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One More Time. “Freedom of speech” Does Not Mean “Consequence free.”

Every spring, I have to attend a state-wide supervisor’s conference.  It’s something I’d rather not go to, since it’s mostly “same old, same old,” but the main value is the social interactions with the other supervisors.  In the after-hours chatting, the buzz was about one of the supervisors recently having been fired.  What did they do?  They’d posted a very offensive racist comment on a newspaper story.  Unfortunately for them, this particular newspaper used the Facebook comment plug-in, which linked that comment right back to their Facebook page.  On which, they prominently had their job title and employer.  The numerous people offended by the comment promptly sent off e-mails and made phone calls to the head office.

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Trump Never Learned What I Did – But Should Have

Over the years, I’ve had a number of bosses, both good and bad, as well as a lot of time being the boss.  Anyone who has listened to President Trump over the past few years has seen the chaos in his administration.     From just an overview in the recent Mueller report, it’s apparent that the White House is more like a version of some fictional royal courts, with courtiers vying to see who can gain influence, or avoid falling afoul of Trump’s displeasure.   He mirrors the traits of the worst bosses I’ve had, with none of the traits of my good bosses. What’s apparent to me is that Trump never learned the lessons I did along the way.  Like what?

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Thoughts for 2020 – And Beyond

We’re already in the start of primary season, and Democrats have a large selection of candidates competing to be the Party’s nominee.  There’s going to be a lot of horse racing commentary in the media, and polls being analyzed.  None of those really matter at this time, and won’t until we get toward the end of the year.   I’m not going to advocate for any candidate in this post, since I’m not even close to deciding.  However I do have some thoughts for the year 2020.  In addition, back in early 2018, I wrote a post with four thoughts for 2018 and beyond.  Those still hold true, and I’ll be revisiting some of that in this post.   What am I thinking?

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Civics: Dealing with what is

If there’s been one common feature between the left and the right over the past decade, it’s that they all have an idea for what they want to see changed about the government.   The specifics of those ideas depend on the particular ideological slant, but they all have a complaint with the way things are and “how it should be.”  I’ve seen calls to abolish or restructure the Senate, change to a parliamentary system, changing birthright citizenship, gun ownership, balancing the budget, along with calls for a third party.  Most of them come down to “we think we’re not getting our way,” and that a new form will get them that.  It’s nothing new.

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Civics: What America Has Forgotten

There was a recent report by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation that only 40% of Americans could pass a citizenship test.  That’s the test we give to all people who are applying for citizenship, but not to those who were born here.   That’s actually a slight improvement from previous results.   I wish I could say I was surprised by that, but I’m not.  In various internet forums and in person, I’ve run into a sizable number of people who have little clue about  how government works and the history of this country.  That would be disturbing enough in and of itself, but what is truly terrifying is the number of people who should know better, up to and including the President, who don’t.

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