Jair Bolsonaro: Tropical Trump or Brazilian Messiah?

You may have heard about the man that the international media has dubbed “The Tropical Trump”, Jair Messías Bolsonaro. The 63-year-old retired army captain was elected to Brazil’s highest office a few weeks ago; the culmination of the one of the most eventful political races in the country’s recent history. Over the past three months, Brazilians have witnessed an assassination attempt (on national television), the … Continue reading Jair Bolsonaro: Tropical Trump or Brazilian Messiah?

The “war on the media” and the role that each of us plays in it

A year ago, I was scrolling through my news feed when I came across a bizarre story that caught my eye (in a bad sense). A businessmen in Montana was on the campaign trail during a special interim election when he was approached by a reporter from a British newspaper. The man wanted answers from the GOP candidate about his stance on Healthcare, the hot-button … Continue reading The “war on the media” and the role that each of us plays in it

The waiting game of trade

As the trade negotiations with México come together and the U.S. turns to Canada for the next round, everyday North Americans await the fate of some of the largest segments of the economic system. We hope for the best, and trust that the terms of the trade deals will benefit the entire system. Like most North Americans, I’m no trained economist. In my intellectual and … Continue reading The waiting game of trade

Families should be together forever

(Header Photo Cred: John Moore, Getty Images) By Jonathan Schroeder Normally, I really enjoy writing these blog posts. There’s something therapeutic about watching ideas flow out of your head, through your fingers and onto the screen; of writing words that inspire and uplift others to do better. But tonight’s a little different. Tonight I’m going to write about something that I really wish I didn’t … Continue reading Families should be together forever

Celebrating diversity (not just on Taco Tuesday)

By Jonathan Schroeder Two weeks ago, a NY Attorney named Aaron Schlossberg walked into a deli market full of Latino deli workers. The result was a viral video tirade that most of you have probably already seen. Less than a week later, a Border Patrol Agent in Montana stopped a Latina woman and asked for her identification. His justification – she was speaking Spanish. Let’s … Continue reading Celebrating diversity (not just on Taco Tuesday)

The U.S. is high on elections

The United States might have an addiction. This political addiction, laced with a need for pop culture and entertainment, has become a threat to the republic. The U.S. is high on elections. In some ways, this is a good thing. People are fully engaging using avenues, such as social media, that are unique to the political landscape. The availability of content and information has made … Continue reading The U.S. is high on elections

Democratic malpractice: incivility is bleeding us out

Most of us who grew up in the United States arose each morning in school to recite the pledge of allegiance. At that young age, we may have struggled with one of the longer words in the pledge—”indivisible.” In my own experience, though I don’t recall struggling to say it, I recited that term for years without even knowing the meaning of it. As adults, … Continue reading Democratic malpractice: incivility is bleeding us out