Just wondering…

...if this might be a good time for the Blue States and the Red States to start thinking seriously about going their separate ways, as they should have done indeed in 1861. Continued coexistence has never seemed more untenable than in this 227th year of the Great American Experiment. If you would like to have a look at one possible roadmap for such a separation, please send a r...
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Clarence Thomas

Fact: Justice Clarence Thomas has not asked a single question from the SCOTUS bench during oral arguments for ten years. Not one question. Question: What if every SCOTUS justice did the same? Question: If, during his confirmation hearing, Clarence Thomas had not declared himself the victim of "an electronic lynching" (that is, if he had not played the 'race card'), would ...
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Bernie’s Big Boo-Boo

Placing the profit motive at the center of our healthcare distribution system has, over time, institutionalized inequality regarding access to quality healthcare. This deep-rooted inequality is a moral issue, and should be identified and treated as such. Unfortunately, the only candidate running for national office who is currently doing this is Bernie Sanders. Equally unfortun...
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Constitutional Convention

Back in the latter days of the 18th century, a homogeneous group of landed, educated, Christian/Deist, white dudes was summoned to Philadelphia to 'fix' the Articles of Confederation, which had proven themselves ineffectual. This group consisted of a delegation from each of the 13 colonies existing at that time: just 55 delegates in all (only 39 signed the final draft of the Co...
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The Great American Experiment

When the American republican form of government was ratified and put into effect (in 1790), it was seen as "the great American experiment." Implied in this view, of course, is the possibility that this experiment could fail, as is the case with all experiments. (The human race is, in fact, also a great experiment – a topic for another time). Many Americans have in recent tim...
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Circus McGurkus (or Political Theatre on a Warm Winter’s Day)

The image I have in mind at the moment is of a three-ring circus, in which D. Trump, dressed like a clown, bulbous red nose and all, is in the center ring, driving a miniature fire truck crammed full of the other Republican candidates, around and around, through one ring of fire after the other, while issuing insults to the audience, who laugh uproariously; and the two Democrat...
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