aggressive Klingon vessels, one highly damaged star ship with 300 crewmen requiring rescue, and you and your crew.  Do you fight?  Save as many as you can?  Save your own crew and leave the rest?  Even digitally, it’s an intense experience.

After limping away from the terminal in disappointment, the exhibit comes to a close.  Visitors turn in their information watches, get their results, and exit through the gift shop.  Back into the sunlight, back into the real world, I walked away knowing that my normal, mundane life would look boring for at least the next day or so.

As a fan, I had just had the experience of a lifetime, regardless of price or distance, so maybe it wasn’t such a bad choice after all.  And just in case anyone was curious, I saved 120 people in the Kobayashi Maru, and my results were that I was best suited for command and (go figure) communications.

Carly Berkowitz gets beamed up at the Starfleet Academy Experience. Video courtesy of Carly Berkowitz.

 

Villegas sets example on lacrosse field

Contributing Writer Amir Abdelrady

Alexander Villegas, a midfielder and attack-man on the Hood College Men’s lacrosse team set new standards as he first stepped on the field against Rosemont.

“Our first game was an away game, which made me more nervous than I usually would be,” said Villegas. “Not only that, but it was really cold, so trying to get your joints fluid and working correctly in that weather really sucked.”

Villegas walked off the field for his first time in a collegiate level lacrosse game leading the team with 2 goals and 3 assists.

“The first game helped me feel comfortable on the field,” saidVillegas. “I went a little harder in practice, and tried new things.”

Villegas continued showing huge possibility. He finished the month of February with five goals and one assist, the month of March with five goals and seven assists, and finally, the month of April with six goals and eight assists.

These accomplishments put him as third overall team ranking, and first of the 2013 class.

Unfortunately, Villegas reveals that during the last month or so, he had no choice but to play with Bursitis in both of his knees: an inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs in the joints.

“The levels of pain were so severe that it resulted in relying on Advil or Tylenol hours before the game, just because I knew I was about to suffer,” Villegas said. “Towards the end of the season, I had both my knees drained, and I was back to normal.”

Jesse Bronson, Villegas’ roommate, shared a few words on Villegas suffering from Bursitis.

“He was obviously in pain, and for weeks at a time,” Bronson mentions. “I could hear him limping around the house, barely able to go up and down the stairs comfortably.”

Villegas cut in to mention about how he was too busy with Lacrosse to obtain the proper medical treatment.

Villegas said, “I did what I could though. I went to physical therapy and put draining my knees off as long as I needed to.”

By sophomore year, however, Villegas was back in shape and ready to play. His stats reflected an athlete who didn’t let an injury hold them back as he was at 10 goals and 4 assists by the middle of the season.

However, shortly after the mid-way point in the season, Villegas severely sprained his ankle, and was out of commission for two weeks. He finished the season off with 17 goals and eight assists.

“It was a bummer,” says Villegas. “I came in really trying to make a change, but I kept getting hurt.”

Villegas continued onto his junior year without any injuries, and finished his third year with 20 goals and 5 assists. His overall total after his third year was 58 goals and 26 assists.

 

Nick Drillinger, Villegas’ teammate, felt that Villegas was getting to where he needs to be physically and mentally for his upcoming senior and final year of College Lacrosse.

 

“We both came in together as freshmen, and we have seen each other progress,” says Drillinger. “Now that we are the seniors, it feels that we have a lot to prove and have a higher level of expectations.”

 

Villegas agrees as he mentions that he is in his best shape in his college career, and still has fall ball to sharpen his skills. Not only that, but he has multiple months to keeping working at getting in the best shape possible.

 

“All I can say is that I am currently sitting at five points away from holding the “all-time scoring” title,” concludes Villegas. “I am definitely ready to do whatever it takes to earn that before I graduate.”

Blink-182 rocks out Hershey Park

Blink-182 plays in a full Hersheypark Stadium. Photo by Abbey McAlister

Blink-182 plays in a full Hersheypark Stadium.
Photo by Abbey McAlister

Blink-182 has been on a coast to coast North American tour to show off their new album California which features the single Bored to Death.

The tour stopped in Hershey Park this past Saturday and lit up the night with their pop punk sound and pyrotechnics. The band was opened by Baltimore natives, All Time Low, and A Day to Remember.

Blink-182 has been around since the early 1990’s. It was originally started by Tom Delonge, Scott Raynor and Mark Hoppus, but today the band consists of Travis Barker (Drums), Mark Hoppus (Bass and Vocals), and Matt Skiba (Guitar and Vocals).

The band released hit songs including All the Small Things (1999), I Miss You (2003), What’s my Age Again (2001), First Date (2001), and The Rock Show (2001) to name just a few.

