Politics does not dictate our collective cultural mindset as much as it simply reflects it; We've got to look in the mirror sometimes, and we've got one.
The Inconclusive GOP ‘Autopsy’
Nothing blunts the inconvenient discomfort of failure like the narcotic of success. Achieving victory has a way of obscuring the pre-existing conditions that could have otherwise led to defeat. The Republican Party avoided defeat in 2016, but the GOP had fundamental, deeply structural problems brewing long before the 2016 election. Those problems didn’t vanish when Donald Trump raised his right hand in January.
Why Did We Elect a TV Star?
I know, I know, you assumed this was another hit piece aimed at President Donald Trump. Why not, right? Everyone else does. I'm sorry to disappoint the 'Never Trumpers' but someone else caught my attention. Another television star turned politician. After watching the congressional hearings to confirm SCOTUS nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, I noticed that Senator Al Franken (D - MN), was going after him extremely hard. Some of his questions weren't really questions but accusations. "You've said that politics is still a little foreign for you," he told Gorsuch. "It turns out that's not entirely correct."
Beginner's Guide to the Most Common Forms of Government
Government impacts every single part of a person's life - even if they don't realize it at the time. In order to understand the political and social climate of any country, you need to understand their government and how it works.
First Sons, Son-In-Law Wouldn't Make Slytherin?
One of the prime reasons why J.K. Rowling is so loved is that she brought the world Harry Potter, "The Boy Who Lived," and in doing so, created another generation of readers. Now, though, she's loved - and probably reviled, by some - for her incredibly sharp Twitter comments.
Morality Lost in the Age of Decadence
We have seen it on our TV screens, we hear it on the radio, we continue to witness it in the movies and we have experienced it in person. The age of decadent, amoral behavior has redefined our nation. This transformation has rendered the United States incapable of healing the wounds that have divided this nation.
Germany in the 1930s and Our Western World Today
So - 1930s Germany and the Western world of today. Are there any serious similarities? Within the last five years, most of us would have said 'no - we've made a lot of progress since those dim days.' However, events have been moving rather swiftly lately, and it's maybe worth considering just where we are now.
How To Get Involved in Local Politics (And Why You Should)
The United States has become embroiled in political division so intense that, sometimes, it would appear that we have no say, that we have no power, that even becoming involved in local politics seems pointless. With so many voices shouting at one another, it may seem as though nothing we say or do can bring a meaningful change to the country.
Canada's Prime Minister Hashtagging Near You
"I'm not Donald Trump" (All of America immediately falls in love). "Hey, girl. I could get you that good health insurance."
Well Ain't It Just What We Liberals Told ‘Em?
I’m sure that along with me you’ve been wondering why primarily white Southern and rural voters would ignore their own self-interest? I mean self-interest is what keeps us all alive. Most of us anyway want to live, no matter how wretched our lives are.
President Trump's Revised Travel Ban Gets Trumped
It's unlikely that President Trump is feeling the love from the Aloha state this morning. A federal judge in Hawaii ruled last night, mere hours before the Trump administration's latest travel ban was due to take effect, that the revised ban was, like its earlier counterpart, unconstitutional. Suman Raghunathan, executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), noted the victory for Muslim travelers and said that the federal court order that was now blocking the ban sent a clear message to the current administration.
Biden Believes That President Trump Deserves A Chance
You have got to give credit to former Vice President Joe Biden - he believes everyone deserves a fair chance, even the new president.
So You Want to Do Physical Removal
The alt-right and their bosom buddies, the Cantwellian Helicopter Libertarians, want to throw people out of helicopters like Pinochet's regime did to dissidents. Those that aren’t excited to commit mass murder in the name of 'liberty' or capitalism still favor a more sterilized, softer form of “physical removal” in the form of deportations or imprisonment.