It’s no secret that Donald Trump doesn’t think much of those who dare to oppose him. During the campaign, he threatened to overhaul the libel laws and make it easier to sue media outlets. He stood and watched while his supporters trolled and harassed reporters. He also stood and watched while his supporters’ hatred for […]
The Economist Intelligence Unit downgraded the U.S. from a “full democracy” to a “flawed democracy” in the most recent edition of its Democracy Index. The 2016 report – subtitled “Revenge of the ‘deplorables’” – is the ninth edition of the EIU’s annual Democracy Index. The report provides a measure of how democracy fared around the […]
During the 2000 presidential election, people in Florida complained about the election being rigged. There were multiple recounts, and Al Gore eventually conceded, making George W. Bush president. Something like that could happen again this election year, because whiny baby Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has already said he will challenge the results of the election. The […]
When the United States achieved sovereignty, the circumstances of their independence were without precedent. After all, a haggard bunch of farmers (with a lot of help from the French) successfully fended off highly-trained soldiers in service to an empire on which the sun never set. When building this new nation, British intellectuals suddenly free of […]
On Monday, millennial favorite Bernie Sanders discussed the encroaching Democratic National Convention taking place in Philadelphia and what he anticipates from the public. The presidential hopeful foreshadowed future chaos at the convention because “Democracy is messy.” I wholeheartedly agree. Without debate, there is no possibility for change. In addition, Sanders talked about his visions for the […]
Going into this campaign, Senator Bernie Sanders knew he was facing an uphill battle. The political and media establishment wrote him off as a fringe candidate, a principled man on a mission to prove a point, but not a man who was going to win. In full disclosure, I felt this was not the case. My […]
Our Constitution, for all of its value, is a piece of crap. I’m sure I’ve lost a lot of you at the end of that sentence. For those of you still reading, allow me to explain. The American political system is dysfunctional. Hell, some would call it pathological. For some people, the reason for the […]
I love America. I really do. But, I’m not so blinded by nationalism that I can’t see where America falls short. As Will McAvoy said in the first episode of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, “America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.” Whether it be college education, entertainment, or even the state of democracy, […]
Oligarchy – a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution. Democracy – a system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives. Which of these do you think the United States has become? Oligarchy is the right answer and […]
Do we live in a reflective democracy? Does our elected leadership reflect the people they serve? No. Of course not. As liberals, we already ?know that. But when you break out the numbers and put them into a visual? It’s ugly. From the Who Leads Us website: Who Leads Us is a project of Women […]
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It seems that the highly popular TED Talk series has now become something of an Amway meeting of the minds, and one Eric Li is selling us his Chinese version of laundry soap.
There are countless images that come to mind when thinking about your picturesque elderly person. From old men sitting on porches to grandmothers gathering around a table set for playing bridge and talking about memories past. There’s the image of a stampede in unison with coupons in hands toward their local Italian restaurant for the […]