upcoming tests for democracy in september

It turns out that this month of September will have several critical tests for democracy coming up. The U.S. Senate will be voting on a constitutional amendment to overturning Citizens United most likely sometime this week.  For the first time, every U.S. Senator will have to go on record as to whether they believe money … Continue reading upcoming tests for democracy in september

everything you know about politics is wrong (the view of the fistfight from 30,000 feet up version)

In my last three posts I talked about the revelation of the existence of the mass surveillance program in which your emails, internet searches, and mobile phone data are collected, stored and subject to review by the U.S. government at any time. One of these posts talked about potential links between this PRISM program and … Continue reading everything you know about politics is wrong (the view of the fistfight from 30,000 feet up version)

everything you know about politics is wrong (love for sale version)

Obama and the Military Industrial Complex (Photo credit: Truthout.org)In my last post I wrote about the PRISM surveillance scandal and how the United States government is taking more and more steps towards becoming a police state. Why would this happen? A number of theories abound, of course--everything from the Illuminati to the United Nations to … Continue reading everything you know about politics is wrong (love for sale version)

everything you know about politics is wrong (big brother version)

Uncle Sam has hit the fan. The events of the several weeks should erase any doubt that the U.S. government has gone off the deep end. Revelations of systematic monitoring and reading of our electronic communications and Web activity have established beyond a reasonable doubt that we are now living under a mass surveillance system … Continue reading everything you know about politics is wrong (big brother version)

message found underneath the couch, wrapped in cellophane

I received my Bachelor's in Political Science many moons ago, and for most of the period since then, I have struggled with my feelings about politics and political activism. This inner struggle has only intensified since I became a Bahá'í. To document the evolution of my feelings about politics and my political beliefs would take … Continue reading message found underneath the couch, wrapped in cellophane

everything you know about politics is wrong (spitting out the political konvention kool-aid version)

We're down to less than sixty days before the finish of the chest-beating, truth-twisting, anything-but-informative ritual know as the American presidential election. As a both a Bahá'í and the holder of a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, I'm a firm believer in avoiding partisan politics.  In addition to inhibiting world unity and making me feel … Continue reading everything you know about politics is wrong (spitting out the political konvention kool-aid version)

everything you know about politics is wrong (shooting oneself in the foot with military drones version)

What is there to be said about the attacks of September 11, 2001 that hasn't yet been said?  Well, to start with, pretty much everything. Five years after the attacks, I expressed concern that the fundamental lessons from that tragedy seemed to be fundamentally misunderstood by our country's decision makers.  September 11th demonstrated for the … Continue reading everything you know about politics is wrong (shooting oneself in the foot with military drones version)