After separating from Tom Delonge for good in 2015, the current band began writing their new album after not having released an album since 2011, and released California in July of this year.

On Billboard, it was ranked number one, marking the first time in 15 years since they had a number one album. Blink-182 is credited with helping to evolve pop punk music to what it is today.

Jack Barakat, guitarist of All Time Low, saw Blink-182 at Hershey Park when he was a teenager in the early 2000’s. Fast forward about a decade, and Barakat and his band were opening up for some of their inspiration.

After All Time Low and A Day to Remember pumped up the crowd with their blend of pop punk and rock, the trio of Blink-182 burst on to the stage to a packed Hershey Park stadium. Their set list was a perfect medley of songs off their new album and some of their hits from the past 20 years of their existence.

The stadium was filled with fans young and old who sang along word for word to the lyrics of every song. There was not one person sitting down for the duration of their set and everyone was on their feet and getting lost in the music.

During one song, the stadium was lit up by the flashlights of phones swaying back and forth to the music. It was amazing to see how the music connected everyone at the show.

It will be a show I won’t soon forget, if Blink-182 is ever close to here again; go. You won’t regret it.

A Commuter’s Perspective

The newly painted dome of the Whitaker Atrium.  Photo by CJ Blickenstaff

The newly painted dome of the Whitaker Atrium.
Photo by CJ Blickenstaff

“Oh my god. There’s no parking again?”

“I wish I didn’t park all the way across campus. I have to be at work in 10 minutes.”

“An event? Tonight? At nine? That’s so late, and I’m so tired. I wish I could go, but I just don’t have it in me…”

On a regular day, you can assume that these things make up the entirety of my inner monologue, minus the stress that typically accompanies trying to find a parking space on campus after 8:30 a.m.

As a commuter, I find that it is hard to let go of these worries and relish in the community that was handed to me when I decided to attend Hood. It is hard to take advantage of opportunities since I never seem to be able to venture past the academic buildings to where most people typically are. Most commuters seem to be like me: always rushing.

I joined some clubs and went to some speaking engagements in an effort to at least show my face, but after a long day, I typically prefer to head home to relax and enjoy a hot-cooked meal.

This puts commuters in a strange predicament: forgo the pleasure of relaxing in hopes of connecting with some new people, or leave campus at a normal time, enforcing our routine and making it harder to want to stay out late? Most commuters also work and while it may seem like our nights off from work are the perfect time to get involved, oftentimes, we just want to catch up on rest.

While getting that quintessential Hood experience may be harder for commuters than for others, there are definitely some perks to living at home. I love being able to take a hot shower and not have to wear sandals, being able to see my mom after a stressful day and being greeted by my dog every time I walk in the door.

However, when I see groups of people laughing and walking out of their dorms, that is when I think about how I wish I lived in a dorm.

When I peer into the open windows of the dorms as I’m walking to my car and see groups of friends having fun, I’ll wish I had that kind of independence. When I see people using issues on campus as a way to commiserate and strengthen the community as a whole, then, in a weird way, I’ll wish I lived on campus.

I think what’s most important about the dynamic that commuters have with Hood is that our college experience is unique. As small of a school as we are, there’s still an amazing diversity of experiences that flourish despite the commuter/resident dichotomy, which personally, I think is wonderful.

Hood College Democrats: What has happened so far

Contributing Writer Samuel Kebede, Hood College Democrats President

With the summer drawing to a close, and the minds of people turning to the general election this November, there is an overall sentiment of hope within the democratic party.

This hope is not only fostered by a simple look at what the other side has coming up to bat, but at how we held ourselves through one of our most challenging primaries. Though many today, and probably many on campus, are not one hundred percent happy with how our primary has turned out, we do have our nominee; Hillary Clinton.

Hands down, she is the most qualified presidential candidate in recent history, and quite possibly, the most qualified ever to grace our political process. But this choice wasn’t made as easily as people originally assumed.

Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, threw his hat into the race to almost no initial attention. Though he was seen as an unknown and an outsider from the get go, he quickly became an effective champion for millions of Americans all across the nation.

His steadfast devotion to addressing such issues as wealth inequality, money in politics, and discrimination touched so many people, and brought them in to a political system desperately needing thier input. Though, as we all know, he didn’t carry the nomination, he ended with primary victories in twenty-three states, and accumulated over 13 million votes nationwide.

He, in no uncertain terms, began a political revolution not only within the democratic party, but all across this nation and its parties.

What he realized all throughout, and especially as the Republican nominee was chosen, is that the message cannot falter, even for a moment. Even though he was undoubtedly upset with his primary loss, Sanders endorsed Clinton’s campaign for the presidency, showing extreme strength of character and purpose.

