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October 23, 2019 | The Clarion
Trump, Democratic debates
and taking a break
By Julie Carter
I love politics. Call me crazy all you want. I
study politics. I discuss politics with my friends.
I watch political commentary videos in my free
time. A large portion of my life revolves around
I began my study of politics in 2016 when I
came to this college. It was one hell of a year
to start studying politics, but it was and still is
However, I must admit that I am absolutely,
wholeheartedly and completely exhausted by it
at the moment. I can still argue political theory
for hours. I still watch those same political
Now, it is just harder for me to get as passionate
in discussion and the day-to-day goings on in the
political arena. I’m so tired.
No, I do not want to debate my classmates
in my random general education requirement
courses. I do not care what you think about
whatever Beto O’Rourke said on the campaign
trail yesterday. I do not want to hear the same
arguments over and over and over.
It is becoming sickening to me.
This isn’t a party issue to me, either. No, I have
not and will not watch any of the Democratic
debates. No, I did not see Trump’s latest tweet.
To be honest, I really do not care what you have
to say about it either.
I used to operate day in and day out in the
political arena. It was my home. I was a walking
political news feed. I cannot operate like that
anymore. It was slowly suffocating me.
Now, it should come as no surprise that I am
a liberal. I do not like Donald Trump. However,
I used to be willing to debate whatever he was
saying in the news at any given hour. God knows
I had to keep up by the hour in order to stay
Now, I hear his name and quite literally hiss
like I’m a cat in my head.
I do not care about Donald Trump. Not as a
president. Not as a person. I will not let him
consume my waking days. I have much bigger
things to worry about than him at the present
If that makes me sound politically apathetic.
then so be it.
Now, if I, the self-proclaimed political fanatic,
is absolutely exhausted, I can only imagine what
the general populous is going through right now.
I may be shouting into the void of people who
have felt this way for so long. My lamentations
may be falling upon deaf ears.
Honestly, though, am I the only one feeling
like this? Am I the only one going crazy?
1 understand that it is my civic duty to keep
up with the political world at least some. I still
intend to do this. I will absolutely vote in 2020.
However, I have made a resolution with
myself. I refuse to follow politics as intensely
as I previously have as long as this president is
in office. It just isn’t healthy for me.
Secondly, I will focus more on the upcoming
election when it is actually the damn election
For all those in the same space as me, scared
to stop following the political circle of madness
but utterly exhausted (I hope you’re out there,
too), I hope you’ll follow in my footsteps. I
have already begun work at easing myself
out of the circus, and I can honestly say I feel
'Hobbs and Shaw'
By Amber Vance
From director David Leitch and producer
Dwayne Johnson comes a thrilling new spin
off film from “The Fast and Furious” franchise,
“Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw”.
The film features Dwayne Johnson, Jason
Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Idris Elba and Helen
The movie begins in London with an MI6
mission to retrieve a vial of a virus that can alter
anyone’s genetic code. A terrorist organization
called Eteon interferes, killing everyone in the
unit except for the leader, Hattie Shaw (Kirby),
who is framed for the murders. In the chaos,
Hattie manages to inject herself with the virus
before finding herself on the run from MI6 in
addition to Eteon.
After the incident, the CIA and MI6 appoint
Hobbs (Johnson) and Shaw (Statham) to track
down the virus and keep it from falling into the
hands of Brixton Lore of Eteon (Elba).
Near the end of the film, Hobbs, Shaw, and
Hattie retreat to Hobbs’ homeland, an island
he abandoned many years previous. Many of
Dwayne Johnson’s relatives were featured in
the movie as family of Hobbs adding a family
element to the film while making it more
relatable for the audience.
This film is a spectacle crammed with
explosions and plot twists to satisfy any
audience. Special effects and animation are
Hobbs and Shaw receives four out of five
stars due to its spectacular use of special effects,
riveting action, and acting. “Hobbs and Shaw”
is a film that you do not want to miss.