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A new program aims to help students understand and observe NYU’s changing public health guidelines.
09/16/2020
Student Ambassadors Rep Public Health

A new program aims to help students understand and observe NYU’s changing public health guidelines.

NYU launched its Public Health Ambassadors program last month to aid students in comprehending and complying with NYU’s COVID-19 guidelines and to facilitate campus life during the COVID-19 crisis.…

Read about our favorite singles that were released this week.
09/15/2020
Weekly Radio Roundup: Sept. 7 - Sept. 14

Read about our favorite singles that were released this week.

Welcome to a new semester of our Weekly Radio Roundups. A lot has changed since last May but thankfully, we had some great new music releases to get us through the summer. This week’s releases…

NYPD officers stood by while NYC Shut it Down rallied to protest the murder of Daniel Prude and the involvement of polic...
09/15/2020
Police and Protesters Shut Down Grand Central Station

NYPD officers stood by while NYC Shut it Down rallied to protest the murder of Daniel Prude and the involvement of police in mental and public health issues.

Activists affiliated with the group NYC Shut It Down gathered at Grand Central Terminal on Monday evening, Sept. 14, to protest the death of Daniel Prude, who was killed by Rochester police in March.…

Opinion | While it’s tempting to try to continue on as normal during this time, trying to forget that we’re living throu...
09/15/2020
Making Space for Self-Compassion Starts in the Classroom

Opinion | While it’s tempting to try to continue on as normal during this time, trying to forget that we’re living through a pandemic might be more harmful than helpful for mental health.

Almost every day since mid-March, I’ve felt overwhelmed with anxiety and exhaustion. Will my family members — many of whom have underlying health issues — contract COVID-19? How will I maintain my…

Opinion | Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to evict homeless residents from a neighborhood hotel after Upper West Siders ...
09/15/2020
Hotel Evictions Show NYC’s Disregard For Homeless People’s Needs

Opinion | Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to evict homeless residents from a neighborhood hotel after Upper West Siders threatened to sue the city not only endangers public health, but reflects hostility towards homeless individuals.

New York City announced on Tuesday that homeless people staying at The 2Lucerne Hotel, located in the Upper West Side, will be removed. This move occurred after a weeks-long campaign mounted by a…

Washington Square Park saw yet another weekend of people flouting safety guidelines, as fears of spreading COVID-19 surg...
09/15/2020
Hundreds Gather at Washington Square Park — Again

Washington Square Park saw yet another weekend of people flouting safety guidelines, as fears of spreading COVID-19 surge.

Washington Square Park was the sight of gatherings again, on both Friday and Saturday nights, Sept. 11 and 12. Shaman, an organizer with America’s Peaceful Resolution and Refuse Fascism, told WSN…

As teams across sports push for an optimal style of play, people have raised concerns that sports are becoming increasin...
09/14/2020
Is Creativity Dying in Sports?

As teams across sports push for an optimal style of play, people have raised concerns that sports are becoming increasingly homogenized. However, that does not mean there is no longer room for human ingenuity in sports.

Geographically, the NBA of today is completely different from what it was 20 years ago. Compare the graphics of top shot locations from the 2001-2002 season to the current season — there are very…

Opinion | In light of anti-racist uprisings across the country, the NYU administration has recently stressed its commitm...
09/14/2020
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Are Not Enough

Opinion | In light of anti-racist uprisings across the country, the NYU administration has recently stressed its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. This does little to tackle institutional racism in any meaningful way.

Diversity, equity and inclusion have long been represented in NYU’s policies when it comes to addressing racism at an institutional level. These ideas, however, do not do nearly enough to address…

This movie will have you scouring Reddit for hidden meanings as soon as the credits roll.
09/14/2020
‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’ Will Leave You Confounded

This movie will have you scouring Reddit for hidden meanings as soon as the credits roll.

In true Charlie Kaufman fashion, the director’s newest film, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things,” crafts a brilliant and rich narrative that makes very little sense. With a favorable Rotten Tomatoes…

COVID-19 has impacted independent musicians and music venues severely. They are finally receiving the help they deserve.
09/14/2020
The Time To Support Independent Musicians Is Now

COVID-19 has impacted independent musicians and music venues severely. They are finally receiving the help they deserve.

