Pure Pol Archive

Safety Measures Won’t Loosen Without Leadership

President Franklin Roosevelt ... gave our adversaries the playbook now being used against us. When people are afraid, they’ll barter their freedom. The ratchet tightens one notch at a time.

Life For Life: A Difficult Political Compromise

If I were the solution to an intractable social dilemma plaguing modern America attending a masquerade party, I already know what I’d pretend to be. I’d go to the party dressed up as two problems. As long

Don’t Miss the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Freedom and inalienable rights are familiar to us, but buying and selling other humans was the other “new idea” that made our country possible.

Legislative Session Recap: Shutouts and Sausages

Courtney enforced what came to be known among his colleagues as “the Rule of 16.” If you didn’t already have 16 votes to pass your bill, it would not get a floor vote.

Gerrymandering Can Be Fixed With Local Solutions

Borderline demonstrates how easy it is to manipulate district lines to give an advantage to one party over the other. The databases are not to be used for commercial purposes, but why not? What if the same

Put Kesey Square in the Center of the Universe

In a way that the Merry Pranksters would appreciate, the brass circles would encourage exploratory wandering, forcing the daily bustle to slow down a bit.

A New Approach to Gun Control: Give Every American One

Here’s my modest proposal. Give every American, when they register to vote, a gun. Each American can keep it or give it back, but that’s it. If America is going to keep a militia, let it be

Hidden Homelessness Culprit: Agency (Twice)

Lost in that transition was any coherent way for the government to help those who cannot or will not help themselves. Many agencies, public and private, step into that breach and do heroic work on a daily

What Might Have Happened to Garrison Keillor

Donald Trump received more votes than Hillary Clinton in all but nine Minnesota counties. Trump’s strength across the country was in rural areas. Keillor’s weekly commentaries for the Washington Post Writers Group proved a poor companion in

Colliding DC Storylines

If Alabama votes before the final tax bill passes, the stakes will immediately become higher and the margins slimmer.