Consider, Reconsider

A Reason to Think, and Think Again

The Government Reality Show Addiction

Let me "splain" something. Leadership is about people. Bureaucracy is not. Just like it mattered far less than we think who won the election, it matters just as little if the president is impeached or not. Now I know what you're thinking, or feeling rather -- that so...

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Should the Incarcerated Vote?

It would make sense that those who pose a threat to society should probably not be calling the shots. Of course I am referring to a large number of politicians, but let's talk about those who are incarcerated under such pretenses. The current law is that those (in...

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Love it or leave it? How about fix it?

I would like to think one can refuse to believe their country is the "best" in this or that way and not have to be told that if they don't like it they should leave. I've even heard the question, "What's stopping you?" in ignorance of personal and financial reasons...

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What an Inappropriate School Lesson Teaches Us

In an 8th Grade classroom of a charter school in Texas, a teacher hands out an assignment: to list the "pros" and "cons" under the heading "The Life of Slaves: A Balanced View". Of course this was inappropriate, but not for the reasons everyone thinks. According to...

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Which do you believe regarding voting for "the lesser of two evils"?

  • One candidate is not really evil compared to the other, so it's not a hard choice (29%, 2 Votes)
  • I will not vote for evil even if one of them will win anyway (29%, 2 Votes)
  • A "protest vote" counts, even if not affecting the outcome (29%, 2 Votes)
  • A third party would probably win if people did not assume they could not (14%, 1 Votes)
  • Defeating the greater evil is more important than voting for someone I want (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

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Let’s talk about, well… Everything

{Posted on Facebook by Ryan S Bonnett, 28 February 2018} I've been doing some thinking, and while this is nothing that hasn't been said by those smarter than I am, our issue is our cultural predisposition to a one problem, one solution system. I'm going to frame this...

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The First Commandment and the First Amendment

{By Ryan S Bonnett, published on Facebook 29 June 2017} If you didn't catch it earlier this week, a man drove a car into a Ten Commandments monument outside of the Arkansas State Capitol building. While I certainly don't condone rampant vandalism, I think that it's...

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“Religious Wars”? It’s Complicated.

{Facebook post by Ryan S Bonnett, published here with permission} I get asked every once in a while why I decided to get a history degree. After all, I never technically did anything with it. At the time, I took the classes because I enjoyed them. The longer I live,...

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Taking the Bullying Issue Too Far

Bullying is a trigger word these days. We have a newfound awareness that it is a real problem with real consequences, even fatal ones. But there is bullying and there is BULLYING. Physical harm, unwanted social contact (mostly cyberstalking these days), and exposure...

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Should We Care if Our Species Becomes Extinct?

Should we care if our species becomes extinct? I don't mean should we try to avoid it from happening tomorrow. I mean if (when) the earth becomes no longer suitable for life, the backup plan seems to be to colonize other worlds. This TED talk suggests that to do so,...

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Before the Election, We’ve Already Voted

{Facebook post by Ryan S Bonnett, published here with permission} Hi everyone. It's going to be a rough few days as the election nears, so I figured we could have one, last, civil conversation about the whole thing. Mostly, I wanted to talk about how we got here. Just...

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The Rewards and Punishments of Clear Thinking

Sometimes I feel that the only assured reward for clear thinking is frustration. It is fruitful to you when you practice it, but will generally go unappreciated and thrown in the dung heap with every other opinion. People only care if you agree or not, and not...

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball, Not the Sidelines

I get that most people don't have in-depth knowledge of geopolitics or can make connections across multiple sources of information, but why can't the press at least TRY? For me, I feel most of the time that I'm watching a game and the commentators only talk about the...

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The Harm of a Wrong-Woman President

People need to stop pretending that Hillary Clinton breaking some "glass ceiling" is a good thing. More than a stadium of people are in tears over the prospect as if it is the fulfillment of feminist prophecy or destiny. That's fair enough to feel that way, larger...

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We Got the Electoral College All Wrong

{Posted on Facebook, 27 July 2016} I'm tired of people thinking the Electoral College is the problem. The people are the problem and the Electoral College is a small measure meant to protect us from our collective selves. Think about it. Regardless of what side you...

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