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Election 2020: I Can Smell the Dumpster Fires Already

Election 2020: I Can Smell the Dumpster Fires Already

  By Thomas L. Knapp American politicians can’t seem to make themselves wait until 2019 to start acting like it’s 2020. Former vice president Joe Biden wants us to know that he’s “the most qualified person in the country to be president.” Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick “is calling close allies and informing them he […]

Election 2018: The More Things Don’t Change, the More They Stay the Same

Election 2018: The More Things Don’t Change, the More They Stay the Same

  By Thomas L. Knapp In 1992, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton ran on a platform of “change.” He used the word a lot. His first campaign slogan was “for people for change.” “Change” here, “change” there, “change” everywhere and all the time. I found the “change” theme kind of odd coming from Clinton. At […]

Commentary | This Too Shall Pass: “Birthright Citizenship” Kerfuffle is Mostly a Get Out The Vote Tactic

Commentary | This Too Shall Pass: “Birthright Citizenship” Kerfuffle is Mostly a Get Out The Vote Tactic

  By Thomas L. Knapp In a late October interview with news website Axios, US president Donald Trump announced his intention to sign an executive order doing away with “birthright citizenship” — the notion that persons born on US soil are citizens from birth with no need for any naturalization process. It’s not exactly an […]

Trump Goes Postal. But in a Good Way.

Trump Goes Postal. But in a Good Way.

By Thomas L. Knapp   On October 17,  president Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the United States from the Universal Postal Union, a 144-year-old international agreement which coordinates postal policies between 192 member nations. Trump left open the possibility of remaining in the UPU if those policies can be successfully renegotiated. Unlike many of […]

Political Parties Should Say What They Mean | The Libertarian Party Does

Political Parties Should Say What They Mean | The Libertarian Party Does

  by Thomas L. Knapp Orlando, Florida, 2016, at the Libertarian Party’s national convention: “Jim Fulner (MI) moved that we adopt the following resolution: ‘Be it resolved, taxation is theft.’ Following debate, the resolution was adopted by a voice vote.” Thus making a slogan much-loved by radical libertarians, and a claim implicit in the party’s […]

“Progressives” Against (Economic) Progress

“Progressives” Against (Economic) Progress

  by Thomas L. Knapp One week it’s ride-sharing. The next week it’s home-sharing. The week after that, cryptocurrency.  There’s no end of economic change to perpetually wring one’s hands over or, worse,  demand government action against. Most opponents of the sharing economy, the gig economy, the cryptocurrency economy, etc., posture as “progressives” even as […]

Rubio and Warren Join Forces Against Working Folks

Rubio and Warren Join Forces Against Working Folks

  by Thomas L. Knapp In April, a year after its introduction in the US Senate by Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the US House of Representatives passed the End Banking for Human Traffickers Act, “an act to increase the role of the financial industry in combating human trafficking.” Of four quick and […]

Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State

Yes, Virginia, There is a Deep State

  by Thomas L. Knapp Since the “Russiagate” probe began, US president Donald Trump and his supporters have used lots of bandwidth raging against what they refer to as the “Deep State.” Does the Deep State exist? If so, what is it, and are its forces arrayed specifically against Donald Trump and  his administration? Yes, […]

Election 2018: Make Gridlock Great Again?

Election 2018: Make Gridlock Great Again?

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Gridlock is great,” wrote the late William Safire. “My motto is, ‘Don’t just do something. Stand there.’” Well, maybe he wrote that. The quote is plastered across numerous web sites with attribution to Safire, but I’ve yet to find one that cites any of his numerous books or columns as […]

Net Neutrality For Thee, But Not For We

Net Neutrality For Thee, But Not For We

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Net Neutrality” is back in the news. On May 16, the US Senate voted 52-47 to undo the Federal Communication Commission’s undoing of the previous FCC’s doing of … yes, it’s complicated. There are really only three important things to know: First, Net Neutrality as implemented by the FCC in 2015 […]

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