To Save American Democracy, Make Civics Great

In a recent column in USA Today, Naval War College professor and author of The Death of Expertise Tom Nichols makes a condescending but accurate observation. Donald Trump’s approval rating has hovered around 40 percent (which is the lowest approval rating of a new president since the advent of tracking presidential approval), but his approval has not significantly fallen below this number despite the daily … Continue reading To Save American Democracy, Make Civics Great

Our Know-Nothing Politics

The best analysis comes from people who are passionate but not overly emotional about the topic they analyze. I grew up in a community where a large population of the town was likely undocumented. I went to college with a not insignificant number of students who were not in the country legally. I have made good friends, bitter rivals, and acquaintances I know almost nothing … Continue reading Our Know-Nothing Politics

Local Policy as a Haven for the Politically Disenchanted

For those who do not know me outside of this blog, I work in local policy. My day-to-day job is anchored in the world of economic development, a world that I have thoroughly enjoyed devoting myself to over the past five months. The contrast between the progress that we have been able to achieve in my hometown and the regression that many of us have … Continue reading Local Policy as a Haven for the Politically Disenchanted

Trying to be Post-Partisan in the Trump Era

By Brian O’Donnell “Early hominids lived a precarious existence where freeloaders were a direct threat to survival, so they developed an exceedingly acute sense of whether they were being taken advantage of by the group. But by the same token, one of the hallmarks of early human society was the emergence of a culture of compassion that cared for the ill, the elderly, the wounded, … Continue reading Trying to be Post-Partisan in the Trump Era

An Appeal to Republicans to Save the Legacy of a Great Party

To my Republican Friends, I have never voted for your party at the national and state level in my adult life, but I grew up in a very conservative part of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I know many of you. I only speak to my own experience, but any overt racism I endured was the exception to the rule. Although I was younger, I also … Continue reading An Appeal to Republicans to Save the Legacy of a Great Party

Donald Trump Desecrates the CIA Memorial Wall

On January 21st, 2017, Donald Trump surprised me yet again. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Memorial wall is one of the most understated, yet most powerful, monuments to those who have given their lives for the United States. It is a simple engraving on a marble wall. The top reads, “IN HONOR OF THOSE MEMBERS OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN … Continue reading Donald Trump Desecrates the CIA Memorial Wall

A Women’s March Against a Reign of Witches

On January 21, 2017, more than half a million people descended upon the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington. Millions more attended marches in cities around the United States and the world. The marchers came for many different reasons, from standing up for women’s rights (this was, after all, a march for women) and the rights of minorities to demanding … Continue reading A Women’s March Against a Reign of Witches