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Without collaboration and a focus on skills, we’re on the road to nowhere.

Contemporary American politics has been reduced to an ongoing spectacle of tit-for-tat. Each side tries to score points off of the other as if that is how they’re going to win the election rather than show us how we will be represented in the legislature. Each side wants to win against the other. The problem with winning (and losing) is that winning is not conducive to collaboration. This is important because the problem of living in peace together requires collaboration to solve.

It is often assumed that “the other side” has evil or dubious intentions. I’m a liberal and I don’t believe that any of the Republicans are evil. I do, however, think that they may be misinformed, perhaps even a little too sure of themselves that an all-mighty, all-powerful being is on their side. …


I’m just playing The Devil’s Advocate here.

I have long been fascinated by the busy-bodies in the GOP. They want to own the term, “marriage”. …


It’s easy to mistake personal preferences and judgment as “what the Constitution really means”.

So they finally did it. Last night, they swore in Amy Coney Barrett in time to rule on the election should the results be so close and contested that they reach the Supreme Court. Considering that at least 3 of the judges were “rewarded” with a seat on the bench for their work in Bush v Gore in 2000, I think they should all recuse themselves should a court case ever make it up there. That connection makes Roberts, Kavanaugh, and Barrett nothing more than political appointees far from the impartial jurists that they claim to be.

They all claim to be originalists, too. They claim to know or to rely upon what The Founding Fathers were thinking when the Constitution was written. They claim to know what the Constitution really means. The problem with this assumption is that no matter how hard you try to divine the wisdom of The Founding Fathers, there will always be a persistent tug from your own preferences and your own judgment. It is often assumed that a conservative view of the Constitution is the right view. I believe that this is a matter of controversy. Who says that an Originalist interpretation of the Constitution must always lead to outcomes that are popular with conservatives? …

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ScottCDunn

Husband, father, worker, philosopher, and observer. Plumbing the depths of consciousness to find the spring of happiness. Write on.

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