David is a Political Science and Journalism double-major. He is currently a senior at Stony Brook University and has spent all four of his years at The Statesman. He began his career there within a couple of weeks of starting college as a freshman and has remained there ever since. He was originally primarily interested in sports reporting but then branched out his interests to the news and arts spheres of journalism and life. He hopes to pursue Political Science and one day work in the U.S. State Department.
One of the most interesting points to be made about these movies, and notably their heroines, is how the role of important female characters has evolved through the 20th and early 21st centuries alongside the societal role of the American woman.
Despite close to 250 years of the federal government’s growing more influential relative to the states, it is remarkable how much control each U.S. state has over its local affairs. In the last couple of decades, state autonomy appears to have had a revival.
This is not the Cuban Missile Crisis Part Two; the United States and Latin America are not sworn enemies for all time. However, the people and nations of Latin America have sent the United States a message: we are perfectly willing to do business with you, but as equals, not as pseudo-colonies.
That being said, the separation of church and state has become one of the founding principles of our society. Though the interpretation of the law may vary, the belief in its legitimate standing in our body of law is generally unquestioned. But one has to be careful that their religious and moral beliefs do not subtly or bluntly become public policy. Governance is a difficult business, especially over a vast and diverse country like the U.S.
It is apparent that we are coming to a turning point in American history. The issue of homosexual rights, the civil rights issue of our time, is hitting a crescendo that has manifested itself in the hearing of two Supreme Court cases this month: the case against the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 from California. There is reason to believe that the Supreme Court will tilt the balance in favor of marriage equality later this year, but this social change in American society must be handled delicately should we want it to last.