When COVID-19 first hit, people found themselves with substantially more time on their hands. As numerous people have turned to music as an escape, the percentage of streaming service subscribers and…

Wrapping up its last few events earlier this week, NYU Welcome’s entirely virtual program set out to give incoming stude...
09/14/2020
How the NYU Welcome Team Went Virtual

Wrapping up its last few events earlier this week, NYU Welcome’s entirely virtual program set out to give incoming students a campus feel despite the coronavirus.

When first-year Cassidy Kohler applied to be a fall Welcome Week leader in February of last semester, she did so to give incoming students the unique campus feel she had found during her own Welcome…

After four Rubin residents tested positive for COVID-19, the rest of the residents have been confined to their rooms unt...
09/14/2020
NYU's Rubin Hall Placed Under Mandatory Quarantine

After four Rubin residents tested positive for COVID-19, the rest of the residents have been confined to their rooms until at least Tuesday.

NYU’s Rubin Residence Hall has been placed under temporary quarantine after NYU’s testing program detected four asymptomatic cases of COVID-19. At around 5 p.m. residents of the freshman dorm were…

Visitors to the 9/11 Memorial shared how the COVID-19 pandemic has — or has not — changed the way they remember, mourn a...
09/12/2020
Americans Mourn September Eleventh Amid and Despite the Pandemic

Visitors to the 9/11 Memorial shared how the COVID-19 pandemic has — or has not — changed the way they remember, mourn and grieve.

During a national tragedy — a pandemic that at press time has killed at least 192,000 Americans — hundreds gathered around a twin-fountain memorial to remember, grieve and mourn another national…

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09/11/2020

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Opinion | The ban of the Chinese messaging app WeChat could have disastrous effects on the Chinese immigrant community.
09/11/2020
Trump’s WeChat Ban Is Xenophobic

Opinion | The ban of the Chinese messaging app WeChat could have disastrous effects on the Chinese immigrant community.

After the news broke that President Donald Trump was set on banning TikTok in America, the app’s myriad of devoted followers spoke out against the injunction with semi-religious fervor. Proponents of…

Declan McKenna’s second album bursts with youthfulness and grounds itself in stellar guitar solos accompanied by reflect...
09/11/2020
‘Zeros’ Soars from Optimism to Bitter Observation

Declan McKenna’s second album bursts with youthfulness and grounds itself in stellar guitar solos accompanied by reflections on depression and growing up.

Both bubbly and gritty, Declan McKenna’s new album “Zeros” is thoughtful, self-aware and a total jam. While his first album was catchy, sweet and rooted in the growing pains of the teenage years,…

Culture Editor Bella Gil discusses the reasoning for not covering in-person shows at NYFW S/S 2021.
09/11/2020
Why WSN Will Not Cover New York Fashion Week In-Person This Year

Culture Editor Bella Gil discusses the reasoning for not covering in-person shows at NYFW S/S 2021.

New York Fashion Week has historically brought thousands of attendees from around the world to the city every year, but 2020 is no ordinary year. With how the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the…

Neither dorm nor university administration notified students, who are wondering why Rubin Hall’s lounge is still open.
09/11/2020
Rubin Student Tests Positive for COVID-19 on Move-In Day

Neither dorm nor university administration notified students, who are wondering why Rubin Hall’s lounge is still open.

Zion Glover, a Stern first-year, tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 1 while moving into Rubin Residence Hall and after visiting the dorm’s second floor lounge. NYU’s COVID-19 Prevention & Response…

From the big workload to Zoom complaints, our staff has a lot of feelings about the first week of classes.
09/11/2020
Staff Rants: Back To School

From the big workload to Zoom complaints, our staff has a lot of feelings about the first week of classes.

On the Lack of Anonymity Alex Johnson, Deputy Managing Editor Maybe it's just me, but why do I need to put my camera on for every class? I'm in my senior year juggling filming for journalism and…

Janus Films’ restoration of Claire Denis’s “Beau Travail” relivens the film for a new generation. Agnès Godard’s cinemat...
09/10/2020
‘Beau Travail’s’ Restoration Re-animates the Beauty of Denis’s Cinematic Gem

Janus Films’ restoration of Claire Denis’s “Beau Travail” relivens the film for a new generation. Agnès Godard’s cinematography has never looked better and Denis’s style remains as remarkable as it did at the brink of the millennium.

