Politics

As I mentioned on the Welcome page, it would be difficult to classify me on the liberal/conservative spectrum.  I do think government can be a force for good, but I am fully aware that as governments become more powerful they become more attractive to those whose interest is power, not the public good.  My main political principle is that power corrupts…

As also mentioned on the Welcome page I am relentlessly rational and evidence-based.  I get annoyed when politicians talk about the benefits of some policy but never get around to talking about the costs.

In the current (2017) political climate I lean towards the Democrats, not because I like them especially, but because the GOP has become totally corrupt and dysfunctional, appealing to some of the worst angels of human nature to stay in power.  I find Trump unfit to govern and a real danger to the country.

Regardless of how damaging his policies (whatever they might be) are there are larger issues at stake. Compared to losing our form of governance, policy issues (like abortion and second amendment rights) pale into insignificance.  I’ve come up with six general areas that are of over-riding importance (respect, honesty, authoritarianism, competence, compassion and corruption) and I’ve written a little on each of them. If any (or in the present, all) of these are amiss then all bets are off for where we might be headed. 

Starting in 2018 a large part of this site is covering some of the many reasons Republicans ought to be thrown out of office as they come up for re-election.  Certainly the Democrats have their share of incompetent, clueless and truth-challenged officeholders, but the current Republican crop of politicians has become a true menace to our very way of governance.

Since they seem impervious to correcting course the only remaining solution is to throw as many of them as possible out of office.  Losing an election is the only language they understand, unfortunately.  Unless we voters give them an unambiguous message that we will not tolerate this creeping authoritarianism there will be no reason for them to reverse course.

Trump’s antics seem to grow more dangerous by the month and the only body that can rein him in is simply refusing to do so.  The Republicans in Congress are even reluctant to publicly criticize him.  Generally silence conveys consent and one can’t escape the conclusion that Republicans in general are complicit in the growing threat to our democracy.  In the short term they may get some of the things they want, like concentrating wealth and power into fewer hands.  They don’t seem to realize that in the longer term we all lose – including those fewer hands.

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