Major Problems for the Republican Party

The U.S. Senate voting NO on repeal of Obamacare on July 27, 2017.

The U.S. Senate voting NO on repeal of Obamacare on July 27, 2017.
Screenshot of ABC News coverage.

Everywhere  the leaders of the two major American political parties look, insuperable political problems threaten to overwhelm them. As long-time assumptions about the capabilities of government unravel and the electorate itself is fragmenting into new coalitions, driven by uncertainty on how their major economic and political problems can be solved, the parties themselves are frustrated over how to get public support for their policies. The Republican Party especially appears to be splitting into separate moderate and “conservative” coalitions. However, although the Democratic Party (at least among its elites) is not so riven as the GOP, its relatively greater unity is driving them in a direction that threatens to alienate even more of the electorate. How are the not-so United States of America and its people going to get themselves out of this fine mess?

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The American Deep State

The ultimate motto of the deep state, as enunciated by Napoleon the pig, the Supreme Leader of George Orwell's Animal Farm.

The ultimate motto of the deep state, as enunciated by Napoleon the pig, the Supreme Leader of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
Image Credit: QuotesGram.com

What is more important in our life on this world?  Is it the confluence of values bound up in the notions of freedom, personal liberty, and freedom of thought and speech? Or is it government guaranteeing us the material conditions of a good life? Is the ability to think what you wish and fearlessly express your opinions openly to the entire world more important than the government providing everyone with healthcare, food, clothing, and other material necessities?

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The Dominican Republic

The view of the Dominican Republic from the front of our condo in Juan Dolio, DR.

Greetings  from the town of Juan Dolio in the Dominican Republic! Having traveled to the Dominican Republic on personal business, I thought it would be fun to compare and contrast developments in this country with those of other developing nations to glean whatever lessons we can from it.

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Past US Weakness Creates Heightened Tensions With China and North Korea

Launch of a North Korean Taepodong 2 ICBM
MissileThreat.csis.org

Just this Tuesday,  China’s minion North Korea claimed to have made its first fully successful test launch of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). By doing so, North Korea underlined the precarious U.S. position in the orient, created by the past eight years of the Obama administration’s foreign policy and national security weakness.

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New York: Another Great Progressive Embarrassment

Lady Liberty in New York harbor looking outwards from New York.

Lady Liberty in New York harbor looking outwards from New York. Is she welcoming the world to New York, or pointing the direction to greater freedom for New Yorkers?
Wikimedia Commons / Elcobbola

Any survey of progressive blue states  losing people and companies to other, predominantly red states would be incomplete, even for a partial list, without a look at New York State. Since we have already examined the exodus from the blue states of Illinois and California, it is New York’s turn to be in the dock.

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