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End The Electoral College

It’s not that there aren’t some good arguments in favor of the Electoral College. The problem is that, no matter what those good arguments are, whenever there is a mismatch between the candidate who wins the popular vote and the … Continue reading

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Reading for 7 Nov 2016

It is to deny what the history of the world tells us is true, to suppose that men of ambition and talents will not continue to spring up amongst us. And when they do, they will as naturally seek the … Continue reading

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On The “Unwinnable” Wars

For all their faults, one thing that the “unwinnable” wars like the War on Poverty and the War on Drugs had is a relatively clear definition of purpose. I know, for all intents and purposes, what the goal is in … Continue reading

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An Admission

An Admission: I was briefly distracted by concern over the “safe space” movement and the apparently increasing inability of (partially) college-educated students to tolerate dissenting opinions. Then I realized we have a presidential candidate leading the polls of a major … Continue reading

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On September 11

Every September 11 in the United States, we are besieged with exhortations to remember the eponymous terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. These come in many forms, from the innocent social media posts of our friends and relatives and celebrities … Continue reading

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Consistency

So, I’m assuming everyone who wants the government to prohibit any funding to Planned Parenthood because they do abortions, even though federal funds are segregated from any abortion services, is also in favor of cutting all federal grants and subsidies … Continue reading

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Decisions, Decisions

What I’m looking for this election year is a moderate candidate who has an eye toward corporate interests, and a history of rescuing troubled businesses whom the market has left for dead. Someone who will take a hard line on … Continue reading

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Teddy Roosevelt, Republican

If circumstances are such that thrift, energy, industry, and forethought enable the farmer, the tiller of the soil, on the one hand, and the wage-worker on the other, to keep themselves, their wives, and their children in reasonable comfort, then … Continue reading

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Life and Death

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. Gandalf

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Maze of Contents

Magazine tables of contents are curious things. A table of contents is supposed to help the reader find his way to a desired section quickly; but in magazines they seem designed instead to purposefully frustrate and bewilder the reader. I … Continue reading

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