Assembling purveyors of better ideas

Assembling purveyors of better ideas

Organizing persons unified by common ideas can be a very tall order.  Regular readers may recall my account from a few months ago of the 2017 Oklahoma Democratic Party Convention in A long day at the sausage factory.   I’m fairly certain I could get a consensus that anyone willing to put up with such a tedious and often contentious process of electing leaders of a major state political party possesses a level of dedication and resolve far above average with far greater depth of commitment than that of the average citizen.  If I were a betting man I would double down on the likelihood that every one of those 620+ delegates attending that convention at some point asked themselves subconsciously if not outright, “Why am I here?  Why am I involved in...

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Our slow but steady downward glide

Our slow but steady downward glide

Evolution, be it that of a living organism, a nation’s identity or an individual person’s character, is a fascinating process.  I am perhaps a little biased and maybe outright unrealistic when it comes to the evolution of a person’s character.  I would really love to believe that just because an average soul such as myself can shed multiple idea-limiting self or authority imposed rules and evolve from the confines of a very narrow world view into a state of universal enlightenment that any of my fellow citizens can do the same.  It has been a few weeks of one heavy news item after another with a sensational headline seemingly dominating each media cycle.  For the most part I have opted to keep my mouth shut and quietly watch while so many of my...

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Rules of self-governance at age 230

Rules of self-governance at age 230

Happy Constitution Day to all my friends, lovers of reason and readers of this humble blog.  It was the product of several months of intense negotiation between delegates representing wide and varied common and opposing interests but it was on this day exactly two hundred and thirty years ago which was a Monday that the final product was presented for approval to the body of the Constitutional Convention of the United States assembled in the Pennsylvania State House.  To say it was the finest work ginned out by the ultimate sausage factory of its day in an understatement. In the end only 39 of the original 55 delegates signed their name to it but few if any were likely completely satisfied with what has become an enduring system of rules and law of a nation still...

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Does the end justify the means?

Does the end justify the means?

We are now 160 or so days into the Trump era and I have been watching and listening in mostly silent and at times stunned amazement at how the polarized factions of the American nation are evolving.  I must say I am not surprised by most of what has been attempted by the GOP-controlled Congress.  For all the token efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act over the past seven years, the GOP replacement is anything but a done deal.  The entire evolution seems to underscore the old adage “be careful what you wish for, you might get it.”  Like the proverbial barking dog that finally caught the car, the House and Senate GOP got the tar baby that is health care reform dropped in their lap and have since discovered, like the 45th...

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One hundred days of lunacy

One hundred days of lunacy

A couple of weeks after winning the November General Election, the then President-elect delivered a speech to the nation detailing his bold plan for this first 100 days: Policy Plan for the First 100 Days Any non-Fox “News” journalist, ie, any reality based media person who is not a cheerleader for the current regime and is capable of reporting unvarnished real world first person facts will paint a much different picture than the 45th President’s alternate reality highlights.  Admittedly, Keith Olbermann is one of the guy’s more caustic critics and pulls no punches: The Resistance with Keith Olbermann on the First 100 Days For all the grief President Obama’s detractors spewed over the his alleged overindulgence in perfecting his golf...

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Turning back the Conservative tide

Turning back the Conservative tide

Regular readers may recall posts over the past couple years where I have taken note of massive tectonic plate shifts generated by high court decisions in favor of some of the pressing progressive social issues of our time.  A year ago I posted about feeling the axis tilting leftward in the aftermath of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.  Obviously,  I was not the only one to feel that leftward tilt as the conservative majority in the Congress took a stand and executed a well played strategy of “stall, dismiss and ignore” and succeeded in leaving a vacancy on the Supreme Court to be filled by the 45th President.  Here along the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66, the former Oklahoma Attorney General who prided himself on his reputation for...

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