Ring Out the Old–Ring in the New

We are beginning a new year.  2020 was a difficult and dangerous year for most of us.  Many of us became ill,  Some of us died unnecessarily. It was a year that has changed us in many ways that we have yet to understand. For some of us it has made us even stronger, For others it will make us look more closely at who we are and how we cope with life.  We will not be sad to see 2020 go, and we are all looking forward to 2021 with hope and the expectation of a better, happier year ahead.

A New Path for America

These are the last two lines of the song America the Beautiful: “And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.” Americans have spoken in this election and chosen a new path for America. They have chosen the path to more rationality, more justice, more inclusion and more compassion. That is what our democracy has always taught us to value. Now our new President elect Joe Biden and all of our citizens must be prepared to implement this shining vision in the coming years. We all have a lot of work ahead of us to live up to our unique place in the world as democracy’s world leader.

Perfecting a Democracy

A representative democracy is a form of government in which representatives are elected to make policy and enforce laws while representing the citizens. There is a plurality of virtues here, including first the intrinsic importance of political participation and freedom in human life; second, the instrumental importance of political incentives in keeping governments responsible and accountable; and third, the constructive role of democracy in the formation of values and in the understanding of needs, rights, and duties. All this is present in American political life. But the last time the Democratic party acquired an inclination toward socialism, that doesn’t blend with democracy.

Opposition Gains Clear Victory in Slovak Election

The opposition won a clear victory in parliamentary elections in Slovakia Saturday. Entrepreneur Igor Matovic’s center-right Ordinary People party (OLaNO) obtained more than 25% of the votes, more than double his party’s 2016 figure (11%). Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini’s Direction-Social Democracy (Smer-SD) party suffered heavy losses, eventually accounting for 18.3% (2016: 28.3%).

Jeff Sessions Shows his Support for Trump in his First Senate Campaign Ad

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions left President Trump’s cabinet with a strained relationship between him and the President. Trump often berated Sessions for not putting a stop to the Mueller investigation. Sessions is now running for one of Alabama’s senate seats and used his first campaign ad to quell some of the bad blood between him and the president.

Is Canada Following Britain with WEXIT?

This week Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudueau has been re-elected for a second term. Trudeau is the leader of the Liberal Party which was only able to form a minority government this term. Trudeau is disliked in Western Canada. After the election the new movement #Wexit (Western Exit) is gaining popularity on social media. Within 24 hours a Facebook page for VoteWexit.com gained over 200,000 members.

Kais Saied Appears to Win Tunisian Presidential Election

More than 7 million voters were called back to the polls on Sunday for the third time in less than a month to elect a new president who faces the challenge of taking the country out of its economic crisis. Independent constitutional law professor  Kais Saied and his rival, businessman and media magnate Nabil Karoui, a candidate for the “Heart of Tunisia” party, competed Sunday in the second round of the presidential elections.

New Election in Istanbul, Thousands Vote Today

After cancellation of the Istanbul election, citizens vote a second time Sunday. Polls see opposition leader Ekrem Imamoglu in front. Does President Recep Erdoğan face a double disgrace?

However, before this new election in Istanbul, everyone is strangely silent about the Turkish president. On the campaign posters only Binali Yildirim, the leading candidate of the governing party AKP for Istanbul, can be seen. Erdogan has reduced his performances. Only in the past few days he interfered again in the debate.

LGBT Activist and Actor Addison Perry-Franks Running for Texas House of Representatives in 2020

A Snyder Texas LGBT activist, actress, and transgender small business owner has put her bid in for election in 2020. Addison “Addy” Perry-Franks has announced that she is running for District 83 of the Texas House of Representatives. She wants to make a difference for her district, the State of Texas and for the USA. Her slogan “Let’s put the US back in the USA,” stand for equality, and people standing together to support equal rights for LGBT, minorities, people from all religions and nationalities.

Trump’s 2020 Campaign Update: The $30 Million Man

Trump has proved to be one of the most effective campaigners the country has seen in a while. Trump’s aggressive and slightly unorthodox campaign strategy netted him the election in 2016, and as candidates begin collecting donations and holding rallies for their 2020 run against him, Trump’s proving he is as effective as ever.

The Trump campaign has raised more money than any other candidate (over $30 million), dominated the news cycle, and energized hundreds of thousands of voters at rallies.