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Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign
Policy Inc.: Privatizing America's National Interest
; America's
Palestine: Popular and Offical Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli
Statehood
; and Islamic Fundamentalism. His academic work is focused on the history of American foreign relations with the Middle East. He also teaches courses in the history of science and modern European intellectual history.

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Donald Trump told more than 25 outright lies in a single speech...and nobody cared. Sunday, September 17, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Donald Trump's Evolving Mass Movement In his campaign Trump told the most outrageous lies (Mexico is sending rapists to the U.S.), insult war heroes (John McCain) and "gold star" families, insult entire religions (Islam) and esteemed religious leaders (the Pope), make racist remarks about a federal judge, and even insult the entire female half of the human species by bragging about grabbing women by their genitals. He could do all of this and still get elected.

Job satisfaction Tuesday, September 5, 2017     

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Labor Day 2017 Daily work will stay a stultifying trap for most, and dissatisfaction will continue to be taken for granted as a consequence of the need to labor. It is no wonder that here in the 21st century, one is driven back to the 18th-century Enlightenment writer Voltaire for solace -- for the message that we can as yet do little better than "tending our own gardens well."

President Donald Trump Wednesday, August 23, 2017     

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Trump's Defining Moments Most Americans, if pressed to take a side, would probably stand against the real Donald Trump revealed by these recent defining moments. So, the U.S. is in both political and cultural limbo. Its citizens are left asking if Donald Trump's defining moments will also define their own future.

Education in Israel Friday, August 11, 2017 (3 comments)     

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Education and Ideology In the case of Israel, education has been subordinated to ideology to such an extent that it cannot promote diversity, shared values and a common identity with non-Jews. Thus, given the Zionist ethic as practiced by Israelis and their diaspora supporters, the Palestinian identity and values are anathema and represent threats.

BDS Movement Friday, July 28, 2017 (2 comments)     

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BDS, Human Rights and the Jews Zionist ideology, as it has evolved in practice, is a dangerous enemy of Jewish morality. As long as Zionism stands against human rights while at the same time insisting that Israel stands in for the Jews, it must be the enemy. Ignorance of this logic is also an enemy.

There is no tolerance in safety Saturday, July 15, 2017 (3 comments)     

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A Culture War Against Tolerance The success of right-wing news and other media is a good example of viewers practicing, perhaps unconsciously, confirmation bias. The criterion for the information you seek out is not accuracy or truth, but rather its ability to confirm an outlook you already hold.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (13 comments)     

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Walls For The Dead All those patriotic dead soldiers become victims -- victims of a powerful ideological conviction. But it is not the ideology coming out of Hanoi that killed them. It was the ideology coming out of Washington that transformed patriotic sacrifice into victimization. And, as victims, the American dead stand on the same plane with the roughly three million Vietnamese who perished in the same conflict.

Tucson Talk radio show host speaks out against cultural violence in Milwaukee and across the U.S. Thursday, June 22, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Our Hidden Cultural Corrupters There is a lot of violence in the United States, and if you look at the news it appears that things are getting worse. The nation is armed to the teeth, which means that any out-of-control angry person can vent in lethal fashion. Or, maybe they can choose to vent in the European style by using their car as a battering ram.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, UK Friday, June 9, 2017     

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Jeremy Corbyn Tries the Truth It is depressing that conservatives throughout the Western world have learned so little -- if anything at all -- since 2001. That is the year George W. Bush delivered the grotesquely misleading line that Ben Wallace now echoes. Right after 9/11 Bush proclaimed the terrorists do what they do (at least in the West) because "they hate our freedoms."

George W. Bush in lego Sunday, May 28, 2017 (4 comments)     

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Reality and its Enemies - An Analysis There is an ongoing reality that is destroying hundreds of thousands of lives in the Middle East. And though most Americans are ignorant of the fact, and many of those who should be in the know would deny it, the suffering flows directly from decisions taken by Washington over the last 27 years.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017     

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Politicizing Anti-Semitism The assertion that criticism of Israel is an act of anti-Semitism relies on the assumption that, because Israel describes itself as "a Jewish state," it represents all Jews. This exaggeration, in turn, seems reasonable due to a broader tendency, most prevalent in the democratic West, to confuse governments and the people they claim authority over.

