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The Problem of Caucuses

By Crispinus Lee Published April 15, 2016

In the United States, preliminary nominations to the general elections are decided by a series of state-level elections referred to as either primaries or caucuses. As such, misrepresentation is frequently found within in the American political realm.


The Disaster of Veterans Affairs

By Crispinus Lee Published February 25, 2016

The United States Department of Veteran Affairs is among the most poorly run of all U.S. bureaucratic organs. The reasons of such problems may have sociological indicators, but the worse problems may actually lie in the political organization of government assistance for veterans.


Voter Fraud Legislation: How Misguided Good Breeds Bad Democracy

By Crispinus Lee Published November 11, 2015

The issue of voter fraud has occupied a large portion of the American psyche. This led to several attempts to prevent voter legislation in order to bring about the most democratic of all elections. Unfortunately, this attempt has rendered American voting severely unrepresentative.


The Capital Catastrophe: Disenfranchisement in Washington, D.C.

By Crispinus Lee Published October 22, 2015

Washington D.C. has been inching closer to full representation rights for sometime, but it has been continuously held back from the full federal representation by state representatives that may not have the District's best interests in mind.


Drug Law Criminalization and the Deterioration of Civil Liberties

By Crispinus Lee Published March 14, 2015

The Prison system within the United States is a horribly demented piece of evidence to overly criminalized drug charges. While laws criminalizing certain drugs are necessary, there should be some clarification to what specific activities should be criminalized.


Pay-Day Loans and Native American Nations

By Crispinus Lee Published February 18, 2015

Native American Nations exist in an odd political junction: they govern independently, but are still dependencies of the United States. This puts Native Nations in the center of legal battles for corporations attempting to avoid financial obligations.


United States Territories Today

By Crispinus Lee Published October 21, 2014

Territories of the United States and their inhabitants should be given full political rights to preserve and protect the quality of our democracy.