This post will be a little different than usual. I don’t have a specific topic, and those who have been great enough to read this blog may realize that this has been generally less of a blog and more of a series of essays. This is one reason that I don’t post more often because if I did, this would devolve into a mere series of random thoughts.
Jeff Sessions. Rex Tillerson. “Mad Dog” Mattis. There are a lot of high-profile Senate confirmation hearings going on these next few weeks, and inevitably many Democrats will make up lies and propaganda in a vain attempt to block the confirmation of what I believe (for the most part) to be a world-class Cabinet. I’d like to focus here on one of the nominees that many outside the education field are overlooking – Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos. Continue reading “Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education”
Our Constitution has come under attack lately. What was one of our nation’s founding documents has been criticized by pundits on both the right and the left. It’s old, outdated, “just a piece of parchment.” It was written “by old white men from centuries ago” and doesn’t reflect our modern world. Critics say that we live in a different nation than the one that existed during the Founding Era, that the nation is more complicated and thus the Constitution is less relevant. Continue reading “The Constitution – Just an Old Piece of Parchment?”
Dear Senator Sessions:
First, I want to congratulate you on your selection as U.S. Attorney General. While I may disagree with some of your positions, I am glad that the United States will finally have an Attorney General who takes the law seriously, and champions equal justice under the law.
On November 8 and in years past, several states voted to legalize marijuana for recreational and/or medical use. While I myself am not a user of this substance, I do have concerns that the Department of Justice will attempt to reverse the great strides our nation has made toward the ending of draconian laws and failed policies where drug use is concerned. Continue reading “An Open Letter to the Incoming Attorney General”
- The purpose of the electoral college is to prevent majority tyranny – to keep the country from being controlled by just a few major cities with large populations.
- The Presidential campaigns were designed around the electoral college. That’s why Donald Trump did not campaign in New York or California, or try to run up the score in Texas.
- Let’s also remember that while Clinton may have won the popular vote, she did so by running up the score in highly
Socialist liberalDemocrat areas such as California and New York City. Below you will see an analysis of what I’m talking about.
Our election system has a major problem. Many of us are tired of the two party system, yet we wind up voting for a major party because we feel that a Libertarian candidate can’t win, or we feel that a vote for A is “really” a vote for B. We have, at least at statewide and federal elections a system of voting called “first past the post”, in other words whoever gets the most votes wins. This voting system in and of itself has structural flaws.
So evidently there are many people in complete and utter disbelief that Donald Trump was elected President, but really they shouldn’t be so surprised. Why are the news networks, academics, and Washington insiders so surprised? Because they live in echo chambers – they are primarily surrounded by people whose opinions mirror their own. Continue reading “Tuesday night should not be a surprise.”