Articles by: Matthew Burnette

The Statue of Liberty in 2008. (Unmodified photo by Radhika Bhagwat used under a Creative Commons license.

Burnette: This Fourth of July, Remember Our American Values

July 4, 2017 at 12:51 am 0 comments

Fourth of July, Independence Day, a day of great barbecues and fireworks; it’s when we celebrate the ratifying of the Declaration of Independence and becoming our own nation, separated from the crown of Great Britain. The government of the United States is founded on principles of freedom for people toRead More

Burnette: Will Trump’s North Korea Policy Cause a Nuclear War?

Burnette: Will Trump’s North Korea Policy Cause a Nuclear War?

April 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm 0 comments

We are living the nightmare scenario: North Korea has a nuclear weapon. Now there is talk of mutual preemptive strikes against allies of the United States or vise-versa. I am hesitant to call what President Trump is doing a policy as much as I would call it him acting asRead More

A Syrian soldier in 1992. (Public domain photo by Tech. Sgt. H. H. Deffner)

Burnette: Are We Fighting Another Proxy War with Russia?

April 9, 2017 at 5:55 pm 0 comments

We are not at war with Russia. We will likely not go to war with Russia in the foreseeable future. We are past the Cold War and done fighting proxy wars with the USSR over communism and capitalism. The situation in Syria comes down to a couple factors for allRead More

Anti-Gorsuch protesters outside of the Supreme Court in January 2017. (Unmodified photo by Elvert Barnes used under a Creative Commons license.

Burnette: Raising the Stakes: Republicans Could Go Nuclear

April 3, 2017 at 1:20 am 0 comments

Get ready for an explosion, because the Republicans are about to go nuclear. The Republican leadership in the Senate is threatening to end the filibuster on Supreme Court nominees if the Democrats try and use that option. A rule change only requires 51 votes, so with the Republicans having aRead More

Florida Commissioner of Agricultural Adam Putnam in 2012. (Public domain photo by Florida House Photographer.)

Opinion: More of the Same: Why I Will Not Support Adam Putnam for Governor of Florida

March 30, 2017 at 4:48 pm 0 comments

The Republican Party is broken. In the state of Florida, Republicans continuously break with the needs of the voters and play political games to stay in power. I say this after formerly working for a Republican state house campaign. Their “golden boy” and presumptive nominee for governor is Adam Putnam.Read More

Donald Trump in 2015. (Unmodified photo by Michael Vadon used under a Creative Commons license.

Burnette: A Rundown of Trump’s Inadequate Tenure in Office

March 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm 0 comments

The Founding Fathers’ System of Checks and Balances have not failed us: A Rundown of Trump’s Inadequate Tenure in Office Tired of winning yet? No? Same actually. All I can think about is 2018 and how the Democratic Party is going to sweep the nation’s congressional districts. We will haveRead More

House Speaker Paul Ryan shakes hands with President Donald Trump at the president's joint address to Congress on February 28, 2017. (Public domain photo courtesy the Office of the Speaker)

Burnette: The Failings of the Republican Healthcare Plan

March 19, 2017 at 6:44 pm 0 comments

When liberals and conservatives agree that a plan is bad, when academics and economists say a plan is bad, and when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says a plan is bad, the Speaker of the House and the President of the United States would oppose it, right? That would beRead More

Mayor Andrew Gillum at his March 11 campaign event. (Photo by Ben Lima/FPR)

Opinion: Can Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum Be an Effective Governor?

March 17, 2017 at 12:12 pm 0 comments

On a bright, sunny day in the shadow of the state capital, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum made his way through a crowd of supporters cheering for him and his candidacy for Governor of Florida. Shaking hands, kissing babies, and greeting everyone he knew with a hug or a handshake, heRead More

President Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Vice President Mike Pence were all center stage Tuesday night. (Public domain photo by Caleb Smith)

Opinion: “Wrong!”: Where Trump’s Address Missed the Mark

March 2, 2017 at 12:16 pm 0 comments

On Tuesday night, President Trump delivered his first address to a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress. This address was essentially a State of the Union in substance and style—pauses for applause—the President’s legislative agenda laid out for the legislative branch, and honored guests recognized in the First Lady’s box.Read More

The University of Florida could see an influx of students with this proposal. (Unmodified photo by Ebyabe used under a Creative Commons license.

Opinion: Higher Education Reform Will Hurt Those Already Hurting

February 28, 2017 at 12:07 am 0 comments

Higher education reform is coming up in the Florida legislature and there are some controversial portions of the bills that need to be addressed. For starters, one of the senate bills introduced by the chair of the education committee has a provision that limits the number of bachelor degree seekingRead More