Archive for the ‘American Politics’ Category

Mike Huckabee doesn’t understand the 14th Amendment

Posted By Levi

September 14th, 2015 8:08pm

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is a big supporter of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to grant marriage licenses to gay couples. The US Supreme Court recently ruled that the Constitution gives gays the right to marry. Huckabee told a radio host last week that it was right for Davis to disobey the Supreme Court ruling because it is ok for Americans to ignore those rulings they disagree with. But to justify this, Huckabee pointed to a US Supreme Court case called Dred Scott V Sanford. “Michael, the Dred Scott decision of 1857 still remains to this day the law of the land, which says that black people aren’t fully human,” he said. “Does anybody still follow the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision?” But Huckabee is dead wrong. Dred Scott is not the law of the land. It was the 14th Amendment that got rid of Dred Scott. It is really embarrassing for someone who is seeking the highest office in the nation to make such a terrible mis Read More

How Fox News is Hurting the Republicans

Posted By Levi

May 19th, 2015 9:10pm

James Fallows points to an interesting new report on how Fox News is causing great harm to the Republican party. What is even more interesting is that the report was written by Bruce Barlett, a veteran Republican who served in the Regan and Bush 41 administrations and also worked for Ron Paul. The whole report is here. A few highlights. With the creation of Fox News in 1996  . . .  Conservatives did not have to seek out bits of news favorable to their point of view in liberal publications or in small magazines and newsletters. Like someone dying of thirst in the desert, conservatives drank heavily from the Fox waters. Soon, it became the dominant – and in many cases, virtually the only – major news source for millions of Americans. This has had profound political implications that are only starting to be appreciated. Indeed, it can almost be called self-brainwashing – many conservatives now refuse to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and to believe wha Read More

Senator Ted Cruz Was Not Born in the United States. Can He run for the Presidency?

Posted By Levi

March 23rd, 2015 8:58pm

Today, the Republican senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, declared his intention to become president of the United States. Senator Cruz was not born in America. He is Canadian by birth and maintained his dual citizenship up until recently. During the last six years President Obama has come under relentless attack from certain right wing elements in the country, many of whom still maintained to this day that the president was not born in the United States. Many of these same people support Senator Cruz for president. Of course, the big difference between the two men is that President Obama was, in fact, born in the United States while Senator Cruz was not. Yes, the president was born in Hawaii and that state is still a part of the US. Donald Trump is still searching for Obama’s birth certificate to prove that the president was born in Kenya and not the US. So, is Senator Cruz eligible to run for the presidency? Yes, he has every right just as President Obama did. The Constitutional requir Read More

Who rules America?

Posted By Levi

August 13th, 2014 12:15pm

A new study by two political science professors in the  2014 edition of Perspectives on Politics has found that ordinary Americans have virtually no impact whatsoever on the making of national policy in our country. The analysts found that rich individuals and business-controlled interest groups largely shape policy outcomes in the United States. The study also debunks the notion that the policy preferences of business and the rich reflect the views of common citizens. They found to the contrary that such preferences often sharply diverge and when they do, the economic elites and business interests almost always win and the ordinary Americans lose.     FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Are you a Liberal, Conservative or something else?

Posted By Levi

July 8th, 2014 7:47pm

Do you know where you fall on the political spectrum? Many people would say they are Republican, Democrat or independent. Do you call yourself a liberal, conservative or something else? The Pew Research Center developed a quiz that will help you sort this out. So if you are not sure where you stand or just for the fun of it, why not take the quiz. Click here for the link     FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Why Does George W. Bush Get The Most Benefits Of All Living Presidents?

Posted By Levi

April 30th, 2014 8:28pm

All living former presidents get a yearly pension of a little over $200,000. In addition, each receives yearly allowances with George W. Bush getting the highest amount for 2014 – $1.3 million. What’s the purpose of these allowances; mainly to pay for office space. Clinton has an 8,300 square-foot office in New York City while Bush has  8,200 square feet in Dallas, Texas. Yes, the pension I understand, but do they really need the extra allowances. Why do we have to pay for their office space? Since he left the White House, Clinton has raked in $106 million . The others have done well for themselves too. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Red States Ripping Off Blue States

Posted By Levi

October 20th, 2013 2:44pm

UPDATE Below Republicans and their Tea Party followers like to rail against government spending. They constantly call for cuts in various social programs such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other forms of help offered by the federal government. At times, they make it sound as if Democrats are doling out these kinds of assistance to their supporters. The Washington Post Ezra Klein points to this map that shows an interesting take on the issue. The red states indicate the ones that get back more federal tax dollars than they actually paid. The blue states get back less than they paid. So, it seems that the red states are indeed getting a good deal since they are being subsidized by taxpayers in the blue states. This then begs the question: why is it that people in the red states keep on electing people who want to cut the very programs that help them the most. You see the same dynamics in health care – almost all the states that rejected Obamacare are in in the South – th Read More

Blame the Constitution for the Federal Government Shutdown

Posted By Levi

October 14th, 2013 5:00pm

Republicans in Congress have shut down the federal government because they want to get rid of the new Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare. But the blame should really be on the Constitution. This kind of government shutdown could never occur  in countries such as Canada or Britain. This is because the system of government in these two countries is different from that of the United States. Britain, Canada and many other democratic nations have what is called “parliamentary democracies.” The American system is called a “presidential system.” Here is one major difference between the two. In a parliamentary democracy, the chief executive, often called the Prime Minister, is the equivalent of the US president. Both the Prime Minister of Canada and the American president are the leaders of their respective countries. However, in the United States, the president is elected in a nationwide vote; he has to campaign all over the country seeking votes. But in Cana Read More

60% of Americans Want A Third Party

Posted By Levi

October 13th, 2013 4:49pm

Sixty percent of Americans say the Republicans are are far worse than Democrats but the Democrats have not done a good job either. According to a new Gallup poll, 60% of Americans say the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of representing the American people that a third major party is needed. That is the highest Gallup has measured in the 10-year history of this question. A new low of 26% believe the two major parties adequately represent Americans. Republicans (52%) and Democrats (49%) are similar in their perceptions that a third party is needed. In fact, this marks the first time that a majority of either party’s supporters have said a third party is needed. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

How some states are restricting the right to vote – Part 2

Posted By Levi

August 28th, 2012 7:54pm

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So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself. I cannot make up my mind-it is made up for me. I cannot live as a democratic citizen...Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In Part 1, I pointed out how some states are restricting the rights of their citizens to vote in the upcoming presidential election. These states, mainly those controlled by Republican governors and state legislatures, have passed laws to restrict the voting rights of many of their citizens in various ways. Many voting experts have pointed out that these laws will have a disproportionate effect on minority voters. See this story, Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Hits Philadelphia Blacks, Latinos Harder. One of the ways in which they are doing this is making it harder for citizens to register to vote. In order to vote, you must first register. If you are not registered, you cannot vote. (If you live in New York City and would like to register to vote, click here. Currently, about 54 mi Read More