Politics | Society

The alternative realities

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OMG, remember the time you got measles and you had that hideous rash!? You said that the doctor told your mom there was no cure, but it might be manageable through medication, a lot of medication, if you survived through this stage. Oh, and then everyone in your class got it and everyone was sent home for a while, until they figured it out. Remember that!? Awww, and then remember when you later found out that a third of the kids died. No? What? Oh wait, nevermind, that wasn’t you….

No, no, I remember now… it was the time you…

Amy - great poem. Those hopeful words ironically evoke a bit of sadness but for the fact that after almost 250 years we appear further from that hopeful promise. Yet... while hopes and dreams are the inspiration of poets, it is the poetry itself that can be the trumpet for change and the call to action. Onward!

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Life in balance

Politics |Government

How Mitch McConnell just proved the government is broken

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The Senate showed that it is ineffective. Uninterested in its role to provide for the common defence. Unable to wield its power to stop a rogue president from an attack not only on the institutions of government, like free elections, but also on the physical institutions such as the senate chamber itself. More importantly, however, in the simple words of Mitch McConnell, it proved that it is ineffective in carrying out its function to maintain the balance of powers.

The Senate ought to be the place that holds the highest standards for the legislative branch. The house of government that…

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Politics | Societal Change

Why government and media responsibilities are like comparing apples to oranges

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that French President Emmanuel Macron said the storming of the U.S. Capitol was a sign of the West’s failure to rein in social media platforms, allowing them to become incubators of hate, moral relativism and conspiracy theories: “This is an issue for real international regulation.”

International regulation! Macron is terribly wrong on this point. We are not talking about a war crime, or child soldiers, or genocide.

He is suggesting that social media platforms are responsible for the content of their contributors, and therefore those companies should be regulated.

Before social media, there was…

Politics | Political Satire

Change the Presidential Oath of Office

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A lot of blame has been heaped upon Donald Trump for how he executed his obligations as President of the United States, and I’m not going to defend him or his record, but consider this:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. (U.S. Const. art II. § 1)

That is the Oath for assuming the office of the presidency. That’s it. Thirty-five words.

Say those thirty five words and you…

Politics | Political Satire

To save America from itself

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I think I get it. Finally. Seeing 20,000 National Guard troops in D.C. it finally occurred to me.

After years of hearing calls to ban handguns and assault weapons, after so many casual killings because weapons were just there for the using, I finally understand why there was such a fight against those who wanted to repeal the 2nd Amendment. The Right is enshrined to save America from itself!

The framers of the constitution knew that we would one day need to protect ourselves against tyranny. After all, at the time of it’s drafting they were battling the tyrant King…

Politics | Election 2020

A scorecard on predictions from America’s Darkest Hours

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Twenty four days. A little over three weeks.

That’s not a lot of time, so it is reasonable to expect that my confidence was brimming when, on December 28, 2020, I made my predictions about Donald Trump’s last three weeks as president of the United States. By some accounts this should have been easy! But see, rather than focus on what he would say, I tried to guess at what he, a malignant narcissist, might do.

In America’s Darkest Hours, six predictions were made about what Trump might do, or not do, during the last three weeks of his presidency…

Jack MacDonald

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