Amtrak's birthday is no time to party

As the National Railroad Passenger Corp. - better known as Amtrak - turns 45 this week, a lot of people are asking the right questions about the quasi-governmental agency and why it’s such a failure. Even the left-leaning Vox online magazine acknowledges that Amtrak doesn’t deliver the service that it should. There are so many questions, Vox…

Socialism fails in Venezuela, again

Socialism is enjoying a real surge in popularity - everywhere except in places it’s actually practiced. Even Newsweek commented on this recently, when it considered why Sen. Bernie Sanders has so much support among younger voters. “So why are he and his brand of out-and-proud socialism suddenly looking so viable?” Newsweek asks. “His

Donald Trump fulfills predictions of an evil rhetorician

When it comes to rhetoric, Plato was right and Aristotle - not so much. Distilled, Aristotle thought rhetoric good for democracy, though his definition of “by the people” was closer to our Founding Fathers’ intent of only certain people than to today’s more-the-merrier model.

A convention must unite Republicans

What are political conventions for? If you’ve ever been to one, you might think the purpose is for attendees to schmooze, drink and drink some more. That holds true for both the delegates and the journalists who usually outnumber them by at least 3-to-1. But that’s not actually why political conventions exist.

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