Democracy Under Attack

It took a really long time but finally, President Biden said it out loud, in his “Soul of the Nation” speech from September 1st, 2022: “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.” Now, people who are much smarter and insightful than I am already had plenty of thoughts about that, and I wanted to preserve those links, even though it is a depressing compilation…

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“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” (Isaac Asimov)

Tax Dollars At Work

Whenever I either drive along I-15 near Miramar Road, or take a walk around Mira Mesa, there’s “some kind” of military aircraft in the air. This morning the noise, on just a 45 minute walk at Lopez Canyon, was near constant.

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The Tyranny of Minorities

Joe Manchin: the Democratic senator from West Virginia assumed office in November 2010, and as such, he represents a population of approximately 1.7 million people. In 2018, he was confirmed for another term by winning 290,510 out of a total (!) of 586,034 votes.

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Recall Election

The ballot for the “recall election” has arrived and it essentially says: “Which of these 46 candidates that are either from the loony bin or you’ve never ever heard of should replace the governor, should he get recalled?”

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