To drain the political swap, we must acknowledge how pervasive it is and how it gets polluted.
The political swap may be centered in DC, but its tributaries extend into state and local governments and even homeowners associations (HOAs). How nasty is the swamp? Well, one indicator is Congress’ 2017 14% approval rating. Continue reading
Many of the non social issues, or perceived issues, facing the country are so large and mentioned so often that their impact on individual citizens is lost. Examples of such issues:
- government over-regulation.
- a $19 trillion dollar budget deficit.
- the appointment of Supreme Court Justices.
- illegal immigration.
- a weakened military.
- climate change.
- school choice.
Last week, I found an example of how government over-regulation has negatively impacted Whole Foods and its customers. Continue reading
Political correctness exists for one reason – too many Americans are afraid to say what they believe and think. They are being bullied by a segment of Americans who want to control the direction of the country. If someone calls you a name or says something derogatory about you for what you think or say, then who would want them in your life to begin with. Continue reading
Freedom of speech is vital to a democracy. It allows citizens to hear all points of view and to make up their own minds about issues and behaviors. The ‘speech’ doesn’t have to be audible and the points of view can be diametrically opposed! Two recent examples.
Colin Kaerpernick, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.
Sam Kendrick, bronze medalist in the 2016 Olympic pole vault in Rio.
Many have accused the materials for teaching the new and very controversial Common Core national educational standards as politically biased toward a “progressive” or liberal political viewpoint. While it appears that may be true, one sentence in the language arts materials for 5th graders and which has been cited as a example of political bias caught my attention.
“The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation.” Continue reading
Many are blaming Detroit’s leaders as the source of its abysmal fiscal situation which has resulted in the City seeking protection under U.S. bankruptcy law.
In a Democracy, that explanation doesn’t work. In a Democracy, its citizens elect its leaders. Detroit’s residents elected the individuals that created Detroit’s fiscal crisis. Detroit’s residents are the source of it’s demise. To report otherwise, simply masks the real problem and thus prevents it from being addressed. Continue reading
Jody Airas is a 32 year old California woman who is on trial in Arizona for the premeditated murder of her former boyfriend, Travis Alexander. She has acknowledged shooting him and stabbing him 27 times but is claiming self defense – it is a death penalty case. Continue reading
Political correctness is chipping away at our First Amendment right of freedom of speech. Political correctness is an enemy of Democracy. Continue reading
Many foreigners believe Americans think they are better than individuals from other countries. Nothing could be further from the truth. Continue reading
Many confuse having good character with being a good citizen. They aren’t the same. It would be similar to saying that having good character is the same as being a good parent or being a good manager. Continue reading