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Will the Past Sins of this Country Continue to Define Our Karma?
I was recently in Clarksdale in the Delta region of Mississippi. It has a bitter sweet history. Before the arrival of the European settlers Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians occupied this region which intersected two Indian routes.
Dear Donald, it is with a heavy heart that I write this open letter to you. I initially thought your behaviour on the campaign trail was all showmanship and deliberate bravado, and when you because President, this would change. I wrote several pieces on your behaviour at the time running up to the election, berating your insulting comments and boorish verbal attacks on Hillary Clinton and women in general.
Harvey Milk: Activist. Politician. Hero.
Having spent much of his life in New York City, it wasn’t until Harvey Milk moved to San Francisco that he became active in local politics.
Dear Donald, Let me start by saying “I don’t hate you.” I would even get a cup of coffee with you. I mean, we both have model wives, we both appreciate beautiful women (though I typically don’t grab them by the “pussy”) and we have a vested interested in politics and business, and love America.
Who's The "Nut Job?"
Back in November 2016, still a good two months before now-President Trump set foot in the Oval Office for his first day of work, apparently for the American people, odds were 3 to 1 that the bombastic businessman would leave the presidency in shame. With the recent firing of James Comey and Trump's open discussion of how the pressure is now off regarding Russia, oddsmakers are now bumping the odds of a Trump impeachment to a 60 percent certainty.
Dear President Trump, This is not a letter of love or hate. This is not a letter telling you what you are doing wrong or right. This is a letter that, I hope, will help you leave a lasting positive legacy at the end of your term/s. This is a letter reminding you of what you can do and what you can achieve. This is a letter of hope.
The Debt Of A Nation
The history of this nation is being written in the annals of debt that has become almost to insurmountable. There have been two critical factors that have derailed the sovereignty and stability of the United States. In all our recorded history of over 200 years this nation has seen only small periods where our armed forces were not engaged in some conflict or another somewhere around the globe. From the time of John F. Kennedy's death all the way up to today the national debt has continued to climb. There are two important factors as to why this nation still can't grasp the concept of elimination of our now catastrophic national debt. A nation at war and a nation that relies on the creation of money by privately owned banks like the Federal Reserve Board are the most ruthless ingredients to incur massive debt.
Clear and Present Dangers Staring Us in the Face
There are really only two political leaders I trust and their perspectives are very different but they’re both decent, well informed, honest people: Dennis Kucinich and Jim Webb. Coming from the real progressive left, former Congressman Kucinich’s criticism of the current efforts to stage a soft coup against President Trump, with whose policies he does not agree (a perspective I share), has real weight behind it (see here).
Even Iran Does Presidential Elections Better than the US
The US has something to learn from Iran about Presidential elections. Donald Trump’s election has proven that the US Presidential electoral system has failed its electorate completely. The Achilles heal which has been exposed is that in a Western-style democracy like ours, an unqualified, mentally ill, dangerous bigot like Trump can easily be elected to one of the most powerful positions in the world. And even worse, once he is there our legal and electoral system has provided us with few ways in which we can get rid of him, and we are bound to keep him for four more years during which time he may indeed blow up our country and the rest of the world.
The Martyrdom of Jeanne Manon Philipon Roland
One woman, Marie Antoinette, with her excesses, ignited the spark that started the French Revolution; another, Charlotte Corday, attempted to extinguish it with her murder of Marat. Between them stood a woman devoted to justice, republicanism, and liberty: Jeanne Manon Philipon Roland.
The End of Trump
It has now been 116 days since Trump took on the role of our nation's leader (feels like a lot longer doesn't it?). He has had his fair share of controversy, but his most recent actions have many critics comparing him to the likes of 37th United States President Richard Nixon. So here is a brief overview of what our supreme leader has been up to.
Interview with John C. Bednar, Author of 'The People's President'
Author and professor Dr. John Bednar first began writing his political thriller The People's President in the early 70s. His book–written in the scandalous milieu of Watergate and the Vietnam War–posed a fictional and righteous reality in which politics and money did not mix. Bednar's writing was a understated form of protest, a caution against the burgeoning Washington swamp and what he perceived as a gross miscarriage of a democratic electoral system. His book was first circulated among his colleagues and students and was received well; Bednar's ideas resonated with his readers and laid dormant, marinating, for decades to come.