The presidential nominating system is widely perceived as out of control and badly in need of reform. As I travel around the country, I constantly hear that the current system of seventy-one primaries and half as many caucus/convention arrangements is too long, ill-focused, debilitating, and apt to produce a candidate who is not the choice of the party rank and file. The system, it is also claimed, works against informed debate.
Despite the widely held belief that something is very wrong, there is no agreement yet as to what can or should be done. While the memory of the1980 election is still fresh and debate centers on how different rules or mechanisms might have altered the outcome, I want to examine the primary election schedule, campaign financing, the selection of delegates, and the role of the media. After this analysis, I would like to suggest some alternatives to the present approach which could produce more representative candidates and more effective leadership.
The discriminatory laws, practices, and policies promised and delivered by President Trump have social, political, and economic ramifications. First, they reinforce misconceptions about Islam as an inherently violent religion. Second, they breed intolerance, fear, and hostility among the general population
"It's important to note that scholars have long observed that political discourse and political events can contribute to the frequency of bias incidents. In fact, this phenomenon has a name today. It's called the Trump Effect."
Experts discuss legal developments and related ramifications one year after President Trump declared a national emergency at the U.S. Southern Border with Mexico in order to build a wall.
Do new domestic terrorism laws put Black Lives Matter supporters, anti-war protestors, and/or animal rights activists at risk? Do they presently incorporate sufficient safeguards against such misuse and abuse?