Category Archives: American Politics

The Balkanization of the Republican Party

The “sick man” of American politics, the Republican Party, has finally begun to show us just how messed up it really is.  Here’s my assessment of where they are in the 2012 election campaign, with separate observations for each branch of … Continue reading

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10 Big Lies Republicans Tell

The American Republican Party has taken “The Big Lie” as a political concept to new heights of mendacity.  Adolph Hitler defined the political stratagem of “The Big Lie” in Mein Kampf: “…in the big lie there is always a certain … Continue reading

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Reflection on an Anniversary

It seems odd to be talking about the 10th “anniversary” of 9/11, because we have no real closure. Each of us harbors a queasy feeling at the base of our being that says the event is not over. We know … Continue reading

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Myth of Job Creation by Lower Taxes

Republican dogma is that lower taxes create jobs.  Wrong!  Job creation statistics do not support their claim. Job creation under George W. Bush’s administration, when Republican tax cuts were pushed heavily, created only 1.1 million new jobs.  His dismal net … Continue reading

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Terror Management Theory: An Interview with Sheldon Solomon, Ph.D.

I am most grateful to Patrick Shen and Greg Bennick, who produced Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality.  Their movie provided a direction toward many of the views about the Middle East that I hold today, and they pointed me … Continue reading

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Obama’s Troubling Choices for Libya

President Barack Obama has a difficult problem when it comes to responding to a situation like Libya. This is true regardless of his political party. The President of the United States does not have the luxury of being able to just fly in the Marines to save Libyan civilians, without some sort of approval from the international community at large. Continue reading

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Constitution for Egypt Revolution 2.0 and Beyond

The 45 words of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States are the essence of the strength of the United States. I say this because the rights contained there allow us to build our country by a tempering process analogous to turning iron into steel by pounding the impurities out of the iron.

Whenever any of our thousands of religious, ethnic, national, social, political and many other interest groups comes up with a bad idea, these Freedoms allow the other groups to beat it out of the system by vigorous debate. Whenever a good idea comes from any group, we all adopt it quickly, which often assures that such ideas will be adopted around the world. Continue reading

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We Fear You!

Many Muslims are bitter about the attitudes of people in the West toward their culture and Islam in general. This bitterness is both justified and not, but in this post I will be discussing ways to change the status quo. Continue reading

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America’s Right-Wing Fringe (Tea Party and Far Right Wing): Part 1

It is silly season in American politics, so we have to hear endless harangues by America’s right-wingers about their unsupportable claims about practically everything. This is because our networks feel somehow compelled to give them equal time to speak, even though they don’t speak for all that many Americans. Continue reading

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"Ten Reasons to Burn …" Analyzed (In My Opinion)

The Rev.? Terry Jones needs money! This can be the only reason why he would stir up this controversy about burning the Koran. There will be enough Americans who believe such crazies to get him over his cash crunch. But that does not mean that he represents anything like a majority of American, Christian, or Western thought. CNN, MSNBC and other inflamers need money too! That’s why they let this crackpot stir things up instead of ignoring him. Continue reading

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