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Conservative Republican Jeff Flake’s Fight for a Decent Republican Party

Though I disagree with a lot of his conservative politics, I deeply respect conservative Republican Jeff Flake’s brave criticisms of President Trump and his own party. Flake represents the traditional conservative who believes in limited government and free markets, who … Continue reading

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The Roman Catholic Church Defense of Democracy in the Philippines

Recently the Philippines passed an anti-terrorism bill that many human rights groups and civic groups see is potentially silencing dissent in the Philippines.  This has followed the disenfranchisement of popular news media and Duterte critic ABS-CBN and the recent conviction … Continue reading

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Supporting Joe Biden in November

This coming November, I’ll be voting for Joe Biden for President. During the primaries, I was an Elizabeth Warren supporter. But unlike some progressives, I liked Biden and thought he was generally a good Senator and Vice President. If he … Continue reading

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Norman Thomas, Barry Goldwater and a Debate on Ideas

Here is a debate between Democratic Socialist Norman Thomas and conservative Republican Barry Goldwater that took place on November 1961 at the University of Arizona. Though Thomas and Goldwater were at opposite ends of the political spectrum, they both believed … Continue reading

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The Importance of a Civic Education

Over the course of my life I’ve noticed that the level of political discourse has taken a steep decline. Instead of the give-and-take of a healthy dialogue, too often we’ve seen two monologues going past each other as both the … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders, John McCain and the Veterans Bill for Greater Access to Health Care

One of the great dangers in this hyper-partisan times is the increasing inability of Democrats and Republicans in finding common ground to collaborate on legislation that could address issues facing this country. Our democratic republic is premised on the idea … Continue reading

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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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Frank Capra, Robert Riskin and “Meet John Doe” Attacks American Fascism

One of my favorite filmmakers is the 1930s and 1940s American director Frank Capra. When I first watched his movies, I initially assumed Capra was a liberal. Frank Capra, though, was actually a conservative Republican. But during the 1930s he … Continue reading

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Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln and American Freedom

A speech that encapsulates my feelings towards this country is one that Frederick Douglass delivered in honor of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1876. Frederick Douglass saw in Lincoln the qualities that he saw America: a man of flaws who … Continue reading

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Groupthink, Cults and the Republican Party

When it comes to political leaders, I’ll support them when I agree with them on an issue, oppose them when I disagree with them on an issue. I’m that way with a Democratic leader or a Republican leader. I don’t … Continue reading

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