He knows that Clinton has proven record on fighting for progressive values, understands the needs of our communities in today’s election, and can be ready on day one to see that our country continues to prosper and flourish. Sanders also know that we, as progressives, need to stand together in order to not only defeat Trump, but to ensure policies are passed that help all peoples, regardless of what their skin color is or who they love.

To show this, Sanders, and his campaign, played an integral part in the formation of the Democratic Party Platform; the guiding document which details our intent and beliefs. He and his supporters worked with party officials and Clinton’s campaign to form what is herald as the most progressive platform to date.

This includes a call for a doubling of the federal minimum wage, a mandate on the Department of Justice to investigate all police shootings, and an aggressive address to climate change, involving putting a price on carbon, and investing in alternative energy sources.

Bernie supporters also successfully called for the culling of disruptive and toxic elements within the party structure, such as Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who stepped down after fostering an environment in the Democratic National Committee(DNC) which was more than a little biased against Sander’s campaign.

Sanders has done this, all of this, in order to get his message front and center; and he succeeded. He now shifts towards the fight we have in November, and beyond, because he doesn’t want his message to fade and die.

He has called upon all of his supporter to back Clinton, either begrudgingly or not, because he knows she fights for all of us, regardless of who they supported in the primary, even republicans too. Sanders and Clinton realize the very real existential threat posed by Donald Trump; a man who has dismissed sexual harassment claims made both against himself and any woman in any workplace.

A man who wants to isolate and separate portions of this nation based on who they pray to, or where they happened to be born. Now people may not like Clinton for any number of reason, either legitimate or not, but the choice is clear.

We as citizens cannot afford the luxury of sitting around this cycle, as any non-vote is a vote for the winner regardless of who that is. We cannot simply sit back and complain about who, or what may happen, and certainly not who has won once the dust has settled. The urgency is now, the issues are pressing, so much is at stake for all those who wish of a future free of discrimination and despair.

Donald Trump and the Republican Party cannot be allowed to represent us, and this nation, as we know they cannot and will not. We, especially us of the younger generation, must turn out; and when we do, it must be for the Democrats!

In the now immortal words of President Obama; “Don’t boo. Vote.”

Hood College Republicans: What has happened so far

Contributing Writer Brice McAndrew, Hood College Republicans

2016 has not been an easy year for the Republican Party. Anyone who tells you otherwise is lying.

It seems that new troubles are faced at every turn, as the GOP begins to look more like a circus act than a political party. As the spectacle of primary season slowed down to a crawl, one would assume that normalcy and level-heads would begin to reemerge. That campaign ads and strange insults about hand size would simply be things of the past. Unfortunately, if you have been following the news at all, you already know that is not the case.

To start things off, Donald Trump is now the official Republican nominee for president. After sharing the debate stage with three governors, three senators, and a brain surgeon; Trump came out on top. His brash attitude and refusal to be politically correct endeared him to a surprisingly large percentage of Republican voters.

Despite many of his statements being labeled racist, misogynist, and xenophobic; he still walked into the Republican National Convention with 44.9% of the vote. While Ted Cruz and John Kasich intended to stay in the race until the convention, they both dropped out prematurely. Both man also reneged on their promises to endorse whoever the Republican nominee ended up being.

Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, also had serious reservations about endorsing Trump. However, after a closed-door meeting, Ryan decided to jump on the “Trump Train”; stressing the importance of unity within the party.

Yet, Ryan’s support did not convince many conservatives to follow. Despite being the only man left in the race, the “#NeverTrump” campaign still raged on well into the summer and to this very day. Which leads us to the glorious disaster that was the Republican National Convention.

The Republican National Convention, or RNC, is the event where delegates come to officially nominate the presidential candidate and adopt the party platform for the next year. It is also an occasion where prominent Republicans and guests get to speak in front of a televised crowd. And it just so happens that everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.

Perhaps the most important thing to come out of the summer was the Republican platform. This is the Bible that all Republican officials should be expected to follow. Yet it is considered to be one of the most extreme, exclusive platforms to ever be crafted. It is perhaps Trump’s greatest legacy.

The feelings of anger and victimization brought to the forefront by his fiery rhetoric are clearly on display in this document. It calls for the 14th amendment to be expanded to apply to unborn children in an attempt to stop legal abortion, legally defining marriage as between a man and a woman, removing the federal minimum wage, repealing the Affordable Care Act, restructuring Medicaid into a block grant, ending funding for Planned Parenthood, decreasing regulations on gun ownership; and of course, building a wall.

There are many other things included, but it reads very much the same. And while it is important to remember that not all Republicans and conservatives support this platform (including Trump himself), one cannot disregard the ominous implications it has for the future direction of the party.

The speeches did not fare much better. Many speakers, including his children, spoke about Trump’s business acumen. Some spoke of the many ails America has become afflicted with under the Obama Administration.

