democracy outlast trump

Will democracy outlast Trump? Only if we work at it

How does American democracy outlast Trump? We are about to experience the presidency of the least experienced, least qualified, most uninformed, most autocratic and most emotionally immature person who has taken on this job In our lifetime. His threats against the press and his promise to dismantle the civic protections and financial safety-net provisions that…

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…

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”…

Hillary wins popular vote; Trump wins proportional electoral college — maybe

As both Democrats, some Republicans and backers of third-party candidates look for ways to tweak the Electoral College for a different outcome to the 2016 presidential election, at least one picture is muddy. In particular, there is controversy over who, if anyone, would win the election if each states electors were divided proportionally according to…

The presidential primary system: Time to repeal and replace it

The Democratic party should be gearing up–right now–to completely revamp the presidential primary system. Of the many things that went horribly wrong in the 2016 Presidential election cycle, one of the fundamentals was the major parties’ system for deciding on their presidential nominees. Our current presidential primary system is a disaster for political discourse, for…

We can learn a lot from the President and Hillary Clinton about how to respond to Trump

What happens when a narcissist is overwhelmed with kindness? I really can’t call Donald Trump a narcissist since I am not a trained therapist and I have never examined him. But using the word narcissist is a lot easier than saying “a person who appears to an ordinary layman to have narcissistic tendencies.” There is…