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“Politics, the crooked number of our communal lives, dominates everything because, in the end, everything - high and low and, most especially high- lives or dies by politics. You can have the most advanced and efflorescent of cultures. Get your politics wrong, however, and everything stands to be swept away. Politics is the moat, the walls, beyond which lies the barbarians. Fail to keep them at bay, and everything burns. - Charles Krauthammer*

I strive to be the voice of reason and to be a voice for the vast majority of those who are totally disgusted with the current state of American politics at all levels, who feel like American liberal democracy is being destroyed by hyper-partisanship, performance politics, reality show drama, grievance, conspiracy theories, victimhood, authoritarianism, and other political, social, and cultural wars that currently define American politics. Right now, we, as a nation, are not doing our politics well, the barbarians are at the gate, and the whole thing is beginning to burn to the ground.

All of us share in the blame, whether liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, far left progressive or far right authoritarian.

I am here to take back our politics, defend the true intent of the Constitution without taking political sides, make an argument, and hold the entire professional political class, as well as the American people, responsible and accountable for this mess while offering perspective on how we can step back from the abyss.

While I am a professional political scientist and have been involved in politics in one capacity or another for almost 50 years, I offer a a different perspective as I am not part of the professional political media. I live outside of the D.C./New York media “bubble” in small town northeast Missouri. Because of that, I offer a different perspective on American politics, a perspective that isn’t driven by partisan politics or a partisan/ ideological agenda. I know what I know, I have a world view formed by education, experience, and life wisdom, and I’m not afraid to be controversial and speak truth to power. I’m not a Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative. I am an American.

*Charles Krauthammer, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics, (2015), pp.7-8.

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