Category Archives: Politics

I’m Scared

As of January 20, 2017, Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America.  To say I’m scared is an understatement.  I’m terrified.  Our country has had stupid presidents.  We’ve had incompetent presidents.  We’ve had evil presidents.  This is the first time we’ve had all three in one president.  That would be bad enough, […]

The Order of Things

There’s a great scene in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine where our heroes (Captain Sisko and his officers) are battling the villains (the Jem’Hadar), and offer them the chance to surrender: That phrase, “The order of things,” has stuck with me since I first watched this episode all the way back in 1997. For the Jem’Hadar, […]

I Didn’t Vote for Trump, but I’m a Trump voter.

It’s so easy to denounce Trump supporters as rabid racists and misogynists. Yet more Hispanic voters cast ballots for Donald Trump than Mitt Romney, despite his anti-Mexican rhetoric. More white women voted for Trump than Hillary Clinton, despite his “Grab them by the pussy” comment. On the left, we continue to ask why. Why are these […]

An Election Question

I want to pose an honest question, one for which I have no answer.  Where is the line at which wrong doing should invalidate an election result?  Of course we should strive for perfection, but realistically, there has never been a major election without some level of impropriety.  We know that, but we accept the […]

Use the Electoral College to Stop Donald Trump

Donald Trump was elected as the next president of the United States three days ago. In the days since, we’ve heard the call from political leaders of all stripes to respect our country’s traditions, especially the peaceful transfer of political power. In her remarkable concession speech, Hillary Clinton said, “Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful […]

Voting Your Conscience?

In my last post, I talked about politics and epistemic confidence. My conclusion was basically that when it comes to political issues, high epistemic confidence is not warranted. That creates a problem. How are we supposed to handle the responsibility of voting if we don’t (or at least shouldn’t) have much confidence in our political […]

Politics and Epistemic Confidence

Most people, in normal circumstances, get epistemic confidence right.  Once we have reached a certain level of maturity, we generally feel confident about the things we know and less confident the less we know.  There are things that can get in the way of our epistemic confidence, like harassment, but we usually know what we know and […]

Don’t Watch The Debate, Please

The second Presidential debate is tonight and I implore you, please do not watch it.  There is literally nothing to be gained by watching.  But, that’s true of every presidential debate.  This debate is different, though.  There is a moral obligation to avoid watching tonight.  You see, there is simply no debate about who you should vote […]

Lefty Sexism

I’m normally very interested in politics.  I pay close attention.  I vote.  I like to talk and argue about politics.  And I like to write about politics.  This election is different, though.  I find myself avoiding the news.  I don’t want to talk about it or write about it.  A small part of that comes […]

Responsive Government

My partner’s excellent piece on Hartford’s Downtown North fiasco got me thinking. I want to say from the outset, that I agree with Jamil’s take. The stadium was a bad idea and poorly executed. But, I’m an optimistic sort. I try (unfortunately I often fail, but I try) to find something positive in any situation. […]