Here’s The Case For Mandatory Voting In The U.S.

Here’s The Case For Mandatory Voting In The U.S.Elections play a distinctive role in strengthening democracy, and voting is a pivotal part of that process. That’s why new research makes the case for universal participation through mandatory voting.

Why We Should Pay Attention To The Voting Power Of Youth

Why We Should Pay Attention To The Voting Power Of YouthYouth turnout in the recent United States midterm elections was the highest it has been in 25 years. The midterms also saw the average age of congressional representatives go down by 10 years.

3 Ways The Women's Movement In US Politics Is Misunderstood

3 Ways The Women's Movement In US Politics Is MisunderstoodA record number of women are headed to statehouses and Capitol Hill in 2019. One hundred women were elected to the U.S. House, which means that at least 121 women will serve in the 116th Congress – up from the current 107.

We Are Responsible For The Mess We Made... Now Let's Fix It

We Are Responsible For The Mess We Made... Now Let's Fix It
Now that's an intense statement: We are responsible for the mess we made! And for some, it might tend to bring up anger, defensiveness, guilt, shame, feelings of being blamed, discouragement, and other such emotions. However, for me, I see it as good news! If we are responsible for the mess we made, then we can clean it up, and we can fix it.

Republican Women Are Just Fine With Being Republican

Republican Women Are Just Fine With Being Republican
Republican women have faced a conundrum repeatedly in the last two years. In the cases of Donald Trump, Roy Moore and Brett Kavanaugh, the question facing them has been whether to support a male Republican leader accused of sexual assault – or to press for male accountability.

The Un-united States Of America and A Way Forward

The Un-united States Of America and A Way Forward
For better or worse the radical remnants of the Republican party have now captured the American government completely. Whether they can hold it more than a month is all that is left to be seen.

Why Mexico's Historic Elections May Bring About Big Change

Why Mexico's Historic Elections May Bring About Big Change
The election of a leftist party in Mexico for the first time in decades has the potential to transform the country as it dislodges its ruling elite, challenges the economic consensus and promises to eradicate violence and corruption.

How Christian Media Is Shaping American Politics

How Christian Media Is Shaping American Politics
For Americans growing up between the 1950s and the 1980s, religion was not a regular presence on television. Today is different, however. Not only are there entire networks devoted to religious broadcasting, but also Christian television has moved directly into covering news and politics, reaching millions of Americans daily with a conservative perspective on current events.

How Women On The 2018 Ballot Are Busting Perceptions Of Motherhood And Leadership

How Women On The 2018 Ballot Are Busting Perceptions Of Motherhood And Leadership
Motherhood is taking center stage in U.S. politics. Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Maryland’s Krish Vignarajah and Wisconsin’s Kelda Roys, made waves with campaign ads that, in addition to touting their capabilities as leaders, also show them nursing their babies.

How Paper Trails And Random Audits Could Easily Secure All Elections

How Paper Trails And Random Audits Could Easily Secure All Elections

As states begin to receive millions of federal dollars to secure the 2018 primary and general elections, officials around the country will have to decide how to spend it to best protect the integrity of the democratic process.

Jill Stein Raising Funds for Recount: Election Integrity Depends on YOU!

Jill Stein Raising Funds for Recount: Election Integrity Depends on YOU! The Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign is launching an effort to ensure the integrity of our elections. We are raising money to demand recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania-- three states where there is a significant need to verify machine-counted vote totals. Please donate to this initiative today.

Why The Democratic Party Lost Its Soul

Why The Democratic Party Lost Its SoulWho will become the next chair of the Democratic National Committee? This leadership contest has significant implications for the future of American politics. The choice will help determine how the Democratic party responds to its extraordinary defeats in recent years, ending with the election of Donald Trump.

The Aftermath of the US Elections: Healing and Finding Common Ground

The Aftermath of the US Elections: Healing and Finding Common GroundNow that the Presidential election is over, we can start to think about what life is going to be like after Tuesday, November 8th. This election season has not only been tough for our country, but also has wreaked havoc on many of our personal relationships.

Your Vote Chooses the World We All Will Live In

Your Vote Chooses the World We All Will Live InYes, we know! We're all tired of hearing about the elections. However, that doesn't make it less important. It's coming to a close this Tuesday, November 8th 2016, and some people are still "on the fence". Not only do they not know who they will vote for, but they don't know if they're even going to vote.

