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I don’t know what to do with Real Americans.

Editor’s note: the title and tone of this post were inspired by Brit Bennett’s essay “I Don’t Know What to Do With Good White People.”

I seem to be surrounded by Real Americans these days. Real Americans determined to make America great again; Real Americans determined to round up those illegals and send them back home; Real Americans who want to deal with those crime infested inner cities by warehousing people of a certain color; Real Americans who never threw their sheets and ropes away, but kept them in the closet for a day such as today; and so on. Continue reading

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A Veteran’s Thoughts on Colin Kaepernick

Jim Wright over at Stonekettle Station has his usual eloquent take on the so-called Colin Kaepernick incident , in which he describes, in somewhat great length, his opinion on whether Kaepernick should stand (or not) during the playing of the National Anthem. As a veteran myself, I would like to add my opinion, which is this: Continue reading

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To Dissent

The Internet tells me that “to dissent” is to publicly disagree with an official opinion or set of beliefs; to withhold assent; to express an attitude of non-agreement to a prevailing idea or an entity; to refuse to conform to the policies of the state. It is a guiding philosophy of activism; it is the spirit that drives civil disobedience and radicalism; and, at its heart it is the battle for the soul that rages within each one of us every day, in foro conscientiae: before the tribunal of conscience.
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Bleeding heart, and proud of it!

Well, it’s official!

Bleeding heartYou can take the quiz here

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Creating a monster with nothing to fear

Contrary to popular opinion, our moneyed elite has no desire to destroy our democracy. Indeed, why would they? They have been extremely well compensated by being a part of the richest economic system in the history of the world. However, they do like to maintain control, and it seems that the procedure for accomplishing this is relatively straight forward in the U.S. version of a representative democracy, if rather time consuming to implement. To wit:
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America Your America, Part 7

There is little doubt that the greatest casualty of the sustained assault on our democracy over the last thirty years or so has been the American middle class. Suffering through a sustained period of attrition as membership has been pushed both down and out by the relentless efficiency gains and rent seeking imposed by the owners of capital and production, to still find oneself situated between the poor and the rich has darkened from dream to nightmare. But this itself is a mere symptom of an even greater tragedy: the abject loss of faith in the social institutions and rule of law necessary for a healthy representative government.
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America Your America, Part 6

America is two nations on many fronts: The rich America and the poor America; the white America and the America of color; the America of the elite and the common America; the secular America and the America of the devout; and so on. But few parallels are as dangerous as the America of democracy, and the America of those who view representative government as a quaint, outdated concept.
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