Open Letter to U.S. Senate from 70 Former Senators

On February 25, the Washington Post published an open letter to the U.S. Senate  from 70 former senators (by my count, 48 Democrats, 18 Republicans and 4 Independents), including three from my State of Minnesota (Dean Barkley (Ind.), Mark Dayton (Dem.) and Dave Durenberger (Rep.)). [1] The Letter’s Contents “Congress is not fulfilling its constitutional … Continue reading Open Letter to U.S. Senate from 70 Former Senators

Democrats Have Two Years To Prove U.S. Political System Can Work

Ezra Klein, now a regular New York Times’ columnist, argues that the Democrats have the next  “two years to prove that the American political system can work.” [1] Therefore, according to Klein, “First, . . . [Democrats] need to help people fast and visibly. Second, they need to take politics seriously, recognizing that defeat in … Continue reading Democrats Have Two Years To Prove U.S. Political System Can Work

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (POLITICS)

  As of 5/4/20 # Date Title 2 04/04/11 My Political Philosophy     U.S. Presidency   420 04/24/13 Evaluations of President Obama 467 02/07/14 President Obama Speaks Out for Religious Freedom 467A 02/07/14 Comment: President Obama Criticized for Not Addressing U.S. Religious Freedom 485 03/27/14 President Obama’s Audience with Pope Francis 829 05/11/16 President … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (POLITICS)

The Need To End Minority Rule in U.S.       

Harvard professors of government, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, make a convincing case that the structure of the U.S. government has permitted minority rule in the U.S. and they propose ways to change that structure to reduce the enabling of such minority rule.[1] We will examine their arguments about structure and reform. Then a couple … Continue reading The Need To End Minority Rule in U.S.       

Pandemic Journal (# 24): What We Are Learning in the Pandemic

Peggy Noonan, a Wall Street Journal columnist, offers her thoughts on what we are learning in the coronavirus pandemic. Here are her main points along with reactions thereto. Noonan’s Observations[1] She says we have learned a lot. “How intertwined and interconnected our economy is, how provisional, how this thing depended on that. And how whisperingly … Continue reading Pandemic Journal (# 24): What We Are Learning in the Pandemic

Responses to Ezra Klein’s Democratization Thesis

A prior post reviewed the recent Ezra Klein column (and related book) that argued for “reducing the polarization of American politics by democratization, including “proportional representation and campaign finance reform; . . .[making] voter registration automatic and. . . [giving] Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico the political representation they deserve.” https://dwkcommentaries.com/2020/02/14/u-s-needs-more-democratization/ Two respected political commentators–Norman … Continue reading Responses to Ezra Klein’s Democratization Thesis

Pandemic Journal (# 20): Oprah Winfrey’s Challenge to the Pandemic Classes of 2020   

On May 15, Oprah Winfrey gave an inspiring online commencement address to all graduating high school and college members of the classes of 2020, the pandemic classes. Here is what she said.[1] “[N]ever has a graduating class been called to step into the future with more purpose, vision, passion, and energy and hope.” “Every one … Continue reading Pandemic Journal (# 20): Oprah Winfrey’s Challenge to the Pandemic Classes of 2020   

Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders Involvement in Cuba’s War of Independence from Spain

A recent article about the 1898 U.S. intervention in Cuba’s war of independence from Spain, asserts that at the time Americans “flocked to the cause of ‘Cuba Libre,’ especially once fighting broke out on the island in 1895. The plight of the Cubans was particularly affecting: Over the next three years, hundreds of thousands of … Continue reading Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders Involvement in Cuba’s War of Independence from Spain

U.S. Intervention in Cuba’s War of Independence from Spain, 1898

On Feb. 15, 1898, the USS Maine was sunk in Havana Harbor where it was temporarily stationed to provide support for Americans in the city during Cuba’s war for independence from Spain. A subsequent naval board of inquiry concluded that there was no US negligence in operating the ship and that it was “destroyed by … Continue reading U.S. Intervention in Cuba’s War of Independence from Spain, 1898

Are Developed Countries Decadent?

Yes, provocatively says Ross Douthat, a conservative New York Times columnist, in a recent lengthy column that deserves reflection by us all. [1} Introduction He starts with the assertion that in the 21st century the U.S. and other developed countries “are aging, comfortable and stuck, cut off from the past and no longer optimistic about … Continue reading Are Developed Countries Decadent?