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Our current political system has transitioned from policies to damage control

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When did solutions stop mattering in politics?

After weeks of chaos and nonsense, it’s really starting to look like President Trump will finally drift away in January, alongside the cold weather. Even though a lot of people are looking forward to this development, only a fraction know what they want from the new administration.

While plenty of Americans will bask in the quiet created by a more reserved president, Biden will take advantage of the calm by enacting policies that appease his donors despite them not aligning with the will of the people. But even these half-measures will be hindered by a Republican-heavy Congress.

This is where chanting “Blue, No Matter Who” for half a decade gets you. …


Dangerous conspiracy theories, disinformation, and aggressive political bias

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While the internet can be a resource to educate, it can also deceive innocent users with disinformation. Websites can easily disguise themselves as unbiased when in reality, they cater to a specific political agenda.

How can you spot disinformation out in the wild? How can you learn to verify the accuracy of what you read online?

The first time I heard of Evie Magazine was through an ad on Twitter, spotted through the corner of my eye. “An unbiased women’s magazine that focuses on health, beauty, and relationships,” it read. …


Why we need to stop labeling right now

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My Instagram feed over the last couple of days has been filled with jubilant celebrations reminiscent of some of my favorite late 90s hip hop videos: Champagne bottles popped over crowds, booty-shaking on the streets, and joints passed in cars.

Taglines read:

Democracy beat fascism.

Love beat hate.

Kamala broke the glass ceiling.

Biden broke the age ceiling.

How much change will come when Biden officially takes office is yet to be determined but, if history is any indication we will soon return to our regular programming of COVID blues, retail therapy, selfies, and disparaging the other side.

The truth is, the real tragedy of the U.S. was never Trump.

It’s that we’ve convinced ourselves to believe that if something is deemed wrong, calling it out as such will make its opposite true. …


How we got here and where we go now

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I think a lot, especially more recently. If there’s any silver lining during a global pandemic — besides the fact that I no longer need to come up with excuses not to do things — it’s that most of us have a little more time to think.

To think about what? You name it. We have time to think about our creative projects, our futures, our mortality, our bank accounts, our first post-COVID vacations, why our last relationships didn’t work, whether the Jets will go 0–16, what type of booze we want to drink tonight.

Yet, with all those possibilities, it’s gotten increasingly difficult not to think about the world, our country, and how we got here. …


How to make the future slightly more bearable.

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I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died. I was sitting inside the AMC movie theater in Georgetown. I had just finished watching the 2016 meta superhero comedy Deadpool, and everyone in the audience was turning on their phones.

From behind me, several students gleefully announced that “Scalia was dead.” I remember walking slightly behind them as we exited the theater. They were speculating how much this was going to change society. Obama would pick this seat now, and then when Hillary Clinton became president, she would replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg with someone forty years younger. …


Stories from a frontline Senior Obama ‘08 State Staffer

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When the phone rang in early May 2008, I was 26 years old and had never been to Georgia. I was about eight years deep into a middling political career where I’d worked every conceivable job from lackey to Web Developer on both local and statewide races. I had a lot of experience, no college degree, and quite frankly, was looking for a job.

I was not expecting what happened when I answered the phone. Coming off a losing effort in the 2006 Michigan Attorney General’s race, I wasn’t surprised to see the former Campaign Manager’s (and close friend) number on the caller ID, but when he informed me he’d been tapped to be State Director of Georgia for the Obama campaign, and he wanted me to be his State IT Director, I nearly dropped my phone. …


Most voters don’t care about current events

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While watching MSNBC last night, the political analyst Joy Reid read my mind and probably your mind, too.

To the best of my sleep-deprived, over-caffeinated memory, Joy Reid said,

“This election isn’t as cathartic as many thought it would be. We hoped for a clear rejection of the last four years. That’s not what we’re seeing.”

At that moment on election night, the electoral map hadn’t changed from 2016. Some notable states were much closer, and Biden outperformed Clinton in many counties. But only Arizona flipped late in the evening.

As I’m writing this, we expect Michigan and Wisconsin to go for Biden and deliver the 270 electoral votes needed to unseat Trump. Pennsylvania may also flip when all the mail-in ballots are tallied. …


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It was close.

Maybe I’m supposed to celebrate. Be happy. Be thrilled even that a bloviating billionaire, callous narcissist, reflexively dishonest idiot will begin his slow rancorous descent from the presidency.

I’m glad he lost. But I’m not happy.

We put our hands on a gun loaded with bullets of constitutional crises, cocked the double standards, pressed the muzzle against our temples amidst an unchecked plague and slowly boiling planet, and didn’t even blink.

We thought, “Why not give this heartless, insulting, geriatric, spray tan some more time to tweet all caps vitriol from the most powerful office in the world?” …


How my conversations with Republicans and Democrats helped

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Over the past few months, I’ve had several conversations with those on both sides of the political aisle and in all of them those on the left felt those on the right were the problem and those on the right felt those on the left were the problem. And as I tried to point out how I saw a large part of the problem as that very way of thinking I began to notice two patterns on both sides of the aisle.

The first was how they both used the same reasoning to try and justify their ‘us vs. …


(Serious question)

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I’m really curious what people think about this. I’m assuming the answer is yes, but I’m really not sure. However, I would like to believe that if a common threat was impacting humanity’s survival, we would all work together to thwart it.

Now, assuming this is the case, why wouldn’t we work together to solve other issues that are equally detrimental to the planet? Things like climate change and COVID? Why, instead of combining forces and attacking the source, do we attack each other? I believe the answer is because of yet another common enemy, which is big business.

Before you flip your wig, I’m not a socialist or anti-capitalist or anti- anything related to money. Money is good, entrepreneurship is good, and anyone who tells you otherwise can f*ck right off. …

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