How To Detoxify The Way We Debate And Respectfully Disagree

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by Paul Hamlin Today’s political environment is corrosive and toxic.  There can be no question of that.  We are often motivated by fear and anger when we approach anyone that has a different opinion than we do.  We have allowed this anger and fear to create severe division and allowed the political parties to capitalize on those emotions and drive us further and further apart.  We have become so attached to our fear and anger that we have stoppered our ears to the arguments of others and worse, we have…

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The Constitution’s Emoluments Clause – The Case Against Trump?

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by Paul Hamlin Emoluments, seems like a strange word in modern conversation and it is a confusing word when applied to modern politics.  This idea has come back to the forefront of the national political conversation, and as always there are several interpretations and several different solutions based primarily on what side of the political isle you find yourself on. If we try to take off our partisan hats and look at all sides of the emoluments clause and the constitution, what does that look like? Benjamin Franklin’s Snuffbox European…

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“WE THE PEOPLE” – What It Meant, What It Should And Where We Lost Our Way

by Paul Hamlin   “We The People” In modern political history there has rarely been three more radical, more revolutionary words spoken or written.  “We the people” represents an idea far bigger, far greater than the simple everyday petty politics.  The Constitution is the idea that all people should focus on first, arguments about policy and process should be wrapped in the founding document. The dream of America, of representative governments, was and is that people, ordinary people, would see a need, a gap or a void and that out…

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The Fate of Our Families And How We Can Change Course

crayon style drawing of family with Mom, Dad and Child.

by Paul Hamlin This may be chicken and egg argument, but in truth it doesn’t matter.  The American family is disintegrating, and it really doesn’t matter what happened first, whether societal pressures are destroying families or if families dissolving are causing the societal illness.  What we do know is that the family is a representation of the modern society. So, we can argue which came first, but the truth is we cannot solve the problems of society without looking at and solving our family issues. Let’s start with some disclaimers: This is…

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School House Rock – The Seedy Underbelly

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by Paul Hamlin   School House Rock Remember the “School House Rock” on how a bill becomes a law?  It was a part of my childhood and it is how many of us were introduced to the function of our legislators and legislation.  In case you are not of my generation take a look here:  Well, it turns out there was some missing information in “School House Rock”, and it is obviously devastating to some of us.  The writing of a bill and its passage into law, is much more…

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Up In Flames – The Impact Of Party Politics

by Paul Hamlin Our system is broken.  The way we do elections, our political party system and the expectations placed on our congress people is so flawed that we need to make considerations about, not just how we fix it, but who should be permitted to fix it. Congress has become a divisive and divided group of people with an eye on the next election and the other on harming their “enemy”.  Remember that elected officials are the employees of the people, not the other way around.  We do not…

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Power Of Impeachment And The Trump Presidency

illustration of the Andrew Johnson impeachment proceedings in Congress

by Paul Hamlin Impeachment talk is on the rise in national politics.  Our nation is divided deeply by the words, actions and policies of the current administration.  We recently had a group of (58) from the House of Representatives bring forward articles of impeachment against President Trump and it was quickly tabled. The division in the nation has many scrambling to simply vote for the candidates that are most likely to bring forward articles of impeachment. Maybe, we should slow down and look a little deeper into impeachment before we base our entire…

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Death of Decency – How You Can Resurrect It

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by Paul Hamlin Decency – it can be brought back to life Remember the days of “the wave”? You’d be out driving, running, walking, or out in public (with real people) and someone would see you, they may not even know you, but they’d strangely wave, or at the least nod. It was a bizarre ritual, almost to say “hey, I acknowledge your existence and I assume you’re not a horrible human being!”.  There was a sense of decency in it all.   Oh, the good old days. Times when…

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