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Phoenix Unlikely to Rise from Democratic Party’s Ashes

phoenixAfter almost four decades of disregard for a decomposing cadaver, party progressives appear ready to cremate the Democratic Party’s corpse and give it a requiem mass doubtful that their minority status will allow them to revive the party.  Not the majority, however, who seem hopeful for a Lazarus’ resuscitation without a Jesus in their midst; a legion of career politicians tending to their own personal needs.

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Trump and the Jews

trump_aipacBefore the year 1967 the political and social relationships of the American Jewish community were very different than today. Those relationships were based on simple and accurate logic. Jews in the United States were a minority. Their country of residence had other minorities as well, most notably the African Americans, who also had a long history of being discriminated against. Given these conditions, it made sense for the American Jews to make alliances with other U.S. minorities - a united front, so to speak - with the clear-sighted understanding that if one group’s rights were attacked, all of their rights stood in danger.

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Fear and Ignorance in the Rise of Donald Trump

donald-trumpThe election of Donald Trump as president was motivated by a popular rejection of party politics as it had evolved over the decades. There was a rejection of politics that only responded to special interests and not to millions of increasingly disappointed and frustrated citizens. However, there was something else underlying this, and that was a prevailing despair as to how to change the system.

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Every Vote Counts… More or Less – Redux

clinton-trump-pollDoes it make any democratic sense that each vote cast by a person in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, be worth two-thirds more than that of his neighbor across the Missouri River, in Sioux City, Iowa? Or for the vote of those folks in Las Cruces, New Mexico, to be worth over two-thirds more than the vote of the people in El Paso, Texas?

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Donald Trump’s Moment: Will It Last?

hooligansOn Election Day Hillary Clinton, with all her data specialists and poll gurus, came up short. The morning after, they didn’t know what hit them - that is, the unexpected fact that statistical data and real life don’t always coincide. People often tell pollsters what they think the pollsters want to hear, or what media tells them is the expected answer, while clandestinely harboring different opinions that they share only with their family, friends and drinking buddies. 

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