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October 18, 2017

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John McCain Deserves Criticism, Not Sympathy or Admiration

John McCain deserves severe criticism more than he deserves sympathy or admiration. Yesterday, John McCain, despite his announced diagnosis of brain cancer and resulting hospitalization, returned from his home state of Arizona to cast his vote in the U.S. Senate to go forward with the legislative process of repealing Obamacare. Or, as CNN’s Stephen Collinson wrote

DeVostating the Education System

Conservatism is at it again with attempts to destroy the public education system. At this point, it is almost certain that Betsy DeVos – the multi-billionaire who has already begun the push for the privatization of education – will become America’s 11th Education Secretary. If you’ve been living under a rock (or perhaps inside a nuclear

Punching Nazi Political Compass

Nazi Punching and Dirty, Old Fascism

It appears to be that 2017 will be the start of severe political discourse. As I’ve discussed previously on this website, the self-proclaimed “Alt-Right” is a rising force in American politics that has finally made its way into White House briefings. It is important for all Americans to realize the true nature of “Alt-Right” behavior

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Compassionate Conservatism is Dying

Compassionate conservatives are officially an endangered species in our modern day Republican party. Conservatives no longer want to help people while staying out of affairs — they want to destroy those who need help while staying out of everything. That’s one of the main reasons why the Republican Party is practically defunct.

A Push for Progressivism; Then and Now

Progressive mayors took the lead in many key urban cities – such as Cleveland, Toledo, and Los Angeles. Progressive representatives and senators quickly made their way into Congress, allowing for a more represented government to shape before the one-percent’s eyes. Progressives sought to enable the citizenry to rule more directly and circumvent political bosses, and through this race for government reformation they were able to leave a dent on how Americans worked.

Quick History: The Spread of Prohibition

As America entered the Great War, the temperance movement became much more noticeable. In 1918, Congress passed the 18th Amendment to the Constitution – which completely prohibited all sectors of the trade for alcohol. From manufacturing, transporting, selling, or consuming alcoholic beverages, the states agreed to ratified the amendment within less than a year.

Pastor in Chief Wins Iowa Caucus

Congratulations, Iowa. Your caucus continues to leave a trend. You picked Huckabee in 2008, you picked Santorum in 2012, and you picked Cruz in 2016. All three are just sad, pathetic excuses of candidates. Ones that have no real political foundation because they have a problem with mixing religion and politics in a secular nation. It’s a good thing the Iowa Caucus really doesn’t matter at all: because you didn’t pick a commander in chief. You chose, for the third year in a row, a pastor in chief.

A Review of Obama’s Last State of the Union Address

For Obama and Biden, bittersweet nostalgia had to have been present. They’ve been doing this for eight years now, and this is their last. But now, they’ve made it to the final stretch – the last flight of stairs in the peak of their careers. For Obama, this is his final year as President. What he does after this is up to him – whether he intends on going back to Chicago or developing his narratives – but the journey as President is almost over.

George Pataki Drops From GOP Race

George Pataki is a strange political case. A moderate conservative in an era of radical Republicans, George Pataki has gone almost unheard of throughout his entire campaign for presidency. In an election being dominated by an air-headed racist with a history with bankruptcy, a brain surgeon who doesn’t believe in evolution, and a female CEO (who was fired from the job) who hates women’s rights, someone like George Pataki doesn’t necessarily look like a bad choice, either.