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Immunity, Service, Loyalty, Penalty: Americans Elect Bylaws set up Political Caste System

In the study of any stratified system, the boundaries of caste or rank are identified by noting distinctions in privileges, expectations and penalties for members of different groups within that system. And so if we seek to understand the social system set up by Americans Elect for nominating candidates for president in 2012, we ought [...]

The 3 Ways Americans Elect Could Improve Politics (and the 3 Ways it Could Go Wrong)

The summer is an empty stage. With Congress and the President going on extended vacations, with students away from campus and student activism on hold, there is a vacuum of traditional political news during the summer months, a vacuum that begs to be filled by some other story: the murder of an intern, shark attacks, [...]

Congressional Prayer Caucus Rejects National Fig Week

The 53 members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus have acted in accordance with their professed Biblical values this year. Not one of them has introduced or supported any legislation to recognize National Fig Week, November 1-7. This is consistent behavior, considering the Biblical condemnation of figs by Jesus of Nazareth in Mark 11 and Matthew [...]

Dump Obama, Primary Obama, Walk Away or Hijack?

There’s been a big to-do in the partisan Democratic blogosphere in the wake of Jeff Roby’s call for the formation and invigoration of a Dump Obama movement:

It is time to develop a tactical focus to our discontent. Now is the time to begin a Dump Obama movement. I hold to the following:

(1) The [...]

Michigan Green Party Running Candidates Up and Down the Ticket

Looking at the candidate slate of the Michigan Green Party, I’m impressed by the depth of the candidate field. The Green Party is not only running candidates for the highest offices — Governor, Secretary of State, 11 U.S. House seats — but has also got candidates running for lower-level offices — 5 candidates for the [...]

They’re Serious: Americans Elect Corp Registers in 50 States

You may be wondering whether the Americans Elect corporation is serious in its ambition to get its own candidates for President and Vice President elected in 2012. I’ve been wondering too. But then I did a bit of checking and found out that within the past three weeks Americans Elect (or the similarly-named “Americans Elect [...]

Memo to the Catholic Church: When You Insert Your Religion Into Politics, You Open Your Religion to Questions

Anti-Catholic! Outbursts! Hatred!

Writers for the Catholic Church in America have been waving their hands in dismay at “attacks” on their religion. In their minds, criticisms over the activities of the Catholic Church are “attacks” that are inappropriate in American society and to be squelched. But criticism of the Catholic Church doesn’t occur in a [...]

Bumper Sticker Shift: What A Difference 9 Months Makes

For the first two weeks of December 2008, the following were our five best-selling bumper stickers:

1. Barack 2008, Michelle 2016 bumper sticker 2. Go Solar bumper sticker 3. Obama ’08: Mission Accomplished bumper sticker 4. 1-20-09 bumper sticker 5. O: The President bumper sticker

For the last week of August 2009, the following were [...]

Mark Sanford, Governor of Black Pots and Kettles

“The bottom line is that he lied under a different oath -the oath to his wife.” — Republican Congressman Marshall Clement “Mark” Sanford on politics and the sanctity of marriage, 1998

Question: “Should South Carolina restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?” Answer: “Yes” — Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Sanford, [...]

A Royal Story Ending in President Caroline Kennedy

Why is Caroline Kennedy as a U.S. Senator remotely possible and making such big news on the East Coast? I suspect the answer is the same as the answer to the questions:

Why is Andrew Cuomo the second-best shot for the Senate seat? Why did Hillary Clinton win that Senate seat in the first place? [...]

Is McCain Tylenol? Is Obama a Stem Cell Injection?

Abarafi suggests a metaphor for the 2008 presidential election:

It is more than just a case of the devil you know versus the one you don’t. It’s more like having terminal cancer and one doctor says “you’re dying here’s some pain killers” and the other saying “you’re dying now but there’s this experimental medicine that [...]