Today, there are few issues that divide the U.S. population more sharply than whether “Critical Race Theory” should be taught in our nation’s public schools. An academic movement that has existed for some forty years has suddenly become the subject of curiosity for some; scorn for others.

If you fall into the latter category and oppose teaching Critical Race Theory to kids, let me ask you a question: Where was the largest radioactive spill ever to occur in the U.S.? If you answered 3-Mile Island in 1979, you would be wrong. That very same year, a radioactive holding pond at…

President-Elect Joe Biden and “Major”

There is much to ponder about 2020’s Presidential election results. If you supported President-elect Biden, you likely feel much joy. If you supported the other guy, it’s either, “See you in court,” or “Better luck next time.” Take your pick.

All things remaining equal, President-elect Biden will be sworn in as the Nation’s 46th President on January 20, 2021. The day will make history in several ways. For instance, California Senator Kamala Harris will become the Nation’s first female, African-American, and Indian-American Vice President. That will leave a Mack truck-sized hole in that glass ceiling.

Another history-making event will occur…

In the United States, we live by certain bedrock principles that effectively shackle the federal government, preventing it from becoming an authoritarian overlord: separation of powers, checks and balances, and judicial review are three of the most oft-cited that characterize and limit over-reach by our federal government.

While undeniably important, these are broad-brush principles that make for good material in a high school government class or the debate stage. However, the nitty gritty of governing a volatile democracy that 340 million people call home happens at the agency level. Three agencies, in particular, play pivotal roles in protecting our democracy.

Over the past few years of listening to the never-ending dreck that vomits forth from Donald Trump’s mouth, I have managed to discern one, inescapable truth about the man. Whatever Trump accuses other of doing — whatever he alleges about another person’s behavior, personality, looks, or integrity — he is guilty of doing or being himself.

Thus, when Trump tweeted in 2016 that the election was being “rigged,” we should have all paid closer attention because he was, in point of fact, telling the truth — except it was he who was doing the “rigging.”

Similarly, when Trump tweeted in…

Kanye West ignited his own type of fireworks this 4th of July weekend by announcing on Twitter he is running for President in 2020.

I know what you are thinking. I thought it, too. Great, another unqualified man who thinks he can be anointed POTUS, am I right? After I thought about it a while longer, however, I wondered, Could there be more to this than meets the eye?

Eric G. Young

Lawyer, college instructor, life-long learner

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