Attn Progressives: Support Hillary In Order to Establish Bernie's Program

Attn. Progressives: Support Hillary In Order to Establish Bernie's ProgramIf you're a disheartened, disillusioned, angry Bernie supporter thinking about casting a vote for Jill Stein or staying home, I am talking to you. If you are one of those Millennials who embraced the Bernie campaign and then lost heart when he lost the primaries, this message is for YOU especially.

It's Time To Dust Off Our Flags, Pennants, and Placards

It's Now Time To Dust Off Our Flags, Penants, and PlacardsIt's time to throw off our self-imposed shackles of Washington lobbyists and billionaire oligarchs, of wall street greed and corporate malfeasance, and of neocons, neoliberals, and political hacks to empower our lost unified American spirit.

Why Voters Don't Seem To Forgive Clinton, While Trump Gets A Free Pass

Why Voters Don't Seem To Forgive Clinton, While Trump Gets A Free PassA persistent mystery discussed in this presidential campaign has been double standards. In other words, while Donald Trump seems to have a “get out of jail free” card, Hillary Clinton can’t seem to “pass go.”

How Did Iceland’s Pirate Party Become So Popular?

The Pirates. Day Donaldson, CC BYIceland’s Pirate Party started life as a minor political movement inspired by its Swedish and German counterparts. Now it is a credible force. From marginal political interests, it has grown to produce positions on the most important issues of the day...

How Media Outlets From Around The World Have Reacted To The Presidential Campaign

How Media Outlets From Around The World Have Reacted To The Presidential CampaignWhen Donald Trump repeatedly claims the election is “rigged,” it doesn’t just undermine voter confidence at home. It can also hurt the country’s standing around the world, where people have been closely following the presidential race.

Why Have Americans Lost Trust In Government?

Why Have Americans Lost Trust In Government?Elections normally decide who is to govern. This upcoming election is about the very legitimacy of the system.

What A Clinton And Ryan Compromise Might Look Like

What A Clinton And Ryan Compromise Might Look LikeHillary Clinton won’t be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day (as looks increasingly likely). Another will be Paul Ryan, who will rule the Republican roost.

Why All Progressives Must Vote For Hillary

Why All Progressives Must Vote For HillaryI continue to hear from many people who call themselves progressives or liberals, but tell me they won’t vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.

Will This Election Inspire a Democratic Awakening?

Will This Election Inspiring a Democratic Awakening?It would be wrong to ignore the psychological, social and political damage this poisonous election is causing. When the movement called Citizen Therapists Against Trumpism, an effort to awaken therapists to their public responsibilities.

American Politics Is Officially In The Gutter

American Politics Is Officially In The GutterThe second US presidential election debate was widely billed as a heavyweight bout. In the event it was a score draw – but the clear loser was the American political process.

How Trade And Immigration Are Colliding With The US Two-party System

How Trade And Immigration Are Colliding With The US Two-party SystemThis year, much interest is focused on what The Economist calls drawbridge politics. Voters who believe in leaving the drawbridge down, so to speak, see opportunities in open borders for immigrants and trade.

Wealthy Donors Are Trying To Buy School Board Elections

Wealthy Donors Are Trying To Buy School Board ElectionsLocal school board elections increasingly are becoming national political battlegrounds, as millions of dollars in campaign cash pours in from out-of-state donors in the name of education reform.

What Do The Clinton Charities Actually Do?

What Do The Clinton Charities Actually Do?Charities tied to the Clinton family have received seemingly endless scrutiny throughout the presidential campaign. They’ve been accused of wasting funds, offering access to donors and even serving as a personal “piggy bank” for the Clinton family.

What Would Sanity Do About The Upcoming Election?

What Would Sanity Do about the Upcoming Election?"America's two political parties spent $4 billion on the last election and it worked -- the American people were soundly defeated." (Swami Beyondananda)  We've been hearing for years the contextual question, "What would Jesus do?" So I offer my own question:  What would sanity do?

5 Reasons Donald Trump Is More Effective Than You Think

5 Reasons Donald Trump Is A More Effective Than You ThinkThe New York Times article “The 258 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter” is a pretty good indicator of the level of discourse of the Republican Party’s nominee for US president in November’s election.

