Heads up reader, this will contain some graphic and violent language pertaining to race and race-based crimes. I visited the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. It has been very busy since its opening, and that Sunday was no exception. We got timed entry passes the day of and entered at 3pm. … More Race, Voting Rights, and Activist Judges
if you want to send a message, VOTE. There is a ridiculously high percentage of people who collect a ballot and do not vote for certain races. This is what we call “under votes”, where the number of votes cast for a particular race is smaller (under) than the number of total ballots cast. This … More The biggest thing I’ve learned from processing elections results is…
Hey all, back again to talking about current news stories. This week, we’re going to talk about food policy and paternalism. You may have seen a fun little copy/paste thread going around referring to HR 610, a bill Introduced by Rep. Steve King of Iowa, intended to limit the power of the US Education Department … More HR 610, Food Stamps, and the Paternalistic State
We all know the litany of talking points. She’s bought her seat with donations to Trump’s campaign and many Republican legislators. She’s never been in a public education classroom, not as a student, parent, or professional. She wants to have religious [Christian] education in public schools and use tax money to fund Christian/Catholic schools (remember … More Why I worry about Now-Secretary DeVos
January 23, 2017 Dear Senator Alexander, I am writing today concerning the nomination process of Betsy DeVos. It is my understanding that, as the Chairman of the Senate HELP committee, that you were in charge of the proceedings where senators were given the opportunity to examine the qualifications of and question Ms. DeVos. It is … More Senate HELP Committee Chair Lamar Alexander Concerning the Hearing of Betsy Devos
February 7, 2017 Dear President Trump, I understand that you believe yourself to be the harbinger of a new “America First” era. Truly, that idea is great. We should be concerned primarily with our country. But I am writing to remind you that part of what has made and continues to make America great is … More Letter to President Trump, #1
Hey everyone, The days after the election on very few hours of sleep, I made up a survey to figure out what I missed to try and make sense of what happened. Thank you to the respondents for humoring me and taking time out of their days to answer it. As promised, I’m posting the … More Understanding support for President-elect Trump
What am I missing? I also had one open response question asking, “What have I not touched on that you would like to express?” The answers appear unedited below. Clinton had twenty six years to push her agenda as far as equal pay, maternity leave, child care credits. What happened? A little to late to … More What am I missing?
How do you respond? In this final section, I asked five open response questions specifically requesting people to respond to accusations about Trump having various biases, and why voters chose Trump over Clinton. All questions and answers are unedited. If you could explain your vote choice to a Hillary Clinton supporter using 5 to 10 … More How do you respond?
General political attitudes I also had a section asking about attitudes around many of the issues already talked about. I tried to use sentiments I had seen expressed by conservative TV personalities, and ideas expressed in posts on facebook from people I know, mainly to see how much these ideas truly represented the general conservative … More General political attitudes