The Democratic Split

The Democratic Split

An old division is rearing it’s head again in the Democratic Party. It’s gone public in the disruption of Bernie Sanders’s speeches by #blacklivesmatter protesters, first at Netroots Nation in July and then again in Seattle on Saturday (see here).…

On Lincoln and Our Second Founding

On Lincoln and Our Second Founding

In honor the 4th of July weekend, I’m sharing this post I wrote last year at this time:

 

I recently had the opportunity to sing “American the Beautiful.” The lines that most hit me are in the third verse:

Oh, beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!

The Constitution Has Everything To Do With It

The Constitution Has Everything To Do With It

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” – Ninth Amendment

During the ratification of the Constitution, critics worried about how their rights would be preserved in the context of a new, much stronger federal government.…

Confronting Our Problems Face On

Confronting Our Problems Face On

We are capable of bearing a great burden once we discover that the burden is reality and arrive where reality is.” – James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

I fear that America is not capable of this.

This was in stark relief in the aftermath of the South Carolina shooting.…

Rubio Rising

Rubio Rising

At this point, trying to discern who is winning the (mostly invisible) Republican presidential contest is like reading tea leaves. But some clues this weekend suggest that Marco Rubio is in position to take a solid lead.

First, let’s start with what his competitors are saying.…

Gender Before Race?

Gender Before Race?

There’s a claim that pops up occasionally in feminist circles: That when it comes to equal rights/opportunities, women always come last. At least in the context of race, this is simply not true.

The most common evidence cited for this proposition is the discrepancy between the 15th Amendment and the 19th Amendment.…

The Most Important Tech Issue For 2016

The Most Important Tech Issue For 2016

I’m a tech guy in my professional life. I design and create software for a living and I follow the news around the software world very closely. I’ve been thinking about what issues would be most important from a tech perspective for the 2016 presidential election, and patent reform is hands-down number one.…

Why Jeb Bush Will Not Win In 2016

Why Jeb Bush Will Not Win In 2016

For me, blog posts like this are only interesting if I make a solid prediction, backed by the evidence I see, that can then be verified in the future to show whether I’m brilliant and insightful or ignorant and contemptible. Here’s today’s prediction: there is essentially no way that Jeb Bush can become president of the United States.…

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