A very unfair 160-year streak that Hillary Clinton could not overcome

James Buchanan did something that Hillary Clinton could not do, nor could any other Democrat since the election of Buchanan in 1856. Buchanan succeeded another Democrat by election without previously having ascended to the position because of the death of his predecessor. Hillary Clinton could not do this nor could a number of other Democrats…

Republicans play politics for fun, not progress

Gridlock, contentiousness, do-nothing …. these are all good descriptors of what the Republican Party has recently done to American politics. To progressives, this is very frustrating because we see government as an instrument for positive societal change. For Republicans, it’s rather meaningless. It’s difficult these days to locate a Republican who really cares about improving…

With Trump, is there a line between business and government?

The idea of a Donald Trump presidency has me musing about what we were supposed to learn in school. We were taught that capitalism (the force that always wore the white hat) was good because the invisible hand of competition ensured that consumers always had choice and low prices while good businesspersons made money. What…

It’s not surprising that now is the time that “Forgotten Americans” rose up

It should not surprise us that 2016 has been the year of the Trump voter. It could well have happened without Donald Trump. Just think of how when you listen to young kids on the playground, the words you frequently hear are, “My turn, my turn.” Democrats are fond of playing identity politics. “Back then”…

How Trump figured out “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”

Ever since Thomas Frank’s “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” book came out in April, 2007, Democrats have been flummoxed about why so many Americans do not vote their economic interests. Frank asserts that Republicans have successfully convinced many Americans to value “social issues” more importantly than economic ones. That means that “God and guns” have…

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