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Skipping debate will not cost Trump


This is the face of a man who knows exactly what he’s doing. Or not. Who knows?

Sure, it seems insane for any candidate–even a frontrunner–to consider skipping the final debate before the Iowa Caucus, but Donald Trump is not your typical candidate. If Jeb! Bush or Marco Rubio led Iowa with a week to go and decided to skip the final debate, it might be considered a fatal mistake, costing the candidate not only Iowa, but other early states as well. However, Trump continues to prove his impervious to the usual traps that ensnarl campaigns and cost candidates elections. No, Trump continues to win and his defiance may be the reason why.

Trump’s entrance into the race last summer (has it really been that long?) defied logic. His campaign kickoff speech, filled with grotesque words about Latinos and undocumented workers was equally baffling. Surely, no one serious about winning the presidency would say these things and think they’ll win, right? But Trump’s poll numbers shot through the roof. Nothing he’s said or done since that fateful day have affected Trump’s numbers. The only thing that’s truly changed is the candidate nipping at his heels, and who stands to his left and right during debates. Trump, however, has remained front and center at every debate, and through every gaffe, ramble, and scoff, Trump reigns supreme.

So why skip the final debate before real votes are cast?

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The Politicization of Everything

You may have heard, some long-bearded man who stars in a popular reality TV show said something offensive and the entire country flipped their lid. Once again, Americans of all stripes decided they were scholars of the U.S. Constitution, and chimed in accordingly.

I have little to say regarding the Duck Dynasty controversy that unfolded yesterday except for this: when something major happens that you consider a violation (or not) of one’s constitutional rights, think long and hard before you say something. Look, I’m no Constitutional scholar. I didn’t go to law school, nor do I pretend to be an expert in all things “freedom.” I’m a political scientist, who dabbles in the world of campaigns and political communications and I can tell you without a doubt that the vast majority of this country hasn’t the slightest clue what they’re discussing.

Like so many other, I joined the fray yesterday, and chipped in my two cents. It’s not worth repeating here, but let’s be clear, no one’s constitutional rights were violated yesterday. In fact, all the noise that emanated from the Duck Dynasty nonsense is a fantastic demonstration of the power of free speech. Americans hit the web to express support for either Phil Robertson or A&E without any repercussions or interference from an oppressive government.

Remember, your right to free speech protects you from the government, not your employer.

We live in a great country that allows us to debate something as irrational and bizarre as the personal views of a man who makes a living through calling ducks.

If that’s not freedom and American, I don’t know what is.

Ultimately, the fallout gives off the distinct impression that we now live in a country where we politicize everything. Pseudo-politicians like Sarah Palin insist on giving their political opinion of the actions a private company took when they believed an employee stepped out-of-bounds. Ditto for Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana.

Not everything in this country is political. The talking heads, politicians, pundits, and others would make you believe that there is politics in everything we do, but there just isn’t. We are the ones creating the political environment when it doesn’t need to exist.


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Veterans deserve more respect than Americans give them – The Independent Florida Alligator: Columns

Latest column for the Alligator. Published today due to no paper on Monday.

Veterans deserve more respect than Americans give them – The Independent Florida Alligator: Columns.

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Ted Yoho plans push to impeach Eric Holder – John Bresnahan –

Oh, Ted Yoho. Never change.

I’m pretty sure House GOP members just spin a wheel each week to figure out what controversy they’re going to pursue. Last week it was Obamacare, this week it’s Fast & Furious. Next week? Who knows. Benghazi or the IRS are likely.

Ted Yoho plans push to impeach Eric Holder – John Bresnahan –

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Love them or hate them, food stamps are a necessity – The Independent Florida Alligator: Columns

Column from today’s Alligator.

Feel free to read and leave comments!


Love them or hate them, food stamps are a necessity – The Independent Florida Alligator: Columns.

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Marijuana and Alcohol –

Nice piece from the Times’ Editorial Board that complements the push for medicinal marijuana in Florida.

Turns out legal marijuana cuts down on youth binge drinking.

The more you know.


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Why the Casey Anthony trial is everything that is wrong with America

Will you PLEASE go away already?!?

By Joel Mendelson

Yesterday, a young woman in Florida was acquitted on charges that she killed her child and was convicted of lying to investigators. Ho-hum, another day in the American criminal justice system. Yet, for some odd reason, the trial captivated the imaginations of far too many. Now, I hate to harp on the news that Americans watch/read/absorb, and let’s face it, most of it really sucks, but there is something weirdly wrong with America’s obsession with the Casey Anthony trial.

Most will immediately point fingers at Nancy Grace, who popularized the story on her cuckoo legal show on Headline News. Every night she presents crimes, just like the Caylee Anthony death as “breaking news.” While it’s certainly a tragedy that a young girl was found dead, and that the mother was suspected, it’s hardly breaking news. In the last decade we’ve seen terrorist attacks, two wars, a near economic collapse, the election of the first African-American president, far too many natural disasters to count, uprisings across the Middle East and so much more. How does the Anthony story qualify as breaking news?

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