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Sex Stories: Should Voters Even Care?

Sex Stories: Should Voters Even Care?

 by Phil Erwin Observers of the American political scene might be wondering if our once Puritanical culture has gone all hyper-sexed. Two decades go, when our national news was overwhelmed with an Impeachment process stemming from assorted allegations, innuendo and a few DNA blotches, the impetus – Bill Clinton’s sexual misbehaviors – seemed an outrageous […]

Is Bigger (Government) Always Better?

Is Bigger (Government) Always Better?

by Phil Erwin There is a truism in the world of business that “bigger” is always “better.” (It has to do with notions like “economies of scale” and “expanding markets.”) Similarly, in politics there is also a tendency among some to assume that “bigger” implies “better”; that more government means “progress” in dealing with problems. […]

Does “The News” Add Up?

Does “The News” Add Up?

by Phil Erwin Do you get the feeling that things just aren’t adding up these days? Feel like the “news” just don’t make sense anymore? You listen to/read on any of the so-called “mainstream” Media outlets – ABC, CBS, NBC and MSNBC, CNN, or the once-revered newspapers – New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, […]

Stand Tall – Thou Shalt Not Kneel!

Stand Tall – Thou Shalt Not Kneel!

by Phil Erwin It started with one player: Colin Kaepernick, then a Quarterback for the San Francisco 49’ers. Kaepernick sat on the bench during the singing of the national Anthem, refusing the time-honored tradition of a standing salute. Soon a teammate joined him; then they switched to kneeling on the sideline to protest. But protest […]

Dream(er) State

Dream(er) State

by Phil Erwin For a moment, it seemed we might have crossed some metaphorical Rubicon, and were on the verge of getting an actual dinnertime “deal” on “DACA” (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) between President Trump and Democrat leaders Chuck Shumer and Nancy Pelosi (collectively dubbed “Chancy” by one clever pundit.) Post-dessert, “Chancy” rushed to […]

Trump Makes A Deal!

Trump Makes A Deal!

by Phil Erwin Wednesday, Sept. 6th saw that rarest of rare events in Washington – an actual deal being made between Democrats and Republicans. Oh, wait a minute… The deal was actually between Democrats and President Trump. Republicans took themselves out of play, and then were actually stunned, even angry that it happened. How could […]

Protesters or Antifa Anarchists: Who Brings the Hate?

Protesters or Antifa Anarchists: Who Brings the Hate?

by Phil Erwin Saturday, August 26th, saw another round of black-clad, face-masked “protesters” policing the vicinity of UC Berkeley to protect that ultimate of American rights: The Freedom of Speech. Oh, wait a minute… Those guys weren’t there to protect speech: They were there to prevent it. With clubs, pepper spray and… Well, with their […]

Spotlight On the Fascist Left

Spotlight On the Fascist Left

by Phil Erwin What’s that, you say? Aren’t Fascists all Right-wingers? Nope. Here’s how Wikipedia explains it: Fascism [is characterized by] forcible suppression of opposition… including supporting the legitimacy of political violence, as a core part of its politics. Fascism views violent action as a necessity in politics… Do you think the Leftist groups “Antifa” “Black […]

Do Polls Report Opinion – Or Shape it?

Do Polls Report Opinion – Or Shape it?

by Phil Erwin  The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll ostensibly “proves” Americans think the meeting between Trump campaign principals and a Russian “agent” was “inappropriate.” Not coincidentally, that same poll reports President Trump’s approval rating has dropped to a record low 36%. But what does such mathematical “disapproval” really tell us? To begin with: The […]

To Tweet, or Not To… Another Open Letter to the President

To Tweet, or Not To… Another Open Letter to the President

  By Phil Erwin Mr. President, As I explained in a previous letter to you, I am one of the millions of Americans who inhabit the center of the political spectrum – neither stubbornly Conservative, nor foolishly Liberal in my views and attitudes. To illustrate: I don’t think the Universe will end if the Government […]

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