Category Archives: Politics

The American Opium Crisis

The American Opium Crisis The below is a very raw and personal look at heroin addiction, a part of this country’s opioid epidemic.  Listen in as Jennifer, the widow of 31 year old assistant bank manager Daniel, talks about her … Continue reading

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Nationalism and Police Brutality: The Deafening Sound of Ignorance

“The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established… It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world.  The … Continue reading

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Identity Politics and the Slow Death of the American Moral Landscape

Identity Politics and the Slow Death of the American Moral Landscape I used to watch Fox News, and then I switched to CNN, and then I stopped watching network channels for daily news and commentary because they are all so … Continue reading

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The Choice That Never Was

  The Choice That Never Was I wanted to believe that my work of writing about this topic had since passed and that I would never again have to write in defense of it, of us, of the nature of … Continue reading

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​Abortion, Abstinence, Abuse, Birth Control, Teen Sex, and Unwanted Pregnancy

Abortion, Abstinence, Abuse, Birth Control, Teen Sex, and Unwanted Pregnancy One in every five American teens lives in poverty.  Abuse, poverty and a lack of opportunity plays an important role in not only teen pregnancy, but also unwanted pregnancies in … Continue reading

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The Wall, Illegal Immigration, and the U.S. – Mexican Border

Photo credit: Mike Blake/Reuters The Wall, Illegal Immigration, and the U.S. – Mexican Border The U.S. and Mexican border is 1,954 miles long.  As of last year the U.S. only had enough border patrol agents to securely patrol half the … Continue reading

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Abortion

January 30, 2017 Abortion.  A touchy subject.  I used to be against it.  Then I supported it.  Then I stopped listening to everyone else’s opinions and listened to science. We still know so little about the human brain… what we … Continue reading

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My Criticisms of President Trump and his Administration

My Criticisms of President Trump and his Administration If one does not find issue with the current state of our nation, if someone believes that things are going great, if anyone thinks we’re off to a good start, then I … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s Travel Ban

Donald Trump’s Travel Ban President Trump’s travel ban on foreign born people’s coming into the U.S. does not make America safer.  If anything, it will only illicit more hatred by those who were previously on the fence. Whether it’s the … Continue reading

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A Son of the South Speaks

[Co-authored by John Jarcobi and Kephen Merancis, editing by Kephen Merancis] A Son of the South Speaks I’m a twenty-three year old, white, Presbyterian who was born and raised in Largo, Florida, then moved to Missouri when I was a … Continue reading

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Never Fall Silent

Never Fall Silent As we are graced with a new leader who believes members of the LGBT should not be treated equally and has promised to do whatever he can to undo the progress we have made, I think back … Continue reading

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How Climate Change Affects Our Lives

Leonardo DiCaprio’s film on climate change: Before the Flood “We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say that once one of these is reformed everything will be improved.  Man is organic with the world, his … Continue reading

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Muslim Refugees, Christianity and the Future of Freedom

  Muslim Refugees, Christianity, and the Future of Freedom Vetting, the process of reviewing refugee candidates before they come into the U.S., should be a concern for all of us.  In this essay I will discuss why, but above all … Continue reading

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If You Could Only See

(Please note that this piece was written prior to the Federal Supreme Court decision ruling it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.) For a very long time, I’ve wanted to be able to write something that spelled … Continue reading

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The Erosion of the Sagacious American Intellect

January 1, 2012 I once said that I would write an atheist manifesto, but this is not it.  However, religion and atheism is the subject of this writing.  If you don’t like the idea of subjugating American religion and ridding it … Continue reading

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Lemmings and Other Things

October 8, 2011 I was talking to a friend of mine this past week about how fear and misunderstanding lead to a negative impact on minority groups. About how inequality and ignorance still run rampant in our society and about … Continue reading

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The Man In The Mirror

July 17, 2011 “The man who never learns to face himself, will never know what it means to be free.” The Man In The Mirror I ask myself why it bothers me so much that there are groups of people … Continue reading

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Awaiting Daybreak: Regression and a Nation Asunder

It is fundamentally important to understand that I believe in human progress. That we, as a nation and a species, must always put one foot in front of the other, hold up our heads and march forward. Always against the … Continue reading

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