This summer, my stepdad saw an American flag dancing in the wind and assumed its owner was conservative. It is a common reaction by liberals. For years, the GOP has seemingly monopolized symbols of patriotism, like the flag and the armed forces. Now, it’s time to reclaim American pride, for the sake of this country and the long-term political strategy of the Democratic Party. The Economist recently published an article called the “Politics of patriotism.” The author cites a H
These past few years have seen a rise in extremism across the country. From Trump’s demagoguery to Sanders’ dogmatism, explosive rhetoric has drowned out calls for political unity. ‘Never Trumpers’ watched their own Republican Party undergo the greatest ideological shift since the 70s. Establishment Democrats suffered a monumental defeat in 2016, yet continue to offer weak presidential candidates. Reactionary conservatives and radical liberals have cultivated new, vocal bases
With each passing year, climate change becomes a more important issue—and rightfully so—to American voters. There’s no denying climate change is perhaps the single greatest threat ever faced by human civilization. At least 97% of actively-publishing climate scientists agree that “[c]limate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.” And society is already feeling the effects; climate change has disrupted agriculture, lowered the qualit
Pomona College’s Politics Department has postponed a Friday event with California Democratic assemblywoman and alumna Cristina Garcia, after news broke that Garcia is under investigation for sexually assaulting a legislative aide. In an email to the Independent, Pomona College Politics Department chair Professor Susan McWilliams confirmed that Garcia’s talk will be postponed. While the original event description lauded Garcia, the current chair of the Women’s Caucus, as a pro
This week, we witnessed yet another government shutdown. For Democrats, Republicans, and virtually all in between, the scenes on the floor of the House and the Senate provide the latest evidence of the dangerous incompetence of our elected government. Some have said that this legislative ineptitude is the greatest threat our country faces, trumping even national security concerns. The greatest threat to the freedom of everyday Americans, however, does not come from Congress.
After his win in Indiana, Donald J. Trump has become the GOP’s presumptive nominee for President of the United States. Republicans should be genuinely fearful of what will happen to their party if Mr. Trump manages to win the general election. A Trump presidency would exacerbate the rift in the Republican Party between populists and the establishment, lead to Republican losses in the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential election, and turn a generation of young people away
CMC Professor Emeritus Ward Elliott. Image Courtesy Ward Elliott. With midterm elections just around the corner and a heated battle between Democrats and Republicans over control of the Senate, it becomes imperative to ask the daunting question, “What will you do on November 4?” Instead of having to go around and take a poll, Professor Ward Elliott’s study entitled, “Political Attitudes at the Claremont Colleges,” takes a deeper look into the political trends on the 5Cs throu
Classes of 2017, Congratulations! On behalf of the Claremont Independent, a leader in conservative and libertarian thought on campus, I would like to welcome you to the Claremont Colleges. Whether you will be making Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona or Scripps your home for the next four years, you’ve chosen a wonderful institution of higher learning and have become part of an intercollegiate community unlike any other. One of the most memorable experiences leadi