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I am done being diplomatic. It has not gotten us anywhere except more pain and suffering. This message is for Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer, Lindsey Graham, and all other current political leaders in the United States. Shame on you.

You sit in your ivory towers, benefiting from your taxpayer-funded salaries, your taxpayer-funded pensions, and your taxpayer-funded world-class health care. At the same time, hundreds of millions of Americans suffer day in and day out. You are the worst type of people, and the last thing you should be is in charge of our government.

The coronavirus pandemic has ravaged our country for almost nine months, and all you could muster was a single $1,200 stimulus check and extra unemployment benefits that ran out back in July. All the while, you have been giving your corporate handlers and banker friends trillions of dollars, artificially pumping up the stock market, and pointing fingers at each other about who is to blame for not passing more stimulus. …


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I wanted to take a short break from political commentary to address something close to my heart. One of my home state’s football programs, the one I have been a die-hard fan of all my life, the Michigan Wolverines.

This a tough article to write. But someone has to write it. I have been telling friends and social circles for two years that Jim Harbaugh was on the hot seat when it came to Michigan's coaching job. My friends called me crazy and said, ‘good luck finding someone better.’

Their comments amounted to the conclusion that they would prefer middle-of-the-road mediocrity in the Big Ten than to risk being bad again in searching for a new coach. They said they prefer him over another Rich Rod or Brady Hoke. They said Harbaugh needed more time to build the team he needed to win. …


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In 2016, I supported Bernie Sanders. In 2020, I supported Pete Buttigieg. In both races, I was ready and willing to vote for anyone who was opposing Donald Trump. Trust me, I would have voted for a literal potato if it had any letter except an ‘R’ next to it. At least a potato doesn’t have opposable thumbs and can’t tweet all day.

Don’t get me wrong; I was jubilant when I knew for sure that Donald Trump would lose the 2020 election. Hell, I had to eat crow for projecting a landslide and then watching election day turn into a perplexing nightmare. …


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How many times have you heard that from your friends, family members, or personal trainer? It can’t be temporary; it has to be forever. Don’t go on a diet; make a lifestyle change. Usually, they are talking about putting the cookies down, but in this case, I’m talking about voting.

In the 1800s, before women could vote and Blacks and minorities were disenfranchised with poll taxes and land ownership statutes, voter turnout of ‘voting-eligible population’ (VEP) in the 1800s were consistently in the 70–80% range. …


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Humans are a funny species. They are resilient, adaptable, and world-class problem solvers. However, they also have short memories, large egos, and fall prey to cognitive dissonance far too easily.

Within 48 hours of Donald Trump effectively losing the presidential election to Joe Biden, conservatives across the country were calling for unity and demanding that liberals and progressives win with dignity and class. To not be sore winners and rub it in their faces.

It is a strange phenomenon to see conservatives suddenly rediscover their moral compass. This won’t be the only time this happens, mind you. Just wait until they start talking about how much vacation time Biden takes. Or about the evilness of drone strikes. …


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Joe Biden has officially been called President-Elect by all the major media outlets. Despite Donald Trump’s feeble legal attempts to undermine the election, there is no doubt that Biden will assume the office of the presidency on January 20th, 2021. In turn, Trump will become the tenth President in U.S. history to be unseated after just one term as President.

It was a long campaign. …


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I’ll forgive you because there has been quite a lot going on over the last few days. However, it is not possible to overstate how important it is we take a moment to address the history being made right now. Kamala Harris is set to become the first woman to serve as Vice President in our nation’s history.

In 2016, when Hillary Clinton shockingly lost the presidential race, women across the country felt like they were robbed of a glass ceiling-shattering moment in history. Clinton even planned her victory party in a glass-roofed building to symbolize the moment.

When the 2020 presidential campaign kicked off, it was a foregone conclusion that a woman would be on the ticket. We had several extremely qualified candidates during the primaries, including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Kirsten Gillibrand. That doesn’t include other legitimate candidates like Susan Rice, Val Demings, and Tammy Duckworth. …


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With the vote tabulation section of the election drawing to a close, and Joe Biden looking to overcome Trump leads in Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, the President's supporters are becoming more incensed. They can’t grasp how the President could be leading a couple of days ago and now losing. The only answer to them is fraud; because the President says so.

Traditionally, this confusion can take two paths: begrudging acceptance or violent outburst. One is rooted in reality, even one they might disagree with. …


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In case all of you forgot, there is a coronavirus pandemic raging across the globe right now. With winter coming in the United States, the country surpassed more than 100,000 cases in a single day, on Election Day no less. A record of irresponsibility ignored by the country engulfed in a nail-biting race for President.

We found out early and often in the pandemic that Americans are terrible at governing themselves. A small piece of cloth was an infringement on their personal freedoms. …


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I’ll eat crow. It’s fine. I was wrong. Is everyone happy? Good. The race isn’t finalized yet, Biden or Trump to be determined, but what I predicted did not come to pass.

Growing up in rural Michigan and living in seven different states by the age of 30, I saw a lot of the country and met a lot of its people. When Donald Trump won the first time, a lot of us chalked it up to an aberration. …

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Patrick Tompkins

Opinions about politics, leadership, government, kaizen, among other things. Editor of The Purple Giraffe & Leadership You. https://twitter.com/the_second_pat

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