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A Raging Orange Clown Named Donald Trump: A Shocking Win: An Election Post-Mortem

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I have struggled to write this article. Long ago I decided not to incessantly cover the 2016 horse race. I did write a few articles here and there about one or more of the candidates, but from early on this election season drained the creative well. I just couldn’t. Then Tuesday happened. I just can’t. It was like a punch to the gut. On Wednesday morning it was like waking up to a strange and scary new world. I keep thinking Ashton Kutcher will show up any moment with camera crew in tow in the most elaborate ever episode of Punk’d….
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Obama’s Presidency Led To Trump’s White Nationalist Populism

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When the “Taxed Enough Already” protest signs started appearing just after Barack Obama’s first inauguration, we should have seen this coming. When those protest signs turned into a conservative political coalition called the Tea Party, we should have seen this coming. When Donald Trump presided over the “birther” freak show, we should have seen this coming. After our first black president, Donald Trump’s rise as head of the new white nationalist movement (and Republican presidential candidate) is no coincidence. Barack Obama is not personally responsible for this outcome, but there has been a simmering racial tension in some parts of white…
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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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