Jimmy Falls

Ranked-choice Voting, Maine

Why Can’t Americans Rank Their Votes?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Only one state in the US allows voters to rank their candidates for federal and state elections. But enthusiasm for the system is growing nationally. Could, and should, this be the voting system of the future?

Donald Trump

Trump Is Dangerous, but Is #Resistance Just as Dangerous?

Reading Time: 3 minutes A recent New York Times op-ed by an anonymous high-level administration official bemoans the dangers of President Donald Trump. But the ideology of this self-described “resistance” member may be even worse: it masks itself as “sanity” — while promoting some of the same dangerous policies.

Gina Haspel

America Makes Torture Great Again

Reading Time: 2 minutes The US Senate has confirmed Gina Haspel as CIA director. Because three Republicans opposed her, some Democrats were needed to get the necessary votes. In the end, six of them voted with the rest of the GOP to confirm “Bloody Gina.” That’s some #Resistance. Haspel oversaw torture at a secret CIA prison in Thailand during Read More

John Bolton

Revenge of the Neocons

Reading Time: 2 minutes President Donald Trump’s cabinet is starting to look more and more like a Bush-Cheney war room.The irony is thick, considering candidate Trump’s promises to “drain the swamp,” his claimed opposition to foreign intervention, and his apparent antagonism to the Bush dynasty in the lead up to election day.Just days ago, Trump fired Secretary of State Read More

Vietnam War protestors

What We Still Haven’t Learned from the Vietnam War

Reading Time: 4 minutes Fifty years ago today, in 1967, nearly 100,000 Americans marched on Washington, DC, to protest the Vietnam War. In those days there was a mandatory draft in place, and the risk was very real that a young man just out of high school could quickly wind up 13,000 miles away, fighting an unseen enemy in Read More

Bastille Day

If America Had a Bastille Day

Reading Time: 5 minutes Today is the French national holiday also known as Bastille Day.I first heard of Bastille Day as a teenager when I heard the song of the same name by the Canadian prog-rock band Rush. Here’s some sample lyrics:But they’re marching to Bastille Day La guillotine will claim her bloody prize Free the dungeons of the Read More

Free Speech

Who Gets Free Speech?

Reading Time: 2 minutes The value placed on free speech in the US is so high that some of the most abhorrent individuals and groups can have their say. This court case proves it.