Why Trump’s Irish Merchandise Broke My Irony Meter

I think my irony meter just broke.The Trump team released Irish themed "Make America Great Again" hats.Does no one on Trump's team know anything about the history of immigration? The Irish were incredibly reviled! The Irish were spoken of in the nineteenth century the way Trump and his supporters talk about Mexican immigrants today. Possibly worse, actually---they were seen as literally sub-human.In fact, Irish immigrants weren't just spoken about the way Mexican immigrants are … [Read more...]


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Historian Kevin Kruse Takes Down Conservatives’ Betsy DeVos / Ruby Bridges Comparison

So, yesterday afternoon, this happened:We are apparently that far through the looking-glass.The cartoon refers to an incident last week when a handful of protestors blocked DeVos from entering a public school in Washington, D.C. DeVos was ultimately able to enter the school. Many Democrats later condemned any efforts to prevent DeVos from entering public schools, arguing that it is important for DeVos to gain greater understanding of the positive work done by public schools. And yet, … [Read more...]


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Not Your Founding Fathers’ Electoral College

Today, the electoral college has become a subject of much discussion. And it's not surprising---for the first time in history, a presidential candidate has won the popular vote by nearly two million votes and yet lost the electoral college. We've had presidential candidates win the popular vote but lose the electoral college before, but never so dramatically. Conservatives have rushed to defend the electoral college---perhaps not surprising, given that their candidate won. Progressives, for … [Read more...]


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The United States Is Not a Special Snowflake

I recently came upon an article in The American Thinker, written Steve McCann and titled "The Left Has Won." The entire article is surreal. To those actually on the Left, it's almost laughable---to say that the Left "has won," in a country without universal healthcare or equal rights for LGBTQ people, is the ultimate absurdity. But I want to zero in on one specific bit of the article---a piece that points to some serious problems with the ways conservative view our country and its place in h … [Read more...]


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Do Progressives Hate American History?

Progressives are not patriotic. Conservatives are patriotic---they celebrate our nation's history and heritage---while progressives hate our country, our history, and what the United States as a nation stands for. Or at least, so goes the narrative. On days like today---the Fourth of July---my mind is brought back to this narrative, which often pivots on disagreements about what actually happened in our history and what our heritage actually is. In reality, progressives and conservatives simply h … [Read more...]


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Making Bigotry Sound Beneficial: A Longstanding Tradition

Have you noticed how much the rhetoric has shifted vis a vis gay people over the past several decades? Yes, there are some conservative evangelicals (and others) who still use language reminiscent of the 1970s and 1980s, but for many more, opposition to gay marriage or other gay rights initiatives has been rephrased in different ways. It's all, "we love gay people, we just think children need a mother and a father." Or, "we have gay friends, we just don't think it's right to force a baker to … [Read more...]


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Why We Need the EPA

In an era when the only question at a Republican debate is how far the candidates will go in their talk of gutting the Environmental Protection Agency---Trump has proposed eliminating it altogether---it may be worth taking some time to look back at the state of our environment before the creation of said agency. I'm going to look at specific products---namely, DDT and lead---and then turn to the quality of our air and water. I suspect that many of us today are less informed than we should be a … [Read more...]


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