October 19, 2010

Understanding Political Terminology (Part II)

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Here are some more terms and terminology to help you get up to speed for your next political discussion. ACLU is an acronym for the American Civil Liberties Union which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan litigation and lobbying organization that defends freedom of expression, privacy, due process, and equal protection on behalf of anyone, no matter how unpopular the issue.Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) is the term referring to a state-of-mind that affects some liberals who blame President George W. Bush for virtually every ill in the world.Depression refers to a prolonged and very severe financial recession as well as the economic crisis which began around the time of the stock market crash in October 1929 and continued through the 1930s.Eugenics focuses on improving the human gene pool by discouraging procreation by persons with undesirable traits.Greenhouse Gases are gases in the atmosphere that absorb and emit radiation. Environmentalists believe that fossil fuels have increased the levels of one of these gases carbon dioxide and there is much controversy if this is a natural occurrence in nature or man-made.Junk Science is a term used to describe false or misleading research that is offered as real science, but was not obtained using accepted scientific methods. The term “junk science” is often applied to deceptive environmental and health studies.MSM is an acronym formainstream media which refers to the major television networks, radio shows, and newspapers.PETA is an acronym for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and as a group they support animal “rights” by protesting medical testing on animals and the use of animals to make clothing, cosmetics, or other consumables (including food).Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is a term coined by Hillary Rodham-Clinton to describe the accusations of, and the investigations into, President Bill Clinton’s alleged misconduct and alleged illegal activities during his Presidency.

October 17, 2010

Understanding Politics: Some Great Book Resources

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In the ongoing quest to fulfill the “information is power” idiom, following are some resources that might be worth checking out. Understanding American Politics and Government (John J. Coleman, Kenneth M. Goldstein, and William G. Howell) is written in a clear style and brims with rich, real-world examples to help readers develop the necessary skills to see through the media sound bites and truly gain a grasp on what is being said. Readers have commented that the book is standard in its organization but has interesting twists to promote thought and discussion.Understanding American Politics (Stephen Brooks) offers up-to-date processes of American politics (including the 1008 election) to help readers consider how the rest of the world may see the American political system. Some reviews indicate the book should be “required reading” for anyone wanting to better understand American politics.Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation (Peter H. Schuck and James Q. Wilson) is an authoritative up-to-date portrait of the vast, complex current state of America’s institutions, values, and future challenges items like immigration, religion, and the economy. Readers consider it an “insightful” and “well thought out” work.Stay tuned to this site for further resources and ideas to get you going in the direction of full discovery.

October 15, 2010

Understanding Political Terminology (Part I)

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I’m not sure about you, but I learn best by reading definitions of words that I’ve heard bandied about so I will better understand them the next time Ihear them whether it be on the evening news or during a cocktail conversation where politics are being discussed. For that purpose I’ve compiled a list of some terms that you may have heard but not understood. Stay on the lookout for future lists as we all get politically smart together! American Independent party is a political party whose most famous presidential candidate was Alabama governor George Wallace; mainly known for opposing racial desegregation.Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) applied portions of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to the handicapped, resulting in lawsuits and institutional expenditures to increase access for the disabled and currently stands effective.Bull-Moose party was a short-lived political party that served as a vehicle for Teddy Roosevelt’s 1912 campaign for president.Civil Rights Act of 1964 was an expansive federal law that prevented racial discrimination by any private business receiving federal money or engaging in commerce with an interstate component.Dual federalism is a federal system in which national powers and state powers are sharply differentiated.Gramm-Rudman-Hollings bill was an unsuccessful law, passed in 1985, that was supposed to eliminate the federal government’s large deficits.Jim Crow Laws are Southern statutes passed around the turn of the twentieth century setting up a rigid racial-caste system.National Security Council is a large foreign policy council responsible for advising the president on foreign policy.Political Action Committees (PACs) are interest groups that (more…)

October 13, 2010

How to Contact the Parties (N-Z)

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As indicated in an earlier post, to play fair in politics it’s important that unbiased information be provided. In that spirit, listed below is some contact information for resources you may be after: NATIONAL SOCIALIST MOVEMENTPost Office Box 580669Minneapolis, MN 55458Phone: 651-659-6307NEO WHIG PARTYPost Office Box 910786St. George, UT 84791Phone: 702-250-5040PROHIBITION PARTYPost Office Box 2635Denver, CO 80201Phone: 303-237-4947REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE310 First Street, South EastWashington, DC 20003Phone: 202-863-8500Fax: 202-863-8820SOCIALIST ACTION298 Valencia StreetSan Francisco, CA 94103Phone: 415-255-1080SOCIALIST LABOR PARTYPost Office Box 218Mountain View, CA 94042-0218Phone: 408-280-7266Fax: 408-280-6964SOCIALIST PARTY339 Lafayette Street 303New York, NY 10012Phone: 212-982-4586Other Phone: 201-803-7574U.S. MARIJUANA PARTY1022 Collins CtBartonville, IL 61607-1714Phone: 309-648-1714U.S. PACIFIST PARTYPhone: 773-324-0654Fax: 773-324-6426WE THE PEOPLE PARTYPost Office Box 253Jackson, NH 03846WORKER’S SOCIALIST PARTY1205 Thomas Palmer CourtLawrenceville, GA 30043WORKERS WORLD PARTY55 West 17 StreetNew York, NY 10011Phone: 212-627-2994Fax: 212-675-7869

October 11, 2010

How to Contact the Parties (A-M)

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To play fair in politics, it’s important that unbiased information be provided. In that spirit, listed below is some contact information for resources you may be after:

AMERICA FIRST PARTY1630 A 30th Street111Boulder, CO 80301Phone: 866-767-8721Fax: 662-453-7787AMERICA’S INDEPENDENT PARTY17195 Silver Parkway 336Fenton, MI 48430AMERICAN HERITAGE PARTYPost Office Box 241Leavenworth, WA 98826-0241Phone: 509-548-2319Other Phone: 888-396-6247Fax: 509-548-8709 (more…)