Archive for the ‘Government’ Category

Opportunity vs. Outcome: Acknowledging Inequality Is Not ‘Resentment’

from "The West Wing"

Conservatives love talking about the idea that if everyone works hard, plays by the rules, they too shall prosper. Hell, even President Obama has used this same rhetorical refrain on many occasions. And whether he believes it’s true or not, it never quite rings true for me when he says it, because it seems he’s still trying, over five years into his presidency, to win over at least a few conservatives. And nobody here is knocking hard work, but people need to acknowledge a reality, regardless of whether this reality is favorable to their neatly prepackaged belief system. The reality is, there are…
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A Convenient Posture By White Anti-Government Conservatives

The ability to agitate a white anti-government conservative is highly dependent on who is victimized. If it is a black person getting the shaft by government, or a local police department, or anyone really, the level of concern from this white anti-government conservative rests somewhere between their concern for global warming and equal access to the voting booth. Ever notice that anti-government people grow silent whenever government is pointing guns at people they don’t like? Yes, in fact I have. I would apply this more specifically to the anti-government gun rights crowd, who yes, are also conservative. Remember, they need their guns…
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What Constitutes Freedom In Ferguson? Or In America?

photo by AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Excuse me if I sometimes have a hard time understanding what constitutes freedom in this country. And before I even begin to explain what I mean by that, let me first acknowledge that I’m well aware people will respond to what I have to say by prosecuting me for conflation. In June the Supreme Court ruled that so-called “buffer zones,” boundaries set up around abortion clinics, are unconstitutional. In other words, the Supreme Court felt that these zones, set up to protect patients from protestors, are a violation of protestors’ freedom. Of course the Supreme Court would like you to pay…
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War On Drugs, The Rise Of Police Militarization

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In my many recent blog posts on the police initiated war zone in Ferguson, Missouri, I’ve mentioned the increasing militarization of police forces around the country, especially in the aftermath of 9/11. I have also talked about MRAPs (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicles on multiple occasions. What I did not do in any of these articles was trace back to where this all started. And it should come as no shock that America’s war on drugs plays a crucial role in police department militarization. How Did America’s Police Get So Militarized? Beginning in 1990, Congress authorized the Pentagon to transfer its surplus…
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We The People Should Democratize Internet Access

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Internet access in 2014 is not a luxury, it is a necessity. It is a prerequisite for education. It is a prerequisite for commerce. It is a prerequisite for participation in modern society, which means it is imperative that every American have fast and affordable access to the internet. So why not democratize our internet access? After all, the internet started as a government initiative, it’s hardly a radical idea to make public such a vital service. Truth-Out: Should the Internet Be Like the Public Library Internet speeds in the U.S. average out around 20.77 megabits per second, which is less…
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