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Nashville, Vote Hopefully, Not Fearfully, But Please Vote

Nashville, Vote Hopefully, Not Fearfully, But Please Vote

May 24, 2018

"Voters benefit when they coalesce around a candidate who will raise their hopes, not prey on their fears … So, are you voting? And, when you vote, are you voting for your hopes or your fears? Fellow citizens, cast your ballot with strength, courage and hope." - David Plazas

Via: The Tennessean

It's Your Call, Nashville. Vote For Mayor On Thursday.

It's Your Call, Nashville. Vote For Mayor On Thursday.

May 23, 2018

Early voting ended on Saturday, with 34,567 people voting after a surge that saw nearly 20,000 people vote over the final three days. Davidson County Elections Administrator Jeff Roberts is now predicting overall turnout to reach around 75,000 voters in the race to replace former Mayor Megan Barry.

Via: The Tennessean

The Constitutional Crisis Is Here

The Constitutional Crisis Is Here

May 22, 2018

One of the bedrock principles of our system of government is that no one is above the law, not even the president. But a gutless Congress has refused, so far, to protect this sacred inheritance. Trump is determined to use the Justice Department and the FBI to punish those he sees as political enemies. This is a crisis, and it will get worse.

Via: Washington Post

Controversy Still Rages Over Al Franken's Resignation

Controversy Still Rages Over Al Franken's Resignation

May 21, 2018

Liberals stuck on Franken think Democrats are holding the party to a higher standard than Republicans, who get to deny, to lie, and to tolerate abusive behavior in their ranks. Or so the thinking goes. But to take a moral stand against Trump or decry Roy Moore while tolerating rot in their own ranks is hypocrisy. History will notice.

Via: VOX

#MeToo And Progressives' Moral Authority

#MeToo And Progressives' Moral Authority

May 20, 2018

If the #MeToo movement has especially impacted “major progressive cultural institutions," it’s not because progressives are disproportionally inclined to mistreat women; it’s because progressives, being more committed to gender equality than conservatives, hold themselves to a higher moral standard on the issue—and are more willing to expose members of their own tribe.

Via: The New Republic

The Moral Rot That Threatens America

The Moral Rot That Threatens America

May 19, 2018

What eats at America — and so its place in the world — is moral rot: unrelenting blight that emanates from on high. When it comes to rottenness, Denmark is passé. Try the White House.

Via: New York Times

Is The United States Too Big To Govern?

Is The United States Too Big To Govern?

May 17, 2018

The challenges of American largeness are here to stay. The task now is for individuals, civic organizations and institutions to commit themselves to building stronger communities and a renewed sense of shared responsibility and trust among different groups.

Via: New York Times

Hey, Democrats! What's The Big Idea?

Hey, Democrats! What's The Big Idea?

May 16, 2018

Many of the possible Democratic presidential candidates' ideas have widespread support, and many are big ideas. But the best way to put them all together and speak in a unified and effective voice still bedevils the Dems.

Via: Washington Post

Democracy Dies In Materialism And The U.S. Is At Risk

Democracy Dies In Materialism And The U.S. Is At Risk

May 11, 2018

Skills - not the development of rational thought - are what students are after. There's nothing wrong with making a good living, but it's not the same as being educated. Wisdom and perspective, not skills, are the antidote for what ails us.

Via: The Dallas Morning News