Ontario voters need to vote strategically

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

Most people in Ontario don’t want Doug Ford to be premier again (CBC News says he has 36% whereas the combination of Liberal, NDP, Green, and Other has 64%). And rightly so — he will do very horrible things. But because of how our election system works (first past the post) he is likely to […]

People who get paid to not do their job

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Name a profession where the people who refuse to do their job still get paid. I can only think of one — US congresspeople. Republicans have for years, ever since Newt Gingrich gave them the idea, refused to work with the president if he was a member of the other party. But the definition of […]

It’s time for bold action in the US

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

The US is an undemocratic country. At the very least, they need to get rid of the electoral college, eliminate the filibuster in the Senate, and jail 45 for his crimes. They also need to either add more justices to the Supreme Court or give them term limits. But all of that is for another […]

What Biden has done as president

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Joe Biden is at risk of being able to do less after the midterm elections this year. It’s useful to remember all the great things he’s done as president, along with fellow Democrats. Thom Hartmann gives the run down: Here’s What The Dems Have Done – Did You Know?

An eruption of possibility

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Eddie Glaude, from Princeton, calls this moment when Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed for the Supreme Court “an eruption of possibility… What we think is possible expands.” Fellow guest Joe Lockhart, former White House Press Secretary, points out no Republicans stood up to condemn their colleagues’ sickening behaviour during the hearings. This is […]

It’s time to get rid of monarchy

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web, My thoughts

Among the things we should get rid of in the 21st century? Monarchy. Note that I’m not talking about a specific monarchy, or specific people. Any specific monarch might be a nice person — that is irrelevant to my point. Regardless of their niceness, or usefulness, they should get off their throne. As for the […]

Citizening

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Baratunde Thurston uses “citizen” as a verb to suggest that you need to be a citizen not just at elections but all the time. “Some people have always felt the right to take from others, to deny democracy to some, to keep some power for themselves,” he says. He has a podcast called “How to […]

Performative outrage

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

The Republican Party used to care about policies — they were generally bad policies, but they were policies. Then for a while they pretended to care about policies but really didn’t. Now they’re not even pretending. Here’s David Pakman on this development: Trump’s Republican Party is Just Performative Outrage

How ex-presidents should act

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

If you’re wondering how ex-presidents should act, it’s like this. Here are Bush, Clinton, and Obama with a shared message of democracy and unity on the day of Biden’s inauguration: Obama, Clinton, and Bush Unite For Biden’s Inauguration Will 45 ever be a member of this group? No, he will not.

The best day of 2020

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

The day that Joe Biden was declared president elect was the best day of 2020 for millions of people. It’s a great day, not just for the US but for the world. There should have been a blue wave, but this result is infinitely better than the alternative. Now we can approach the future with […]