One Way the 2016 Election Is Obviously Rigged

One Way the 2016 Election Is Obviously RiggedHillary Clinton has put the Electoral College into checkmate. She’s closer to Donald Trump in many red states like Kansas and Texas than he is to her in key swing states.

5 Reasons to Hold Your Nose And Vote

5 Reasons to Hold Your Nose And Vote Even On Election Day, what do you do if you were a die-hard Bernie Sanders fan and are now faced with a ballot that offers you a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, whose favorability ratings are the worst among presidential candidates since CBS News and The New York Times started polling in 1984?

What Social Science Says How A Female President Might Lead?

What Social Science Says How A Female President Might Lead?In this year’s unorthodox presidential election season, the latest campaign foibles can sometimes obscure the unprecedented fact that one major-party candidate for highest office in the United States is a woman.

Can Foreign Hackers Actually Disrupt The U.S. Election?

Can Foreign Hackers Actually Disrupt The U.S. Election?There is a real possibility that hacking could affect the November presidential election, warns Herbert Lin, a cyberpolicy and security expert at Stanford University warns. But, he adds, a “baseline of hacking” among countries worldwide is occurring all the time.

Is The US Electoral System Really Rigged?

Is The US Electoral System Really Rigged?Many have speculated how a Trump victory would affect the U.S., but few have thought about the consequences of a Trump loss. After falling behind Hillary Clinton in the polls, Donald Trump has already developed a narrative for his exit: The election was rigged.

Is Donald Trump America's Post Hangover Selfie?

Is Donald Trump America's Post Hangover Selfie?Because a single powerful leader will draw from the rest of us powerful projections ranging from savior to devil, from healer to destroyer, I have long been interested, as a psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst, in the relationship between politics, mythology and psychology. For people like me, this is our year.

Why Voter ID Laws Could Whitewash the Election

Why Voter ID Laws Could Whitewash the Election“The Federal District and Appeals Courts are willing to do what the Supreme Court wouldn’t do, which is acknowledge the reality that racial discrimination in voting persists today.”

Is The US Constitution At Stake In This Year's Presidential Election?

If Senate Republicans are true to their word, the next president of the United States will nominate Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement. Given the age of several other members of the Supreme Court and rumors of others’ retirement, it is likely the next president will make as many as four nominations.

Don't Bet The Farm The Amish Will Turn Out For Trump

Don't Bet the Farm The Amish will turn out for Trump?Supporters of Donald Trump’s campaign have recently employed an unorthodox tactic to secure additional votes in Pennsylvania and Ohio – forming a super PAC to mobilize Amish voters.

Why We Wait So Long To Talk About Traumatic Events

Why We Wait So Long To Talk About Traumatic EventsWhen longtime former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson filed suit July 6 for sexual harassment against the network’s former boss, Roger Ailes, the public response was less than kind. There were expressed disbelief and rebuttals that she was fabricating her story in retaliation for being fired.

Is The US Election Vulnerable To Hacking?

Is The US Election Vulnerable To Hacking?Following the hack of Democratic National Committee emails and reports of a new cyberattack against the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, worries abound that foreign nations may be clandestinely involved in the 2016 American presidential campaign.

Clinton Vs. Trump: Whose Acceptance Speech Hit The Right Note?

Clinton Vs. Trump: Whose Acceptance Speech Hit The Right Note?At the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton formally accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party. Republican nominee Donald Trump did the same at the Republican National Convention.

Clinton's New College Compact Plan Explained

Clinton's New College Compact Plan ExplainedAhead of the Democratic National Convention – on July 5 – Hillary Clinton announced a set of new proposals on higher education.

How Gross Inequality And Crushed Hopes Have Fed The Rise Of Donald Trump

How Gross Inequality And Crushed Hopes Have Fed The Rise Of Donald TrumpDonald Trump is now the Republican nominee for president of the United States and millions of people are asking: “How could this happen?”Donald Trump is now the Republican nominee for president of the United States and millions of people are asking: “How could this happen?”

Trump Embraces Role Of Hero Of The Forgotten And Downtrodden

Trump Embraces Role Of Hero Of The Forgotten And DowntroddenDonald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for the presidency in a speech destined to be remembered by history as the “I am your voice” speech – a phrase that Trump repeated several times to tie together his themes of economic revitalization, military strength and government honesty.

