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- Bucking the oddsOutside Philadelphia’s Independence Hall at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a woman approached one of the departing delegates, Benjamin Franklin, and asked “what have we got — a republic or a monarchy?” Franklin famously replied, “a republic, if you can keep it.” Keeping it is now iffier than at any time in living memory. When it comes to having a truly representative democracy and a government responsive to all of the people, let’s face it, the odds are stacked against us. Money has been crowned king of American politics by the highest court in the land. That means as the rich get richer, they also get more politically powerful. As they gain more and more power, they are increasingly able to rig the system in their favor. We have to come to terms with the fact that this is an unfair fight. Keeping the republic means finding… ..... Read More.1 week ago
- Inside Biden and Warren’s Yearslong FeudHe sided with the banks in Congress. She was a crusading law professor on the make. In 2020, are we about to get a rematch? ..... Read More.1 week ago
- How a Fledgling Millennial Hit the Big Time by Hugging TrumpChristos Marafatsos was a small-time aspiring investor. Then he connected with the Trump campaign, and everything changed. ..... Read More.1 week ago
- Meet the Group Trying to Change Evangelical Minds About IsraelTelos keeps a low profile, but its ambitions are biblical in proportion. ..... Read More.2 weeks ago
- Political bitcoinWhen it comes to running for public office, there is a well-worn path. All that’s required to take this route is money and lots of it. Multi-millionaire investment banker and soon-to-be-former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put it this way: “The first third of your campaign is money, money, money. The second third is money, money, money. The final third is votes, press and money.” For those keeping score at home that’s money 7, press 1 and votes 1. That kind of thinking is undeniably the conventional wisdom in American politics, but it’s anything but wise. It’s absolutely ruinous. It destroys faith in democracy and trust in government. Another way is desperately needed. Money is powerful in politics, no question about it. But it is not the only political currency. There are other currencies that, when combined, can make a concoction potent enough to overcome conventional political power. India was freed… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago
- Accessories to a crimeElections are covered more or less like horse races. Who has the most money and who’s ahead in the polls is what passes for news. We’re told who is likely to win, but aren’t given much we can use to make up our own minds about those who are running. Once the votes are counted and those elected are sworn in, their actions are reported in pretty much the same fashion. We’re told which officials are most likely to get their way and which party stands the best chance of gaining the upper hand when all is said and done. Not much attention is given to how these actions will affect people’s lives and whether their solutions to our problems will actually work. In Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal, a front-page story about Governor Tony Evers’ proposed state budget told readers that the Republican-controlled state legislature “wholesale rejected his proposal.” (Neither… ..... Read More.2 weeks ago