Reversing the Republican Decline in our Cities

Like the Falcons’ inexplicably terrible finish to Sunday night’s Super Bowl, the Democratic Party in 2016 blew what should have been a winnable election for them. It would not be beyond the pale to label the Democratic Party as it exists now an almost exclusively regional party—one that survives purely because of the existence of the reliably-left coasts and our nation’s major population centers.

But doing so exposes the other, less-scrutinized story of the 2016 election: Republican presence in major cities is evaporating. Continue reading “Reversing the Republican Decline in our Cities”

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Nuance, RIP

Along with polar bears in the Arctic, I share the misfortune of watching the ground shrink beneath my feet. The difference, of course, is that mine is the dwindling territory of a political animal—specifically, one who doesn’t believe in simple answers.

Politics has been, and always will be, a messy business. We see this in the acrimony between the Obama Administration and a Republican Congress, the loud debates over healthcare policy, or, to put it charitably, the eyesore that was the 2016 presidential election. Some of this head butting is to be expected. But to most of us, I imagine it seems like things are getting worse. Continue reading “Nuance, RIP”

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Federalist No. 1: In Defense of Listening

“For in politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.”

-Alexander Hamilton

Can you hear it? That, my friends, is the sound of a whole country calling each other names.

Race-baiter. Racist. Bigot. Xenophobe. Un-American. Homophobe. Coddled. Irredeemable. Terrorist. Sexist. Liar. Socialist (maybe a complement now?). Idiot. Cop-killer. Cop-hater. A basket of deplorables. And, of course, Crooked, Lyin’, and Little.

Good grief, Charlie Brown. Continue reading “Federalist No. 1: In Defense of Listening”

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