How the political and cultural forces in the United States have pushed us past the point of no return where it's now a question of when, not if, our democracy will fail and is there a way to pull the brake.

Courtesy of The Real Truth/Sarah O. Vidal

Yesterday, January 6, 2021, is a day that will go on the shortlist of dates in which our democracy was shrouded in darkness. Since the election of President Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election and the beginning of his Presidency in January 2017, Mr. Trump has used harsh rhetoric and an “us vs them” positioning to drive his bases enthusiasm and play on their anger in an effort to win elections. Republicans across the board have long supported this positioning and found it politically beneficial to their own careers with some positioning for political campaigns in the future for…

What the last four years can teach us about the very near future

President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 5, in Washington. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

With Joseph R Biden Jr and Kamala Harris formally becoming the President-Elect and Vice President-Elect respectively, it is with a sigh of relief for half the country that Donald J Trump will soon be a former President rather than the current President. Over the last four years, we have seen divisiveness and harsh rhetoric coming from within the walls of the White House, from the President's own Twitter feed, and through media outlets such as Fox News and OAN. With the President soon to be pushed into retirement, will Trumpism go with him?

Trumpism, a type of right-wing ideology, is…

Depending on where you live, your vote may hold more power than others.

Voters in Los Angeles County during the 2018 midterms ( Mario Tama/ AFP/Getty)

As we get closer to the 2020 Presidential Election that is set to take place on November 3rd, 2020, over 85 million Americans have cast their vote either in person or by mail. Some states, like Texas, have already shattered 2016 turnout records and are set to continue growing those margins as early voting continues. But voters in key states — including Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Arizona, Georgia, and Texas — are believed to hold the deciding votes in who will cross the threshold of 270 to earn a majority in the electoral college to claim the Presidency. …

President Donald Trump’s favorite talking point is misleading and in some cases downright false.

President Donald Trump at the White House on October 5th, 2020. [AP Photo/Alex Brandon]

With the impacts of COVID-19 still looming over the United States economy, President Donald Trump has been running on a new campaign message: “Make America Great Again…Again”. His iconic slogan from the 2016 race has made a return appearance overtaking his previous 2020 message of “Keep America Great”. The pandemic has rocked financial markets, pushing the unemployment rate from around 3.5% to over 8% since March with nearly 30 million people either having their hours reduced, temporarily laid off, or permanently displaced due to the impacts of the pandemic on businesses who were forced to close when quarantine orders went…

How changing the rules by then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid led the current Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell to get away with his “court-packing” agenda today.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett before President Trump announced her as his Supreme Court nominee on Sept. 26 at the White House. Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times

When our founding fathers gathered to write the Constitution in Philadelphia at the now-famous Independence Hall in 1787, they envisioned a government that had three branches with each being a check and balance on the other. One of these branches was the Supreme Court of the United States with whom members would be nominated by the President and confirmed on the advice and consent of the Senate. This process has ensured that the Supreme…

President Trump’s positive Covid-19 test leads to new questions about the upcoming election, campaigning, and the continuity of our government.

This morning our country woke up to the surprising news that President Donald Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus vaccine that has been plaguing the country — and the world — for the better part of the last 8 months. With this stunning revelation, our country has entered into a perilous phase that we have not experienced since the death of JFK: worrying about the continuity of our government if a President is incapacitated or dies.

President Trump tweeted the news early Friday morning his personal twitter account in part stating “Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19…

Donald Trump may have just hand-delivered the Presidency to Joe Biden on the biggest night of both their political careers.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump (right)

The Presidential debate on Tuesday night in Cleveland, OH was a sad turning point in the history of the United States and the prestige that we have seen in the office of the Presidency. As CNN’s Dana Bash said moments after the debate, it was a “shit show”. CNN’s Jake Tapper stated it was “a hot mess inside a dumpster fire, inside of a train wreck”. No matter what side of the aisle you are on, tonight was a sad night for the country as a whole as we saw our name disgraced on the political world stage.

Many bombshells…

Becoming more political in the last few decades, it is our responsibility to return the nation’s highest court to its nonpartisan stature.

The United States Supreme Court Building March 2020 (Michael Reynolds/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Article 3 of the Constitution outlines “The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish”. After being ratified into law on June 21, 1788, the United States Constitution had established a new government with powers vested in three separate but equal branches: the Executive led by the President, the Legislative led a bicameral Congress, and the Judicial led by the Supreme Court. …

How non-Black Americans misinterpreted the canary’s cry as a wonderful tune.

As the #BlackLivesMatter movement exploded back onto the national stage after the death of George Floyd, a growing coalition of support continues to push the country closer to the day of acknowledging its struggle with police violence and civil rights inequalities. What these groups didn’t anticipate was a federalized police force being brought in despite the wishes of governors, mayors, and citizens of cities such as Portland, OR to handle the protests on their own. …

How healthcare is guaranteed under our unalienable rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

When it comes to keeping healthy, there are many things that we as individuals can do to stay healthy. Staying active, eating a well-balanced diet, and visiting a doctor for a yearly wellness check can keep your body in tip-top condition. But the amount of work we as individuals are required to do has continued to rise, the cost of healthy food has gone up while foods with large amounts of fats and preservatives have become the cheaper option, and many have been locked out of being able to see a doctor simply for financial reasons.

In 2018, the global…

Ronald Ralphy

Progressive Democrat • @osudems President • @PodForTheFuture Co-Host • Published Author • financial wealth ≠ social health • @HolmesForOhio

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