Category Archives: Politics

Political Unity…An Oxymoron

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Some things never change…I wonder if they ever will? Case in point, my post of November 7th, 2012…still seems relevant today, except the U.S. National Debt has now reached $18.6 Trillion and there are even deeper differences, not only between Democrats and Republicans, but also within these parties (on issues such as the refugee crisis, as one example).

I repeat:

“The war between its own political parties is a greater threat to America 

than any threat from its enemies.”

I’ve stopped hoping and am simply waiting to see action now…but am not holding my breath on this…perhaps the next generation will figure things out if ours isn’t smart enough to do so…some legacy, eh?


What’s Wrong with Class War?

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From time to time, I will hear someone on the news cautioning participants in a conversation that they are saying things in support of “class warfare.” Inevitably, that shuts the conversation even quicker than calling someone a racist (or trotting out some stomach-churning childishness like references to ‘the N word”) . Apparently any notion that doesn’t glorify socioeconomic stratification in our society is denigrated as “class warfare”, and all parties go scurrying for cover.


The Face of Lincoln

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I watched most of the Democratic Debate last night (which made me Feel the Bern even more than before, and like “I take longer to pee” Clinton even less than before, incredibly). I had never seen Lincoln Chafee before, but I kept puzzling over his face. It’s as if I had seen it somewhere before. Then it all made sense (especially if you’ve ever seen Whose Line Is It Anyway):

Feeling the Bern

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There’s much truth in the saying that one should never mention two things if he wants to avoid an argument: (1) religion (2) politics. Religion doesn’t come up here too much on Slope (except obliquely from those drawing conclusions regarding the members of the Federal Reserve Board), and politics even less. I suspect many Slopers tend to tilt rather Libertarian, as I do, but I wanted to voice my enthusiasm for Bernie Sanders, which surprises even me.

As a young man (that is, a teenager), my politics were described in one simple word: Reagan. He was President at the time, and the message he put across (whether actually true or not) resonated with me. During my college years, and early in my married life, I tilted more and more Libertarian, until I reached the conclusion that the vast majority of people are simply too blinkered to live with a government where personal responsibility and self-actualization were the norm. If we had a nation of Slopers, Libertarianism would be the way to go. Or, failing that, having Dutch as benevolent dictator.