Making America Bullshit Again

The rise of Donald Trump is convincing evidence of a moral and philosophical bankruptcy across the Right in the United States today. What is there to say about the litany of bullshit1 we’ve heard from this man since he announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015? That day he announced that Mexico was not a […]

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Making America Forget Again

After the low bar set by the Republicans, the Democratic National Convention featured noticeably better stagecraft and organization, despite frustration among Sanders delegates and the controversy following Wikileaks’ publishing of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails. Most of what I heard at the convention was boilerplate and nonetheless contrasted starkly with the hackneyed fear-mongering of the […]

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On the Dangers of the Two-Party System

The Democrats and Republicans have had their national conventions, and voters will be selecting between two of the most unfavorably-viewed candidates in modern American political history, the Democrat Hillary R. Clinton and the Republican Donald J. Trump. Not only are their net favorability ratings of worse than -20 practically unheard of among major party candidates, […]

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Making America Scared Again

After ruminating over the national conventions these past two weeks, I want to comment on the Republicans first. I am disturbed by their peddling of a fantasy that we are living in a post-apocalyptic scenario. The opening day of their convention was themed “Make America Safe Again”, despite the fact that violent crime has been declining […]

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Book cover for the Left Behind Series

American Bestsellers, Jesus, and the Slaughter of All Non-Believers

Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, The Left Behind series, Tyndale House Publishers, 1995-2004 There is a trend afoot to lash out violently at the apparent dominance of “cosmopolitan” culture. This was vividly seen in the violent attack in Paris, traditionally a citadel of cosmopolitanism, on the freewheeling, anti-clerical publication Charlie Hebdo. But of course […]

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We’re No. 46!

Arizona’s sustained status as a bottom feeder now includes ranking #46, fifth from the worst, in the Best State for Working Moms category. We seem to hang out with Alabama (#48) a lot these days. Vermont is number one and Nevada is dead last. Arizona’s total score was 37.50, about half of Vermont’s 63.90. In […]

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