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Progressive America

Thursday, March 4th, 2021

I am proud to live in Modern America.  America is a progressive country.  Our democracy allows us to create laws to improve our lives.  Over the past 230 years much has changed for the better. The progress has been slow but steady.  In the 1820s white laborers won the right to vote.  In the 1870s […]

Safe and Secure Markets

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Markets are truly a human wonder. They allow us to buy products which we lack the skill, resources or time to make for ourselves.  We rarely think about markets until they leave us in the cold. Markets are simply part of our everyday life.  We shop for food and clothing.  Sometimes we make big decisions […]

Heal the Sick

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

One month after the installation of my pacemaker, I’m well on the way to recovery.  I missed a couple of days of work, but with paid sick leave and good insurance coverage, only a slight tingling on my chest remains. Reading the news, I can’t help but notice that I am abnormal for a working […]

Happy New Year

Friday, January 1st, 2021

The Pretender

Thursday, December 10th, 2020

America has never had a pretender before.  Pretenders were regular features of European monarchies.  In monarchies the government, called the Crown, was the personal property of the king.  It passed from father to son or, rarely, to his daughter. In America, we have a Republic.  The term “republic” derives from the Latin phrase “res publica.” […]

Best Days Ahead of Us

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

I always get a chuckle when people talk about the “good ol’ days.”  When people image the past, they usually imagine themselves in a utopian cottage or a royal palace.  For the vast majority of people in past, their life was nasty, brutish, and short. Before the late 1900s, humans lacked basic knowledge of microbiology […]

Democracies Count Votes

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Legendary coach Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” In baseball it’s the last out.  He wanted his players to play until the end.  In politics elections are over after the last vote counted. Once again we see the hollowness of conservative understanding of States’ Rights and Constitutional Law.  States, not presidents, set […]

Proud American

Friday, October 30th, 2020

I am proud to live in America.   I am even prouder to live in Modern America.  Unlike the divine right monarchies and theocracies of the Bible, our constitution empowers people to create and improve a government. Unfortunately, the original intent of those early voters limited participation to white, male property owners.  They looked out for […]

Original Intent…to Discriminate

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

The “original intent” of the 14th Amendment never included “all persons” even though the text say “all persons.” Courts have slowly expanded “all” to mean “all.” Judge Barrett will follow the “original intent”, not evolved precedent, or what the English called common law. Conservatives have already said they will pass law allowing employers to discriminate […]

Basic Definitions

Saturday, October 10th, 2020

There are constitutional governments which are limited by law. There are authoritarian governments which empower a leader to exercise broad discretion. There are socialist economies which have public ownership of property. There are capitalist economies which have private ownership of property. There are free markets which allow individuals to buy and sell without government interference. […]

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