The link between guns and racism that’s being ignored after the Charleston shooting

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The recent, horrific events in Charleston, South Carolina, have left the nation in mourning. But as mass shootings have become commonplace, it’s difficult to be genuinely shocked. Despite the unnecessary loss of life, the incident and the suspect’s motives have pushed forward a much needed public discussion about race in the United States. This is absolutely necessary if the Great American Experiment, one supposedly founded on notions of equality and democracy, are to be realized. But guns, more than any Continue reading

Underestimating Bernie Sanders’ appeal could prove fatal for Democrats

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Is there any political group in the U.S. today as cynical as today’s Democrats? Having already developed a reputation for lacking vertebrae, Democrats seem to be developing a knack for cynicism to go along with their spinelessness. In the wake of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ publicly announced intention to seek the Democratic nomination for 2016, the derision he and his supporters have gotten from their supposed Democratic peers has been telling. Why? Because that means Sanders’ Democratic detractors assume Hillary Continue reading

Josh Duggar, Lena Dunham reveal rape culture’s affinity for selective accountability

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As someone who considers himself politically liberal, I feel it is my duty, in a way, to play devil’s advocate and call out disappointing moments of hypocrisy committed by fellow lefties. Unfortunately, this time around the offending matter concerns child molestation and incest. Yes, I am of course referring to the recent revelation that Josh Duggar, a member of the Duggar family, stars of the TLC reality series “19 And Counting,” had sexually assaulted several of his younger female family members Continue reading

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will only benefit wealthy corporations

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In a somewhat surprising move, President Obama’s rush to have Congress approve a “fast track” bill for the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement hit a wall last week after Senate Democrats split on the issue and failed to approve the bill, however a vote has put the bill back on track. But why would anyone oppose the innocuously named Trans-Pacific Partnership deal? Obama has been adamant that passage of the “fast track” bill — which would allow him the ability to negotiate Continue reading

The event in Garland, Texas, was an anti-Muslim hate rally

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By now you’ve likely heard about the shooting in Garland, Texas, Sunday which, if not for the quick response of law enforcement, could have turned out to have been much worse than it was. But who is behind the event being dubbed by mainstream media as an “art show” and “free speech” demonstration? What was the actual intent of the gathering in Garland? Though the narrative seems to be drifting in a predictable direction — that this was an act Continue reading

The political correctness cops are going to ruin the progressive cause

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In this modern age online social media platforms have given virtually any citizen some floor space in the proverbial public forum. While, in many ways, this phenomenon harkens back to the overly romanticized days of public oration as in the Roman empire, it also appears to include the ugly side of communal discussion, not unlike that of the and public shamings that seem like a the modern equivalent of the pillory. On many levels, I cheer this social and technological development. Continue reading

Netanyahu’s wrong – Iran’s not the problem, China and Russia are

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Right now a heated debate is swirling around the state of Western relations with Iran. In a desperate gambit to appear strong and assertive, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, defied President Obama by recently speaking before Congress without his consultation. In statements that surprised no one, Netanyahu proclaimed, yet again, much like the doomsday preacher from California, Harold Camping, that this time the end was really right around the corner: Iran, he claims, could be mere weeks from creating fuel for a Continue reading