Author: March Twisdale

Why Elizabeth Warren Isn’t the Leader America Needs

As Jim Geraghty writes, “if you’re trying to figure out which Democratic presidential candidate would have the worst shot of beating Trump, one way to look at it is to ask, out of the entire 2020 field, which candidate reminds you of Hillary Clinton the most?” Jim’s article gave me serious pause for thought, but only because of a video that I’d seen earlier in the day (link in the next paragraph). Naturally, you can say whatever you want, when you run for office. But, in the end, it’ll be the whole package – including what you really stand...

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The Intrinsic Trouble with Human Politicians – Part 2

If you haven’t read Part 1, please do, because I’m just going to jump right in, without an introduction to catch you up, okay? So…when it comes to how human beings land on the edge of the proverbial “personal/public” knife edge, I would like to point out the three primary variations: (1) I don’t agree, but I’ll keep my opinions to myself.If you support Biden for president, then you support a Roman Catholic who personally believes life begins at conception and who is personally anti-abortion. That is what he believes now and always has. However, in his role as...

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The Intrinsic Trouble with Human Politicians – Part 1

No one wants to see a person in power who categorically opposes that which is vital to our life, liberty or pursuit of happiness. Yet, we all will. Every single time we look at an elected representative. Because perfect ideological copies of YOU, there are none.The religious right knows this intimately, as hard-nosed, bigoted leaders screaming their way across America’s television screens, radio stations and huge church halls…fall from grace, again and again. From tax evasion to homosexual sex, hiring prostitutes, embezzlement, pornography or even worse, child pornography & sexual abuse (don’t get me started on the Catholic Church),...

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Rousseau’s Social Contract – An Argument for Fluid Borders

The stated aim of The Social Contract is considered to be: “to determine whether there can be a legitimate political authority.” This is a laudable question, given that many forms of governance seem to place people in a state far worse than they would otherwise encounter. What then, is the good, of an organized society, if you lose more than you gain? Rousseau states, “Let us then admit that force does not create right, and that we are obliged to obey only legitimate powers.” Begging the terrible question of our day and all days, “what powers are legitimate?” The answer is...

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Open Letter to Senator Guy Palumbo, WA State

Dear Senator Palumbo, I live on Vashon Island, previously West Seattle, and before that Redmond. I have raised my children over the past 20 years, with tremendous attention being paid to every parenting decision, from birth to breastfeeding to vaccines to other areas of medical care to schooling to ethics and values, and so on. I come from an allopathic medical family, watching my step-father go through medical school and spending many nights in the local hospital, where my Mother worked in the ICU, while being dropped off by one and taken home by the other. I remember spending...

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When Will We Stop Trusting Them & Start Being Us?

What scares me about corporate oligarchy is the repetitive nature of its successes.What worries me about my fellow people is our repetitive failure to protect ourselves.What I wish everyone wanted to prevent, was the combination of these two things. There is a very real interest in maintaining the “facade” of a representative democracy. The Oligarchy needs that curtain to hide behind. This means, they need their puppets to be elected by us…creating a mirage that our “checks and balances” are still in place. To achieve this goal, the people who use legal corporate structures to amass unnecessary and grotesque...

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Jaw Hit the Table and Got Stuck

I think this is going to become a theme…Q: How do you know who to vote for, in 2020? A: The person who the establishment is gunning against! THE BULLSHIT HAS BEGUN, FOLKS, SO PLEASE TAKE NOTE AND LET IT MAKE YOU IMPERVIOUS TO MANIPULATION GOING FORWARD! Quote: CNN on Wednesday admitted it failed to disclose the Democratic Party ties of audience members who asked questions during its recent Sen. Bernie Sanders town hall.“Though we said at the beginning of the Town Hall that the audience was made up of Democrats and Independents, we should have more fully identified...

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All you have to do is this little, simple thing…

I don’t have much to say. It’s simple. We can all be a part of the change we want to see in the world, or not. That’s it. You will have a million excuses handed to you. A thousand rationales for why you should stop. Hundreds of logical reasons to give up, because what you want…is impossible. Except, it’s not.Here’s a hint. Choose wisely. There is something out there that you care so much about, believe in so deeply, need to see happen so desperately…that nothing will stop you.Find that.Because it is the one pathway forward that is immune...

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New Deal? How about a New Narrative?

Today, the movement triggered by Bernie Sanders’ 2015-2016 Campaign for the Democratic Nomination gets a lungful of fresh air. Yes, he will run.The 2019-2020 Campaign for the Democratic Nomination will be nothing like the last one. Nothing. Totally different! Except for one thing. The players on the field remain the same. American Politics is defined by money. It’s sort of like high school baseball. A tour bus rolls in and kids from the only private school in the district pour out, prepared to do battle with their economic inferiors. Usually, the rich kids dominate the league, benefiting from years...

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Stay long enough…

How’s winter treating everyone? It’s been an intense one up here, along the northern half of the continental U.S., with Arctic Vortexes and Snowmaggedon! On a more personal note, I’ve been thoroughly introduced to the vagaries of our later years, as my Dad passed on December 1st (love you, Dad) and my amazing and inspirational sister has been facing a terminal cancer diagnosis since November (love you, Molly). As the promise of spring tempts us from the finish line of this year’s winter endurance race, I hope that you are doing well, and I imagine you may be wistfully...

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