Megan Rapinoe Knows What It Really Means to Be Patriotic

by Tony Wyman If any male footballer had struck the same pose as Megan Rapinoe struck after scoring the winning goal that earned the United States Women’s National Soccer Team their second consecutive World Cup title, the sporting world would barely have taken note. After all, such displays of brashness and boldness are common among male athletes.  Players in men’s leagues used to rip their shirts off in celebration, but now that practice is banned, they make self-aggrandizing jaunts to the corner flags every time the ball touches the back…

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How America Chose Christian Nationalism Over Traditional Patriotism

by Jennifer Keller-Puebla   America has finished celebrating it’s 243rd “birthday” and as a nation we have seldom been more divided. Beyond just politics, Nationalism has been growing at an alarming rate dividing people within parties, within churches, and within families. Many would tell you they just love their country, that they are “patriotic”, but patriotism is very different from nationalism. The word Nationalism is relatively new to America, appearing first in the later 1800’s, and is almost exclusively connected to politics. Patriotism is much older and refers more generally to…

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Independent Candidates: Please Run For Office, Just Plan On “Failing”

political party buttons all in Red, White, Blue themes

by Paul Hamlin   For the naïve and uninitiated, the campaign trail is full of heartache and pain.  The apathy, the dismay and the contempt that the voter has about the election process and all people who dare run a campaign is astounding, and not necessarily misplaced. PERSONAL JOURNEY When I struck out to run for the US House of Representatives the intent was noble, and I can only assure people that it did not come from a desire to have power.  I am a firm believer that the people…

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The Russian People Saved Ivan Goluov. Now, Can They Save Russia?

by Kseniya Kirillova The victory of Russia’s civil society in the case of Ivan Golunov* has raised two very important points. Firstly, we have seen that, if provoked, Russians are able to stand up for persons who have fallen into disfavour with police authorities. Secondly, Russian civil society seldom rises to the occasion, especially on such a large scale. (*Ivan Golunov, who works for the independent Russian website Meduza and is known for exposing local corruption, was recently arrested in Moscow on trumped up charges of drug dealing. He was reportedly…

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Could You Or Your Loved One Be Refused Emergency Service On Religious Grounds?

photo of an Emergency Medical team providing treatment to an accident victim

By Shannon Hanson   How Far Should We Allow “Religious Rights” to Go?   Imagine someone you care about has been critically injured in an auto accident. Paramedics arrive quickly then just as quickly pack up the medical supplies and leave. Turns out the EMT – who also owns the small ambulance company – recognizes the injured person and knows that she is a lesbian, so he refuses to treat her or allow her to be transported in his ambulance. Seems like something that could only happen in a bad…

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Why Doesn’t Donald Trump Have a Nickname for Vladimir Putin?

by Tony Wyman Lyin’ Ted.  Little Marco. Little Rocketman.  Pocahontas. 1% Biden. Alfred E. Newman. Animal Assad.  Donald Trump has a nickname for everyone, it seems. Everyone except Russian President Vladimir Putin. No “Sad Vlad” or “Little Putinpie” or “The Murderer of Moskva.”  No “Goober of Gorky” or “Moscow Mule” or “Bald Boris.”  Where President Putin is concerned, Donald Trump has nothing but good things to say. “You know what? Putin’s fine. He’s fine. We’re all fine.  We’re people,” President Trump said in July 2018, responding to press questions about…

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Trump isn’t the Cure for the Cancer Destroying American Politics, He’s the Disease

by Tony Wyman “To my friends who wonder how a decent, educated woman could support a crude, narcissistic reality TV show host and erstwhile pro-wrestling figure like Donald Trump as president, I answer that it’s simple,” wrote Dr. Robin Burk, former West Point instructor and researcher at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in an article recently published in the unabashedly pro-Trump online publication American Greatness. The article is a very well written explanation of how a woman as intelligent, cosmopolitan and worldly as Dr. Burk could come to see a…

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Have We Lost Our Minds?

by Tony Wyman It has never in the history of humanity been easier to know the truth of things than it is today, yet Americans chose to believe things that are easily disproved with just a few clicks of a keyboard. Have we grown lazy and stupid, too distracted by the drama of reality TV shows, too transfixed by our social media world to know much about the real world that exists off the web? Are we, as the Daily Beast put it in 2017, in a cult of ignorance,…

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America Should Never Forgive Kirstjen Nielsen

by Tony Wyman Perhaps I am being sexist, but I expect more from women than I do from men.  Throughout my life, I have been blessed to have women around me who combined great kindness, compassion and sensitivity with equally great strength, intelligence and sound moral judgment.  And, thanks to them, I have always seen women as embodying the best the human race has to offer. Maybe that is why my reaction to the cruelty demonstrated by former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen hit me as hard as…

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President Trump Just Showed America Why He Is Unfit to be President

by Tony Wyman Following what political commentators could only call the best day in his presidency, Donald Trump had the opportunity to show America that he is a man of character worthy to be the president of the United States. And he failed. Following 22 months of investigation into now discredited allegations that Mr. Trump colluded with Russian operatives seeking to influence the 2016 presidential race to prevent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from being elected, no one could blame the president for feeling a sense of both relief…

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