Monday, April 24, 2017 (1 comments)     

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A Dilemma For the Intelligence Agencies - An Analysis Can Western intelligence agencies still retain an ability to speak-out to power." Can they still, effectively, convince their governments not to assume that mainstream media information is accurate, but "rather to await careful investigation" before "rushing to judgment" on important issues?

United Nations Thursday, March 23, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Moral Failure at the United Nations The moral failure at the U.N., represented by the withdrawal of the ESCWA report, is the result of Secretary General Guterres's decision to acquiesce in a denial of reality -- the reality of Israel's practice of Apartheid. Reality in Palestine is what the Americans and Israelis say it is because politicians and international leaders literally can't afford to challenge their corrupted views.

Balfour Declaration Tuesday, March 14, 2017     

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One Hundred Years of the Balfour Declaration The whole process has proved remarkably self-corrupting for Zionist Jews. It is ironic that now most Zionists are themselves anti-Semites. In this case the Semite targets are the Palestinians and the growing number of western Jews who have come to support their cause.

Donald Trump -- bully Monday, March 6, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Trump and the Anti-Semites It is unlikely that Donald Trump realizes what he is doing. He probably stereotypes his own behavior as necessary and correct just as he stereotypes the behavior of those who disagree or oppose him as wrongheaded and personal (rather than principled). Most likely, he behaves as he does in an almost instinctual way. He is a born-and-bred bully.

King of the Lies Sunday, February 26, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Trump vs. Truth As things get more contentious, Trump will retreat from the business of governing. He will turn it over (if he hasn't already) to his accomplices: Stephen Bannon, Reince Priebus, and Vice President Pence. Having done so, he will devote more and more time to his so-called reelection campaign where he can vent his spleen among the adoring crowds of supporters who serve, collectively, as a stimulant for the man's immense ego.

Donald Trump Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (2 comments)     

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Dysfunction In The White House Even though we are still early in his administration, there is no sign that anyone can control the President's addiction to gaffes. He is an immature, thin-skinned egotist, and in the end, this may well cost the Republicans dearly. He has a really exceptional ability to stir up the American political scene. For progressives such agitation creates opportunities and risks.

From thinkprogress.org/why-undocumented-immigrants-are-terrified-to-report-crimes-and-how-one-city-is-fixing-that-8d6406 Thursday, February 2, 2017     

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Immigrant Irony Let's hope that the grandchildren of those who today do manage to reach the "land of the free" remember the tribulations of their grandparents, and be willing to hit the streets with the next generation of protesters. Because these are struggles that never really go away.

American Zionists and Immmigrants Monday, January 23, 2017 (2 comments)     

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American Zionists and the Issue of Immigrants American Jews act in solidarity with other discriminated groups only if they, the Jews, resist Zionist leadership. If they follow the Zionist lead, they usually do one of two things: passively support the discriminatory majority or stay silent. This behavior is particularly true when it comes to the issue of immigrants.

Democratic Donkey - Caricature Sunday, January 15, 2017 (5 comments)     

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A Future For The Democratic Party? The Democratic Party survives intact, having marginalized Bernie Sanders's liberal effort to restructure it. Ironically, its structural survival is its greatest weakness. As a consequence it will just plod along, stuck in its rut. All things being equal this might condemn the Democrats to minority status for a long time.

From theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/02/10/white-house-telling-congressional-black-caucus-netanyahu-speech-is-racism-a Wednesday, January 4, 2017 (1 comments)     

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Netanyahu -- Running from the Law UNSC Resolution 2234 told the Israeli government that it is obliged to follow the rule of law -- in this case international law. Mr. Netanyahu's response was to repudiate that law. Thus, the Israeli prime minister ran from the law -- something outlaws do.

Benjamin Netanyahu Monday, January 2, 2017     

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Running from the Law What is missing from these responses to Netanyahu's tantrum is any public recognition of the main point of Resolution 2234. That is the fact that Israel stands in violation of the rule of law. And by doing so for decades, the Zionist state has eroded the force of international law generally. No state leader, including those who directly voted for the resolution at the U.N., has deigned to follow up on this point publicly.

Global warming Friday, December 23, 2016 (1 comments)     

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How to Destroy a Planet One of the subjects on which Trump's ignorance stands out is environmental protection -- the rubric under which comes the effort to save the planet from global warming. This warming process is a scientific fact and the subject of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. those who voted for Trump never considered the criminal nature of promoting global warming.

