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Powerlessness in the United States

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America voted Republican and repudiated its first black president. It seems to some, myself included, that while the voters censured Barack Obama and issues like his universal healthcare law, they were really censuring issues that lie much deeper in American society, namely the inequality and powerlessness that characterize its present economic and political systems. The voters looked with frustration and even hatred at Obama and his Democratic Party, but they did not lay a hand on the underlying evils. Voting Republican may make matters worse.

Posted: November 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

No surprises in US elections

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“To err is human … but if it’s less than 4 percent, it’s only sampling.” So went the winning slogan on the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s conference T-shirt sometime in the 1990s.

Posted: November 16th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Is positive change possible in this country?

US President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney spoke about the “American dream.” Ours is a different story: There is no such thing as a “Filipino dream.” There are only nightmares of corruption and innumerable sociopolitical ills. There may be blue states and red states in America, but it can be said easily, as President Obama asserted, that there’s only one “United States.” The same cannot be said about the Philippines.

Posted: November 14th, 2012 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Reelecting Obama, questioning Aquino

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Say this for that much-disparaged American invention, the Electoral College: It makes a convincing mandate possible in a closely divided nation. While Barack Obama won the popular vote by Lincoln’s whisker—a simple majority of 51 percent to Mitt Romney’s 48 percent, according to NBC News—he won well over three-fifths of the 538 electoral votes at stake. (The popular vote margin was some 3.3 million votes, much lower than the 10-million vote differential recorded in the 2008 election.)

Posted: November 12th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Highly contagious

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“COUNT ON Americans to do the right thing—after they’ve tried everything else,” Winston Churchill once joked. They did the right thing is what our e-mail traffic indicates, after Barack Obama trounced Mitt Romney with 303 Electoral College votes to win reelection.

Posted: November 9th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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