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    Communism… The Trumbo Way

    So I watched Trumbo the other day. It’s about a blacklisted writer who stood up for what he believed in and used his writing to do that–right up my alley. But there’s a scene early on where he explains what communism is to his daughter, Niki. NIKI: So, are you a Communist?DALTON TRUMBO: I am.NIKI: Is it against the law?DALTON TRUMBO: It is not.NIKI: That lady with the big hat said you’re a “dangerous radical.” Are you?DALTON TRUMBO: Radical, maybe. Dangerous, only to men who fling Cokes.NIKI: You don’t want to overthrow the government?DALTON TRUMBO: No, we have a good government. But anything good can be better, don’t you think?NIKI:…

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    Pawlenty as Governor Part 2: What I Do Care About

    I talked before about things politicians keep bringing up that aren’t things I care about. Here’s what I do care about. Education – this is, and always shall be, my number one priority. Because my biggest fear is living in a country of ignorant. Ignorant people are like play-doh–they have no substance and even a mediocre leader can mold them into zealots. Smart children grow up to be smart adults who make smart advances. They make life better. They make medicine and businesses and inventions and because I don’t want a world where being “ig’nant” is a symbol of pride, or you’re supposed to hate school, or be a slacker/disengaged…

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    So Pawlenty as Governor…

    So I used to ignore politics. But in my state, the governor race has begun. This is going to be interesting because, for the first time in my life, I’m scrutinizing candidates and vetting policies. I even sent in a ballot for my Homeowner’s Association election. So revel in the bantling thoughts of a guy coming to government as unsteady and moist as a newborn calf. In my state, Tim Pawlenty is running for governor as a Republican.This is noteworthy because he already served from 2003-2011 (and then took six years off to go backpacking in Europe?). I don’t know why he wants to run now. Is he afraid the…

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    How Do You Convince Someone Not to Vote for Trump

    Allow me to get political for a second. I haven’t done so in over 900 posts, so I think I’m permitted one. And believe me, I don’t like to do this. I’m not politically minded. I don’t care much about politics or governmental elections. I care about policy, but the system to create that policy has succumbed to corruption – lobbying, partisanship, etc. When it comes to presidents, there are candidates I like and candidates I don’t. When George W. Bush was first elected, I was disappointed – the election was controversial to begin with, but also he was not very intelligent and didn’t understand consequences for his actions. He…