Give The People Bread and Circuses Instead of Education and Intellectual Challenge

The ancient Roman satirist and poet Juvenal accused his fellow citizens of selling out their patriotic duty for bribes of “bread and circuses.” They cared not about their freedom or the well-being of their fellow citizens, only about entertainment and food.   "… Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated... Continue Reading →

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Newton’s 3rd Law Applies to Politics

"One thing that was remarkable about the election of President Obama was that he did so with a rhetoric and with an ideal that we were not a divided America. It's fundamental to his ideology of American exceptionalism. What's been remarkable is that Donald Trump ran on an ideology and a platform that we are... Continue Reading →

The Moral Test of Government

"[T]he moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life -- the sick, the needy, and the handicapped." --Hubert H. Humphrey Other quotes from Humphrey: "The road... Continue Reading →

‘I Believe in Politics’

Mark Shields, in NPR commentary series called "This I Believe": "I Believe in Politics," he says. "In addition to being great fun, politics is basically the peaceable resolution of conflict among legitimate competing interests."He points out that "compromise is the best alternative to brute muscle or money or raw numbers. Compromises that are both wise... Continue Reading →

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