Much ink has been spilt since Donald Trump’s election regarding the legitimacy of the U.S. government system, the fortitude of the rule of law, and the viability of American democracy. What do the 2018 election results tell us about those big, scary issues?
Your Ordinary World for Monday, 22 Oct 2018, with links pondering civility-or a lack there of-in the public discourse. Read, share, and discuss.
But now we have groups, not new just louder and more visible, that we should not be labelling with the traditional terms at all. If we do, I propose repurposing a very old term for this rising class of political beings: the acolytes.
Gina Haspel’s confirmation ends the debate on torture.
The Trump administration attempts to change the game on management of public resources in the West.
… and what do you get?
Women’s health care, and even affordable access to health care in general, should not be an issue that is dividing us.
Let’s revisit conscience exemptions for union shops, especially for public-sector unions.
It looks to me like there’s a trend here.
It was all too much for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who said Warren had “impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama.” In an extraordinary move, the Senate voted on party lines to shut her down…
Will Georgia and South Carolina ever get their new nuclear reactors?
I’m going to miss having a President who speaks to our ideals rather than our id.
Within days of the Paris Agreement being signed, a climate change denier was elected. What now?
Smaller government can’t be the sine qua non of the politics of freedom in a Wagner’s Law world.
Bleak musings for your weekend
“Data that contradicts the Ideology is a lie; institutions that publish such data are the enemy; those individuals who consider such data are heretics.”
On January 6, NPR’s This American Life aired an hour long and fairly damning segment on the working conditions of the Chinese manufacturing workers that build Apple products. To say the show got some attention would be an understatement. Within a few weeks it had become TAL’s most downloaded episode – quite an achievement for…
~by Tom Van Dyke Well, the problem isn’t perhaps-GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry attending a semi-political prayer meeting. This stuff happens all the time. [His playing Pontifex Maximus for it and the potential political fallout from it, all in due time.] Of course, it was overtly and annoyingly Christian to some and many people, Perry…
Here’s what I was trying to say last night on Twitter. Christine O’Donnell’s upset win in the Delaware primary is not the sign of a political realignment. It’s just not. So what is it? It is part of the stabilizing mechanism of two-party politics. It indicates not that the GOP is dying, but that it’s…
I’m reluctant to riff on such a small bit from Lisa’s truly excellent post on political realignments. Still, there’s a brief speculation about the future realignment that I can’t help but note. She writes that “any future realignment … is usually assumed to be along pro-government/anti-government lines.” Sadly for my side, I doubt this future…
Let’s start with “isn’t” first: ________________________________________ It’s not a war just about spreading democracy. It’s not a war just about oil. It’s not a war just about stopping a brutal dictator who supposedly had weapons of mass destruction. It’s not a war of humanitarian intervention. It’s not a plot cooked up by some secret cabal…