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If We’re Going To Elect Celebrities Anyway…

2020? Oprah Winfrey with Michelle Obama (Image is in the public domain.) Two days ago, media mogul Oprah Winfrey seemed to reconsider a presidential bid — despite saying just a few months ago that she would “never run for public office”. I don’t know what changed, but I can guess: her realization that her qualifications[…]

Do The Math

The meme insinuates we should be able to pay for health care with $2 billion This meme popped into my Facebook timeline three separate times this weekend. It says (I’ve fixed the all-caps issue): “Welcome to America where we will spend $2 billion on an election, but we can’t afford to give everyone free healthcare.”[…]

The Confusing Path To The November Ballot, Thanks To “States’ Rights”

Voters in line for a national election, Church of Christ, Seminole, Oklahoma (Copyright © 2004 by Wil C. Fry.) It boggles my mind that we need a story like this: A Complete Guide To Early And Absentee Voting (NPR), which lists 50 separate dates and rules for early voting, absentee voting, etc., for a single[…]

Oh, Those Silly Political Comments

See it larger or read the block quote on this page I won’t defend Hillary Clinton against every random social media post that’s negative about her (because I’m not a huge fan of hers anyway), but I need to respond to one that was left early this morning.

Qualifications To Be U.S. President [Updated]

Categories: Elections, Fact Check, Politics
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Published on: 2015.08.07

This morning, Richard Dawkins complained that there should be more “relevant” qualifications for being president than being 35 years of age or older and being born in the U.S. (He did admit that his own country has a more bizarre way of choosing a head of state.) But he missed something very important, I think.

Money Buys Influence, Not Elections

They forgot the “per” on the second word (Copyright © 2008 by Wil C. Fry.) There is a popular misconception that money buys elections. Most Americans want to limit the effect of money in politics, including supporting a constitutional amendment to do so. Unfortunately, they’re misguided, thinking the reason is that money wins elections. Don’t[…]

Voting As A Right v. Voting As A Requirement

Categories: Elections, Human Behavior
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Published on: 2014.02.16

When I voted on November 5 [2013], one of the half-dozen poll workers said to me as I left: “Thanks for exercising your right to vote.” I gave him a thumbs-up, put on my cheap sunglasses, and strolled out into the November heat. I felt his tone was plaintive — there weren’t many Texans voting[…]

Churches As Polling Places

Did you know there are groups pushing for churches not to be used as polling places? The reason is similar to FOX News’ reason for complaining about Obama murals in public schools that are used as voting locations (complaint, aftermath). Most (all?) states prohibit “election materials” and “electioneering” in or near the polling place, including[…]

The Rationality Of Voting

Categories: Human Behavior, Politics
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Published on: 2012.11.18

By happenstance, I came across several “logical” arguments today that said voting is irrational. Here is one such piece, found on the New York Times’ website, published seven years ago: Why Vote?. For others try this Google search. The theory goes like this: “Because voting exacts a cost — in time, effort, lost productivity —[…]

Journal: Waxing and Waning Political Interest

Categories: Personal, Politics
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Published on: 2012.10.02

My own political interests have not been strong for much of my life, even well into adulthood. These days, when I catch myself being surprised at people who aren’t politically aware, I have to remind myself of my own lack of interest for many years.

Be Careful, [expletive deleted]

Categories: Politics
Comments: 5 Comments
Published on: 2012.03.16

In his efforts to win over the die-hard right-wing conservatives, presidential hopeful Rick [expletive deleted] has promised to rid America of “hard-core pornography”. Rick [expletive deleted] declares war on pornography

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