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Shackled and Drawn

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Understanding Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton requires that we draw together disparate, but related, strands of narrative. One storyline is the tactical failings of the Clinton campaign and the conceit of a Democratic Party that thought that they could impose a flawed candidate from the party apparatus on an electorate that was evidently tired of […]

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Ozymandias Part 2: The Decline and Fall of the Democratic Party

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“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.”                                 – Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, 4 March 1861 President Lincoln was something of a revolutionary. […]

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Ozymandias: Part One

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“I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, […]

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America, Rise Up

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My fellow Americans, tomorrow is Election Day. You ought to know this without my reminder: you have been relentlessly reminded of the fact through every channel of communication known to man, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for more than a year. Even so, I wish to remind you of just what Election […]

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The Road to Revolution

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Disclaimer: This article is an attempt to explain the circumstances driving the current political crisis in the West. It is not an endorsement of any of the radical politicians mentioned herein. A recent Foreign Policy article calls for “elites to rise up against the ignorant masses”. The author, James Traub, calls it the new political […]

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The Fall of the Old Republic

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For Americans born before 1990, like me, this election is devastating. It has nothing to do with the ugly name-calling or mud-slinging, which are a time-honored tradition of American politics[1]. It is the transgression of every single written and unwritten boundary in American politics, including some that are codified into law. For those of us born […]

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Crisis of the West

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The American election, which has been setting new lows for our Republic since last year, continues to plumb depths previously unknown to our free people. The news media continues to be focused on Mr. Trump’s leaked “locker room” tapes, in which the GOP candidates unabashedly admits to sexually assaulting numerous women by “grabbing their pussies” […]

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The Most Important Question of the Debate (That No One Asked)

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There has already been a tremendous amount of commentary, analysis and opinion over Monday night’s debate: winners and losers, the online troll polls, The Donald’s sniffing, the number of manterruptions imposed on Hillary Clinton and her reactions to them, Lester Holt’s performance (or lack thereof). There has even been some policy discussion, though not much: […]

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Unstoppable

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On Tuesday evening, after the magnitude of his Indiana defeat became clear, Ted Cruz threw in the towel. In this vital rust belt state, where his opponent had every demographic advantage, Mr. Cruz finally admitting the futility of his tattered and failing campaign. Mr. Trump won Indiana and its 57 delegates with a decisive 53% […]

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Bernie Wins Big, but Does It Mean Anything?

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Full disclosure: Bernie Sanders was not my original choice for the Democratic nominee, but I have supported his candidacy since it became a two person contest. Over the weekend, Bernie Sanders won landslide victories in three primaries: Alaska, Washington and Hawaii. Far from crumbling, the Sanders campaign continued to “#FeeltheBern”, winning by 82%, 73% and […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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