Rigged from the Start

Bernie Sanders just declared war on the Democratic establishment (Washington Post) I remember the 1976 Democratic presidential primaries very well. I don’t mean that I was there — in fact, I was busy being born that winter, so┬áthat kind of kept my eyes off of politics for a while — but it’s an interesting case study of the machinations of Democratic party politics and the primary process that I’ve studied time and time again. This was the first primary after the McGovern debacle, which itself…

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21st Century Prohibition

One of the more aggravating stories of American political subterfuge that’s been playing out since the turn of the millennium is how Republicans have sabotaged the United States Postal Service. ┬áBack in 2006, while they still had control of both houses of Congress and the presidency, Republicans passed a bill requiring the Postal Service to pre-fund their workers’ pensions for the next seventy-five years over just a ten-year span. This bill targeted the Postal Service specifically, and no other governmental agency. Although “snail mail” has…

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Failing to Learn from History

The Kent State Massacre: The Day Our Government Killed Innocent Protesters On A College Campus (theurbantwist.com) Tamir Rice’s mother honors Kent State May 4 shooting victims at ‘Black Lives Matter’ commemoration (Cleveland Plain Dealer) Donald Trump calls California protesters ‘thugs, criminals’ (bilbaoya.com) When I was getting my Master’s degree in English Literature, and earlier when I was taking literature classes as I was getting my Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, one of my primary areas of focus was 20th century American women’s poetry. My favourite…

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Deliberately Blocking Solutions

Ohio Lawmaker Says He’s Looking Into The Need For A Bill To Ban Gender Neutral Bathrooms (wvxu.org) Online petition to boycott Target over bathroom policy tops 900,000 signatures (Cleveland Plain Dealer) If compromise was ever a virtue in American politics, there’s no denying that it’s taken a beating over the past few years, especially among right-wingers. A lot of factors played a part in the galvanization of the Tea Party movement, but many people point to the role of right-wing media, both new and old,…

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Millennials Aren’t Whiny, You’re Just a Narcissistic Prick

Bill Clinton Tells Millennials They’re What’s Wrong With America, Only Hillary Can Fix It (inquisitr.com) The 2016 enthusiasm gap (politico.com) As the presidential primaries wind down here, a lot of pixels are being spilled over the similarities between the 2008 and 2016 Democratic nomination contests. A lot of Bernie Sanders supporters are complaining about the role that superdelegates play in the Democratic primary, and how the primary calendar being front-loaded with southern states makes it easy for more conservative Democrats like Hillary Clinton to take…

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