Panelists discuss next steps for American liberalism

first_imgOn Friday, panelists gathered in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall to discuss the future of liberalism, as well as the future of democracy, in an event sponsored by the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies, the Constitutional studies minor, the department of Africana studies, and the Notre Dame College Democrats. The panelists included Tim Roemer, former Indiana congressman and former U.S. ambassador to India, Rogers Smith, professor of political science and associate dean for social sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dianne Pinderhughes, chair of Africana studies and professor of political science at Notre Dame.Roemer said American democracy has been in crisis for the past 15 to 20 years because of low government approval ratings, increasing polarization and flaws in the U.S. democracy.“In the last election, 70 percent of the American people thought the country was going in the wrong direction,” Roemer said.“Congressional approval ratings are in the teens, some in the single digits.“Imagine that — 8, 9, 10 percent approval rating. You’re in company with the leader of North Korea and cockroaches when you are at 9 or 10 or 11 percent popularity.”According to Roemer, divides along partisan, socioeconomic and geographical lines have also contributed to a crisis in U.S. democracy. Roemer said Democrats need to imitate Robert Kennedy and unite diverse groups in the working class.“We need to get back to that time of inclusive messaging,” he said of Kennedy.Roemer said he also was concerned about American democracy because the Economist Intelligence Unit “downgraded” the U.S. from its status as a full democracy to that of a flawed democracy.“We are now with Estonia, Chile, South Korea,” he said. “We are not that beacon to the rest of the world for what they all want to be like. So we have work to do.”Smith said liberals must respond to President Donald Trump’s nationalism with their own narrative about American identity.“…[In] this historical moment, and perhaps for decades to come, I think it is still necessary for those who seek to win authority to shape national policies in progressive directions, to build coalitions on shared accounts of national identities and purposes, what I call national stories of peoplehood,” he said.Smith said liberals should try to emulate the abolitionist movement of the Civil War era.“My argument today is that if liberalism is to have a future in the age of Trump, liberals and progressives must explicitly advance a rival vision of American national identity, one first set forth by the antebellum, anti-slavery Constitutionalists,” he said. “This rival vision argues that the nation’s first obligation is to its citizens, but it also insists that the nation exists in order to serve a still higher purpose: the gradual securing over time of the basic rights of the Declaration of Independence for all people, of all colors, everywhere.”Pinderhughes discussed the effects of Trump’s policies on American democracy and African Americans’ relation to liberalism.She said African Americans occupy a “distinctive space” in American politics, with the majority voting for Democratic candidates — though African Americans also critique liberalism.“The fact is, whether political activists, academics or the man in the street, many African Americans point to the presence of racist politics and policies that did not very sufficiently [work] to make a change in their lives, even when the president is a Democrat or the governor is a Democrat,” she said.Pinderhughes said Trump disregards the “rule of law” – laws and policies designed to check the president’s arbitrary power — and will have a long-term impact on American democracy and civil rights. According to Pinderhughes, ignoring the rule of law undercuts the efforts African Americans have made to have their civil and political rights recognized.“If there’s no rule of law for some people, there’s no rule of law for anyone,” she said. “That includes African Americans. So, the assumptions that people have been operating under are being challenged.”Tags: Africana Studies, Donald Trump, Future of liberalism, liberalism, political sciencelast_img read more

Unbelievable start for Season 59 at Stuart Speedway

first_imgEthan Braaksma led a stacked field of IMCA Modifieds from flag to flag in winning Wednesday’s opening night feature at Stuart Speedway. (Photo by Buck Monson) Even a bounce off of the turn two wall didn’t slow Braaksma down as he went on to the wire-to-wire win. North Dakota’s Tom Berry Jr. made a last-lap pass for second with Money third. Inman and Reimers threw slide job after slide job with Reimers leading each time at the line. As the white flag flew Inman threw one more haymaker in turn two but ran out of room and Reimers went on to the win. Inman settled for second with rookie Corey Madden third. STUART, Iowa (May 20) – The engines came to life Wednesday evening with drivers from all around in attendance for the season opener at Stuart Speedway. IMCA feature winners for the night were Ethan Braaksma, Damon Murty, Chuck Madden Jr. Cam Reimers and Bryan Vannausdle.  The Chelsea Charger passed Pruitt for second on lap 13 and two laps later Schafroth found himself in second as Murty drove off to the win. Schafroth finished second with Pruitt third. By Josh Reynolds Within two laps of the start of their feature, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars were five wide at times as Brandon Pruitt showed the way over Buck Schafroth and Kellie Drury. Schafroth began to flex his muscles around half way and took the lead on lap 11 but lurking in the shadows was 12th starting Damon Murty. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods saw Brayton Carter lead early with Tyler Inman and Cam Reimers in tow. Reimers found some traction on the topside and swung into second on lap eight. One lap later Carter went for a spin in turn one to bring out the caution and from there the fans were in for a treat. Madden led Brandon Long early in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main until Jeff Ware came from eighth to second on lap four. A couple cautions slowed the pack but once the green was out it was all Madden as he went on to the flag-to-flag win. Twelfth starting Jason Kohl worked his way to a second place finish with Cox third.  Braaksma and Clay Money led a stacked IMCA Modified field to speed with Braaksma taking control early. By halfway Braaksma was in heavy lapped traffic with Money and Ricky Thornton Jr. in prime posi­tion to pounce, but the Newton driver was poised and up to the challenge as he weaved and worked his way through.  Kolby Sabin led the Mach-1 Sport Compacts early as Mitchell Bunch and Vannausdle came through the pack. Bunch, last year’s track champion, looked to go on to the win but a restart with three laps left al­lowed Vannausdle to sneak by and go on to the feature win. Bunch crossed in second with Sabin third.last_img read more

