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Understanding Trump’s Election by Oliver DeMille

by Oliver DeMille Why Did the American People Give Donald Trump the Presidency? Lasting Confusion The mainstream media doesn’t get it. Why did the majority of people in the majority of states—enough to win the Electoral College—vote for Donald Trump in the last national election? For much of the elite class, not just in national newspaper … [Read more...]

Founding a New Kind of Media? by Oliver DeMille

by Oliver DeMille Generations We are on the verge of a new media era in America. The first occurred during the American Founding, and was characterized mostly by articles and pamphlets—short, direct commentaries by numerous citizens on whatever topics they considered important. The second era was dominated by full-time commentators and … [Read more...]

Why Chaos in Congress is Good for America by Oliver DeMille

by Oliver DeMille “Why can’t the two parties in Washington just get along?” “Why can’t the politicians just stop bickering and work together?” “With the factional divides in the Republican Party, no Speaker of the House can get anything done.” “Shutting down the government is a failure of leadership.” “I wish Washington would just stop … [Read more...]

An Obama, Adams, and Jefferson Debate by Oliver DeMille

(Should Presidents be Treated Like Royalty?) by Oliver DeMille News and Fans A strange thing happened recently. President Obama visited my state, just a quick flight and a few meetings. But to watch the state news reports, you would think the most important celebrity in all of history was visiting. The media simply fawned over the president. The … [Read more...]

Frederic Bastiat, Foreign Affairs, and the Future of Success

Guest Post by Ian Cox “Across the entire innovation chain, from basic research to commercialization, governments have stepped up with needed investment that the private sector has been too scared to provide. This spending has proved transformative, creating entirely new markets and sectors, including the Internet, nanotechnology, biotechnology, … [Read more...]

The Hillary Clinton Emails (A Different View) by Oliver DeMille

The Curve If you follow my articles on a regular basis, you’ve probably noticed that I seldom write about topics that are in the current news cycle. I usually address such issues a week or more after they stop dominating the nightly news. There is an important reason for this. The way the television news presents many political topics can be … [Read more...]

The Fall of Institutionalism by Oliver DeMille

by Oliver DeMille A Major Change in America We have a trust crisis in America. Specifically, we don’t trust our major institutions. For example, consider the current American view of government. A Gallup poll asked, “How much of the time do you think you can trust government in Washington to do what is right?” The response? Only 19% of … [Read more...]

The Main Source of the American Decline by Oliver DeMille

Land of the Free  Land of Decay These days, the word “decline” is frequently used to describe the United States. Where “China” is often paired with words and phrases like “rising,” “new superpower,” and “number one,” a different set of adjectives show up when the U.S. is discussed. This trend recently reached a new low when the cover story on … [Read more...]

The Bad Guy in America

by Oliver DeMille Question: "How much of the First Amendment would you like us to ignore?"  Answer: "How many lives would we want to save?" --State of Affairs television debut The Enemy? Almost every police drama and movie has a similar bad guy. The hero, usually a dedicated police officer or government agent with a painful personal past … [Read more...]

The Age of Gridlock!

(Why It Is Actually Good for America) Pointing or Passing Now that the 2014 midterm elections have been held, the whole political apparatus in the United States is gearing up for the 2016 presidential election. What does this mean for the next two years? Here’s what to expect: Hillary Clinton will now run against the Republican Congress. This … [Read more...]