Sunbaked bodies bustle under the African Sun in Claire Denis’s loose re-telling of Herman Melville’s “Billy Budd.” Under Officer Galoup’s (Denis Lavant) eyes, the aptly christened, nameless…

The Israeli fast-service restaurant closed its doors earlier this year due to the coronavirus after operating for just o...
09/10/2020
A Love Letter to Mint Kitchen, Gone Too Soon

The Israeli fast-service restaurant closed its doors earlier this year due to the coronavirus after operating for just over a year.

The first time I went to Mint Kitchen, I was waiting outside for my best friend. She had already been to the restaurant and was eager to share her find. We were used to having every single class together, but things had changed. We were lucky to see each other once a week. My best friend and I qu

The Reprisal of Bush V. Gore Threatens Our Elections
09/10/2020
The Reprisal of Bush V. Gore Threatens Our Elections

The Reprisal of Bush V. Gore Threatens Our Elections

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many have expressed interest in vote-by-mail because of the health risks associated with large crowds at polling places. In response, President Donald Trump…

A New York City native brings two decades of experience and success to his new role.
09/10/2020
Stuart Robinson Starts His Tenure as NYU’s Athletic Director

A New York City native brings two decades of experience and success to his new role.

When you have worked at the same place for 28 years, there are very few surprises. You achieve a familial awareness of everyone’s personalities and idiosyncrasies, from what NFL team they support to…

NYU replied that it had no jurisdiction to do so and attempted to rectify seemingly contradictory statements.
09/10/2020
Cuomo Blasts NYU for Not Breaking Up Rave

NYU replied that it had no jurisdiction to do so and attempted to rectify seemingly contradictory statements.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo ripped into NYU’s administration for failing to break up the Sept. 5 rave, which is suspected to have been attended by NYU students. “You know, we're New York…

The new documentary “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President” tracks Carter’s lifelong friendships with the best musicians o...
09/09/2020
Rock and Roll With President Carter in Mary Wharton’s Feature Debut

The new documentary “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President” tracks Carter’s lifelong friendships with the best musicians of his era.

Less than five minutes into the new documentary “Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President,” former President Jimmy Carter corrects the well-known story of Willie Nelson smoking weed with a Secret Service…

Several students tell stories of what the city was really like this past summer.
09/09/2020
A New York Like Never Before

Several students tell stories of what the city was really like this past summer.

As New York City became the epicenter of the coronavirus in March and NYU went online for the rest of the semester, many students left the city. But some students continued to call NYC home for the…

In an email sent to Steinhardt students and faculty, Dean Jack Knott announced that the school is creating the Office of...
09/09/2020
Steinhardt Dean Reveals Creation of Office of Equity, Belonging and Community Action

In an email sent to Steinhardt students and faculty, Dean Jack Knott announced that the school is creating the Office of Equity, Belonging, and Community Action to help establish an anti-racist academic culture.

In a school-wide email sent out on Sept. 4, Steinhardt Dean Jack H. Knott announced the creation of the Office of Equity, Belonging and Community Action at Steinhardt. In a later email dated Sept. 8,…

The 2020 MTV VMAs had many firsts, but while it was unorthodox in several ways, nothing can bring the show back to what ...
09/09/2020
The 2020 VMAs Prove The Traditional Awards Show Model Is Dead

The 2020 MTV VMAs had many firsts, but while it was unorthodox in several ways, nothing can bring the show back to what it used to be.

MTV held the 37th annual Video Music Awards on Aug. 30, the first show in the history of the program to be held without an in-person audience due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. More positively,…

Students, New York City residents, and university officials are angered by a rave that was held in the park Saturday nig...
09/09/2020
Rave at Washington Square Park Sparks Outrage and Confusion at NYU

Students, New York City residents, and university officials are angered by a rave that was held in the park Saturday night largely consisting of young people.

