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This blog is written with YOU in mind. To help you get involved, I write:

  • Success stories of people like you who have made a difference in their communities
  • Tips on what you can do to make your political voice heard
  • Background on how our political system works
  • Comments on current issues from a non-partisan perspective — issues like preserving our freedom, problems with the electoral system, and how politics relates to the rest of our lives.

And every once in a while, I do something just for fun like Presidential trivia or a movie review.

One more thing. I don’t want to have the last word. I want your comments, so please give me your thoughts in the Comments box below each blog post!

Ralph Nader marks 50 years of consumer activism

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Current Issues, Political U[niversity], Purple Politics, What do you think? | 0 comments

November 30 marked the 50th anniversary of Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed. This book was a stern critique of American automakers who neglected safety in automotive design. It shook up the auto industry and brought Mr. Nader to the forefront in the new role of consumer advocate. Some may disagree with government regulation to protect consumers; but there is no question that his political advocacy in the last 50 years constitutes one of the greatest success stories in the history of political activism. Having set the standard for...

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Activism is an expression of love

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Motivation | 0 comments

Daniel Kington, a columnist for The (Ohio University) Post explains as well as anyone what motivates individuals who make political activism part of their lives: To love is to create beauty. And this creation is action. Like revolutionaries in Brazil, the student-activists on this campus – so often scorned for their anger, seriousness, and idealism – are driven by that love. And, in their activism, they perform that love. I, as well as all the activists I associate with, love OU. We love the world we live in. We try to love all those who...

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Want to join the [political] fight against terrorism?

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Current Issues, Political U[niversity] | 0 comments

American organizations dedicated to fighting terrorism tend to bathe in strongly pro-Israeli or anti-Islamic rhetoric. Having had several personal friends who are Muslim, I firmly oppose any effort to marginalize Muslims in American society. The best way for non-Muslims to fight terrorism is to actively support our secular Constitutional form of government, seek friendship and understanding with American Muslims, and to neutralize the impact of terror incidents by following these recommendations from the American Red Cross. However, it is...

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The relationship between terrorism and immigration

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Current Issues | 0 comments

News sources indicate that two of the perpetrators of the Paris bombings entered Europe posing as Syrian refugees. The United States has encountered similar problems with operatives in Mexican drug cartels crossing ours (example). We do not yet know how secure our border is against Arab terrorists; but given the state of our immigration policy, we are likely to find out very soon, and not in a good way. We have known for years that illegal immigration has two causes: insufficient border security and a Byzantine system for accepting legal...

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Political activism isn’t a popular thing to do

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Get Involved!, Motivation | 0 comments

Political activism isn’t a popular thing to do

But then, it never was. The student editors at the University of North Carolina’s Daily Tar Heel identified the reason why: Activism exists to challenge the status quo, systems of oppression and complacency. It raises uncomfortable questions about community values and the history of its institutions. And it empowers populations whose concerns are well-founded but overlooked. Activism takes many forms. Our culture praises some of them: writing to elected officials, military service, social networking, and running for local office. Others not...

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How the U.S. can end the war on terror

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Current Issues | 0 comments

How the U.S. can end the war on terror

The terrorist attacks on Paris clearly demonstrate that the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) is much, much more than a “junior varsity” player. Their success on the ground in Syria and Iraq, and instigating attacks abroad, prove that they are rational actors in terms of promoting their self-interest by whatever means necessary. Because they justify their actions on religious grounds, there is no limit to the ruthlessness of their actions. (This is not to suggest that their actions are truly Islamic – for example, see sura 5:69 of the Koran)....

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Pressing the Reset button

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Readers who have been with this site for a while know that blog posts have been rather sparse lately, for two reasons: work on my upcoming book Getting A Bit Political, and on my seminar “How the Political System Works.” However, I am now ready to resume blogging on a new schedule. Beginning tomorrow (December 9, 2015), I will publish two posts per week. The Wednesday post will explore creative policy ideas at all levels, taken from a non-partisan perspective. The Monday post (also sent through my e-newsletter) will give an...

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Learn about us in 2 minutes with our new video!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Get Involved!, News | 0 comments

A Bit Political is proud to publish its first video to introduce readers to our concept! Let us know what you think in the Comments section....

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Watching the Republican Presidential debate Thursday night?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Current Issues | 0 comments

It’s almost historic. Seventeen Republicans are vying for the nomination, and will be appearing in a debate on Fox News tomorrow night. Seven of the candidates will appear at 5 pm, the other 10 (with higher poll results) will appear at 8:50 pm. To help you decide which candidate is best for you, download our printer-friendly Candidate Debate Scoresheet (pdf file). It asks questions about the issues and values important to you, then lets you score each candidate accordingly. At the end of the evening, you can compare scores to see which...

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Playing the Trump card

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Current Issues, Political U[niversity] | 0 comments

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, and even acted (mostly cameos) in 19 of them. People think his direct style is “refreshing,” and cheer him on when he shuts down reporters who ask...

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