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The inauguration: Celebrating our American Democracy

It is hard not to be a sentimental fool when the opportunity comes to celebrate our American form of government. There is no better time to have such a celebration than a Presidential inauguration. In many countries a transfer of power or an extension of the term of office of a leader is an opportunity for violence and protracted instability. ...

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The fiscal debacle: Government working as was truly intended?

Is the fiscal cliff scenario a failure of our system of government or government functioning as intended? One need not venture far these days to hear a fairly common assessment of the current state of affairs pertaining to government in the nation’s capital. Usually, references are made to a totally broken governing mechanism. Furthermore, the befuddled average citizen often lays ...

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The 2012 election and the ‘Zone of Litigation’

The shadow of Bush v. Gore of 2000 is beginning to loom larger over the 2012 Presidential election. Could there be a repeat, and what would be the consequences? Readers will remember that whole experience with the virtual tie in the popular vote in the State of Florida. Sorting out the issues related to recounts and the attempts to visually ...

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The world is a complicated place

The world is a complicated place. One only has to look at that part of the world known as the Middle East and the reactions to events there. It is almost impossible to avoid consideration of the potential for conflagration in the Middle East. It seems equally as difficult to avoid oversimplification of the issues emanating from there and America’s ...

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A brief change in the political scenery

We are in political segue time, when Congress heads home and the next phase awaits in the wings. What’s a political junkie to do? As it turns out, that answer is right in front of me. There is too much in the way of politics in the air to call this period in the dog days of summer a political ...

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Karl Rove and Grover Norquist are living their dreams

Speculation continues to mount regarding who will ultimately get the nod as the vice presidential candidate on presumptive Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney’s ticket. While Romney’s pick for a running mate is a logical cause for curiosity, the name of the ultimate occupant may not be as important during the campaign as the names of some other Republicans. One would ...

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Read June 4 issue of the MBJ

>> LAUNCH IS NEAR GreenTech will begin MyCar production in Horn Lake next month— By Clay Chandler Also in this week’s paper: >> HABITAT, OTHER NON-PROFITS FREE FROM MORTGAGE RULES Many of Habitat’s chapters feared they could not meet the SAFE Act rules— by Ted Carter

 >> TRUESOUTH READY TO INTRODUCE ITSELF Director says ticket sales strong ahead of marketing campaign— by ...

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OPINION: Here’s to taking Teacher Appreciation Week seriously

Teacher Appreciation Week has just concluded, and I will admit that the ads and short features broadcast during the week had their intended effect on me. The week began with the news that corporate profits for the previous quarter had set an all time record. Naturally, in the context of today’s economic and political environment, the question followed as to ...

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Marty Wiseman: Who the heck is Saul Alinsky?

“Fascinating” is certainly one way to describe Newt Gingrich’s continuous invocation of the name of famed community organizer Saul Alinsky in his effort to hang a derogatory label on President Barack Obama. Given Gingrich’s penchant for shooting from the hip (lip?) when it comes to political rhetoric one or two references to Alinsky could be passed off as a simple ...

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