George Washington, Other Founders Warned Against the Dangers of Hyper-Partisanship

This latest government shutdown, combined with the full extent of Donald Trump's Russia connections, should spark a revulsion against hyper-partisanship. George Washington, John Adams, other founders learned lessons from British history and warned against the dangers of hyper-partisanship. Hyper-partisanship can put America in the thrall of foreign powers, destroy the central government by stalemate and an... Continue Reading →


Democracy Survived on Election Day 2018

Democrats, despite gerrymandering and the so-called problem of clustering, ultimately won 40 seats or 54 percent of the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress. They will hold 237 seats compared to 198 for Republicans -- 218 are needed to govern. The parties precisely reversed ratios in the House of Representatives from the previous Congress. Democratic gains were the... Continue Reading →

Cracks in the Foundation of Trumpism

In the nearly 230-year history of the American presidency, the chaos, turnover and blistering critiques from aides in the first two years of the Trump administration are entirely unprecedented. Never has an administration suffered so much "friendly fire" from its own lieutenants and party members. Details. New revelations come at least monthly. In January 2019, former... Continue Reading →

Trump Sides With Authoritarians in Mideast, Says He Doesn’t Care About Human Rights

Emboldened by US President Donald Trump, authoritarian leaders of the Mideast have cracked down on their perceived internal adversaries, with mass expulsions, arrests, deportations, media blackouts, shutdowns and even, in the case of Saudi Arabia, the murder of a journalist. In 2017, Middle Eastern countries cut off diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar, started saber-rattling... Continue Reading →

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