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We All Have An Uncle Brian

Uncle Brian

We all have an Uncle Brian. He is the family member that bloviates unprovoked and uninitiated about his superior political insights and moral preeminence based purely on voting straight-ticket Democrats. When families get together, we all recognize there is a spectrum of thoughts and feelings around the many issues this past year has brought forward to our collective awareness. Coronavirus, race relations, and presidential candidates are just three of the many issues that have been and could be discussed ad nauseum. Even for political junkies, it’s just nice to talk about the newest baby in the family, a pending retirement, or swap funny stories or old memories. But then your pretentious Uncle Brian enters a space. Perhaps he was sitting there all

Sunday Thoughts: The Stupidity Challenge

The Stupidity Challenge

It is about 60 days until America goes to the polls and decide the future of the country. But the election process is already underway. Campaigning and presenting one's views before the American people is most important because the agenda put forward by each candidate should determine how one votes. Any democratic process requires a minimal level of intelligence. One has to understand the issues in order to vote appropriately. Unfortunately, many voters are ill-informed and wallow in stupidity. Emblematically we see displays of stupidity all over our society - especially on social media platforms. In one example of this, a video has gone viral of a social media influencer licking a toilet seat in order to start a "Coronavirus Challenge."

Trump vs. Twitter, Social Media Companies Must Now Decide: Platform or Journalists

Trump Executive Order Free Speech

President Trump recently accused Twitter of "stifling FREE SPEECH" and interfering in the 2020 election by fact-checking one of his tweets on the issue of voting by mail. The social media site placed a warning on two of Trump's tweets for the first time earlier in the day, noting that his claim that California would send mail-in ballots to anyone living in the state was false and that mail-in ballots are already in use in several states, including Oregon, Utah, and Nebraska. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale had previously condemned the addition of the fact check, saying in a statement, "Partnering with the biased fake news media' fact-checkers' is only a smokescreen Twitter is using to try to lend their obvious political

What has Social Media Done to Our Political Discourse?

Social Media Politics

There was a meme rolling around social media before this entire COVID-19 fracas that read something like, "Remember before the internet when we thought access to information made people stupid?"   As much as I agreed with the sentiment of the meme, it got me to thinking about the nature of our social media, our access to information and the ability to share it, and what that has done to the fundamental nature of our political discourse in America. Anyone who is blessed enough to have received a truly classical education feels compelled to a serious approach to any issue, particularly the weighty issues of the day. We should strive to learn as much as we can about any subject and then

Media is biased reporting the Trump impeachment hearings?

Trump Fake News GIF

Have you been watching the Trump impeachment hearings? Most have not, but many have - over 13 million people, did watch the first day. So what was the reaction of the public? Looking at public opinion polls, even from a left-wing pollster (Do Americans Support Impeaching Trump?), the hearings have changed few opinions - click here (it is fairly evenly divided). RFS1 typical uses Rasmussen as one of the better daily pollsters. As of Friday, November 15, 2019, The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows that 50% of likely U.S. voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. And 49% disapprove. The country is split right down the middle. Many of the conservatives do spend much time on social media - often in