Shedding Calories

It is past time that the benchmarks for nutritional value are altered to better reflect the realities of caloric and nutritional need for the average American. It must be kept in mind that as every American has a different lifestyle and genetic predisposition, any nutritional recommendation made is not going to apply to everybody. Gender, age, present weight, frequency of exercise and labor exertion; all will alter individual needs…

Presidentially Sealed

The problem with the concept of immunity of office is apparent; if a politician does something illegal enough that the consequences of the illegal act will dismantle their livelihood but the office the politician holds prevents them from facing those consequences, that politician may be inclined to do whatever it takes to retain office…

Controlling the Recoil

…Civilian firearm opponents will say that the likelihood of the American government turning tyrannical, much less a civilian militia overthrowing a tyrannical government, is miniscule and pales in comparison to the breathtaking amount of deaths involving firearms in America every year. Unfortunately, such a miniscule likelihood only needs to happen once to shatter the chain of history…

Eagles Soar Together

Illegal immigration is a trendy issue, but the root cause of the illegal immigration that flows from Central America’s Northern Triangle through Mexico into the United States is inevitably the Drug War. The United States of America has imposed a crusade against the creation and sale of drugs throughout the world that has done nothing to hamper the spread of drug use in the United States, nor stymie the immense profitability of giving people the drugs they desire…

AIPACalypse

While those that like to keep life simpler than it actually is could link together the actions of a government with the actions of the people it supposedly represents, it is a foolish outlook worthy of contempt. The actions of the Chinese government should not influence one’s attitude toward Chinese people much as the actions of the Russian government should not influence one’s attitude toward Russian people or the actions of the Israeli government should not influence one’s attitude toward Israeli people. This is a form of group punishment and deserves nothing but derision…

American Misfires

A country is a sum of its people, and much like its people, a country's government makes mistakes. These mistakes can take the form of personal rivalries causing civil war, having an inadequate military strategy, having an unqualified officer corp, and a host of other prerequisites of maintaining order and quality of life. The following mistakes will deal with recent policies and decisions that affect foreign nations with dire consequences for the United States in return…

Continental Circumstance

This constant state of war required technological progress - falling behind in an arms race is an easy way to lose everything your people had, and as militias transitioned into men-at-arms transitioned into mercenary companies transitioned into regiments transitioned into corps, the military technological gap between Europe and the rest of the world widened. By 1500, Europe propelled its conquests across the oceans so that European powers could have more resources to fight each other. Europe didn’t conquer because it was united; it conquered because it was divided…

Cincinnatus Weeps

With such lofty ideals of duty in our background as Americans the burden of our duty to vote as citizens seems trifling. Regardless, it is a vital function of our Social Contract that we must take full advantage of. Because just as there were those who wanted a return to monarchy in the Roman Republic, there are those who would like to have such a system in the United States of America. The threat of narcissistic conspiracies to centralize power is a constant threat for any republic and made all the more easier to achieve with voter apathy.

Inland Elites

A supporter of the status quo might then say that the President should not be determined by the “coastal elites” of New York, California, and Florida. Why not? What makes the citizens of New York inherently less capable of choosing the President than the citizens of Idaho? What makes Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio a better setting for a political showdown? What is the basis for making political minorities in states feel powerless at the voting booth? We decided that having Senators chosen by the people was preferable to having them chosen by intermediaries; why would it be unreasonable to do the same with the President?

The Putin Paradox

And so we have a conundrum. A state of conflict exists that will only go away when Putin is out of power or knuckles under the pressure, but the entire Russian political system depends on Putin to function, and a defunct Russian government makes their weapons of mass destruction less secure. The adage that it is better to deal with the devil you know then the devil you don’t applies here…

Abuse of Liberty

The right to free speech, the right of worship, the right to bear arms, the right to a fair and timely trial - all of these and more are considered to be intrinsic rights that a person is born with. These rights are not given by the Constitution, they are recognized and guaranteed by the Constitution, which the government is obliged to follow. But not everybody uses their freedom responsibly. Much as somebody can decide to drive recklessly, somebody can use their freedoms recklessly.

Gravity of Wealth

Money is power, and power must not be concentrated in a democracy if it is to remain a democracy. Ergo, money must not be concentrated; this is a problem, because wealth is calcifying at a terrifying rate in America. Measures must be taken to reduce the effect money can have in politics…

The Brexit Mulligan

…If the arguments for Leave were not made in good faith; if the results of the election were altered by a foreign power; if the impact of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union has been made more apparent, wouldn’t a Brexit do-over be appropriate? There is the very reasonable concern for democratic tradition and integrity if the result of an election were reversed before its effects went into place. On the other hand…

Turnover

The point where this decay starts to have a tangible affect on someone’s personality and quality of life is not known; what is known is that sufferers of CTE have anger management issues, severe memory loss, crippling headaches and a tendency to suicide. This is compounded by widespread addiction to painkillers that veterans of the NCAA and NFL depended on and continue to depend on.

The State Shuffle

…There are some plausible reforms we may undertake to make a more perfect Union. We could eliminate the Electoral College and have every American have the same weight in selecting the most powerful person on Earth. Prior to the 17th Amendment Senators were selected by state legislatures instead of directly by the people; just as we altered the Constitution to expand the democratic selection in the Legislative branch, we can alter the Constitution to expand the democratic selection in the Executive branch…

Revanchism

…Revanchism - the desire to reclaim lost territory - has a long and storied history. In the earliest days of humanity we wandered across a borderless world, pursuing our prey or escaping inclement weather. Over a period of tens of thousands of years, humanity began the process of permanent settlements. And while tribal or national identity changed over the subsequent thousands of years through natural genesis, assimilation, or depopulation and repopulation, these settlements - and the lands that surround them - became a matter of identity for the people that lived there. 

Creeping Corruption

Keeping a government functional enough to preserve legitimacy requires investment, monetary or otherwise, by powerful figures inside its demesne. Thus, while the public good is of at least nominal interest for all governments, every government requires keeping necessary private investors loyal to the structure made by the government…

Jesusism

So how would Jesus be interpreted if the pretense of divinity was stripped from his teachings? Thomas Jefferson had that idea. Taking a razor blade to the King James bible, Jefferson patched together The Philosophy of Jesus of NazarethDiscarding most references to divinity and all instances of miracles, Jefferson attempted to show a secular interpretation that could be adopted by anyone of any creed or religion…

The War on Death

The Human Genome Project was an ambitious 13-year program that attempted to document the entire genetic code of humanity, and while it was not able to link each gene to a specific affect on humanity, it did give future geneticists a map to follow and decipher. Slowly but surely, the character and effect of genes was unlocked for scientific application…

Cult 45

While not all humans are equally susceptible to joining a cult, every human has the capacity to be drawn into one. With that in mind, what warning signs are there that can serve as a warning for the susceptible person in particular and society in general? For the purpose of pertinence, let us use somebody with widespread support in the public realm. Let us use the support base for President Donald Trump…