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A Disturbing Sign of Our Times, The Weaponization of Lies and Slander

A Disturbing Sign of Our Times, The Weaponization of Lies and Slander

Roy Moore. While it is still too early to make a definite judgment regarding the validity of the claims against him, a lot can be said regarding the facts surrounding the case. Just like with Trump in October of last year, accusations suddenly came out from under the woodwork at a particularly “convenient” time for his political opponent. The same is happening now regarding Roy Moore. He had a significant lead in the polls in a solidly red state. He…

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Wacky Trump Tweets and Continuity of Government

Wacky Trump Tweets and Continuity of Government

Critics of President Trump often point to his more “flamboyant” tweets as proof of his dangerousness on the world diplomatic stage. They decry the unfilled positions in the State Department and amongst America’s diplomatic corps. The tweets create instability and provoke conflict they allege. The bureaucratic vacuum left by unstaffed positions means that there isn’t a “clean-up crew” to suppress the damage from the deranged tweets they cry out in unison. Proper diplomacy is conducted with government officials using established…

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Putin’s Evil Master Plan

Putin’s Evil Master Plan

I’ve written about similar thoughts several times earlier, but the facts simply keep lining up, so I’ll have another go. I don’t think it is inconceivable that Putin and his intelligence agencies have a hand to play with the Russia conspiracy. Not in the sense that they colluded with the Trump campaign in order to undermine Hillary and help Trump across the finish line, but rather in order to undermine the United States. Proxy wars between great powers is not…

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The Dictatorship of the Activist Judiciary

The Dictatorship of the Activist Judiciary

Although they have an important role in the separation of powers, US Federal Courts are increasingly abrogating their role in favor of a clear partisan power grab. While it would be a mistake to overreact, and try to curb their powers to check the legislative and executive branches, their role should face increased scrutiny and public pressure. We must remember that giving power or taking it away will affect your own side eventually, as Democrats learned under Bush and Republicans…

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Trump as the Ultimate Philantropist

Trump as the Ultimate Philantropist

How do we measure charitable contributions against one another? I believe that there in an example somewhere in the bible where a poor person contributes something modest and a rich person contributing significantly more. In the example the poor person is hailed as the more charitable of the two, since his contribution made up more of his assets than the contribution of the rich person. Percentage of total wealth is thus an example of how one can measure a charitable…

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Breaking Democracy: Changing the Deck

Breaking Democracy: Changing the Deck

We’ve all heard the expression “stacking the deck”. That is what is taking place right now in our democracies in the West. Left-wing politicians, activists and political groups are deliberately changing the composition of the deck we are all playing with, making conditions more favorable for themselves. A basic tenet of fairness is that we must all play by the same rules, cheating abhors us at a deep level. Cheating, manipulation and underhanded tactics are and have been committed by…

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Thinking and Communicating on Different Wavelengths

Thinking and Communicating on Different Wavelengths

It becomes increasingly clear that people in the political sphere are talking around each other rather than to each other. Ever since the 2016 US presidential election season (and perhaps even before then) people fail to understand their opponent’s points of view. The other side is just plain dumb and misinformed. They can’t be rehabilitated, they’re a lost cause. As a Trump supporter in social democratic Norway, this is very clear to me. Skimming through national newspapers, both the journalists…

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