Hundreds gathered together at Washington Square Park partying to electronic dance music on Saturday night, Sept. 5. Some wore masks, others did not; a few appeared to be smoking something, sharing…

A raw recollection of the immediate aftermath from watching one of your closest friendships in your life implode and fin...
09/08/2020
What Does It Feel Like To Lose a Best Friend?

A raw recollection of the immediate aftermath from watching one of your closest friendships in your life implode and finding yourself picking up the pieces on your own.

What does it feel like to lose a best friend? One you thought you couldn’t possibly lose. The best friend who managed to stand the test of time, who was constant even as everyone else walked in and…

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By declining Lionel Messi’s request to leave, Barcelona has gambled both on Messi’s brilliance being enough to propel a ...
09/08/2020
Can Messi and Barcelona Achieve Their Perfect Goodbye?

By declining Lionel Messi’s request to leave, Barcelona has gambled both on Messi’s brilliance being enough to propel a comeback season and on having a chance at an amicable split with the soccer player.

When Sir Alex Ferguson retired from managing soccer club Manchester United in 2013, 13-year-old me could not believe it. He had just led the team to another Premier League title, showing there was…

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Call COVID-19 a Buckaroo!! By John Burl Smith Today is September 5, 2020; America is just short of 60 days, before making one of the most important decisions in recent times, maybe since Civil War. The tension and terror Donald Trump will force all Americans to endure, before his threatened nightmare of a Donald Trump dictatorship ends. The imagining would be hilarious and a comedy of errors had not his performance over the last 3 and a half years yielded such disastrous and deadly consequences for Americans. Now that the political conventions are history all that is left is to weigh Trump’s performance, as an incumbent president, and rate whether his “job” leaves him wanting. So, in that regard there is only one question on the ballot, “How did Trump do in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic?” COVID-19 is the only thing or issue that Donald Trump owns completely. It is the only event or set of circumstances that occurred, developed and continues unabated, reaping havoc on Americans, since it invaded America’s shores in January 2020. COVID-19’s invasion has shown Donald Trump to be a small, weak, hard put and desperate man. The nation has watched Trump frail and rail against it, as though words would drive such a ferocious and tenacious enemy from America’s shores. Donald Trump—the war president—greatest weapon against this grizzly monster—COVID-19—has been “lies.” Back in March, his “lies” began, “Fifteen people coming in from China, in a few days it will be down to zero,” or something to that effect. While the coronavirus was ravishing and devastating New York City, completely overrunning it and filling almost everywhere with bodies, Trump said, “It is going to disappear. One day it will magically go away!!!” With that prediction failing to miraculously transpire, Trump tried another “lip-de-flip, hoping to give the impression, he was storming ashore in Normandy on D-Day, in a ferrous charge, like Gen. Eisenhower. Trump took to the rose garden as though mounting a full frontal attack on COVID-19, but rolled out only a “dog and pony show.” Not fazed by Trump’s infantile rants, COVID-19 bomb rushed Trump’s podium, disguised as news reporters and forced Trump to retreat, offering only tweets to justify his long distance reporting, like a foreign correspondent at the frontline. Against coronavirus’ full invasion, America had no home guard to stop the most deadly enemy, at its shores, it has ever encountered, whether on its own soil or abroad. This is very hard for some Americans to admit, but everyone should remember, in his hatred and determination to destroy or wipe out anything that had to do with President Barak H. Obama. Donald Trump closed down the pandemic office established by Pres. Obama and VP Joe Biden. Trump, before the coronavirus invasion, held a barn fire on the White House lawn to burn the pandemic preparedness playbook Pres. Obama left for the next president. Trump followed up, further isolating and weakening the forward warning system Pres. Obama established for the US with international health organizations and groups studying that monitored possible future pandemic outbreaks. Trump put America on an island onto itself, with his isolationist ideas about health. Donald Trump left America vulnerable, and it is suffering from his blind hatred and disregard for not only former President Obama, but science and medical knowledge as well. With the 2020 election bearing down on his weak and fear filled retreat from the “rose garden,” Trump, in the face of COVID-19, waved a white flag. Only concerned with saving his reelection chances, much like his refusal to challenge Putin’s bounty