Elections: Electoral Districts

To many of you, the following information will appear rather elementary; but there are others, just as intelligent, who are ill-informed about these things.  This is for you. During the recent election, in addition to choosing a President, Vice President, and a third of our senators, we also elected or reelected all members of the […]

Voting

Today I voted by means of an absentee ballot. I favor giving every adult citizen (excepting convicted felons) the right and the opportunity to cast a ballot. I enthusiastically endorse voter education efforts Polling places should be readily available, and the process of voting should be made as easy as practicable without threat to the […]

Political Turmoil

Much of the following is a repeat of things I have written before, but I feel impelled to write them again.  These are perilous times for America, and it is the time for decision. The nation has been in a state of political turmoil since the day Donald Trump was elected President.  Many people blame […]

A Man For the Times

When the race for the Republican presidential nomination progressed in 2015-16, my initial favorites were Joh Kasich of Ohio and Mario Rubio of Florida.  I was familiar with Kasich because of his untiring efforts to bring Federal spending under control in the late 1990s.  He had impressed me with his fiscal expertise, and that was […]

Elections: The Electoral College

There have been frequent complaints about the electoral college and the fact that our President is not chosen by popular vote.  In compliance with the Constitution, each state receives an electoral ballot for each U.S. senator and one for each of its  representatives in Congress.  How the state chooses its electors is up to the […]

Revival

  Two weeks ago Joseph Biden appeared to be a dead man walking.  Suddenly, his political fortunes have experienced a revival. Most political observers were surprised by Biden’s impressive showing on Super Tuesday, March 3rd.  On that day the former Vice-President won Democratic primaries in ten states.  Bernie Sanders won only four.  Biden was an […]

Verily, verily; Truly, truly

Verily, verily.  Truly, truly. Oh, how I long for a bit of honest reporting. Those who hate President Trump are often dishonest in their portrayal of the man.  He is described as a misogynistic racist of the worst sort, and his supporters are often pictured as uneducated cretins.  Yes, Trump has many personal faults, including […]

More on Democracy

During a recent roundtable a participant seemed to suggest that it was somehow wrong that far more than half of our American senators represent considerably less than half of the American electorate.  A senator from Wyoming represents approximately 600 thousand people, whereas a senator from California represents almost 40 million.  Twenty senators represent more constituents […]

Reflections on Impeachment

  I must confess that I have not been following the impeachment trial on television.  It is incredibly repetitious and boring, and I pray that it will be over soon. I do not doubt the truth of some of the charges leveled against our President.  Trump wanted the Ukrainian government to investigate the Bidens, and […]

Throw Up Your Hands

On the day after Christmas I gathered with about twenty other senior citizens for our weekly forum. It is an eclectic group of men ranging in age from 55 to 90-plus. Subjects for discussion are wide ranging, and occasionally we venture into the hot topic of current politics. Both liberal and conservative viewpoints are represented, […]