US Domestic Politics

Discussion of US politics and their world impact.

Commercialism Patriotism and Beer

Budweiser, the self-appointed “King of Beers”, would like you to believe its product is synonymous with patriotism, family, small town values, community, and the good ole US of A. I believe this commercial came out during last year’s Super Bowl, and it’s still being shown on TV and the internet. It is a slickly packaged 60 second docudrama aimed at linking Budweiser’s product to your emotional sensibilities.

Against Woman Suffrage by Lysander Spooner

Women are human beings, and consequently have all the natural rights that any human beings can have. They have just as good a right to make laws as men have, and no better; AND THAT IS JUST NO RIGHT AT ALL. No human being, nor any number of human beings, have any right to make laws, and compel other human beings to obey them. To say that they have is to say that they are the masters and owners of those of whom they require such obedience.

Democracy In Action

Let them shut it down. Boehner threatens a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security if he does not get his way.

The House has passed a bill that funds the department through September, when the current budget year ends, while also overturning President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.

How Would Libertarians Save The World?

In an old thread I asked

OK... I will ask the question since I don't believe the libertarian plan would have prevented the Dust Bowl... so what would have been the libertarian plan to stop it?

What would have been the libertarian plan to provide electric service to rural areas the market saw as unprofitable?

What would have been the libertarian plan to provide phone service to rural areas the market saw as unprofitable?

George Orwell in the Government

Writing in 1948 off the coast of Scotland, George Orwell foresaw the time when war would become a domestic necessity to divert the people from economic contradictions. Newspeak is used so lies are called truth and slavery is called freedom. Public squalor exists alongside private affluence. Lobbyists write laws and representatives spend their time fundraising, dialing for dollars. Private losses become public losses as risk managers turn out to be risk creators. Years ago Simon Johnson, economist at MIT, spoke of the "quiet coup." Bill Moyers de

This is Scary - Is Your Child a Potential Terrorist?

The Intercept published article about a government questionnaire for official use only. This questionnaire is used as a measuring stick for potential terrorist. The police, social workers and teachers have a rating system for spotting youths that might just go all Jihad someday. WOW!

Some intellectual, and you know it was an intellectual, thought this BS up and was proud of it.

Big Pharma Could Have Put a Big Damper on This Year's Flu Outbreak

I am suffering from the worst case of the flu I have had since early childhood. Apparently the flu epidemic has not died out yet in our area. I spoke with a nurse friend of mine who has been working 18 hour shifts at a local hospital to keep up with the onslaught of flu patients. I told him about the run around I got from my blue cross assigned, for-profit, storefront clinic when I tried to get a flu shot this year. They required a doctor's appointment to get shot. I waited around six hours for an opening, but it never happened.

How Big A Government Do We Need?

The best answer I ever heard to the question "How big a government do we need?" comes from the blogger known as "Drift Glass" of the Professional Left Podcast:

His answer: "We need a goverment that is big enough to look the largest transnational corporation in the eye and say "NO!" and to make that "NO!" stick. If our government is NOT big enough to do that . . . we need a bigger government!"

Dr. Jill Stein for President

Announcement Speech TextDr. Jill Stein Announces Formation of Exploratory Committee For 2016 Presidential Bid

Remarks as prepared for delivery at The National Press Club
February 6, 2015

NHTSA study: No evidence marijuana leads to higher crash risk

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a 20-month survey of drivers in 2013 and 2014 found that while drinking dramatically raises the chance of a crash, there was no evidence that marijuana use is statistically significant in boosting wreck rates.

No evidence marijuana leads to higher crash risk

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Would You Like Some Crippling Debt with that Degree?

Wall Street-style predatory capitalism has taken over our education system, and it’s absolutely devastating a whole generation of young people.

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