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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ND Rep Says Spicer’s Hitler Comments Had “Some Validity”

Congressman Kevin Cramer lies about Hitler and the Holocaust to defend Sean Spicer

Call it the Trump Effect. What should be undisputed fact in an era where history and facts are readily available at the click of a mouse or tap of a screen, misinformation and lies still exist and seem to be proliferating thanks in large part to Donald Trump’s penchant for lying. Following Sean Spicer’s disastrous White House briefing yesterday, one GOP lawmaker decided fact and […]

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Interesting Parallels: Whigs, Know Nothings & Republicans

GOP is the new Know Nothing Party thanks to the Tea party

History doesn’t really repeat itself, at least in the sense of “re-enactment,” but there are historical cycles with striking resemblances. We really can learn from history–if we are open to pondering its lessons. Because I think the past can illuminate the present, I found this article by a Brookings Institution scholar fascinating. Philip Wallach looked at various pieces of evidence […]

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Trump Anti-Immigrant VOICE Initiative Has Nazi Roots

Trump proposes VOICE - program with Nazi roots

During his first speech before a joint session of Congress last night, Donald Trump brought up an initiative that has overt ties to Nazi Germany. Called VOICE (Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement), the initiative would publicize crimes committed by immigrants within the borders of the United States. Addressing those gathered, Trump rationalized his new police force explaining, “We are providing a voice to those who have […]

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