‘To one subject only’

Matthew Rozsa’s Masters Thesis from Rutgers

Date Created2012

Other Date2012-01 (degree)

Subject: History, Presidents—United States—Messages, Cleveland, Grover, 1837-190

Description: Grover Cleveland‘s third State of the Union took the unique step of only discussing one subject, tariff reform. This was in marked contrast to its predecessors, which had always covered a multitude of issues. This study analyzes the impact of the third State of the Union on the political and policymaking power of the presidency during the Gilded Age and on the ideological character of the Democratic Party following its post-Civil War doldrums.

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Movie Review for ‘The Avengers’

Published PolicyMic (May 18, 2012)

Film critics haven’t been mincing words about The Avengers. From Hollywood Life and The Washington Times to the Dekalb County Times-Journal, pundits of the silver screen are not only praising Joss Whedon’s take on the band of Marvel icons, but referring to his motion picture as the greatest superhero film ever made. While I don’t quite agree with this superlative assessment, it hits very close to the truth.

A brief retrospective of recent cinematic history is necessary to fully understand why. The last dozen years have been something of a Golden Age in comic book movies. Ever since the success of Bryan Singer’s X-Men in the summer of 2000, cineplexes have been bursting at the seams with narratives inspired by or ripped straight from the pulpy pages of graphic novels. Lucrative blockbusters like Spider-Man, Spider-Man 3, and The Dark Knight were the highest grossing films in their respective years of release (2002, 2007, and 2008), while especially acclaimed entries like Iron Man and The Dark Knight have netted prestigious Oscar nominations and spots on critical top ten lists.

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Satire: Confessions of a Freedom-Hating, Tax-Loving, Marriage-Destroying Liberal

Published: PolicyMic (May 10, 2012) 

My fellow American liberals,

I would like to make a modest proposal.

For far too long, we have been accused of terrible things. In the last decade alone, our opponents have said that we’re un-American, that we’re Communists, that we’re a “tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading, body-piercing, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show.”

It’s time we ‘fessed up to it.

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How To Tell If You’re An Ideologue

Published: PolicyMic (May 5, 2012)

No one wants to be an ideologue. Defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as “an often blindly partisan advocate or adherent of a particular ideology,” ideologues are correctly viewed as one of the banes of the political world. While at their most extreme, they provoke violence and oppress non-believers, even the more innocuous ones manage to hinder debate and exacerbate social divisions, often being as obnoxious as possible in the process.

Yet although no one wants to be an ideologue, the indisputable fact remains that ideologues are still everywhere. They just don’t view themselves as such, which brings us to the purpose of this essay – how to tell if you’re an ideologue.

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Soliloquy of an Insomniac Writer”

Published: PolicyMic (May 3, 2012) 

Like most of the writers I know, I don’t sleep well.

This is probably because when you’re a writer, your mind never entirely shuts off. When it isn’t busy whirring away on your next literary project(s), it is almost certainly seeking material that can inspire it to produce something new. Even when you don’t think your mental
roamings are going to build up to anything – even when you sincerely believe, for example, that your aimless wanderings through online news sites are nothing more than the diversions of a sleep-addled mind – on a subconscious level, your brain is always seeking fuel to feed its bottomless hunger for new excuses to employ the written word.

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