Politics, Moderate



Trump can't win in 2020, but Democrats could lose

If the 2020 election were simply a question of whether voters want President Donald Trump to serve another term, he would lose. His job approval ratings have consistently been in the low- to mid-40s nationwide, and it's no better in potential battleground states. ScottRasmussen.com polling shows the president getting positive reviews from just ...Read more

Politics has failed, but America will not

Four hundred years ago this summer, colonial America's first representative assembly was convened in Jamestown, Virginia. The event launched a noble tradition that grew to become America's founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance.

However, that noble beginning was challenged right from the start. Just a few weeks after the ...Read more

What the Covington High School incident tells us about America

On Jan. 19, a moment arrived that nobody anticipated and quickly became a national Rorschach test. The moment came when a group of students had an encounter of some sort with a Native American elder on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Their encounter became a social media sensation. Despite nearly two hours of video footage and extensive ...Read more

Americans continue to reject the regulatory state

Democratic dreams of a Green New Deal tap into some very real concerns shared by most Americans. Fifty-five percent of voters nationwide agree with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) that we have just over a decade to act before catastrophic impacts of climate change become unavoidable.

But that common ground doesn't mean voters are ...Read more

To understand election 2020, watch America, not the politicians

Election 2020 is still 22 months away, but the political world can't wait.

A decent number of Democrats have already announced their decision to enter the race, a couple of dozen others are coming and pundits are busily assessing the chances of each new candidate to win the nomination.

One of the early questions is whether Democratic voters ...Read more

There's more to governing than government

Republicans and Democrats are carrying on in Washington as if the fate of the world depends upon how they resolve the partial shutdown of the federal government. But let's be honest, this is not the Cuban Missile Crisis.

A more realistic assessment of the situation suggests that the elected politicians are merely confirming the low opinion ...Read more

Keeping the shutdown in perspective

In official Washington and the nation's political media world, the partial shutdown of the federal government is a crisis dominating the arrival of a new Congress this week.

That perception is certainly understandable when you consider what a company town Washington, D.C., has become. Just about everyone in political circles has friends and ...Read more

An Optimist in a Pessimistic World

I am optimistic about America's future. That simple statement typically elicits varying expressions of shock and disbelief.

Despite that, I believe that our nation's best days are still to come. I am confident that our children and grandchildren will have much better lives than we have enjoyed. They will get to see and do many wondrous things...Read more

America's War of Independence, Civil Rights Movement Were Part of the Same Revolution

Many of our political differences today stem from different perceptions of American history.

On the surface, it appears as if there's a lot of common ground in understanding that history. Ninety-five percent of voters believe that the founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance played an important role (including 74 percent who ...Read more

What voters would include in comprehensive immigration reform

For many years, political leaders from both major parties have dreamed of "comprehensive immigration reform." The core idea has always been some sort of grand bargain that legalized the status of many illegal immigrants in the U.S. along with improving border security.

However, the idea always faltered in the court of public opinion because ...Read more

Elite Opinion Standing in the Way of Comprehensive Immigration Reform

On Sunday, a group of migrants near Tijuana, Mexico, rushed through border fencing and attempted to enter the United States near San Diego. Tear gas was fired by Border Patrol agents, and most of the migrants turned back. A few dozen were arrested. Pictures and online videos showed children clinging to adults fleeing the scene. Massive media ...Read more

Enjoy Thanksgiving, avoid politics

For those who live and breathe politics, it's hard to let go after the intensity of an election. Months and months of addictively following every hint of breaking news or analysis gave way to often raw emotions as the votes were finally counted.

I speak from personal experience. After every election, my wife says it takes about a month for me ...Read more


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