J.P. Prag is the author of "Always Divided, Never United", "New & Improved: The United States of America", and "In Defense Of... Exonerating Professional Wrestling's Most Hated". Learn more at www.jpprag.com.
Environmentalism: Worst Case Scenario
» KEY POINTS Trying to teach environmentalism to those opposed to believing there is a crisis is a fruitless and wasteful pursuit. Instead of emphasizing what needs to be removed, we should be focusing on what gains there are to be made. We should appeal to the basest, self-serving instincts of human beings to make sure they understand the personal benefits of saving the world.
My Family is Underground
» KEY POINTS Because so many family members died before I was even born, entire branches of my family tree and their history were completely lost to me. Throughout my life, the rate of death has only accelerated to the point where there are more people underground than there are those walking on it. Death has taken many other forms, including of the self due to dementia, of relationships due to estrangement, and of connection due to disappearance.
Yelling Fire in a Vaccination Clinic
» KEY POINTS Even though every major religion supported getting the COVID-19 vaccine, a noticeable number of people attempted to use religious excuses to opt-out of vaccine mandates. All rights and responsibilities in the Constitution and the laws that support it have limits for the betterment and safety of society as a whole. The religious protections of the First Amendment to the Constitution are not a panacea that gives people the ability to do anything they want.
Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine
» KEY POINTS The 1905 court case Jacobson v. Massachusetts seems to give the right to mandate vaccines, but does it apply to the Federal Government? Even if it does, would this Congress pass a law to make it possible? Or can existing law be bent enough to fit the purpose? And what compulsion mechanisms are legally available? Then, of course, are the questions of whether the Courts would allow such actions to continue and what could be done to stave them off long enough to make an impact anyway before any rulings are made?
Did I Have COVID-19?
» KEY POINTS Although I have had horrific, mysterious infections and direct exposure to COVID-19, no test has ever given me anything but a negative result. Every step along the way has only left me with more questions and potentialities with little to no answers. Now that I am fully vaccinated, will there ever be any way to know if I ever had COVID-19, or if I get it now?
Left-Leaning Social Libertarian
» KEY POINTS The Republican and Democratic Parties— along with the media that follow them—perpetuate a lie that they are the only two choices in town. This lie is used to keep particular politicians in control; and the media rich in viewers and advertising dollars. An “Us vs. Them” never-ending war is good for those groups, though not the citizenry as a whole. People who do not subscribe to either major Political Party far outnumber those who do and therefore have all of the power, if only they would take it.
Liz Cheney & Friends are Not Leaving the Republican Party
» KEY POINTS Representative Liz Cheney (R-WY) had once again gained the ire of her Party by accepting a position from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to investigate the attack on the United States Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. She was not the only one in the Republican Party who had been censured and humiliated as the conference moved further away from their values; nor was this a uniquely Republican problem as there were those in the Democratic Party like Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) who buck unilateral, partisan action. In the end, these politicians shared more in common with each other than their contemporaries— not in policy, but in the approach to government, conversation, compromise, and duty to the country above self and Party.
Future Policies of the Republican Party
» KEY POINTS The Republican Party was formed with progressive policies on personal freedoms, labor and wage protections, protecting immigrants, unifying people across many beliefs, and much more. After gaining near monopolistic political control for over 70 years, the Republican Party became an entrenched establishment that changed its values in order to maintain that power. As the Republican Party continues to evolve, it will have an agenda that differs greatly from what Republicans even from a few years ago would consider sacrosanct.
That's Not Treason :-(
» KEY POINTS Was signing on to a lawsuit to throw out the results of the Presidential Election by disenfranchising over 10 million voters—like 126 members of the House of Representatives did—a betrayal of America? Crimes like “treason”, “sedition”, “rebellion”, “insurrection”, and “advocating overthrow” all require an act of violence or asking for violence, which this action did not do. Even testing other laws and the Oath of Office, there was nothing illegal or un-Constitutional about attempting to usurp democracy for one’s own personal or party gain.
Always Divided, Never United
» KEY POINTS Having just over 52% of the popular vote demonstrated that then President-elect Joe Biden did not have a mandate from the people. However, he was not alone as very few Presidents have ever had more than 55% of the popular vote. From a Presidential race perspective, we are not any more divided today than any other point in history.