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Suit to Remove Farenthold from Ballot: only a human has standing for violation of "rights"

Posted by Mark Small on December 16, 2017 at 8:56am 0 Comments

U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold announced he will not seek re-election after accusations of sexual improprieties were raised against him. His announcement came too late to remove his name from the ballot for the primary election. His announcement came after the deadline, under Section 172.052(a) of the Texas Election Code, for removal of a candidate’s name from the primary ballot.

The Republican Party of Texas, its chair (in his official capacity), and a registered voter from the…

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Franken: betrayed before fair hearing, and for what?

Posted by Mark Small on December 7, 2017 at 10:26pm 0 Comments

Al Franken was forced to resign from the Senate by leaders of his own party without due process against allegations either baseless or brought anonymously.

Due process is a premise of our society, both in law and in daily life. One is not convicted and sentenced without a trial in which one has a right to face one’s accusers. In daily life we refrain from decisions until we know “all the facts,” less formal than law, but the same concept. Due process = basic fairness.

Republicans…

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Don't like Trump? Go to Costa Rica or Vermont

Posted by Mark Small on December 5, 2017 at 7:58am 0 Comments

This weekend as friends and I conversed about the 2016 election, a person at the next table must have heard a buzz phrase. “Don’t like Trump? Move to Costa Rica or Vermont.” I started to reply, but he muttered something about “fake news,” turned away, and refused to listen.

Trump has set the tone for the 38 percent who ignore reality. Trump now believes the Access Hollywood video, released a year ago, in which he boasts about grabbing women by the genitals, is not authentic. Billy Bush,…

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MAGA: America could not have been "great" for our 1st 150 years

Posted by Mark Small on November 29, 2017 at 7:45am 0 Comments

   DT overtly campaigned on a promise to Make America Great Again. This promise implies: 1) DT knows what “great” means; 2) America was great at one or more times in our past; 3) DT understands how to make others make (the phrase is an imperative statement) America great; and 4) America can be “great” again.

   1) Has America ever been “great”? By “America,” one may reasonably infer DT means the United States of America. Some might argue this definition is arrogant and narrow because it…

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