Trevor Brookins

Trevor Brookins

*I have to admit that my first reaction was surprise when I learned that someone was bringing a lawsuit based on comments on Twitter.

Twitter is supposed to be something fun and frivolous. But then I thought about it a bit more and concluded that the plaintiff had a case.

Although its origin may be as a leisure activity, Twitter is the way corporations communicate with their patrons, the way entertainers communicate with their fans. Some folks are being paid good sums of money to tweet positive things about products so it isn’t unreasonable to think their tweets can have an equally negative influence.

As long as someone can argue that American interests are tied in the sovereignty of every country, the United States will never be able to look the other way when other countries undergo upheavals.

The Ukraine needs to resolve what they will do about Russian bellicosity. We can help but at the core this isn’t our fight.

Utah hasn’t given its electoral college votes for the liberal candidate in a presidential election since 1996. Arizona hasn’t since 1948, and Truman was seen more as an unknown than a liberal. But if the governors of these two highly conservative states perceive that laws allowing for discrimination based on sexual orientation are a bad idea in their states – it might be time to call this fight over.

While I might disagree with the way in which it was formed, I admire one of the ways Israel maintains its sovereignty: universal draft. Countries like Israel, that exist amidst multiple nations hostile to its existence, should have the “all hands on deck” philosophy they do. And if we are going to continue to stick our nose in everything we should have the same policy.

I understand that coal companies cannot control the weather. But that is exactly why the Environmental Protection Agency exists. The EPA needs to oversee pollution to make sure that just because West Virginia is lenient on emissions that it doesn’t become the problem of neighboring states. The Supreme Court ruled correctly. And yes they were waiting for my confirmation of a job well done.

It is sad to know that girls are being kidnapped in Nigeria simply because they pursue an education. It is confusing that the people taking credit for the kidnapping are so upset that women don’t know their place in society that they believe the answer is forced sex slavery – I don’t’ think that is the role they envision for women generally speaking. But the silver lining is this: their actions are universally recognized as wrong. This would suggest that most women in Nigeria have less to worry about than women in Sudan or Kazakhstan where violence against women sparks less of an outrage.

Everyone should be able to contribute to the political discussion in the United States. Certainly some who are more politically inclined will contribute more than those who are not; ditto for those with more time and the means versus those with less time and means. But if we are to perpetuate the fallacy that corporations are people the same way you or I, then there must be some change to the way “people” can monetarily contribute to the political discussion.

Trevor Brookins is a free lance writer in Rockland County, New York. He is currently working on a book about American culture during the Cold War.  His writing has appeared in The Journal News. You can reach him at [email protected]