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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…

Healthy Living | Weight Control

A reasonable lifestyle change that will make you feel good about yourself

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Over the summer of COVID-19, I had put on about 20 lbs. Maybe one of you readers did too?

For me, I knew it was happening. It was a gradual but slippery slope. The ability to work-from-home meant, for me, more time away from the city. With little else to do, it became the summer of food and drink. I am sure some of you had this experience, and maybe your own version of what happened.

Here’s mine: It was grilling season so there were lots of fatty meats being enjoyed, with plenty of BBQ sauces. I also enjoyed evenings…

Politics | Society

Democrat politicians need not apologize like their Republican counterparts

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It’s become a common refrain from conservative apologists in the last couple of weeks. Typical Republican response: “Yes, fine, the Capitol protest should be condemned, but then you, Democrats, should be condemning the BLM protests of last summer.”

If you read only the headlines or you skim the opening lines of op-eds, transcripts, and reports then you could be excused for not understanding why this is such a poor comparison.

In fact there are many examples that demonstrate how the two events are comparatively very different. The CNN article claiming that experts and lawmakers say you can’t compare the two…

Politics | Election 2020

And there is nothing to be done about it

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The checks and balances against the actions of President Donald J. Trump have failed, miserably.

The constitutional separation of powers between the three branches of the U.S. Government were never designed to deal with a narcissistic, unapologetic executive leader, who has no empathy or moral compass.

It was never envisioned that whoever held the office of President would have no respect for the country or the Constitution.

With the exception of those who have been brainwashed into believing that the election was stolen (it wasn’t) or that it will succumb to a socialist agenda (it won’t), most people now agree…

Politics | Election 2020

What side will you be on?

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Big protest in D.C. on January 6th. Be there, will be wild!

Those were the words from President Donald J. Trump, December 30, 2020, via Twitter.

But the day began with the plan for a Republican circus in the joint session of congress. The Cruz-12 were set to create a filibuster of the mostly ceremonial process of certifying the Electoral College vote.

The Republican senators were set to make a mockery of the process, by contesting the certification of votes in the so-called swing states, that resulted in Biden’s election. They knew that their protestations would amount to nothing more…

Jack MacDonald

Concerned citizen. Critical thinker. Veteran. Consumer of knowledge. Making things better. Getting stuff done.

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