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A Few Thoughts About the Republican Primaries…

Posted by Anthony on May 1, 2016

In order to save democracy, we have to ignore the will of the people...

In order to save democracy, we have to ignore the will of the people…

Despite the ups and downs, it now appears that barring an upset of biblical levels Donald J. Trump will be the Republican nominee. Upsetting to many, of course, but even those of us who are not dyed in the wool Republicans have a reason to hope he manages to get the nomination and it has nothing to do with believing he will be an easier candidate to beat come the fall.

Currently, Mr. Cruz and his coterie are determined to steal this nomination from the Republican primary voters. Did I say steal? Of course I did, because it is not his. The nomination belongs to Trump in accordance with the will of the voters. Say what you will about him as a candidate, bemoan the voting trends that seem to have developed, but don’t for one moment pretend that the Republican electorate has spoken with anything but a unified voice: they want Trump.

This would be terrible for American democracy. We have a political system that, for all its problems, still remains one of the best in the world (if you have others that are better, post a comment and we can debate it) and it is fairly uniform in transferring the will of the people into political reality. Whether you like Trump or not, to rob him of what he has put together is bad for democracy in general and it sends a message to the American voter: go ahead and vote for whomever you want, but when it comes to decision making time all votes are equal but some (I’m looking at you Republican National Committee) are more equal than others.

It would be nice if Trump managed to put this out of consideration, but even if he is unable to gather the needed delegates he must be the nominee since there is no other Republican that the people want anywhere close to as much as they want him. Do the right thing, Republicans.

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As You Sow…

Posted by Anthony on July 16, 2015

In a conversation with a moderate Republican the other day (yes, they still do exist though they are certainly on the endangered species list), I was asked with all sincerity what is to be done about Trump and his recent poll surges. Certainly, this individual asked with palpable concern, there was no way that he could win the nomination much less a national election, was there? After all, his rhetoric was bordering on the ludicrous; his message was appalling to the vast majority of Americans, or at least one should hope it was. My answer was somewhat less comforting than the individual would have liked it to be.

I explained with all sincerity that Republicans have nobody but themselves to blame for this latest catastrophe. For the last twenty or so years, FOX News and various right wing personalities have been spewing forth a litany of condescension and moral outrage about perceived slights to America committed by “those people” as well as stoking anger, fear, and resentment in mainly white America. Now this creation of theirs has taken shape, embodying all of the ills they have built into it and, much like the titular character in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, they find themselves unable to control it. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Turkish Non-Delight: Facebook and Freedom of Speech

Posted by Anthony on January 26, 2015

First, allow me to start off this entry with a blanket statement: I love Turkey. I visited Turkey in 2012, and can honestly tell you that there are very few places in the world I have been that were as enjoyable. For me, it contained the perfect mix of ancient, medieval, and modern along with the fine balance so difficult to find these days of European and Middle-Eastern mixed into one fantastic city: Istanbul. The people are about the best you will find anywhere, the food is excellent, and history is everywhere you step which, to me as an historian, was quite thrilling. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Much Wealth is Enough?

Posted by Anthony on January 19, 2015

Anti-Poverty charity Oxfam released a report the other day wherein their studies show that by 2016 the wealthiest 1% of the global population will own more than 50% of the wealth. By 2020, that percentage is due to rise to 54%. Whereas the elites have been getting wealthier, the poor of the world have seen a marked drop in the amount of wealth they posses: the same report explains that the bottom 50% has seen their wealth drop by $750 billion in the last four years. This bring us to some interesting observations… Read the rest of this entry »

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