Throughout the Trump years, I have been constantly thinking about the different ways we could amend the Constitution to protect civil rights and liberties, expand voting rights, and limit the powers of the Presidency and make it more accountable. Although I have always held the Constitution and the ingenuity of the Framers in high esteem, it has become increasingly clear that as authoritarian forces in the American political system continue to rise in power and are here to stay, the United States might need significant institutional reforms and updates to preserve the Republic that we all hold dear.

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I’ve been seeing many Facebook friends and acquaintances who support President Trump accuse Twitter of violating the First Amendment over the permanent suspension of Trump from their platform. Trump himself made the same claim via the @POTUS and @TeamTrump accounts (which were subsequently deleted) . This is false.

The text of the First Amendment says that “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech…” The Constitution is a contract between the Government and the individuals that are governed, not between in private companies and individuals. The recent Supreme Court case under the Roberts Court Manhattan Community Access Corp…


My heart has been hurting for America. Over the course of being home during the COVID-19 pandemic and throughout many restless nights, I had a lot of time to reflect on the state of the country and how we got to this point. Like many around the country, I find myself being quicker to anger all the time, overwhelmed by the amount of problems in the country with roots deeper than that of an oak tree.

Many of us grew up with the premise of many American principles. We grew up with the ideas that America is the shining city…


As Biden’s victory for the nomination has become increasingly clear after his collection of endorsements from former opponents and stellar results in the latest primary elections, Democrats are now shifting their focus towards the coronavirus response and Biden’s possible picks for Vice President. Not everyone is convinced, however, that Biden is the safest pick for the nomination.

I wrote in another article why Senator Bernie Sanders was an unattractive candidate for many Warren supporters. …


Senator Elizabeth Warren’s speech at Washington Square Park in Manhatten (Scott Olsen/Getty Images)

After Senator Elizabeth Warren’s announcement to end her bid for the Presidency, many of her supporters are still reeling and left wondering: where do we go from here?

Senator Warren’s supporters are best described as progressive policy-wonks, and the candidate herself was certainly the best representation of what many progressive policy-wonks saw in themselves. She ran as a candidate who had a plan for almost everything, but at the center of her platform was her understanding of how to restore public trust in our government by ending the structural corruption within those institutions and our economy. She went out of…


A case on America’s diminishing role in the global effort to limit climate change

National leaders celebrate the historic adoption of the Paris Agreement (UNFCCC)

By Brandon Wilkins

The Progressive Teen Staff Writer

RECENTLY, PRESIDENT TRUMP CONFIRMED THAT HE IS PULLING THE UNITED STATES out of the Paris Agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions, an international accord that was signed by 195 member states of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (147 have ratified) except for Syria and Nicaragua. With the United States joining Syria and Nicaragua by withdrawing, Trump now seeks to reinitiate the years-long process of negotiating the accord “under terms that are fair to the United States.”

It comes as no surprise that he decided to withdraw after his embarrassing behavior at the…

Brandon Wilkins

Former Volunteer Organizer for Warren 2020. Former Director of US Relations in Youth Collaboration on Foreign Affairs. Warren Democrat. Pragmatic Progressive.

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