Wow! This is really a great read! It really flowed well and I like the idea that you used a novel to describe a real-life lesson. Also your Trump piece on Ascent is trending! Congrats!
Also do you get higher views and read times when you submit to Ascent,Writing Cooperative and the tougher publications? Just trying to decide if it is worth it because I know that there is the risk of rejection and they take a longer time to approve. I like the easy publications like Ilumination because you can publish everyday without risk of rejection.