Politics Serves As Therapy When Trump Takes The Stage

Politics Serves As Therapy When Trump Takes The StageSince the election of George W. Bush, I have been telling anyone who would listen that the 21st-century Republican Party was unlike any other centre-right political party.

Why I Find Hillary Clinton Trustworthy

Why I Find Hillary Clinton TrustworthyHillary Clinton’s 6-point lead over Donald Trump in last month’s CBS News poll has now evaporated. As of mid-July (even before Trump enjoys a predictable post-convention bump in the polls) she is tied with him.  Each garners the support of 40 percent of voters.

What’s Mike Pence Got to Offer Donald Trump?

What’s Mike Pence Got to Offer Donald Trump? If, as multiple reports indicate, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate, it may be for his connections to party conservatives — especially those who fund campaigns.

What Would Abraham Lincoln Say To A Donald Trump?

What Would Abraham Lincoln Say To A Donald Trump?As the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump could learn a lot from his party’s first president, Abraham Lincoln. He should start with religion and immigration, topics on which he has appealed to fear and bigotry rather than “the better angels of our nature" as Lincoln did.

Robert Reich On Why Trump Might Win

Robert Reich On Why Trump Might WinA new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Sunday finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie, with Trump leading Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters. That’s an 11 percent swing against Clinton since March.

Trump And Clinton : Proof That US Voting System Doesn’t Work?

Trump And Clinton : Proof That US Voting System Doesn’t Work?Having outlasted all his opponents, Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party. Hillary Clinton is closing in on locking up the Democratic nomination.

The Media Myth of the Working-Class Reagan Democrats

The Media Myth of the Working-Class Reagan DemocratsNow that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, we are likely to get all sorts of mainstream media analysis about how his narrow pathway to Election Day victory runs through white working-class America, the way Ronald Reagan’s did, while the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, must corral young people, minorities and the well-educated.

What's The Endgame of 2016′s Anti-Establishment Politics?

The Endgame of 2016′s Anti-Establishment PoliticsWill Bernie Sanders’s supporters rally behind Hillary Clinton if she gets the nomination? Likewise, if Donald Trump is denied the Republican nomination, will his supporters back whoever gets the Republican nod?

How Not To Wind Up Voting For A President You Don't Agree With

But did you vote for the candidate that best matches your beliefs? jamelah e., CC BY-NC-NDWhen any American enters the voting booth, he (or she) is free to cast his private ballot for any candidate he favors. On the surface, this seems rather obvious, and easy. We each privately vote for the candidate we wish to support. We choose based on our preferences, so we vote correctly, right?

Trump And Clinton Triumph: 3 Scholars React

Trump And Clinton Triumph: 3 Scholars  ReactOn Super Tuesday, voters from more than a dozen U.S. states vote in presidential primaries with important consequences for the candidates. We asked three scholars in different parts of the world to comment on the results and what they mean for the presidential race going forward.

The Rhetorical Brilliance Of Trump The Demagogue

The Rhetorical Brilliance Of Trump The DemagogueDonald Trump’s December 7 Statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration has attracted worldwide disdain. Nearly 500,000 Britons have signed a petition asking their government to prevent Trump from entering their country. In the US, Trump’s comments have been denounced by Democrats, Republicans, the media and religious groups.

Do Our Genes Tell Us How To Vote?

Do Our Genes Tell Us How To Vote?As a society we believe that our political allegiance depends on which party best marries up with our needs and values – and that these are shaped by our life experiences. But research with twins suggests picking who to vote for in an election might have more to do with your genes than the policies of the parties.

Why Does The Right Show Disrespect Towards President Obama?

Why Does The Right Show Disrespect Towards President Obama?

Many of us can hardly believe the disrespect that is sometimes shown to President Obama. Not only has he been portrayed as un-American, but even as "not-an-American".. I understand how the right could be passionate enough to show disrespect to the man holding the office.

Key Issues in the Republican debates?

With all the Republican-candidate nomination hoopla and numerous debates, there needs to be some levity in the process. You might feel that the candidates have already provided a lot of entertainment on and off stage (not usually intentionally), but here is another humorous take on political candidates.

NAACP Appeals to the UN For Protection of Voting Rights

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The report, Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America, details a plethora of voter suppression initiatives, most of them pushed in states with large African-American populations and where voting turnout has surged.

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