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The Confederacy was all about slavery.

Posted by Mark Small on December 8, 2019 at 9:05am 1 Comment

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley stated this week that the Confederate flag stands for “service, sacrifice, and heritage” and lamented that Dylann Roof, who killed nine African-Americans in a Charleston, South Carolina, church on June 17, 2015, had hijacked the Confederate flag. Ms Haley pointed out that, as governor, shortly after the shootings she ordered the Confederate battle flag removed from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.

There are misconceptions about the…

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Lincoln's name should not be mentioned in the same breath...

Posted by Mark Small on December 4, 2019 at 7:11am 0 Comments

The results of a poll commissioned by The Economist and conducted by YouGov.com should disturb people: 53 percent of Republicans believe the current occupant of the Oval Office is a better President than was Abraham Lincoln.

After January 20, 2017, spoof headlines began to lose their dynamic of absurdity. Each day brings new examples of incompetence and corruption gratis the individual who, for the time being, is POTUS. I checked and this poll had occurred and the result had been as…

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GOP's cult of personality must end

Posted by Mark Small on December 3, 2019 at 10:05pm 0 Comments

Cults of personality do not turn out well for the nations over which they rule. The ruler is neither skilled in ability to rule nor smart in solving problems. Irony abounds in that the dictator in each such cult usually has little personality. Charisma and luck play their parts. Brutality is necessary, too.

A hallmark of a free society is the ability to disagree - especially with members of one’s own political party. People have to be able to discuss issues and acknowledge certain…

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Danny Niederberger: Mourdoch 2.0?

Posted by Mark Small on December 1, 2019 at 7:09pm 2 Comments

I examined the positions on issues held by other candidates for the GOP nomination for the United States House of Representatives for the 5th Congressional District of Indiana. I will address these issues and candidates in no particular order. Today I focus on one candidate and one issue, or set of issues.

My view is that if you are a woman and you are raped, you should not be forced to take to term a fetus to that results from that involuntary union.

Usually people say “let’s not…

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