Tag: American Politics

The Kids Are Alright… Sorta.

 

A newly released poll, carefully constructed and conducted, has some surprisingly good news about American college students’ views. The results are consistent with a 2019 Pew poll of the general public. The vast majority of videos and stories on college culture and students suggest very different answers than those offered by real students. The left has not won. It ain’t over ’til it’s over. No fate.

College Pulse Poll, June 2021: College Pulse offers marketing and research products linking American college students with businesses and non-profit organizations. Their June 2021 poll asked twenty-two questions on policy issues. The sample was drawn from over 400,000 enrolled students and carefully adjusted to reflect the actual demographics of the student population. See a brief, clear explanation of the survey design here.

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During the 1996 State of the Union Address President Clinton famously said, “The era of big government is over.” of course that was not true, it was not true for Clinton, Bush, Obama, Trump, and is most certainly not true under Biden. Both the Republican and Democratic party leadership have not a clue what their […]

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More Senate Filibuster Silliness

 

Lefty Law Professors Want VP Harris to Declare the Filibuster “Unconstitutional”

Give the Left its due. They are relentless. Not just progressive election “reformers,” or “critical theory” proponents. But law professors and legislative strategists are on a never-ending quest to eliminate the single biggest barrier to their legislative utopia – the United States Senate’s filibuster rule.

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US Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and his colleagues are right to be upset over negotiations with Democrats in the White House and Congress over infrastructure spending. But the Senior Senator from South Carolina’s short-term prescription for playing hardball – denying the Senate a quorum to conduct business – probably isn’t going to work. Here’s why. […]

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Diminished President, Undiminished Ineptitude: The Biden Presidency in 4 Words

 

“Probe with bayonets. If you encounter steel, withdraw. If you encounter mush, continue.” — Attributed to Vladimir Lenin

Trepidation often occurs when a new US administration takes office. Nefarious totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, such as Iran, North Korea, and of course Communist China and Russia – often prod for weakness. But sometimes, crises take the form of opportunities.

Cancel Culture’s Latest Victim: Walt Whitman

 

Having worked in Camden, New Jersey, for 16 years, the 19th-century poet Walt Whitman is ubiquitous. Whitman’s final Camden home – the only one he ever owned – is a National Historic Landmark. Murals honoring or including Whitman are found throughout town. He’s also buried in Camden’s Harleigh Cemetery in an impressive mausoleum. The two leading bridges that connect Camden and Philadelphia are named after Benjamin Franklin and Walt Whitman.

Inscribed over City Hall are the words from a Whitman poem: “In a dream, I saw a city invincible.” Camden’s invincibility has been challenged for much of the last 50 years, which is still recovering from an exodus of people and manufacturing jobs. For a while, it had the nation’s highest murder rate. It continues to suffer high unemployment rates. But it is making an impressive comeback, thanks to a new medical school, its largest employer, Cooper University Hospital, and new corporate investments such as Subaru’s new North American headquarters and a new hotel on the waterfront. Police reforms of nearly a decade ago are a model for the nation.

And through it all, Camden has clung to Whitman and his brilliant career and contributions to American literature.

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Summer days are slower times. People go on vacations and otherwise take breaks from many routines. People tire and move on from cable news to sports (go England!) and movies, which are slowly coming back. All good. There are exceptions, and our current culture war is one. Just ask Loudoun County, Virginia, parents. Or parents elsewhere. Preview Open

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Your Food Is Not Racist

 

You there. Yes, you, standing between your pantry and refrigerator. It is time for a “conversation” about race. We’ll start with your food. Open your pantry. Look on the shelf. That one. There.

See that five-pound bag of white granulated sugar? Do you know the racist history of sugar plantations and cultivation in our hemisphere, from Haiti to the southern slaves who were forced to cultivate it?

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Poor Terry McAuliffe. The former Virginia governor and Clinton-Gore bag man is having a bad week. And it’s only Tuesday. Virginia’s former governor and Democratic nominee for his old job this fall (Virginia and New Jersey have state elections in November 2021) got off to a bad start with a goofy and weird barbeque video […]

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Maybe We Should Ask Native-Born High School Seniors to Take the Oath of Citizenship Along With the Naturalization Test Innumerable events and venues in honor of our Independence Day dot our family’s history. When deciding where today we should commemorate America’s true birthday (yes, 1776, not 1619), we settled on George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Kudos to […]

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The US Capitol, Fort Pelosi is Closed for July 4th

 

Why are some Democrats working so hard to tamper down Independence Day celebrations?

Independence Day celebrations are a long staple of hamlets across America, but especially in Washington, DC. Before the pandemic, thousands of people would flock to The Mall and camp out most of the day; others would arrive late in the afternoon, at the risk of occasional summer thunderstorms, mostly to get a good look at the fireworks launched from near the Washington Monument that evening.

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Canada Day Shares The Same Birthday as the Founding of China’s Communist Party. There Are Increasingly Eery Similarities. Today, July 1, is Canada Day. It celebrates the creation of their confederation in 1867. Canada is a wonderful country but is under incredible strain right now. As bad as you may think our leadership is in […]

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Rumsfeld’s Rules: Still Valid. RIP

 

My regrets in life are limited. I never worry about “what might have been” had I chosen differently in my life; I can’t control that, and things turned out wonderfully.

Example: In 1974, as a graduating high school senior from Washington, Oklahoma (population 400), I had a choice of colleges. Two offered me scholarships from the start. Another, the University of Oklahoma and its Air Force ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) offered me a 3.5-year scholarship if I could attend school there for the first semester at my own expense and prove myself in its program. I’d been a successful Civil Air Patrol cadet officer and leader, so no problem. My high school graduating class had me penciled in as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. But not as it’s “Most Likely to Succeed.” Such is life.

Did a Burning Bridge Change History?

 

In just a few days, we will celebrate, or at least honor, two remarkably significant events of American history. They both occurred in Pennsylvania, one obviously in 1776, the other in 1863. But a third one – also in the Keystone State, also in 1863 – deserves some recognition today (June 28th), its anniversary.

The first and most obvious is American Independence Day, July 4th, celebrating our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain and its “Mad King,” George III. The second would occur just 87 years later on a battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

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Much is being made of President Joe Biden’s rather odd news conference yesterday going after guns and gun dealers to curb the epidemic of urban violence. I’m not getting into the “substance” of his remarks, but instead note the President channeling his inner Eric Swalwell (US Rep., D-CA, failed presidential candidate. And much more). Stick with me; a […]

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Philadelphia: America’s Gomorrah

 

This Once-Great City Continues Its Slouch into an Abyss of Racism, Crime, & Anti-Semitism

Until the New Year, my family and I lived in the Philadelphia suburbs for some 18 years. We still have great friends and memories, and we continue to make almost monthly forays to our former home community (but not center city Philadelphia). Our memories of trips to downtown Philadelphia (rarely at night) are mostly positive (my youngest son and I being jostled by Flyers fans while donning Capitals jerseys during an NHL game is an exception, but I knew what I was in for. We all know Philly sports fans and their history – just ask Santa).

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A Hairy-Eyeball Look at Trump’s “Stolen Election” Claim and The “Terrorist Threat” of “White Supremacy.” Accusations of “The Big Lie” – and The Real Thing – are Everywhere. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out when political “talking points” are being parroted on national media outlets to score points, no matter how far […]

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