Donald Trump’s Election Requires All of Us to Listen, and Have Faith in the U.S. System of Government

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series United States Presidential Election of 2016

Donald J. Trump is president-elect.

Much like me, you are probably stunned with this statement and are still unable to comprehend how this is so.

One thing is for certain, though. What you witnessed last night was fury in ways previously unseen.

Consider: only 37% of the voters believed that Donald Trump was qualified for the presidency and only 34 % believed that he had the temperament for the office. This is a stunning statistic. In effect, many voters said they knew Donald Trump wasn’t fit for the office of the most powerful man in the world–and they didn’t care.

This can only be called a “scorched earth” philosophy of voting: just throw a grenade into Washington, D.C. and see what happens, results be damned. People were that angry with the status quo.


No, I’m Not Voting for Trump, but I Get the Message

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series United States Presidential Election of 2016

But if you are dismissing the entire Donald Trump phenomenon as merely a movement by racist, xenophobic, sexist white Americans, you are part of what has created the problem.

If you take issues with this, consider: how would you describe a person who goes to church every week, is not troubled by prayer in public schools, owns a gun, believes abortion should not be readily available and gives credence to intelligent design?


If You Think Washington is Broken, Perhaps You Should Take a Deep Look in the Mirror

I’m not too sympathetic to the general complaint about the vicious rhetoric coming out of Washington, either. Over the years, I heard far more ungrounded, malicious, personal attacks coming from the people I personally met, both from the right and the left, in all walks of life, in college, law school and in the workplace than from politicians in Washington. If the American people are serious about wanting to change the tone in Washington, my suggestion is that the American electorate, particularly those who are most vocal about politics, ask themselves when is the last time they said anything nice about the people they disagree with.


Democracy in Action II: Gregory Watson’s One-Man Campaign to Amend the Constitution

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Democracy in Action

All college students at one point or another get a grade they disagree with. What made Watson truly remarkable was that he dropped out of college to prove the professor wrong.

He knew that the key to passing a constitutional amendment is in the state legislatures. What he didn’t know, though, was which states still needed to pass the amendment, much less specific state legislators who would support him in the cause.


Democracy in Action I: Michael Sessions, the 18 Year Old Mayor

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Democracy in Action

Many people have a calling to politics. What made Michael’s calling unusual was that at the time he decided to run, he was 17 years old, still only a junior enrolled at a local high school.

Michael’s age wasn’t the only challenge his campaign faced. Earlier during the school year, he mounted a losing campaign for vice-president in his school’s council. Now in his run as the face of the city, he was facing Doug Ingles, a 51-year old incumbent and an operator of a roller skating rink. And his campaign chest consisted of only $700, money he saved up from a summer job.

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