Author Archive: statswithcats

THE BILL OF RIGHTS IN 4 TWEETS

If he were alive today, James Madison would have had to send ten tweets to publish the Bill of Rights. Here’s how he could have done it in just four tweets. Amendment I. The Federal government may not obstruct a person’s ability to: Express and publish opinions Protest in a group Ask the government to …

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Rewriting the Second Amendment

Does it really matter? There is no topic that generates quite as much hysteria as gun rights. Not even the quality of soccer clubs. Opinions cut across age, race, religion, and even political ideology. If you were raised with firearms in your home, gun ownership is a God-given human right as important as freedom of …

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The Demographics of Gun Ownership

Our national religion isn’t Christianity, it’s weaponry. Growing up in the 1950s, we played with toy pistols and rifles made all the more realistic by caps. And why not? The TV shows we all watched were westerns—Lone Ranger, Rifleman, Gunsmoke, Have Gun Will Travel, and many more. Then there were all those war movies meant …

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America’s Boldfaced Serial Killers

We see them. We know they’re there. We can’t avoid them. A new breed of serial killer has emerged in America. They are the people who, through their actions and inactions, spread the Covid-19 virus. They don’t wash their hands or sanitize objects they touch. They don’t wear suitable masks, appropriately, all the time. They …

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The Political Divide Isn’t About Politics

Everyone knows that you can’t talk politics in the U.S. without an argument. It’s not the problems that are intractable, it’s our attitudes towards our adversaries, our fellow citizens.

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Eliminate Socialism in the U.S.

Americans don’t know what it is but they don’t want it. Socialism People in the U.S have been taught to fear socialism. They’re not quite sure what socialism is, but they believe it is bad and they should rebel against anything that smacks of it. They ridicule people who defend it. They vote against candidates who support …

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The Curse of the Non-Voter

Since 2000, over 40% of eligible voters have not voted. Here is some information about how big an issue non-voting is, why individuals don’t vote, and what we might do about it.

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What Do You Mean by Socialism?

It seems like you can’t have a political discussion without someone using the word socialism, sometimes affectionately and sometimes disparagingly. At least with words like Hitler and Nazi, you know the intent. Socialism is a defined as a political/economic system in which the means of production (machinery, tools, and factories used to produce goods for …

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Nine Ideas for Blocking Writers Block

There’s a lot of advice about how to avoid writer’s block. You know what they are. Here are some things you might not have heard.

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Attacks on Conspiracy Theories Are a Conspiracy

And some of those conspirators don’t even know it. A conspiracy is a plot by two or more people to do something unsavory. A conspiracy theory is an attempt to explain something unusual. Some conspiracy theories are false, some are unproven, some are unprovable, and some have turned out to be true. Closely associated with …

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