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Politics

Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Trump?

We are approximately eighty days into the presidency of Donald J. Trump, and the American Republic still stands. The United States has yet to start World War III, the plan to build a wall on the U.S./Mexico border remains a pipe dream, and the Constitution and Bill of Rights are still intact. While many of President Trump’s actions as president have been controversial, some of the worst attempted abuses of the new administration’s power have been prevented by coordinate branches of the federal government. The very constitutional system of checks and balances decried by many on the Left (and some on the Right) as the anachronistic relic of a bygone era designed to impede progress, has worked to prevent the abuse of the power of the federal government, just as the Framers designed and intended over two hundred years ago. Keep Reading

Philosophy/Politics

Police Incompetence Killed Philando Castile – Regardless Of Which Side One Takes

I was one of the unfortunate multitudes who watched the video of the Philando Castile shooting when it first hit the internet – it was barely an hour old, and the hour was quite late here on the east coast. The sun had gone down, and my spirits were already abysmal due to personal reasons, so this footage just dragged me down even further to the inescapable depths of depression for the rest of my time awake. It was disgusting, disturbing, and (in my mind, at least) infelicitously typical. However, it was, objectively speaking, a puzzle. There was a debate among myself and my fellow editors at one of the publications I work at about whether or not to break the story before anyone else, or wait until more details came out before writing about it at all. My editor-in-chief was in favor of the latter course of action, while I leaned more toward the former. He won out, of course, and so we did not run that story.… Keep Reading

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