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The Supreme Court: One Relatively Good and One Terrible Decision

On June 27, 2019, the US Supreme Court announced two major decisions. The first one was okay, but not great. They temporarily blocked the Census Bureau from asking a citizenship question on the 2020 census form. Such a question has never before been asked. However, the matter can still be challenged in court before the census forms are actually printed later this year, and subsequent court decisions might allow a citizenship question. That would be a brazenly partisan move which can only benefit the Republican Party, for reasons I shall not take space to explain. I trust, or at least hope, that you already understand why it is so baldly partisan.

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Impeachment: A VERY GRAND Jury, Writ VERY Large

By its very nature, every impeachment is political. The process of convicting a federal officer of criminal activity is inherently political as well as judicial. The conviction of any federal office holders, federal judges, cabinet officials, or Members of Congress is politically divisive. The impeachments of presidents is by far the most polarizing of all political issues.

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The Growing Greening of Greenland

The New York Times journalist Jon Gertner has just written a book called The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey into Greenland’s Buried Past and Our Perilous Future. He notes that 80% of Greenland is covered with ice, some of it two miles thick. Nevertheless, 300 billion tons of that ice is melting each year, and the total is increasing annually. The northern tip of Greenland is only 400 miles from the North Pole. The daily temperature at that location in February of last year was an average of 45 degrees higher than normal for the whole month. That is simply astounding.

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The Decline of Democracy: UK & USA

The greatest threat to democracy in the 21st century is ill-informed, reactionary voters. The Brexit vote in Britain is Illustration No. 1 of that sad reality. Former Prime Minister David Cameron made a disastrous mistake in asking British voters to decide whether to exit or to remain in the European Union. He incorrectly assumed the electorate would certainly have the wisdom to vote to stay in the EU.

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There Is Nothing New Under the Sun

My last Old Philosopher essay was based on the sixty pages of Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses S. Grant that chronicle the disastrous presidency of Andrew Johnson. This essay shall focus on a few other incidents from that sad chapter of American history, plus observations by Chernow about the eight years of Grant’s presidency which followed immediately after the impeachment of Johnson by the House of Representatives. I found many parallels between those turbulent years and the past three years of American political life.

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