Showing posts from November, 2018

Presenting valid photo ID when voting is not only should be a must.

A valid photo ID for most people is a mainstay, as one is required to do so many things. From airline travel, to renting a car, or opening a savings account, etc. The list could go on and on, and I don't disagree at all with having to show a valid ID for any number of everyday activities and transactions, as the veritable myriad of reasons for having to do so are very valid, and I think the greater number of Americans see the importance of those reasons. Fraud does happen, so it should go without saying that a valid ID should also be presented, and eligibility be established, before voting in an election.

I can remember the first election I voted in very well, and in the intervening twenty two years since my first vote, there couldn't be more of a difference in the integrity of , as well as confidence in, our electoral process. In '96, I had to show ID not only to register to vote, but I also had to present it before voting.

President Trump signed an executive order las…

Through both victory, and defeat...the march of populist nationalism continues.

There can be no doubt about the current rise of populist nationalism in North America. While it has taken a little time to come to fruition, the fervor for it continues to grow on both sides of the 49th parallel. I think of the first time in my adult voting life, when this message first really hit home for me, and that would have to be from Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska, and running mate of the late senator John McCain, of Arizona, during the 2008 Presidential election. Sarah was really on fire at the beginning of that campaign, but I always felt she was muzzled by McCain at a certain point. She was either gaining an audience for the campaign that McCain disapproved of, or perhaps it could've been the fact that she was gaining more headlines than he was, thus showing she was the one really hitting a nerve, and striking a chord among the American people. I found her energy and enthusiasm infectious, and the following speech really captured that energy very well.

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