An Alternative to Violence?

  Fortunately, in the most vicious stand-off in America since the Civil War, I have noticed no sign of involvement by the violent Antifa movement. I deplore violence, even in the face of egregious atrocities. Mass violence achieves nothing good. It only creates more violence. And innocent bystanders are victimized. So when the base of […]
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What “the People” Want

  As I ponder yesterday’s comments by Joy and LogicFish, who have obviously read extensively and thought intensely about the way our world works, I wonder how “the people” figure in this vast puzzle. What do they want? I doubt any group, however cunning, can rise to power without the tacit consent of “the masses.” […]
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Squelching the Media

  Trump is threatening to revoke the media credentials of news organizations that run negative stories about him. But I wonder whether he can legally do that. The freedom of the press is uniquely guaranteed in the US Constitution, and I don’t see how the press can be free to do its job if a […]
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Betrayed by Minions

  When we the people elect minions to represent us, we get betrayed. It’s as simple as that. Devin Nunes for instance. Some misguided voters in California sent him to Congress. I guess they didn’t know he would turn out to be a Trump minion. The survival of our Republic depends on the independence of the three branches of […]
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Why Would Millionaires Run for Political Office, Anyway?

Would you run for office? Probably not. You don’t need the aggravation. The moment you throw your hat in the ring you become a target. Your life is examined under a microscope and professional propagandists seek out ways to assassinate your character. That’s the thanks you get for undertaking an unbelievably grueling schedule, humbling yourself […]
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Religion and Democracy – an Explosive Mix

As Egypt’s democratically elected regime teeters on the brink of collapse this morning, I am left wondering whether democracy can work in a country so divided by religion. And I wonder, too, whether politicians who use religion to build a power base are endangering America’s democratic system. Democracy, as Winston Churchill observed, is the worst […]
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Now, It’s Government by Intimidation

They taught me in school that democracy is a system of government of the people, by the people, for the people. So I have to wonder when I read – as I often do – that the United States is “the world’s leading democracy.” In poll after poll, I see “the people” favoring policies that the government […]
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