MurphTheSurf3

Proud to be an Independent Progressive. I am a progressive- a one time Eisenhower Republican (from 1965 through 2004)who is now a Democrat. I live in a very RED STATE and am a community activist with a very BLUE AGENDA. I was a professor of history, and am now a researcher and gentleman farmer. My political positions are mixed - thus my preferred identification as a Progressive Independent. I am conservative on matters of military intervention, in regard to abortion, immigration, the public school system, gun rights, taxation, voter ID. But I am a traditional conservative, a Buckley, National Review, Eisenhower Republican..... I am a liberal on matters of health care care, funding education, taxation (yes one can be both liberal and conservative on this), civil rights, and alternative energy development/climate change.
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West Side Story 2021: A Remarkable Story of the Power of Mindless Hate and Anger

1961’s West Side Story is hailed as one of the greatest movies of all time – certainly in the musical genre – so Steven Spielberg had some huge shoes to fill when he set out to re-adapt the iconic Broadway show. Here is where his version stands out.

Joe Biden and the “Court Packing” Question

Biden and Harris should keep their thoughts on this sequestered. His advisers, Democratic Leadership, well-regarded jurists, historians, and experts on the U.S. Constitution will need to study the issue. Biden has addressed the matter previously saying that that the idea of balancing a seriously imbalanced court by adding seats is a dangerous precedent.

Why Trump Dumped the Next Debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced in the aftermath of Trump's Faux Tourette Syndrome disruption of the first debate and subsequent contraction of COVID-19, that the debate would have a virtual format. So why did Trump loudly refuse to debate in this format?

How Dems Should Respond to Mitch McConnell’s SCOTUS Hypocrisy

Democrats should threaten to pack the court. And, if McConnell pushes through a new justice and then Joe Biden wins, they should follow through.

The Power of Propaganda on Display

Have you ever seen Vladimir Putin make a dramatic entrance? If not, rewatch last night’s Triumph of the Trump extravaganza. The White House was the backdrop to Trump's own brand of Nuremberg Rally and the program Triumph of the Will Deux.

DNC: The Last Night – Saving the Best for Last

I like this DNC format. Substance, well delivered. In-depth snapshots of the nominees. The people, the people, the people.

Trump and The Re-Election That Won’t Die

Despite all the polls currently favoring the Democrats. If the economy really begins to recover and the first wave of Covid-19 subsides (without a second wave striking), Donald Trump’s reelection prospects could improve greatly. The Republican Party and Trump 2020 Campaign have huge war chests ready to fund ads galore, massive targeted outreach, and widespread voter suppression.

The North and South of a Confederate Monument

The words cut in stone found at the column are propaganda elevating the cause that put them in uniform and kept the memory of their "service" to The Lost Cause noble in their minds and in the minds of their descendants.

What Keeps Me Up At Night……. Trump Still Likely To Win In 2020

Despite All His Troubles Trump is Still Likely to Win Reelection….here’s an example of a case that is being made……. Whats at the Heart of the Trump/GOP Re-Election Script Ignorance (the...

The Fiction That Is the Constitutional “System of Checks and Balances”….

I took formal civics instruction in 7th Grade and as a Junior in High School in preparation for a graduation requirement: the Citizens' Civic Exam. Nearly everyone in the...