on American soldiers, Trump capitulated before firing. a single shot. America’s “war president,” desperate to save his tanking economy, allowed COVID-19 to feast on Americans, like generous servings of Peking duck. Trump defied advice and warnings from scientists and doctors—that wearing masks, keep social distance, sheltering in place and remain closed down—which would slow the coronavirus spread, Trump cried and screamed helplessly and hopelessly to “reopened open the economy!!!” Fretting over sagging poll numbers, Trump’s “hail Mary” was a vaccine by the end of the year? Now we—Americans—are faced with a decision no Americans ever dreamed and our position now is much like Pres. Abraham Lincoln’s, preparing to give his Gettysburg Address, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” Americans today are being called upon to reaffirm Pres. Lincoln’s charge from November 19, 1863. Although Trump is claiming the protests, burning, destruction and even deaths, during Black Lives Matter protests, are threatening America’s suburbs, but the resulting—4 deaths—does not compare to the 200,000 coronavirus victims, Trump refuses to even acknowledge. Prompted by desperation, Trump is trying and create conditions, as slave owners who refuse to end slavery, and declared war 157 years ago, on “today’s America.” But, like a new recruit on the line for the first time, Donald Trump’s weak kneed response is to declare and stoke fears of a second civil war, simply to avoid fighting COVID-19, the real enemy among us. There is no greater threat facing America than COVID-19 and the demand to defeat it. Along with the question regarding Trump fitness, as president, is the addendum for each voter, “Are you willing to accept the deaths of at least a million Americans, with Trump’s election and waiting for his prediction “COVID-19 will just go away, one day it will magically disappear” to prove true? Americans have another option, other than waiting for Trump’s “lies” to come true. For Americans who love their freedom, your vote for the one and only patriot standing between Donald Trump and the scenario I’ve presented is Joe Biden. Joe may not have been your choice starting out this election cycle, but he is what America has for a vindicator in this battle against the deadliest enemy America has ever faced. To wit, COVID-19 has made the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, in terms of deaths (2,335) and economic dislocation, a blip on radar, while the coronavirus’ has continually dive bombed America, killing nearly 200,000 Americans, as “the war president” golfed it up every weekend. Trump’s total addiction of his duty to protect the American people has drawn only, “I take no responsibility,” so wait for a vaccine and take your chances. Trump’s response is why Joe Biden is currently working to pull together scientists, doctors, health professional, medical technicians, educational personnel, governors and mayor, as a Coronavirus Pandemic Taskforce (CPT) to develop a creditable, reliable and accurate assessment of the real state of affairs Americans face, regarding COVID-19. Some may charge Joe Biden is engaging in a political stunt, he is not president, and Trump might win. Biden is wasting his time. But, Mr. Biden’s point is, what if he wins; then he will walk into the White House on January 20, facing the total chaos Donald Trump leaves behind. It will take Mr. Biden 6 months to separate the “lies” from what scientists and doctors actually know today. That will continue Trump’s strategy of hoping the problem will go away, rather than preparing to meet it head on. Mr. Biden believes until America gets a handle on COVID-19, nothing else will fall in place. It is the coronavirus that has destroyed America’s economy, has over 50 million Americans out of work, and Trump has forced schools to reopen, when they are not ready and children and teachers are getting sick. Getting COVID-19 under control is something on which all Americans agree, and that is where Mr. Biden is starting. Peaceful protests in a few cities across this huge nation need to be addressed true enough, but peaceful protesters have not killed one American, while COVID-19 has killed nearly 200,000 Americans. On balance, which is the greatest threat for Americans? Trump wants you to choose fear and hate. Then there is Trump’s MEGA failure, not enacting the Defense Production Act (DPA). His failure, while saying, “I take no responsibility,” has been devastating to health care workers. They spent April and June struggling to get equipment and material needed to save lives, theirs and patients, even working at the risk of their lives. The DPA allows the federal government to develop testing kits and reeve up testing, so everyone who wants a test can get tested at government’s expense, while receiving results in a day. Frontline workers need PPEs, masks, face shields, gloves, respirator and ventilators; this equipment America should produce. Moreover, these are only a few items that were obtained from foreign nations because American companies do not make them. Mr. Biden says