Is Campaign Finance Political Porn?

Campaign Finance ReformThe predictable media stories linking donor industries with candidates are the soft porn of the political press, promising incredible titillation and delivering lists of meaningless, largely predictable numbers.

The real reasons people give donations are pretty basic and intuitive: They give to people who agree with them. Continue reading Is Campaign Finance Political Porn?

Elective Politics’ Darkest Hour

Checker's speechThe election of 2016 is without question the darkest, dirtiest, most despicable, and depraved one of my lifetime. I have run out of “d” words, though maybe destructive and delusional should be added. The elective system we have known for time immemorial is down, broken, and maybe lost. Continue reading Elective Politics’ Darkest Hour

In Defense of Student Commencement Protesters

graduation Has America entered a Bizarro world in which money equals speech but speech itself gets labeled intimidation?

That’s not a far-fetched conclusion to draw in a political culture that has unleashed campaign spending and given it First Amendment protection while at the same time branding the supposed free speech of college students as bullying, tyranny, censorship, and intolerance. Continue reading In Defense of Student Commencement Protesters

Stirring Through the Ashes; Lessons from the 2012 Election

President Obama The candidates in the 2012 election may or may not have addressed big issues, but there is no doubt that the voters did. Continue reading Stirring Through the Ashes; Lessons from the 2012 Election