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In the News: The Biden Bump

by Oliver DeMille The Biden Bump? Why is Joe Biden so far ahead in the early Democratic polls? A lot of Republicans, Democrats, and others aren't sure what gives Biden such a significant lead. The answer is that he's the only "real" candidate right now. What does "real" candidate mean? Click Here to Continue Reading >> … [Read more...]

Let’s talk presidential election 2020!

News of the Day May 2019: Let’s talk politics briefly–specifically the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Who is the leading candidate for the Democrats? According to the polls, it’s Joe Biden. But it’s way too early for the polls to get things right, and even if the polls could make an accurate prediction right now, the real answer to … [Read more...]

The Jefferson-Madison Debates: How to Get the Real News in 2019

Part I Since the night of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the rules concerning media have changed. Before this watershed event, a person could get a decent understanding of what is going on each week by consuming three pairs of news products: (1) a liberal and also a conservative nightly news program or Sunday morning weekly show, (2) a … [Read more...]

The Jefferson-Madison Debates: Socialism in Our Time!

The Mantra of Today's Media and Universities “These were the pleasantest days of Sam’s life, these days in the woods, far from everywhere—no automobiles, no roads, no people, no noise, no school, no homework, no problems, except the problem of getting lost. And, of course, the problem of what to be when he grew up. Every boy has that … [Read more...]

The Jefferson-Madison Debates: The Problem with the Supreme Court Today

I. The Supreme Court is the biggest potential danger to the United States. Too strong? Not really. Thomas Jefferson warned a long time ago that the Supreme Court would eventually be the downfall of the Constitution and even the United States.[i] His concern was simple: there are no effective checks or balances on the Court. When push comes to … [Read more...]

Madison-Jefferson Debates: A Week of Socialism By Oliver DeMille

The Media of Our Time This week I read five books, and one of them was an easy, enjoyable novel—a western entitled Flint that I’ve read and reread several times. Surprisingly, it was the western that first got me thinking about socialism. It contains a classic East Coast vs. Wild West milieu, where the main character experiences and ultimately … [Read more...]

The Madison-Jefferson Debates: What Isn’t True

Reality or... Not? Some things just aren’t true, even if we think they are. Even if we are assured that “everyone” says they’re true. And even if the experts—almost always unnamed—have formed a consensus on the matter. Actually, the more you get know the experts, the more you realize they aren’t in consensus on almost anything. Now, let’s be … [Read more...]

Jefferson Madison Debates: John Adams on How to Fix Washington D.C. in 1791 and 2018

"Odd, that so many should favor frames that seemed to be trying to outdo the art they held." ~Brandon Sanderson, The Alloy of Law What You Think You See In the old American West, a façade town featured two- and sometimes three-story buildings lining Main Street, so visitors to the town would be impressed with how up-and-coming the community … [Read more...]

The Jefferson-Madison Debates: To Pay, or Not to Pay… by Oliver DeMille

Tackling a Universal Basic Income by Oliver DeMille (Book Reviews: Annie Lowrey, 2018, Give People Money; Richard Weaver, 1948, Ideas Have Consequences [2013 reprint]) “Neither parents nor children have any other prospects than what are founded upon industry, economy, and virtue…. Hence arises a spirit of universal activity, and enterprise in … [Read more...]

The Jefferson-Madison Debates: The Next Civil War? by Oliver DeMille

by Oliver DeMille True or False...or False? It’s getting worse. Just watch the news. This phrase, the “Next Civil War”, was recently used by economic forecaster Harry Dent to describe the growing divide between Red and Blue state cultures. These two sides now disagree with each other to the point that in many cases people experience real hatred … [Read more...]