America’s two-party system - consisting of these two specific parties as they have regressed - sucks. Each party is beholden to moneyed interests and each delivers a type of chaos.
America’s roots of dysfunction run as deep as the first days of the republic when founding documents said all are created equal, but actions of those in charge indicated otherwise. Yet this country progressed.
America never was great so long as: slavery not only existed, but was protected by The…
Added by Mark Small on February 18, 2020 at 8:06am — No Comments
Basketball can teach us about capitalism - and not in the big money churned by the NBA and the NCAA. Capitalism is a lot like a single-loss tournament, such as the NCAA tournament that will start in a couple of weeks (or like Indiana high schools used to have).
Rev Micah Beckwith, like me, is a candidate in the May 5 GOP primary for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. Unlike me, he is a bigot who appears to advocate theocracy - government “by those who are believed to be or represent…
Added by Mark Small on February 17, 2020 at 6:50am — No Comments
If you oppose someone who wants his or her religion to take control of our government, you do not oppress or deprive the rights of that someone. Your opposition is electoral self-defense. If they accuse you of oppression, they are playing pAssive/agressive.
“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand…
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The word “bigot” has been bandied about a lot since “All in the Family” premiered on CBS in 1970, and America had its first taste of political and social satire on a sitcom. Jonathon Winters chimed in with a character whose last name was “Bigot” - but pronounced “Bee-SHOW.”
One of my opponents in the May 5 GOP primary for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District is Reverend Micah Beckwith, who is a pastor at several churches in Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Kokomo, and Anderson, according to…
Added by Mark Small on February 13, 2020 at 9:18pm — No Comments
People cuss about the two-party system. The Framers of The Constitution expressed concern over political parties, or what they called “factions.” James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, has been called the Father of the Constitution.
Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay wrote The Federalist Papers, 85 essays published to persuade those eligible to vote - white, male landowners - to support ratification in the individual States. The delegates were white, male…
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Last evening, Indiana NORML and the Howard County Cannabis Coalition hosted the First Congressional Cannabis Debate for candidates in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District. Four candidates appeared in Kokomo for the event.
I was proud to be one of four candidates who appeared and participated. The other candidates were Andrew Bales (the other Republican Party candidate), and Jennifer Christie and Dee Thornton (candidates in the Democratic Party primary).
Here is a link…
Added by Mark Small on February 9, 2020 at 1:39pm — No Comments
Indiana’s NORML will sponsor a debate of candidates for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) this Saturday, February 8, from 6 to 8:30 pm at The Elite, 2820 South Lafountain Street in Kokomo. I look forward to this event!
Maybe Andrew Bales, one of my opponents in the May 5 GOP primary for INCD5, will, before the debate, respond to my blog of two days ago that replied to his Ground Hog’s Day tweet that I am an “imposter” as a GOP candidate.
Mr Bales’s tweet: “...when your…
Added by Mark Small on February 5, 2020 at 7:55am — No Comments
As I have noted, Andrew Bales is one of my opponents in the May 5 GOP primary for United States House of Representatives in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5). Mr Bales has called me an “imposter” as a GOP candidate.
The word “impostor” is defined, in this context, as “One who assumes a false character, or passes himself off as some one other than he really is.” Oxford English Dictionary, 1971 ed. Mr Bales tweeted last evening: ..when your platform is farther left than all 4…
Added by Mark Small on February 3, 2020 at 8:02am — No Comments
One of my opponents in the May 5 primary for U.S. House in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5), Andrew Bales, posted - and I think has removed the statement - on the home page of his campaign website that the “Impeachment fiasco” “potentially disenfranchises 64 million Americans.”
One may reasonably infer that Mr Bales refers to the people who voted for the individual who currently occupies the Oval Office. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) official final tally in the…
Added by Mark Small on February 2, 2020 at 8:20am — No Comments
One of my opponents in the May 5 GOP primary for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District is Rev Micah Beckwith, whose website says he is a pastor at several churches in Carmel, Westfield, Fishers, Kokomo, and Anderson. The website states Rev Beckwith’s views on The Constitution:
“With a deep understanding of American history, Micah is answering the call to take the fight to Washington to defend true CONSTITUTIONAL conservative values ensuring that our children and grandchildren will…