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Constitutional Democracy: Why Our Faith Is Misplaced

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Do you have faith in the American system of government? This article of faith is often invoked, left or right, and last night on Real Time with Bill Maher, Ralph Reed, a Trump supporter, invoked his faith in our constitutional democracy in response to an assertion by Adam Gopnik, a staff writer at The New Yorker. After hearing Gopnik speak of Trump in fatalistic terms, Reed asked Gopnik if he really believed American democracy would not survive a Donald Trump presidency. Gopnik responded by saying, “American democracy will be in greater danger than its been since 1860 if Donald Trump…
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Reader Email: PC College Campus Liberals Run Amok

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Email conversations with Left Call readers. Published with consent. LC Reader: As a liberal, I’m increasingly alarmed by ridiculous “PC” demands by so-called liberal students on college campuses. This article highlights the growing problem around the country. The Craziest Demands of College Kids in 2016 (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/07/the-craziest-demands-of-college-kids-in-2016.html) For example, they demand purging course offerings that feature white male poets in the name of diversity. But at the cost of rewriting history?  Left Call: I agree, this is becoming a real problem, especially for the professors, and I wonder what the long-term effect will be. It really is absurd to argue for…
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Reader Email: Why Is Jill Stein A Fringe Candidate?

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Email conversations with Left Call readers. Published with consent. LC Reader: Why is it that when people decide they don’t want to vote for Clinton or Trump they say “Ok, well there’s always Gary Johnson!” Today alone, two different people have told me this. Suggesting that Johnson is someone worth voting for when the two main candidates aren’t worth considering. Why isn’t Jill Stein (or someone else) getting the same kind of consideration? I just saw an interesting segment on RT’s “Redacted Tonight” (a halfway decent attempt to mimic the Daily Show on a liberal network), where they played an…
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The Audacity Of Colin Kaepernick’s Anthem Sit-In

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Can there be a nuanced response to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick? This is something I muse — a response that doesn’t immediately devolve into an expo of moral superiority, manifested by over-the-top spectacles of football jersey-burning patriotism. Kaepernick hit a double whammy of controversy. One whammy because of the audacity to assert black people should not face a disproportionate level of lethal force by police, and another whammy when he decided to air his grievance by sitting down during the national anthem at an NFL pre-season game. Kaepernick later explained to reporters, “I am not going to stand up…
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This Is What Liberal Media Bias Looks Like (To The Rest Of Us)

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When conservatives deliver sermons on the liberal biased mainstream media, first I wonder what exactly constitutes “mainstream.” I suppose if you aren’t mainstream, then you are what some call “new” or “alternative” media, but do conservatives really believe Fox News falls into this surrogate classification? I grant we could assign Fox News to a class of its own, but even if their brand nurtures a conservative echo chamber, I find it troublesome to view a high-rated cable news network as anything other than predominant. That makes Fox News very much part of the mainstream, never mind the radio airwaves dominated by conservative…
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