Awesome United sink sorry City

first_img Any hopes of retaining the title are now surely over for Pellegrini and the pressure on the Chilean is continuing to mount. This fixture has thrown up some classics over the years – and the early signs were that this was going to be another. Both teams went at each other from the first whistle on a typically wet and windy Mancunian afternoon. City went into the match as underdogs after a miserable run of form, but the roles were reversed in the opening stages as they threatened to run riot, dominating possession and attacking at every opportunity. Jesus Navas raced through on goal following Martin Demichelis’ punt over the back four, but the Spaniard was denied by his compatriot David de Gea, who raced off his line to block. Smalling denied Aguero from the resulting corner and then it was Carrick’s turn to put in a last-gasp tackle to deny Yaya Toure. When the opening goal came in the eighth, City made it look easy. James Milner drifted in from the left flank, slipped the ball in to David Silva and he squared to the unmarked Aguero, who tapped in from close range. The goal woke United from their slumber. They threw everything at their opponents and six minutes later they were level. De Gea, under pressure from Aguero after a short backpass from Phil Jones, booted the ball to the left wing where Herrera whipped the ball into Young. Gael Clichy blocked Young’s first attempt, but the winger swept the ball in at the second attempt. The Stretford End was rocking. They demanded another and United looked destined to give it to them. Herrera buzzed around the pitch, causing City no end of problems, Fellaini was over-powering Toure in the middle and Mata sprayed a series of deft passes around the park. The former Chelsea midfielder started off the move that led to United’s second. Mata fired a 40-yard ball across the field to Young, who backheeled the ball to Daley Blind. He returned the ball to the former Aston Villa player, who whipped in a ball to the back post where Fellaini headed past Joe Hart after out-jumping Clichy. United continued to pile on the pressure before half-time, but they did not have it all their own way. Aguero broke through just before half time, but Antonio Valencia sprinted across the pitch to tackle the Argentinian while Silva was unmarked in the box. Kompany joined Silva in the book for wiping out Blind. The City captain did not emerge after the restart. He was replaced by Eliaquim Mangala. The match continued at the same breakneck speed after the break. Hart denied Rooney his 12th Manchester derby goal with a diving save from his free-kick and Carrick’s rebound was blocked. City were all over the place at the back and it was only a matter of time before United scored their third. It came when Mata slipped in behind the City defence after a through-ball from Rooney and he slipped the ball under Hart. Smalling then put the victory beyond any doubt when he nodded in Young’s cross from a free-kick. There was just enough time for Aguero to pull one back, but there were no celebrations from the visitors. They knew that they had already been soundly beaten. Louis van Gaal’s dream turned into reality as Manchester United put four goals past City in a superb derby win at Old Trafford. Sergio Aguero’s early opener was cancelled out by Ashley Young’s close-range effort and United went in ahead at half-time after Marouane Fellaini’s powerful header. Juan Mata added a third after the restart and Chris Smalling also found the net before Aguero pulled one back at the death to make it 4-2. Van Gaal said before the match that he and his players had been “dreaming” of beating their arch rivals for the first time since December 2012. But this was a victory and performance that was surely beyond the United manager’s wildest expectations. Once United had levelled the scores, they out-performed the Barclays Premier League champions in every department. Mata rattled City with his creativity and vision, Michael Carrick ensured the hosts played at a high tempo at the base of midfield and Ander Herrera had possibly his best game in United red. But the best players on a pitch full of mega stars were Young and Fellaini. Van Gaal played down his role in United’s revival before kick-off, but the Dutchman deserves huge credit for the way he has turned these misfits into two of the most deadly players in the top flight on current form. Pablo Zabaleta, one of the league’s most experienced and consistent performers, could not handle Young’s pace all afternoon and Fellaini just bullied every player he saw in blue. The result means United remain third in the table, four points ahead of City. The Red Devils are just one point behind Arsenal and eight shy of table-toppers Chelsea. The biggest repercussions are likely to be felt across town. City boss Manuel Pellegrini was taunted with chants of “sacked in the morning” towards the end of the match, which brought to an end a run of four successive derby wins for the Blues. Press Associationlast_img read more