Political U[niversity]

Playing the Trump card

The chaotic field for the Republican Presidential nomination certainly has become more entertaining since Donald Trump entered it. This should come as no surprise. The Donald has long had a flair for mixing business with entertainment with television shows like The Apprentice, where he first uttered his catch phrase, “You’re fired!” In fact, he has produced several movies and television shows,...

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The Confederate flag is not just a racist symbol

In the wake of Charleston: Part 4 of 4 Part 1: What was the perpetrator thinking? Part 2: What, exactly, is racism? Part 3: Whose fault was it, Dylann’s or the gun’s? Or ours? A photograph of Dylann Roof with a Confederate flag in his hand has led to a surge in demands to remove the Confederate flag and all Confederate symbolism from public spaces in the South. Some are even trying to ban its...

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What, exactly, is racism?

In the wake of Charleston: part 2 of 4 Part 1: What was the perpetrator thinking? Racism, and its derivative racist are two of the most divisive words in the English language. Since very few people are truly proud of being racist, the word has turned into a common, and much-abused epithet. People generally hurl the word racist in anger or in an attempt to establish their moral superiority. When...

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Beware of hypocrites in politics!

At first, the title might seem a bit silly. It’s like saying “beware of drunks in a bar” or “beware of thrill seekers in an amusement park.” It’s something to be expected. And one of the problems in American politics is that it is something to be expected. Way too often. A case in point: Josh Duggar For two years ending with his resignation last month, Mr. Duggar, 27, was executive director of...

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Make a difference using social networks

Social networking is a great tool for the political Commentator, but it is important to know your audience. Different groups have different ways they can be reached. We all know that social network usage has been climbing for years. The Pew Research Center reported last year that 73% of all Internet users go on at least one social network. A majority of users of all ages, except 65+ use social...

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What are the limits on free speech?

Part 2 of 2 Last week, I wrote about the problems of using the law to limit free speech. There is another way to contain discussion within acceptable boundaries, which I will call social pressure. Social pressure is an informal agreement that certain subjects should be outside the range of open conversation. Like the law, social pressure can be abused; but our best hope of maintaining speech...

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