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  1. A View from the Left: Are Our Days as a Superpower Over?

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    February 13, 2012 by Richard Drake

    Numerous national political commentators such as Zakaria Fareed, Tim Rutten and Mortimer Zuckerman have suggested that the United States’ reign as the world’s number one superpower is coming to a close. Do you agree? What will America’s role be in this century? Growing up as I did, the son of a member of the United States military, I have given this question a lot of thought over the years. The truth is, even as military brats in the 1970s, we would debate the question in school, wondering what it meant to be a superpower in the modern world. The current pack of GOP presidential candidates are doing what Republicans have done best in recent years — making people afraid. Because not only does Barack Obama want to turn America into another Europe (you know, the place where they are instituting austerity pro- grams that are the dreams of most conservatives, and failing badly at it) but he is also making our nation into some third- world backwater, a place only fit for illegal immigrants to come and have babies. Former candidate Michelle Bachmann claimed that Obama’s leadership has pushed us close to losing our role as a superpower, which she …

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  2. Political Spectrum, A View from the Left: This 2012 election funded by …

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    January 20, 2012 by Richard Drake

    The 2012 presidential election will be the first since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, allowing large organizations such as unions and corporations to contribute an unlimited amount of funds to promote candidates and issues. How do you think this will affect the outcome of the race? I once wrote a short story about a fu- ture America in which people voted not for politicians, but rather the corporation they trusted they most to run the country.

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  3. Political Spectrum: A View From the Left

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    January 8, 2012 by Richard Drake

    ​In your opinion, what were the most significant political events of 2011? I have been reading the views of others this December, and everyone seems to be pretty well-agreed that the top stories this year revolve around the Fukushima meltdown; the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords; the death of Osama bin Laden; the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; and Occupy Wall Street. Okay, fair enough.

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  4. View from the Left: Will Barack Obama be a one-term president?

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    December 19, 2011 by Richard Drake

    By Richard S. Drake — I’ll be up-front and admit that Barack Obama has never been never liberal enough for my liking, despite all of the hysterical hand-wringing about “activist judges” and “over-regulation” stifling America’s fabled job creators. 

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  5. Political Spectrum Question: An Answer from the Left

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    November 19, 2011 by Richard Drake

    District 87 State Representative Justin Harris has received  significant media attention regarding his Christian-centered, partially state-funded preschool in West Fork. The Establishment clause aside, what is your opinon on public money being used to teach religious principles? Richard Drake:

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  6. Political Spectrum Question: An Answer from the Left

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    October 22, 2011 by Richard Drake

    For several weeks, thousands of people across the country have been participating in what has become known as “Occupy Wall Street.” These protests have been described as either an angry, undefined mob or the beginning of a new political movement. From your perspective what does “Occupy Wall Street” mean. Richard Drake:

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  7. Political Spectrum Question: An Answer from the Left

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    October 8, 2011 by Richard Drake

    In the news recently President Obama discussed a tax code that reflected billionaire Warren Buffett’s suggestion that people making more than $1 million a year should pay a tax rate that is a least the same percentage of their earnings as a middle-class taxpayer. Is taxing the rich a good idea or not? RIchard Drake:

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