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  1. Reflections on the Freedom of Speech Clause

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    This great rush to "take down statues" bewilders me.

    Some people equate this public art and markers of history with toxic waste dumps, polluting minds, shaming, tormenting and disrespecting innocents, glorifying losers and their loser ideas, and god knows what else. The statues of men dead 100 years or more must be removed to purify the ecosystem.

    Well, I lived near a Superfund site, and worked next door to another. A few artistic statues in a public park
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  2. Beware the Night of Long Knives

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Long_Knives

    The Night of the Long Knives (German: About this sound Nacht der langen Messer ), also called Operation Hummingbird (German: Unternehmen Kolibri) or, in Germany, the Röhm Putsch (German spelling: Röhm-Putsch), was a purge that took place in Nazi Germany from June 30 to July 2, 1934, when the Nazi regime carried out a series of political extrajudicial executions intended to consolidate Hitler's absolute hold on power in Germany.
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  3. Perpetual Anticipation is Good for the Soul, but It's Bad for the Heart

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    That's my favorite line from the musical "A Little Night Music" by Stephen Sondheim.

    We are all waiting for the next shoe to drop.

    It will probably be a poorly manufactured import, a cheap knock-off of the famous Watergate line of fashion. Nothing about Russiagate is real, important, or authentic. But our political economy is so degraded by the past 8 years of Obama and Clinton and cohorts that we are mired in a garbage dump on top of a swamp. That's what
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  4. Having Failed to Pass All Their Foolish Health Care Bills, Will the GOP Do the Correct Thing?

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    Instead of the "Right" thing? Not this crop of prehistoric GOPpers, I'm afraid...

    Over the past 6 months we have been treated to the spectacle of every bad idea the Republicans have had over the past 20-70 years going down in flames, regarding insuring that Americans have an enforceable basic human right and access to medical care. Now that they've got that out of their systems, perhaps we can address the REAL problem.

    The private insurance business, which
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  5. Is the Trump/Clinton Struggle our new Civil War?

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    If this nation is to survive, it must heal the gaping wound of the election of 2016, a wound inflicted in large part by Hillary Clinton's attempt to steal the Presidency, with a little help from her friends....owners, masters, bosses and bots...and driven by her massive grandiosity, egotism, and inadequacy as a person.

    This contentious election wasn't a major social, economic and ethical struggle, like slavery. It was corruption, pure and simple: an attempted coup by a bunch of truly
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