Category Archive: Body Politicke

8 Shameful Things our Founders Believed–II

Picking up from last Friday: Shameful Things 3 and 4.   Kidnapped Africans were property—bought, sold, and claimable—defined as “three-fifths”  human, but only for census purposes. In describing the “real (and it was a very exciting) controversy was in regard to slaves, whether they should be included in the enumeration,” Joseph Story noted that, as …

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8 Shameful Things Our Founders Believed–I

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. U.S. Declaration of Independence—July 4, 1776 That sentence, from the document recognized universally as laying the foundation for the construction …

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29 Tools to Get & Vote Smart

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Picking up from last Friday’s post: How does one become an informed and engaged citizen-voter? Here are the rules I try to follow myself when gathering information: Read widely, especially outside your own opinion/belief comfort zone. When making information-based judgments, don’t take anyone else’s word for it.  (This will vary, depending on the degree of …

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And, Here We Go

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It’s on. The national party conventions are over; the true believers are energized.  Unleash Death by 30-Second Slanders to win enough votes from the 30% of “independent” registered voters who gag on politics to get to 270 in the Electoral College. It’s a time-honored American tradition to poke fun at our elected officials: Suppose you …

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Occupy Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful that young people—in the streets and otherwise—are, openly and with persistence, questioning authority. Volumes have already been written and uttered by the chattering classes. What are they about? What are they after? “We, the young people, whom you so rightly fear, say that the society is sick and you and your …

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Another GOP Orphan

  Based on some of the reactions I received to last week’s Rant, it may be worse out there than even I expected. I led with Mike Nofgren’s quotations, and I choose to believe that those folks who took swift and decisive action to banish me from their planet didn’t bother to read what lay …

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Adopt a (Real) Republican

To those millions of Americans who have finally begun paying attention to politics and watched with exasperation the tragicomedy of the debt ceiling extension, it may have come as a shock that the Republican Party is so full of lunatics. To be sure, the party, like any political party on earth, has always had its …

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Sick of Politics?

Even with one week to go–had enough of the infinite but intensifying demolition derby of cash-infused calumny that our electoral campaigns have become? It’s our fault, you know. We, the voters–more specifically, we who exercised the franchise long before 2008. By mid-July 1968, I was 20 years old–which meant, at the time, that I couldn’t …

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Placekickers II

Picking up from last week: Who gets the ball, why, and how we get it back. Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. – Plato Our current quarterbacks:         You’re thinking, Sustain the metaphor, E.G.! If most of us are …

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Placekickers I

If life in America today is like the game of American football, we citizens – you and I, the rank and file – are sociopolitical placekickers. Used to be that extra points and field goals were the subspecialty of one warrior or another; for example, George Blanda of the original Oakland Raiders was an active, …

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