Monthly Archives: December 2019

Worrying About the Rise of Authoritarianism Around the World

One of the things that I have been most worried about is the rise of authoritarian leaders and governments around the world. I’ve been reading about authoritarian leaders in Turkey, Syria, Poland, and especially the Philippines. As a Filipino American … Continue reading

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Watching the Fourth Democratic Debate

I’m watching the Democratic debates right now and I think it’s a good debate. I’m a big fan of PBS News Hour and I think Politico and the PBS News Hour commentators asked good questions. I think Amna Nawaz especially … Continue reading

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My Friends Jan and Don Lieberman

On Thanksgiving Day I found out that my good friend Jan Lieberman just died at on Thanksgiving morning. I received a call from her cousin. I feel very sad, as Jan and her late husband Don were two of my … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson and John and Abigail Adams and Political Discourse

Our American democratic republic works best when people of differing views are free to debate their ideas to test the strengths and weaknesses of their ideas, and then to find common ground if the debate reaches an impasse. Authoritarian governments … Continue reading

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Ted Kennedy, Orrin Hatch and the American With Disabilities Act

With this era of hyper-partisanship, we sometimes forget that this country has a rich history of bipartisan cooperation between liberals and conservatives on important bills. One of the greatest collaborations between a liberal and a conservative legislator is the bipartisan … Continue reading

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Paul Wellstone, Pete Domenici and the 1996 Mental Health Parity Act

Though I’m a bit skeptical of Joe Biden’s claim that he can easily reach across the aisle to pass bipartisan legislation, I do agree with Biden that it’s important for this country to get back to a time where liberals … Continue reading

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Everett Dirksen, Lyndon Johnson and the Passage of Civil Rights Legislation

There is a long history of bipartisan cooperation between liberals and conservatives in passing important legislation that benefited the nation. A perfect example is liberal Democrat Lyndon Johnson’s civil rights legislation in the mid 1960s. Johnson pushed for civil rights … Continue reading

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