A SANDERS AND A CLINTON ARGUMENT FOR DEMOCRATIZING THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY This election cycle has really been a lesson in American politics. The most significant lesson comes with an awakening and clarifying awareness of how delegates are selected in both parties’ nominating process. We’ve always known that delegates played a role in selecting presidential nominees, but […]Read More Twilight of the Superdelegates
HOW PUNITIVE HIGH STAKES TESTING DUMBS DOWN THE CLASSROOM An edited version of the following essay appeared in the Fort Myers News Press. It’s mid-April, so let the testing season begin. This is the time of year when parents watch helplessly as their children become increasingly anxious. Teachers lose valuable instruction time as students are […]Read More Testing Season
A POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY PRIMER Bernie Sanders’ campaign has brought quite a bit of political energy to the surface. Turns out, there is considerable passion and anger in the progressive community. It is also clear that the word “socialist” doesn’t pack quite the punch that it used to. Who would have thought that someone openly campaigning as […]Read More Conservatism v. Liberalism/Fascism v. Socialism
THE UNHOLY SPAWN OF DEMOCRATIC FEAR MONGERING On November 7, 2000 I stepped into a Florida voting booth and pulled the lever for…dun dun duuuuun… Ralph Nader! (Insert blood curdling scream here!) That’s right. I said it. George W. Bush was all my fault! At least that’s the claim of Democratic operatives. Yes, it’s likely that Nader […]Read More Rise of the Bernie Beasts!
IN CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL DISCOURSE If you are involved in political debate, you are almost certain to be faced with Hitler…at least those who use Hitler and Nazism as a strategy to discredit what you are saying. Associating a position with Hitler and Nazism is a surefire way to silence that position. It is also easy, […]Read More Hitler is Overworked
DR. MOREAU’S BEASTS NOW HAVE A LEADER The ignominious fall of Ted Cruz and John Kasich from the GOP primaries only confirms what the polls have been saying for quite some time. The GOP is the party of Trump and all that the billionaire media personality represents. This is quite the shock to people who […]Read More Like it or Not, The GOP is the Party of Trump
SPOILER ALERT! NO! This week, the New York Times Retro Report puts a spotlight on President Clinton’s 1996 Welfare Reform Act. Given the appealing monica (see what I did there!) Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, a Democratic president signed into law what was, up until that point, a conservative wet dream. With clueless pride President […]Read More Did Welfare Reform Work?