Political Cry for Attention

Usually when there’s controversy surrounding the republican candidates, its about Donald Trump saying something stupid, or Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio having a petty fight, or Ben Carson being forgotten about- and Jeb Bush, well, just losing.

But this time Jeb Bush has created a twitter storm of which even Trump himself would be proud of. And this is why:

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Jeb Bush, has a relatively low twitter profile, however after tweeting this picture of a gun with his name engraved with the caption ‘America.’, the notifications on his phone went through the roof. This tweet got him nearly 40,000 re-tweets or likes, to put that into perspective his previous tweet got 400.

The second amendment of the US constitution is hugely divisive across, not just the USA but world over. Stricter gun laws were rightly introduced by Barack Obama, but with strong opposition from Republicans. Nearly 14,000 people died in 2015 from shootings. The tweet, in my opinion, is hugely distasteful and an insult to all those who have lost their lives to gun violence. And I wasn’t the only one to react that way. Thousands responded angrily including Edward Snowden and Piers Morgan.

But the reality of the tweet is that it is a huge political cry for attention. Currently 4th in the South Carolina polls, he really needed to grab the attention of as many republican voters as possible, and unfortunately this tweet in many ways was the best way to do it. Whether or not it will help him, only time will tell.

But he certainly needs it, especially after this:

“I have a Dream…”

On Martin Luther King Day, Americans and people around the world celebrate and remember a man who helped to change the course of American history and society.

It is worth remembering also what he taught us in the way he spoke as an activist, as a leader, and as a man.

Here I have listed a series of quotes by the great man himself, Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

“Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Also, here is a link to perhaps his most famous speech of all, “I have a Dream…”

State Of The Union

I find US Politics fascinating.

So I thought I ought to share a few highlights from Barack Obamas final State of the Union Address:

The State of the Union is an annual address given to a joint session of the United States Congress, by the American President . The address reports on the condition of the nation but also allows the President to outline his legislative agenda and national priorities.