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Racist Nationalism Returns to the Western Political Scene White supporters of Donald Trump saw immigration and terrorism as the country's major problems. Moreover, they connected these two issues to their fear of the country's growing diversity. Of course, economic woes were also a concern, but they too were exacerbated by fear of the fact that the country was then under the leadership of a black man, Barack Obama.

Fidel Castro Monday, December 5, 2016     

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U.S. Reactions to the Death of Fidel Castro Fidel Castro was the man who led the successful effort to overthrow the brutal and reactionary dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista -- a dictatorship that had the backing of the U.S. government. The Castro-led victory of 1959 began a long period of transformation for Cuba, raising the country from a starkly poor Third World condition to a modernizing socialist state.

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Trump and the Jews As problematic as it is, the ascendency of Donald Trump gives the American Jews a second chance to make the right choice, to join with their natural allies and fight for the equal rights of all groups. U.S. Jews should think long and hard about this, for it may well be that their second chance will also be their last chance.

Donald Trump Saturday, November 19, 2016     

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Local Fear And Ignorance In The Rise of Donald Trump It would appear that the political pendulum, both in the U.S and elsewhere, has swung from a fragile "progressive" point on its arc to a potentially savage regressive location. A lot of damage can be done in the next four to eight years unless humane and truly progressive counter-strategies to what is coming down the line are devised -- and devised fast.

Donald Trump Thursday, November 10, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Donald Trump's Moment: Will It Last? Many of those who did vote for Donald Trump voted for him because he appeared to stand against the political system they hate. They want the country ethnically cleansed of Mexicans, the government downsized and, culturally, the clock turned back to the 1950s. If he does not do this he will appear to have become part of that hateful system, and his fans may well end up hating him too.

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Customizing Truth Our elites play out our destines as if they have no free will -- no capacity to break with structured ways of seeing. Yet the middle-echelon specialists keep sending their relatively accurate assessments up the ladder of power. Hope springs eternal.

Donald Trump Friday, October 21, 2016 (5 comments)     

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How Original Is Donald Trump? Sensing defeat, Trump has already declared his belief in a grand conspiracy involving the Clintons, bankers, feminists and the media, who have conspired to cheat him out of the presidency. That he could be the source of his own troubles seems not an allowable possibility to him, given the extreme narcissistic nature of his character.

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Natural Born Killers? the notion that our willingness to slaughter each other is innate -- an adaptive habit of a long evolutionary history. This conclusion is offered as an explanation rather than an excuse. For, as the Nature study authors recognize, culture can impact such behavior -- tamping it down at least within a designated in-group. Yet it is hard to shake the feeling that our addiction to lethal violence is our evolutionary fate.

Donald Trump Monday, September 26, 2016 (1 comments)     

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True Believers and the U.S. Election One thing Donald Trump has done is brought the US version of "true believer" to the political forefront. If Trump loses, the true believers will retreat back into the fringes of society to await the next charismatic leader who can rally them. And, given both traditional parties' historical inability to reform the country's capitalist, imperialist and racist ways of doing things, that next time is bound to come.

Gary Johnson Monday, September 19, 2016 (1 comments)     

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There Is Nothing Unusual About Ignorance Those running for president are assumed to know everything about what is going on in the world as well as in their own country. This is of course impossible, though there is always a short list of issues that are center-stage. So, what happens is that leaders have "briefing books" prepared on these priority issues.

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Moral Idiocy in the Halls of Power The Geneva Accords set the range of acceptable behavior toward prisoners of war, established protections for the wounded and the sick, and the necessary protections to be afforded civilian populations within and approximate to any war-zone. Some 193 countries, including the US, have ratified these agreements. Now, as of August 2016, they are 67 years old. Have they worked? The answer is, in all too many cases, no.

Anti-Semitism Thursday, August 25, 2016 (2 comments)     

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The New Anti-Semitism and its Background Israel, created in 1948 in response to anti-Semitism in general and the Holocaust in particular, became the "Jewish state." Its Zionist leaders were dedicated to the "ingathering" of all Jews into one national entity. And, before you knew it, they were attempting to ethnically cleanse Palestinians and other non-Jews from the land under Israel's control so as to make room for this "ingathering."