he will remember the work and sacrifices of frontline workers, during his administration, because without their dedication and expertise, America may not have gotten up off it COVID-19 death bed, in places like New York City. But to the point about the DPA, America must manufacture such vital equipment so it never gets caught unprepared to fight such an enemy ever again. The DPA gives the President the authority to nationalize the fight against such enemies. The President can mandate action and regulations needed to instruct citizens about proper behavior, which will support the entire citizenry, as well as command their cooperation, if need be, following federal government edits and guidelines. The DPA makes the President the last word and that responsibility is a heavy burden that the woman or man in the oval office must bear with humility and resolve. So I believe, Mr. Biden would say, the majority of Americans want him, as their new President, to concentrate on the enemy that is the greatest threat and on that, I believe all thinking Americans agree. The next issue is Donald Trump himself; he is upside-down in his thinking. First of all, Trump is the incumbent, which has the posh, classy, fancy and even spiffy, if you will, backdrop of the White House from which to campaign, similar to Richard Nixon—the first law and order president—who made the Rose Garden strategy so powerful. Yet and still, the nation witnessed the President of the United States in Kenosha, Wis. prowling around in the burned out hulk of a business, with a man who is no longer the owner, only to get a photo opp. That performance and Trump’s strategy is mystifying, but it is reminiscent of his stroll across Lafayette Park, after gasing peaceful protesters for his “upside down” bible photo opp. With the prospect of 300,000 American deaths by mid-2021, if not before, Trump has spent the last month stoking fears and calling for his rightwing militia to dominate the streets. He has repeatedly sent his far-right thugs to threaten communities trying to show his power or displeasure. Identical to Ann Arbor, Michigan when he used his thugs to support “reopen,” by threatening the Governor. Trump’s actions at that point, more than anything, was gasoline on COVID-19, his MAGA events have become “super spreaders,” which fueled the coronavirus resurgence into the full blown pandemic, it has become. Now, after being chased out of the White House by coronavirus, Trump is running around the country blaming Joe Biden for the mess he made, to support his change from being “the war president” to “I am the law and order president.” Hiding out on golf courses, Trump has become the first President to be cowed by an enemy, like COVID-19, then get run out of his own town. COVID-19 has revealed to America the yellow stripe that runs down Trump’s back, because the coronavirus has nailed Trump’s hide to the barn door and is using it for target practice. COVID-19 is riding rough shared cross America, like a buckaroo, with Donald Trump for it nag!!! I close on what Joe Biden conveyed to me when I asked “Why should I join your campaign?” “Because I’m fighting for you; your name is not on the ballot, so the only chance you have of getting anything, is that I beat Donald Trump. As fellow Americans, we are fighting a man that has failed so miserably at the job of President; I have undertaken this campaign to address that challenge, not because of a desire, deep in my heart, to be President. I would love to have continued enjoying life with Jill and my grandchildren, but with a mad man like Donald Trump in the White House and on the loose, with the power of government at his disposal, and we are seeing what that means now; some threats only a few see and that challenge must be answered by those whose eyes are open. Most assuredly, America is experiencing Trump’s fallout; his impact has been like a nuclear missile hitting America. Considering all that, then throw in, I’m looking at 80 years old, and in that mindset, no 80 year old man, in his right mind, or unless, he is still trapped in his twenty-something dream he could never let go, would volunteer to take on the madness I knew was waiting, if I took on the duty of at least trying to save America from the threat, I believed Donald Trump reflected, after 2018. Besides, everyone thought he was unbeatable!!! The 2018 elections showed that young progressive democrats had decided to fight Donald Trump over America, and I realized they would need real up from the other side and I believed in the end I could unite the party, after 2016. Here’s the thing, if someone didn’t stop Donald Trump, those who truly love America and have given their all, in military service, the diplomatic crop, front line workers, federal and state government employees and including everyday citizens, would no longer enjoy and feel free in this wonder land we celebrate and renew our commitment and vow to uphold the Constitution with our vote, would lose all of that. This is the reason my name is on the ballot for November 3rd to be President of the United State of American.”