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About States’ Rights Bias and SCOTUS Legitimacy

Long before the 13 colonies sought to break away from British rule and form the United States, slavery was well established in America.  Most of the 56 delegates to the Second Continental Congress who signed the Declaration of Independence in … Continue reading

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Right-wing Radicals Control the People’s House

Republicans seem to doggedly follow their ideology no matter how many times it is proven to be wrong or rejected by voters.  Overall, conservative policies haven’t done well with the electorate since 2016.  Now that we have a clearer view … Continue reading

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Cruising from Cold and Rain to Sunny Uruguay

Our tender and a small pod of seals sunning at the end of the dock. My previous blog ended with a rough sea sail from Ushuaia (End of the World) to the Falkland Islands, which is an archipelago about 300 … Continue reading

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Cruising to the End of the World

Don’t worry; this title doesn’t have religious or apocalyptic connotations; it actually refers to a city.  But I’ll get to that later. My failure to post a blog for over a month hasn’t been for lack of important subjects to … Continue reading

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GOP Ideology Fails in the Labs of Democracy

Typical State Legislature – mprnews.org U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis was referring to the then-48 states when he coined the phrase “laboratories of democracy.”  They were the focus of his dissent in a 1932 case that involved federalism (states’ … Continue reading

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GOP Plans for 2023 and Beyond Threaten

The November election is drawing near and early voting has already commenced in some states.  Still, I wonder how many voters truly understand what will result if Republicans control either chamber of Congress next year.  I wrote about this possibility … Continue reading

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How the Federalist Society Controls Our Lives

Former president Donald Trump gave life appointments to 226 judges in the three major levels of the federal court system, the district courts, the circuit courts of appeal and the Supreme Court.  He was accused of outsourcing the process to … Continue reading

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GOP Legislative Failures Help Them Win Elections

Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court are attempting to remake the United States with their states’ rights agenda, particularly Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.  Striking down Roe v. Wade and eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion is … Continue reading

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Politics – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) that President Biden signed last week was passed without a single Republican vote.  Major legislation like this is quite rare in an election year.  It was a great cap, however, to a year and a … Continue reading

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Being Optimistic About America’s Future Gets Easier

Numerous commentators and writers have been conjuring up dark scenarios for the United States this year, causing demoralizing fears about civil wars and impending threats to American democracy.  I agree that U.S. politics have been depressing since the 2020 election, … Continue reading

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