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Try as I might, and trust me I have tried, I am simply not capable of watching Governor Milorad Blagojevich on television without conjuring up the thought of a game show host. With all due apologies to Wink Martindale, Blagojevich puts me in the mind not so much of the Wink of Tic Tac Dough vintage but, instead, Wink of the short lived show High Rollers. (Something about those oversized dice will always stick with me.) Maybe it is the hair

January 01, 2009 - Posted by Mark Jefferson in Democracy


Not too long ago, okay actually almost three weeks ago, I received an email from an old friend, Fanon Che Wilkins

January 01, 2009 - Posted by Mark Jefferson in Democracy


And yet, if we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that none of our hands are entirely clean. If we're honest with ourselves, we'll acknowledge that our own community has not always been true to King's vision of a beloved community. We have scorned our gay brothers and sisters instead of embracing them

January 01, 2009 - Posted by Mark Jefferson in Democracy


The National Intelligence Council

December 01, 2008 - Posted by Mark Jefferson in Culture


Names are no longer relevant when we look at transnational terrorism.

November 30, 2008 - Posted by Mark Jefferson in Politics


With the pieces of President-Elect Obama

November 27, 2008 - Posted by Mark Jefferson in Democracy


For Washington Insiders, the coming together of the left leaning Brookings Institute and the right leaning Heritage Foundation to discuss an issue, any issue, over the course of a year registers as something like a minor miracle. For Brookings and Heritage to come to agree in principle and in policy prescriptions regarding this issue is enough to cause both the washed and unwashed to suspect that the end may very well be near. Or, maybe a beginning? What issue is important enough for Brookings and Heritage to meet for a year and agree to a broad strategy for how to meet its challenge? In their words:

May 05, 2008 - Posted by Mark Jefferson in Economics


This is the deal with closing the deal: there is no deal. And, likely, there will be no deal. The Clintons, yes both of them, have not, will not and do not intend to honor any deal or follow any rules that might in any way undercut their chances to capture the Democratic presidential nomination. They are the Clintons, which in American political idiom translates into the normal rules do not apply. Nor should they. President Clinton delivered the Democratic Party from political purgatory once, and Senator Clinton has every right to believe that she can do the same thing again. Since this is NBA playoff season, allow me to use a bit of a sports metaphor: you do not call fouls on Michael Jordan with a minute remaining in the game. Love them or hate them, the Clinton

May 05, 2008 - Posted by Mark Jefferson in Politics


Twice in our history Presidents of the United States of America took the battlefield and assumed direct command of military forces in combat. August 1794: President Washington, along with his Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, and Revolutionary war hero Henry

April 08, 2008 - Posted by Mark Jefferson in Race


Among many of my politically progressive friends, the word democracy is possessed of magical, if not sacred meaning. The mere utterance of the word seems among some Progressives to function as a kind of evil spirit dispelling incantation, to be recited as much as the circumstances require in an effort to preserve the fragile experiment which is our democratic Republic. Only say the word, and we shall be healed. In fairness to my progressive friends, democracy, as they use the term, is a sign that signifies the unflagging belief in the ability of everyday people and ordinary citizens, the demos as it were, to more successfully govern themselves given the opportunity to do so. Guaranteeing that opportunity hits upon the second meaning of democracy, as it is used by Progressives. Namely, in order to ensure that the demos has the opportunity to govern themselves, we must rid our Democratic processes of and free our governing institutions from the undue influence of corporate interests and moneyed elites. Would that the people were allowed to govern themselves more fully and directly and many of our problems would be solved. Or would they? Exhibit A: Ward Connerly and the American Civil Rights Coalition (ACRC). Hope seems not to be the only act of will that springs eternal. Ward Connerly

April 08, 2008 - Posted by Mark Jefferson in Politics

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