Some took shots at Hillary Clinton. Chris Christie, for example, put Clinton on trial; in a bizarre, yet captivating way that got a “Lock Her Up” chant to rage throughout the three-day event.

Some Republicans attempted to stay true to their values while also adjusting to please the pro-Trump crowd, like Paul Ryan and Scott Walker. Some refused the invitation because they didn’t support the nominee, like John Kasich and the entire Bush family.

Ted Cruz somehow did both. He went on stage and gave a passionate speech about fighting for what you believe in while respecting the opinions of others. He urged people to vote their conscience and support candidates they felt reflected their own ideals. This sentiment got him booed offstage. By not endorsing Trump, Cruz’s Reagan-esque speech was met with hostility and overwhelming jeers.

The event ended with Trump taking the stage and delivering an apocalyptic account of the state America is currently in. It was no different than any other speech you’ve heard him give, but it was the first time he had done it as the Republican nominee for president. He also selected Governor Mike Pence of Indiana as his running mate; a man few people expected, but was considered a safe choice among conservatives.

With the convention long behind us, it is hard to say what the rest of the year has in store for the Republican Party. It would be impossible to claim Donald Trump has made no impact. He has run through the establishment like a hurricane, causing unrest and upheaval everywhere he goes. He continues to be his brash and brazen self, attracting and alienating people simultaneously.

Now the party appears to be at a crossroads. If Trump becomes president, then his voice will become the status quo for all Republicans to follow. If he fails, then the party must look inward and rework itself to better reflect the ideals of more Americans. Either way, one would be wise to expect major changes after the events of this summer.

At the moment, it is impossible to say with any authority what state the Republican Party is in. It could be beaten and weathered or alive and thriving. It is simply too hard to tell. We will have to wait until November to find out.

Trump Presidency a Disturbing Possibility

The jokes have been made, his blunders and ludicrous remarks seem to never end. Donald Trump as Republican presidential nominee is absurd, but there it is.

Americans are, however, potentially saddled with a man who is to diplomacy what George Bush was to peace in the Middle East.

At one period in time, it seemed unimaginable that Trump would bag the GOP nomination. Most people thought his crazy antics in the early days of the primary campaign were something that we’d all laugh about later. Today, nobody’s laughing. The prospect that Trump might actually win fills many people with terror (except maybe Vladimir Putin).

Right now, the world is seething with numerous complex global issues seldom matched in modern times and suffering alike from a shortage of idealistic leaders and diplomats capable of finding solutions. Trying to imagine Trump bringing anything good to the table other than humiliation at best and division at worst is a misplaced hope.

Trump’s appeal is simple: he speaks his mind. The “worse” he gets, it seems, the more well-liked he becomes. Along the campaign trail, Trump has said many things that have raised more than a few eyebrows such as, his comments on women, immigration, and Muslims.

As memorable as his insults may be, nevertheless, the most memorable line from his campaign can be summed up in a single slogan; that is, “Make America Great Again!”

This slogan is somewhat of a political taboo. In place of American optimism and exceptionalism, his message of American decline does not match the general consensus of the country.  In Trump’s mind, America is anything but great, however, he boasts that he alone can restore America to its former glory.

A component of his plan to journey America closer to greatness are his proposals on trade policies.

In March, Trump stated in USA Today that: “[Trans-Pacific Partnership] is the biggest betrayal in a long line of betrayals where politicians have sold out U.S. workers.”

In the course of the election campaign, Trump has repeatedly criticized China. He claims that his presidential administration would go aggressively after China, implementing tougher negotiations over trade.

In June, Trump spoke in Pittsburgh saying, “We allowed foreign countries to subsidize their goods, devalue their currencies, violate their agreements, and cheat in every way imaginable…Trillions of our dollars and millions of our jobs flowed overseas as a result.”

However, Trump is wrong about trade. Trade is a beneficial thing for Americans. In Trump’s attempt to concentrate primarily on exports alone as a “win” for America.

He disregards the fact that U.S. imports lower costs of production for American companies. Let’s not forget that Trump, too, has profited from foreign labor.

His proposal to impose steep tariffs on trade would be devastating to Americans and American companies. According to the Peterson Institute for International Economics, reduced taxes on imports from trade agreements save the average U.S. household around $10,000 a year. In other words, if it were left up to Trump American companies and consumers would have less variety and would be expected to pay more.

On the ground of existing evidence, this overly confident and politically ambitious man would be a political disaster for America. In fact, the idea of Mr. Trump on an international platform putting the country’s interests before his own is frankly laughable.

This, after all, is a man who has grounded his campaign message on racist and xenophobic policies. Although his nomination is a national embarrassment, the reality is that Donald Trump (a self-proclaimed “winner”) is headed for the greatest loss of his life this November.