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Allan Brownfeld

Identity Politics, Allan Brownfeld

Identity Politics: A threat to the unity a diverse society requires

WASHINGTON:  Those of us old enough to remember segregation, understand the nature of identity politics. In those days, judgment of men and women begins with racial identity. Under Jim Crow, many have no right to vote or the freedom to stay in hotels. Signs say “white only” restrooms or drinking fountains. The goal of people ...

Pik Botha, Botha, Africa, Apartheid, Allan Brownfeld

Pik Botha, 1932-2018: A man who helped South Africa escape apartheid

WASHINGTON.  Roelof  Pik Botha, the last foreign minister under apartheid rule in South Africa will be layed to rest today. Botha, who served in the cabinet of Nelson Mandela, died in Pretoria on October 12 at the age of 86. Because of his penchant for dressing in a suit and tie as a young man, ...

Socialism, Ocasio-Cortez, Politics, Democrat Socialism, Bernie Sanders, Government, Capitalism, Allan Brownfeld

Do millennials like Ocasio-Cortez even know what Socialism means

WASHINGTON: Suddenly, we are hearing a great deal about “socialism.”  A Gallup Poll in August found that 57 percent of Democrats said they view socialism positively.  Other polls show the popularity of socialism among millennials and politicians such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez achieved celebrity promoting socialism, after she defeated the fourth-ranked Democratic House leader, Joseph Crowley, ...

Rule of Law, Passion of Politics, Allan Brownfeld, Constitution, Justice, SCOTUS,

The death of the rule of law in favor of empowering political passion

WASHINGTON. One of the ironies of our society at the present time is that, as political passions rise, the knowledge of American history is in decline.  Particularly, how our system of constitutional government works. Or is supposed to. The evidence of this decline is all around us.  Recently, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation conducted ...

Founding Fathers, Executive Power, A Republic if you can keep it, Allan Brownfeld

What would the Founding Fathers say about growing executive power

WASHINGTON: Executive power has been steadily growing, regardless of which party is in power.  The Constitution clearly gives Congress the power to declare war.  Still, we have gone to war in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan upon the authority of the president alone.  Today, the president, on his own authority, imposes tariffs upon China, Canada ...

Republicans ebbing support of Free Trade and balanced budgets

WASHINGTON: In the past, Americans seemed to understand a difference in economic policy between the two parties.  Democrats, we thought, supported deficit spending and, with the embrace of labor unions, tariffs upon foreign products, to protect American manufacturers from competition.  Republicans and conservatives, on the other hand, call for balanced budgets and free trade. Now, ...

Death of John McCain

The death of John McCain: What America loses with his passing

WASHINGTON: America has lost a great deal with the Death of John McCain. He was a military hero.  When he was shot down and crash landed his plane in a small lake in the heart of Hanoi in 1967, the crash broke bones in his arms and shoulders.  After he was captured, he underwent years ...

America's Right, Political Bedfellows, Vladimir Putin, Allen Brownfeld

The strange bedfellows of politics: America’s Right and Vladimir Putin

WASHINGTON: It has often been said that politics makes strange bedfellows.  Such is the case of America’s Right and Vladimir Putin. Examining the close ties which are emerging between Vladimir Putin and certain elements of America’s right-wing places President Trump’s Helsinki meeting with Putin and the controversy about Russia’s role in the 2016 election into ...

Survey of the American Jewish Committee: American Jews do not approve of Israel policies

WASHINGTON: An opinion poll published in June shows deep divisions between Israelis and American Jews. The survey of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) found that 77 percent of Israelis approved of President Donald Trump’s handling of U.S.-Israel relations, while only 34 percent of American Jews did. Eighty-five percent of Israelis supported the decision to move ...

Charm City, Baltimore, Allan Brownfeld

Movie Review: Charm City – Responding to violence in Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, known as Charm City, is not seeing a reduction in their homicide or violent crime rates, despite national statistics showing other areas are decreasing. Why? Charm City takes viewers through the processes Baltimore resident, community organizers, government and police are taking to change that.