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Month: November 2020

Reaching Out

Dear Trump voters: On, Saturday November 8, 2020, major news outlets started calling the presidential election for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. I don’t know all the details governing when media outlets feel safe calling the results of an election, but it has to do with answering, in a math way, questions like, “how many votes are yet to be counted?” And “can the person currently behind possibly win with that number of votes?” Media outlets have an incentive to make this very newsworthy call the moment the math works out, but not sooner, which is why different outlets called…

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The nine most terrifying words

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.” —Ronald Reagan, 1986 When Ronald Reagan defeated incumbent Jimmy Carter in 1980, I was fourteen and too young to vote, but (according to the mock election we had in my junior high class) I would have voted for Reagan. He seemed like a nice man. Carter seemed nice, too, but he also seemed weary, worn down by the job, ready for someone else to take over. At the time, I didn’t see a particularly stark difference between Democrats and Republicans. The…

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