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Welcome our Latest Intern, Pierre Saint-Perez

I’m a sophomore studying Ethics, History, and Public Policy, with an additional major in Science, Technology, and Public Policy, at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Originally from Ithaca, NY, I grew up in the post-9/11 age, the United States has been in Iraq and Afghanistan for as long as I can remember. Climate Change has been a known threat for my whole life. But most importantly, over my lifetime, I’ve watched millions of people go from living in democracies to living in dictatorships masquerading as democracies. I’ve watched as elections have been bought by despots who disassemble the systems of checks and balances that were so carefully tuned by generations of our forbearers. Here, here is where we draw the line. The United States of America was envisioned as “The Great Experiment”. Here, modern democracy was born. If the American republic falls, then we will fall back into a dark age of dictators and feudal states warring over ever dwindling resources.

None of us chose to live in this time, as everything that we have built is in danger of tearing itself down. But we can make the most of it. We can do our duty to the ancestors on whose legacy we rest, and to the untold generations yet to be born. We can make our stand here, and now.

This is why I stand with Stand Up Republic

Pierre Saint-Perez, Intern

Trump’s State of the Union; his most populist appeal yet

Tonight’s State of the Union address was the president’s most populist appeal to date. He cast opposition to him as antithetical to the national interest, ginned up irrational fear of immigrants, attacked law enforcement agents for investigating crimes committed by his campaign, and blamed outside forces for every one of his administration’s failings. In short, he railed against accountability and cloaked himself in misdirected appeals to patriotism and fraudulent invocations of fear.

Let’s be real: the state of the union is divided, and under continuous attack. The Kremlin continues their efforts to undermine our democracy, while the Trump administration does the minimum necessary to appear concerned with these hostile acts. Rather than fight for America’s democracy, the president would rather fight against those laboring to discover the full truth behind Moscow’s election attacks. And rather than work to bridge the divide in our country, the president’s words of comity were belied by partisan attacks.

America is stronger than our differences, and we are more than capable of handling the challenges that await us. But to do so, we must recommit ourselves to the principles and ideals that define our nation, and reject the populist appeals to fear and division.

Mike Ongstad
Communications Director
Stand Up Republic