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The West's Favored Autocrats U.S. foreign affairs have been designed to spread capitalist economic practices that facilitate the prosperity of its own "ruling" class. Washington doesn't care if its cooperating allies are murderers, corrupt thieves, racists and the like. They might be bastards of the first order, but it is OK as long as they are "our bastards." Such is the company we keep.

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The Saudi Role on September 11 On 22 July 2004, after two years of investigation, the 9/11 Commission's report was released, something was missing. Twenty-eight pages had been withheld from publication. These pages specifically discussed the connections between the 9/11 hijackers and individuals working in the U.S. for the government of Saudi Arabia.

Benjamin Netanyahu Monday, July 25, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Zionism Goes from Bad to Worse, Taking Judaism with It The Zionist ability to maintain a close connection between Western governments and Israel is now based on their ability to spread around enormous sums of money, and not on what once was popular emotional admiration for the "Israeli experiment." In truth the Zionists are left with a narrowing base of support for a country that is increasingly seen as, at best, inhumane and racist and, at worst, ruthless and criminal.

Charity Navigator Tuesday, July 19, 2016     

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From Charity to Mayhem The apparent inevitability aside, what lesson can be learned from the large and growing role played by charitable solicitations in the United States? An answer can be found in the proposition that, to the extent that a society is dependent on charity to satisfy community needs, the proper role of government is not being realized.

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Hillary Clinton's Platform Follies Why all this to-do over a non-binding platform document? Perhaps because, for a short but critical time, you have 12 million voters taking it seriously -- seriously in a way that may cause damage to Clinton's presidential ambitions. Yet her blinding self-confidence won't let her consider this possibility, and that myopia is why she refuses to make substantive compromises to Sanders.

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Paul Ryan's Economic Plan Ryan's vision is a utopia has already been historically proven to be its opposite -- a dystopia. The haunting refrain that history is bound to repeat itself is true only if we let it be so. And when our leaders' plans and schemes spell predictable disaster -- well, only the self-deluded and the truly ignorant would go there.

The Israelites: The Orlando Shooting Is A Warning From God!! Monday, June 20, 2016     

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Getting It Wrong about the Orlando Massacre Fear and distortion generated by neoconservative, Zionist and Islamophobe interest groups are influencing the storyline, the "spin," on the sort of violence we have seen in Orlando. The National Rifle Association - that is, the gun lobby - is successfully pushing to minimize the issue of inadequate gun control.

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Two "Presumptive" Presidential Candidates: Bigots All Around If she plays her cards right, Clinton may win over enough of the Sanders supporters to defeat Trump. However, if you are inclined to vote for Hillary, don't kid yourself that what your are going to get is an upright, ethical president unwilling to adopt openly bigoted policies against vulnerable and long suffering peoples. Clinton has clearly abandoned such standards of behavior.

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The Opportunist and the Fanatics How long will the marriage of convenience between the opportunist Donald Trump and the fanatics of the NRA last? Well, that is really up to Trump, the self-styled unpredictable one. What do opportunists and fanatics have in common? Fanatics rarely change, but opportunists are always playing the odds.

Zionism -- the cancer within Friday, May 20, 2016     

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Zionism Begins to Unravel This disconnect is not a sudden or new situation. The numbers of questioning American Jews have continued to grow, and things have only gotten worse for the Zionist leadership. Indeed, just as many young American Jews may be joining pro-peace activist groups as are cheering on AIPAC at its conventions.

Zionism Monday, May 9, 2016 (2 comments)     

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On the Misuse Of Anti-Semitism While the suggestion of the wholesale transference of Israel to the U.S. is but a fantasy, associating the U.S. and Israel certainly has an underlying logic. The United States is Israel's major protector and financier. The U.S. Congress treats Israel as a privileged 51st state. And, most of those who emigrate from Israel go to the U.S.

President Andrew Jackson Sunday, May 1, 2016 (4 comments)     

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Getting Rid of Bad Examples We are in need of newer, more culturally and historically relevant heroes. Men and women such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Albert Einstein, Susan B. Anthony, Rachel Carson, Angela Davis, Cesar Chavez, Daniel Berrigan, Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg, to name but a few.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday, April 21, 2016     

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Netanyahu's Mind In cases where the behavior of the offending state is criminal and often barbaric, change, be it easy or hard, must ultimately come. And, in fact, the Israelis and their supporters are in the process of learning the price of following the dictates of "Netanyahu's mind."

