Over the last few years we have seen Congressional Republicans display a remarkable to fealty to Donald Trump and a reckless disregard for their Oath to protect the US Constitution.
America Needs The Presidential Propaganda Prohibition Act
President Donald Trump has made more than 20,000 objectively false statements and has demonstrated that if the President repeatedly states a lie as if it were a fact, eventually a significant fraction of the American public will believe the lie is…
“When people in a society lose faith or trust in their institutions and in each other, the nation collapses…” David Brooks writes in America Is Having a Moral Convulsion.
Distrust is rampant in America:
35% of Americans trust scientists
20% trust Congress
37% trust each other.
Expanding the House of Representatives from 435 to 8,300 members will reduce our distrust problem, political gerrymandering, political under-representation of minority ethnic groups and big money’s influence on the House.
Our Funding Fathers enacted the Great Compromise of 1787 which specified that the House of Representatives would be composed of one Representative for every…
Our supersaturation of political news is primarily a result of Donald Trump’s psychopathology. The predicate for his existence is public adulation or at least public acknowledgment. For whatever reason, he believes it is essential that he be in the news every day, regardless of whether it is good news or bad news.
Assuming America votes President Trump out of office on November 3, 2020, and assuming President Biden is sworn in on January 20, 2021, Trump will, to a large measure, lose the public megaphone he has craved and incessantly used during his Presidential tenure.
Despite his loss of the…
I walked into my exam room to see a patient I first met two decades ago. When we first met his medical problems included type 1 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a substance abuse disorder. Over the years our healthcare system has served him well as he has remained free of diabetic complications and now leads a productive life. Watching this transformation has been both professionally rewarding, personally enjoyable, and I look forward to our periodic interactions.
At this visit, he was sporting a MAGA hat. I was confused. How can my patient, who has so clearly benefited…
Lock Him Up or Not
Yasha Mounk published a pair of essays on persuasion.community.com debating whether ex-President Donald Trump should be prosecuted for crimes he committed in his capacity as President or as a private citizen.
While the two essayists, Michael Walzer and Norm Ornstein agree that there is a long list of criminality surrounding Donald Trump and his associates, they disagree as to how America should respond.
In the first essay “Prosecuting Trump Will Make Peaceful Transitions of Power Less Likely in the Future,” Walzer argues against prosecuting Trump if it means sending him to prison. The basic tenant…
America is incapable of implementing a national policy to address the coronavirus pandemic. One solution would be for the Governors of the Blue States to jointly create the office of Blue State Domestic Ambassador for the Coronavirus Pandemic and task this person to implement an action plan to address the coronavirus pandemic.
America’s national political structure is in tatters as a result of the Trump Administration and the devolution of America into separate red and blue political tribes, a process initiated by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in 1995.
Trump lit a flame to the fire created by Congressman…
Hostage the U.S. Economy to End Racism in America
Donald Trump has lit America on fire. He has proudly aligned himself with white nationalists while failing to fulfill his sworn constitutional obligation to mitigate the harm that COVID-19 has wreaked on America’s health and her economy.
Today, on Twitter, he threatened to shoot people protesting the needless death of a handcuffed, African-American male, George Floyd, who was murdered by 4 Minneapolis police officers while Mr. Floyd begged “I can’t breathe, man.”
Over the last four centuries, America has seen this racist story repeated in various permutations. …
The number of patient who have contracted COVID-19 and seek care at a New York City’s hospital has exceeded the capacity of the healthcare system in some communities and will shortly exceed the capacity of the healthcare system in many hospitals in NYC and across the US. In addition to immediately increasing bed capacity, acquiring more ventilators and personal protective equipment, hospitals will also need many more physicians to manage the surge of COVID-19 patients.
My hospital has asked its physician medical staff to consider volunteering to take care of the expected surge of hospitalized patients. …
Joe Biden will likely be the Democrat Party’s Presidential nominee. His success in dethroning Mr. Trump will largely depend on the Democrat Party’s ability to ensure that a substantial fraction of the various anti-Trump constituencies cast a ballot on November 3rd.
In this regard, there is reason for concern as some of Senator Sanders’ supporters believe that it is morally preferable to not vote for Mr. Biden, as manifest by the #NeverBiden hashtag and elsewhere.
Before the #NeverBiden voters become irrevocably committed to the “Bernie or bust” proposition, they should be reminded of what happened in the 2000 Presidential election…