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Us-Versus-Them Politics

November 2, 2019

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Why are conspiracy theories so prevalent now? One reason is today’s us-versus-them politics. Another may be the desire to impose a narrative on events people find inexplicable and threatening. Conspiracy theories have been intertwined with American politics since 1776, perhaps earlier. But today they may be at the center of national public life more than […]

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September 16, 2013

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HOUSE REPUBLICANS TIE OBAMACARE TO DEBT CEILING In an ominous sign, Republican leaders in the U.S. House last week had to delay a vote to keep the government running through mid-December because they didn’t have enough support. Once again, unfortunately, budget hard-liners in the GOP caucus are threatening to shut down the government in order […]

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July 14, 2013

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DO-NOTHING U.S. HOUSE A comprehensive immigration bill passed the U.S. Senate after a month of debate, but many Republicans in the House are dead-set against any provision that offers a path to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million or so undocumented immigrants. Without the pathway to citizenship, there is no immigration reform. The Senate passed […]

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June 18, 2013

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FALLING WHITE BIRTHRATE News from the Census Bureau this week shows the United States moving faster than ever toward a “minority majority” population. For the first time in at least a century more white Americans are dying faster than those being born. By no later than next year white children under the age of 5 […]

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June 4, 2013

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CENTRIST POLITICIANS ARE EXTINCT My two political heroes are a guy named Dan Evans, named “Straight Arrow,” and Ike Skelton. Dan and Ike are the kind of public servants Americans desperately need today. Each were principled pragmatists who believed the duty of a politician was no to make speeches about the evils of government but […]

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May 21, 2013

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DRAGGING OUT BENGHAZI Enough of Benghazi already. Like every other American, I was heartbroken and angry at the deaths of four fellow Americans. It was a tragedy. However, this continues to drag on, and it is nothing more than an attempt to discredit Hillary Clinton and the president, and even worse, to get absolutely nothing […]

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March 23, 2013

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OBAMA STRENGTHENS MIDDLE EAST TIES First, the symbolism of President Obama’s visit to Israel is enormous in a part of the world where symbolism is very important. The Obama trip let the Arab and Muslim world see that the United States and Israel are solidly together as they lead the fight against militant Islam. The […]