The Head and The Heart.

My head wants a pragmatic leader capable of taking charge in cases of foreign relations and national security. This president would be enough of a centrist to accomplish some things I want for this country while making concessions in other areas, allowing for bipartisan reform with serviceable congressional relationships.

My heart hurts for the victims of the welfare gap, born into a persistent social class system designed to profit off of their collective labor and talents. My heart also wants a charismatic leader who governs with transparency and has the ability to draw out more of the >40 percent of the electorate who didn’t vote in 2012.

So which do you trust? The empathetic side led by a growing concern over social issues or the pragmatic centrist who may be able to actually push legislation through? Why do they two have to be mutually exclusive?

It’s been said that Bernie Sanders is the best thing to happen to the Clinton campaign. His far left rhetoric is forcing Hillary to adjust in ways inconceivable a year ago. And while Sanders is still a consensus 10 points behind Clinton, 10 percent of the party is undecided – leaving the candidates virtually neck and neck. This sort of competition is driving Clinton to call upon her dedicated voter blocs, like blacks and older women,while altering her positions just enough to appeal to the far left. Meanwhile Sanders is drawing in groups that don’t trust Clinton into the progressive fold and conversation.

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The Current Political Climate

Like the Earth’s ozone, the nation’s political climate is heating up and it’s showing in the rhetoric of it’s presidential candidates. It’s election season; if the increasing red and blue placards sprouting up in neighborhoods across the country weren’t enough of a sign then it’s millions of political scientists who’ve no doubt emerged within US social circles. It is with the same frequency as the summer Olympics that people once again feel comfortable airing out their larger grievances with the American experience. And it is that same time where politicians have to seem like they care.
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Whatever her complaints, America wants to be heard. Three candidates have so far emerged to be the best purveyors of the nations frustration. Their campaigns effectiveness can be see in this graph. Spanning from Last February to now, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are leagues above their presidential rivals in Google search term popularity.

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Life & the pursuit of culture.

Without painting it in such a way that over complicates even it’s most basic nuances, I want to talk about what it means to be alive and the responsibility that follows.

In many ways, our primary function doesn’t change much from the moment we are born. Humans push past bright lights and overwhelming sensation to snatch their first breath from the air.

The struggle is twofold.

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How I feel about blogs.

In order to dive into how I feel about blogs, I’ve got to define their purpose.
Above all, every successful blog that I know has a niche that is wholly apparent to it’s readers.

To list a few successful blogs that I follow: Pigeons and Planes, Pitchfork, FrontRow, Blogging the ‘Boys, and Bloody Elbow.

P&P and Pitchfork both covers indie and hip-hop music culture. Frontburner is the music and entertainment blog for D Magazine. Blogging the ‘Boys covers the Dallas Cowboys, often going past the typical national coverage. And The Bloody Elbow is a combat sports blog focusing on mixed martial arts news.

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Hip-Hop & Homophobia

For awhile, hip-hop and homophobia lived in the same house. They shared friends, as Hip-Hop openly shouted homophobia out. Rewind back to 2003, Hip-Hops prototypical homophobic anthem, “Where the Hood at?”.

“Man, cats don’t know what it’s gonna be
Fuckin with a nigga like me,
D-to-the-M-to-the-X
Last I heard, y’all niggas was havin sex,with the same sex
I show no love, to homo thugs
Empty out, reloaded and throw more slugs
How you gonna explain fucking a man?
Even if we squashed the beef, I ain’t touching ya hand
I don’t bunk with chumps, for those who been to jail
That’s the cat with the Kool-Aid on his lips and pumps
I don’t fuck with niggas that think they broads
Only know how to be one way, that’s the dog”

X criticized homosexuals in the urban community, most notably cross dressers an those he deemed to not be “hood enough.” Today DMX would be languished for those same lyrics on all sorts of major new outlets.

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p1: The intro

Culture and arts have always had an entangled relationship. The arts exist to document, celebrate and critique the culture of a given society. The same relationship exists between news and history, news being the conduit through which we remember historical events.

Now the point of this blog isn’t to throw around banal platitudes from atop a perch, but rather to share a lens with whoever should be reading. It’s to combine elements of the above, drawing from urban culture, internet humor and music. All of which will be brought to you from atop my personal soapbox.

Globalization has the melting pot effect on culture. But like any sort of stew, ingredients of larger quantity can overpower the taste of lesser inclusions. Take American culture, example. Globalization is the reason why kids in North and South Korea can eat Big Macs and stream The Interview on their iPhones. But what can the average American tell me about Korea besides Kim Jong-un and Gangnam Style?

I’ll be waiting in the comment section for that deep insight on Korean culture.

The biggest fear many have of globalism/globalization is the adoption or assimilation of culture which can have the negative effect of washing out individual culture in favor of a globally subscribed one. This is something I like to call The Walmart Effect.

Outside of the realm of very specific needs, why would anyone forgo the convenience of Walmart when buying general items? Instead of a going to a butcher or a florist, Walmart provides a convenient and general selection of similar goods. The price of that convenience is the death of the majority of specialty shops. It’s harder to survive in a Walmart world. The same can be said for global culture. As we move towards a stronger global identity, individual contributions will be lost in their inclusion.

The antecedent to this is the power of influence or strength of ingredients if we’re using the melting pot analogy. Countries in developing markets are becoming consumers, no longer selling their goods to be leeched on by the global economy. This increases their stock in the global market and influence in culture.

But none of this answers if Globalization is a “bad” or “good” thing. The answer to that comes from the intention of the inquirer. I personally look forward to a global community commenting, liking and contributing to the same beast. But I also believe in preservation of diversity.

Let me know how you feel in the comments.