Irma barrelled through Georgia this week, ripping through trees and power lines, leaving 1.5 million without power. But even such a destructive disaster has a silver lining: UGA canceled classes for Monday, Tuesday, and part of Wednesday after Governor Deal put all of Georgia under a state of emergency. Irma’s threat has now passed, and Georgia and Florida can rebuild, clear the roads, and drain the swamps … or is too much of that going on elsewhere? Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the storm and struggle in its aftermath.
In Washington D.C. on September 5, President Trump ended Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) implemented under President Obama. In what has become a relatively typical occurrence on campus since the election of President Trump, there was a protest in immediate response to tweets from the President about DACA. The outrage, as Sarah, J. Thomas, and Sydney point out in a recent podcast, is almost laughably misguided. Check episode 17 of the ‘Weekly’ podcast out on iTunes and Google Play to tune in.
In other news, The University of Georgia Football team pulled away with a satisfying victory in South Bend last Saturday, and we have remained steadfast in our quest to release two new podcasts a week. Both successes were satisfying, but we must admit that one was less expected than the other … Last week, Ross and Nick discussed the tragic topic of abortion on the ‘Deeper Look’ podcast and Sarah, J. Thomas, and Sydney recorded the ‘Weekly’ podcast on DACA and Title IX (thanks to Sarah for stepping in for Nick as host, as he was on his merry way to South Bend).
With all that went on this week, we need to take a moment to remember that which is most important this week. Seeking to incite remembrance in fellow classmates and passersby alike, Ross and Sarah, both co-chairmen and co-founders of the Young Americans for Freedom chapter at UGA and Book Editor and Manager at ArchCon, organized a “9/11 Never Forget” display on Herty Field at North Campus. They and other members of YAF at UGA placed nearly 3,000 American flags in the ground at there, one for each life lost on that fateful day. The phrase “Never Forget” is all too easily trivialized in the haze of history, but we mustn’t allow this to be so. Instead, we must take this opportunity to remember the lives lost and to examine the American ethos and threats to the triumph of Western ideals more broadly. We thank YAF at UGA for their contributions to this end.
September 11th, 2001 marked the end of 2,978 innocent lives. Now, 16 years later, the implications of that attack can be seen in our foreign policy, our transportation security, and our families who lost loved ones that day. On a personal note, we must remember the children left without parents, uncles, aunts, cousins, siblings, and grandparents. Working in a Brooklyn summer camp for five years exposed our longtime editor, Michael Duckett, a native Georgian, to the pain New York families endured after tragedy struck so close to home. Although we are 16 years down the road and have built the Freedom Towers to stand as a reminder of liberty and perseverance to our enemies, we must continue to support the children and spouses still coping with the day to day struggle of being without family. For the families, it is not what they lost, but what they continue to feel every day. As The United States of America, we will fight against our enemies, at home and abroad, until our dying breath, and never give terrorists victory over liberty.
Some housekeeping: The staff is still finishing up a plan for subscriptions to a year’s worth of our magazines. Our first magazine is set for an Oct 11th release. Subscribers can expect an email with more details next week. To subscribe, go to our home page and sign up on the right-hand side of the website. You will receive (at no monetary cost to you) a weekly update, three of our editors’ favorite articles that week, and three of the best pieces that we published that week at ArchCon. Quite a deal!