Deflection: A dangerous game

After his threat to "totally destroy North Korea,” Trump upped the ante in his game of "whataboutism"—a form of logical jiu-jitsu used to win arguments by changing the subject. Americans must beware of Trump's whataboutism or risk going to war. Donald Trump is a master of deflection. If an issue

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Donald Trump and the death of the American Dream

Angry and frustrated, millions of people put Trump in office because he pledged to "make America great again." So, how has he done? And at what cost? In 2018, Beacon will look at Trump's impact on our country in a far-reaching series of articles. Okay, it's been a year now,

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My cousin Pete, the resolute Republican

My husband’s cousin Pete came to visit last week. Hubby loves him like a brother; I say he’s the most lovable asshole I know. Pete’s also a hardcore Republican. He voted for Kasich and denounced Trump during the GOP primaries. I was greatly relieved he hadn’t swallowed the orange Kool-Aid.

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On being a political activist

So I made my coffee and went to my computer this morning, ready to catch up on the news. I’d missed a lot recently for various reasons. Mostly, I was battle-weary—tired of Republicans’ daily blitz on our Constitutional rights, incensed by their brazen abuse of power, shell-shocked by their cruelty

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Fantasy politics: a one-citizen-one-vote U.S. Senate

North Carolinians, are you feeling a little under-represented? You should be. Your senator speaks for just under 10.25 million citizens. Meanwhile, a senator from Wyoming speaks for less than 590,000. The difference carries a factor of 17. For Californians, it’s much worse. A senator speaks for just under 40 million

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Tears for fears

If anyone had told me I’d be spending my mid-sixties fighting for the same things I fought for in the mid-60s, I’d have said, “Oh, no. We’re making a difference here. We’re changing the world, and things will get better because of us.” It’s like that when you’re young. You

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Confessions of a libtard

Yes, it’s true. I’m a libtard. Or so say some of my Facebook friends. Although the intellectual underpinnings for their charge often escape me, I don’t much care what they call me. But I would like to remind them that they’re also talking about my Mom, and she certainly doesn't

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