Tribalism Versus Americanism

tribalism in the Trump era

We Americans are a cantankerous and argumentative lot. We hold vastly different political philosophies and policy preferences, and we increasingly inhabit alternate realities. Partisans routinely attack elected officials—especially Presidents—who don’t share their preferences or otherwise meet their expectations. Politics as usual. Unpleasant and often unfair, but—hysteria and hyperbole notwithstanding– usually not a threat to the future of the republic. Usually. […]

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(Un)Civil Religion: Christian Nationalism

GOP Dominionism Christianity

What is “Christian Nationalism” and how is it operating to support Donald Trump? Think Progress has an illuminating history,  and an effort to explain the continued devotion of many Evangelical Christian pastors to Trump and his Presidency. It is notable that, in response to Trump’s moral equivocations following Charlottesville, when business executives resigned en masse from the administration’s advisory panels, only one minister followed […]

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Former Trump Surrogate Katrina Pierson: Slavery Is “Good” History

Former Trump Surrogate Katrina Pierson: Slavery Is "Good" History

During a Fox discussion about the removal of Confederate monuments, former Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson argued slavery is a “good” part of U.S. history. The answer – one Fox and Friends host Ainsley Earhardt offered multiple chances to clarify or recant – came as a response to another guest clarifying the intent behind the original construction of the embattled monuments. “Do you […]

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It’s Time To Remove All Confederate Statues

Combating Nazis and white supremacists: It's Time To Remove All Confederate Statues

Following the Civil War, a smattering of statues memorializing the war and its traitorous lost cause appeared sporadically across the South funded mostly by those unwilling to admit defeat. By the early 1900’s though, the concept transformed as white supremacy took hold and the KKK began exerting political power across the nation. As a way of intimidating not only people […]

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50 Years of Loving: The End of Interracial Marriage Bans

Loving v Virginia

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a historic decision that would set foundational legal precedent for equality and the fundamental Constitutional right to get married. A year before she died in 2008, Mildred Loving – the namesake at the center of the landmark case Loving v. Virginia – made statements reaffirming the fight for equality and linking […]

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History Will Judge Trump & Pence: Truer Words Were Never Spoken

Pence, Trump and the VP Slot

A column by Richard Cohen in the Washington Post is unkind, but deadly accurate. Actually, the subhead says it all: Trump is crazy. What’s Pence’s excuse? Cohen’s lede: When history holds its trial to account for the Donald Trump presidency, Trump himself will be acquitted on grounds of madness. History will look at his behavior, his erratic and childish lying and his […]

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Civic Ignorance: The Evidence Keeps Accumulating

civic literacy - we the people

Periodically, I use this blog to indulge a rant about Americans’ lack of civic literacy. (Regular readers are probably getting tired of my preoccupation with civic education–or more accurately, the lack thereof.) Be warned– I’m going to beat that dead horse again today. A column written by Colbert King from the Washington Post has highlighted still another research project confirming Americans’ low levels […]

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Trump’s Terrifying Question: “Why Was There The Civil War?”

Trump spoke of the Civil War and Andrew Jackson

In a radio interview with “Main Street Meets the Beltway” that aired today on SiriusXM, Donald Trump not only claimed Andrew Jackson was very angry about the Civil War and could have done things differently had he held office later, but outright questioned why the war happened in the first place. “People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil […]

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Another Republican Cites Hitler – This Time Against Lincoln

Following White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s anti-Semitic and historically inaccurate Hitler-Assad comparison earlier this week, some Republicans have strangely been defending the embattled spokesman with one lawmaker going so far as to (inaccurately) claim Spicer’s Hitler propaganda had “some validity.” Now a North Carolina Republican is in the news for carrying that Hitler-centric logic to the next level by comparing Abraham Lincoln to Hitler arguing the former […]

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