Category Archives: Progressive Community

An Epistemological Crisis

It’s no secret there is an epistemological crisis undermining the authority of knowledge. It may be the most significant problem to grow out of the Reagan administration. That the discussion of creationism versus evolution returned during the 1980s was only … Continue reading

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Denial, The Coronavirus Is Your Friend

When the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act there was an unspoken assumption the coronavirus pandemic would be of short duration and gone by now. Based on this, the Republican president and Republican Iowa governor pushed to “reopen the economy.” … Continue reading

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Being Racist

We have to look at ourselves in the mirror and consider whether we are racist. It’s not easy to do in the best of circumstances. Dictionaries consistently define a racist as someone who has a notion that one’s own ethnic … Continue reading

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Iowa Summer Pandemic Politics

Independence Day is over! Time to get rolling on the fall campaign to elect Democrats! Not so fast… The 2020 general election cycle has been like no other. Iowa didn’t stand a chance of influencing the national debate after the … Continue reading

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Patriotism And Politics In The United States

Patriotism and Politics in the United States A Guest Post by Ralph Scharnau As we celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, it seems appropriate to reflect on the founding of the American Republic. The patriots of the Revolutionary War era … Continue reading

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Thomas Jefferson to Ho Chi Minh

Thomas Jefferson to Ho Chi Minh: The Long Road of the Declaration of Independence A Guest Post by Gary Sanders Hostilities between England and the American colonies had been brewing for years, but boiled over in the skirmish between English … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Hidden History Of The Supreme Court

The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America by Thom Hartmann is a quick but important read for people who want to review the history of the Supreme Court. At 168 pages, the book takes readers … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter And Prejudice Against Women

On Jan. 19, 1976, the day of the Iowa precinct caucuses that started Jimmy Carter on a path from relative obscurity to becoming the Democratic nominee for president, I was in U.S. Army Basic Training at Fort Jackson, S.C. I … Continue reading

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Data Points To Corporate Influence

Is the Ohio federal court’s recent release of Drug Enforcement Agency data about manufacture and distribution of oxycodone and hydrocodone pills significant? Maybe. I found last week’s Washington Post presentation of scrubbed data engaging for the ten minutes or so … Continue reading

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Can A Democrat Beat Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell?

Former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath announced she was running to beat Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election. She raised $2.5 million during the first 24 hours after her announcement. With 20 years in … Continue reading

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