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, […]

Bloomberg

Yesterday there was news that Michael Bloomberg is considering a run for the Presidency.  Obviously, to do this, he will have to compete with other Democrats for the party’s nomination.  It is late, but if Bloomberg should garner sufficient support among rank and file Democrats it could have a profound effect on the next election.  […]

Bring Back the Whigs!

The Whig Party was active in the United States from the 1830s until 1860. It was formed in opposition to the policies of President Andrew Jackson, and for the next twenty years it was the major opposition to the Democratic Party.  Two of its candidates, William Henry Harrison and Zachary Taylor, were elected President. In […]

Vote!

Election primaries are almost over in the several states, and in November we will have an important general election.  All elections are important, of course, but I will be very interested to see the results of this one. As good citizens we have a right and a responsibility to vote, and I hope we exercise […]