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‘Change’ vs. our ossified process: It’s no contest

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Martin Luther King’s distillation of abolitionist Theodore Parker’s sermon is one of his most famous quotations. It resonates with us because we assume the universe is moral … Continue reading

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Donald Trump gives the GOP its comeuppance

Upon signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Bill Moyers related decades later, President Johnson said, “I think we just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come.” It’s a popular story (though its truth … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln had it pretty good

When our 16th president was inaugurated, seven of the 11 Confederate states had already walked. South Carolina’s secession resolution, like those of other rebellious states, was unambiguous that slavery was the cause: A geographical line has been drawn across the … Continue reading

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Model of consistency

Consider the nation when Barack Obama first swore the oath: In the depths of an economic crisis, precipitated by our collective disregard of financial stewardship, that would eliminate 8.8 million jobs and wipe out $19.2 trillion in household wealth Regaining … Continue reading

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The Pope and the Speaker

A parent had arrived to remind the children of their purpose. Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility. Your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country, by … Continue reading

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Gerrymandering in Virginia: The legislature gets personal

What happened in the Virginia General Assembly this week is a result of gerrymandering – the political process by which the political parties take care of themselves and ignore their constituents. The events – a state Supreme Court justice and … Continue reading

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Compulsory voting: Would it fix what ails us?

With commemorations of Selma and the taking stock of how far we have come in extending voting rights, a question occurs: What would American democracy look like if voting were a requirement of citizenship? First, consider what American democracy looks … Continue reading

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