The Confederate Flag Sunday, April 10, 2016 (9 comments)     

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The Civil War Returns to New Orleans The public display of their heroes and symbols constitutes their eroding toe-hold in the public sphere. Another way of assessing this process is to note that these white supremacists are being pushed, irrevocably, back into their tribal private space where resentment and anger have long been the emotional glue that holds them together. Violence on their part is probable.

US-Israel Flags Wednesday, March 30, 2016 (3 comments)     

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What motivates US policy toward Israel? Clinton extols the U.S.-Israel alliance as one of "shared values." She describes Israel as "a bastion of liberty." This is de rigueur propaganda and, for the Palestinians, has no convincing connection to reality. By describing BDS as a movement that must be suppressed, Clinton is endangering U.S. constitutional rights.

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The Zionists Censor a Textbook The sad truth is that the suborning of textbooks addressing culturally sensitive subjects has become a standard practice. Thus, the process of education is indeed threatened by incessant propaganda. This includes the culture war that swirls around American biology textbooks. It also includes the powerful Zionist drive to literally wipe the Palestinians off the map.

Israeli Legislators Sign Petition To Ban "Neo-Nazi" Trump. Thursday, March 10, 2016 (2 comments)     

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What the Trump Phenomenon Means for Israel If Trump becomes president and, like most of his predecessors, tries to settle the Israel-Palestine problem, he will no doubt be met with not only the usual Israeli stonewalling, but outright hostility. After all, Trump as president will have to deal with Netanyahu as prime minister and they are alike in that both tend to "shoot from the lip."

Donald Trump Monday, February 29, 2016 (2 comments)     

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Cruelty as a Campaign Come-On Some have described Trump as a textbook case of narcissistic personality disorder. Whether or not that is how you want to label him, he certainly has no problem publicly promoting cruelty. And, a subset of the American population responds positively to his abusive behavior.

Zionism Wednesday, February 17, 2016     

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Combating BDS Act of 2016 Congressmen and senators tied to Zionist special interests will eventually have to rethink these alliances. Their connection with a state that has no compunction about violating international law has led them to become accomplices in the undermining of U.S. law.

Charles Krauthammer Sunday, February 7, 2016 (1 comments)     

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Charles Krauthammer: America's Conservative Voice There is something truly inhumane in the Krauthammer perspective. However, that does not mean that those politicians such as Marco Rubio and Chris Christie who espouse such bankrupt ideas are incapable of winning local, state and national elections. Never underestimate the ignorance and gullibility of conservative-minded voters.

"Religious Freedom" Is Just For Christians Saturday, January 30, 2016 (9 comments)     

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On the Down Side of Institutionalized Religion Some fundamentalists would have us believe the lesson is to remain humble and obedient in the face of an unfathomable deity whose mysterious purposes are simply beyond human comprehension. Yet there is nothing incomprehensible about the repetitive death, destruction and intolerance bred by institutionalized ideologies.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement Friday, January 8, 2016     

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BDS in the Crosshairs our greatest enemy is our indifference to the quiet erosion of important aspects of the democratic process. Allowing the attack on BDS only contributes to this disintegration of rights. However, in the end, there can be no excuse for not paying attention. One morning we will wake up to find that valued rights and traditions are no longer there for us.

Global Warming Tuesday, December 29, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Global Warming Redux: Another Ticking Bomb Out of Paris Local interests will promote denial long enough to make the necessary sacrifices politically unachievable. They certainly have done so so far. That means our grandchildren will almost certainly live in a very different atmospheric and geographic world than we do. And, of course, going forward, no one should invest in seashore real estate.

Surrounded by Political Fear Friday, December 18, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Converging Fears In a world of competing powers and ideologies, insecurity seems forever just around the corner. This too comes in historical cycles. And, if such insecurity becomes deep enough and widespread enough it can threaten finely balanced democratic political systems as citizens forget about constitutional rights, which support peace and stability at home, and go looking for "strong leaders."

NRA, exploiting a tragedy to advance a pre-existing political and econo Tuesday, December 8, 2015 (1 comments)     

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Terrorism and Some Hard Truths Politicians will take up the cry of Islamic terrorism because it frees them from any immediate need to take on the real -- and politically dangerous -- problem of gun control. Most of them are cowards when it comes to hard truths and the difficult need to lay them convincingly before the public. It is always more expedient to rile the masses than educate them.

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