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Biden Becomes America’s Second Indigenous President: Who Knew?

Joe Biden has become America’s second Indigenous President. John Kennedy was the first. Who knew? It turns out based on the definition of “Indigenous” as an academic construct both the Irish and the Jews are Indigenous. No general, internationally accepted definition of indigenous peoples exists. It is typical of indigenous populations that they do not […]

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Africans Are Not Indigenous: Is That Racist?

To fully understand the term “Indigenous,” one needs to examine not only when the term is used but when it is not. This blog is a continuation of an analysis based on an “Exchange: which was published in the journal of the American Historical Association (AHA) [Violence and Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) and […]

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Could Elizabeth Warren Have Won?

Could Elizabeth Warren Have Won?

For Democrats, leaving Donald Trump in office is not only good politics – it is the best chance for fundamental realignment of American politics in more than a generation. Mr. Trump is three years into destroying what we know as the Republican Party. Another two years just might finish it off. Trumpism spells electoral doom […]

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$421 Million Go Fund Me Donald Trump Bailout Account

The only way to effectively communicate is in a language the other person understands. This simple truism often is obscured, neglected, or rejected in political (lack of) dialog today. “We have a failure to communicate” because we are not speaking the same language even if the discourse is in English and all the words are […]

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Alternate Realities: Science Fiction and the 2020 Election

We are a storytelling species. Sometimes the stories we tell take place in the future. Those stories are really about the present. Our actual ability to accurately predict the future (no one predicts the past!) isn’t very good. Remember 2001 A Space Odyssey? Now that year is known for 9/11 and there is no Pan […]

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The American Revolution 250th and Joe Biden: An Historic Opportunity

Joe Biden campaigned as the unity President, the President of all Americans. The words sound good and are in marked contrast to his predecessor who thrived on divisiveness. Nonetheless, while it is easy to talk the talk of national unity, it is hard to walk the walk of it. The challenge is especially strong given […]

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Murderers’ Row: The Trump Hall of Fame

Murderers’ Row was the name for the New York Yankees in the 1920s. It was the decade dominated by the baseball team even more than the way THE DONALD dominated Lafayette Square. It was the time when Babe Ruth was at his prime and transforming the game. He led a team of all stars, some […]

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“Indigenous” versus “Indian”: What Word Should Be Used?

This blog is a continuation of a study deriving from an “Exchange” in the journal of the American Historical Association. The title of the Exchange is “Living with the Past: Thoughts on Community Collaboration and Difficult History in Native American and Indigenous Studies.” It consisted of a review of two books on King Philips War […]

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Marco! Trumpo! Marco! Trumpo! Where Will He Go?

The 2020 Presidential campaign may be remembered as the one where one candidate said he would leave the country if he lost and one candidate said he would arrest the other. Oh. Wait.  Both of them were the same candidate. Was the comment to leave the country a serious one? In the past, he has […]

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