Tuesday, August 23, 2016

John McWhorter on Black English (or AAVE)

           

CHE Sadaphal — THE MAGIC OF REALITY by Richard Dawkins

The bottom line: A book that is “magical” when it sticks to objective science and quite ordinary when it dives into subjective opinion.

At its core, The Magic of Reality successfully accomplishes what it sets out to do: take a broad approach to clearly explain natural phenomenon and clarify what makes the world work the way that it does. Yet ironically, the book’s purity becomes tainted when it acts quite unlike a scientist and delves into the realm of subjective speculation to answer questions where the scientific evidence isn’t as compelling.

The Magic of Reality begins with a chapter titled, “What is Reality? What is Magic?” which sets the rules for how we ought to determine what is true. This is based on our senses, evidence, and scientific models that both make reality-predictions and are dynamic in order to accommodate new information. Resultantly, the author affirms that “how we know what’s really true” is based on a system that is neither infallible nor does it offer exact explanations for everything that can be observed.

Read the full article HERE.

General Assembly – Dr Dambisa Moyo with Elhadj As Sy, Facing the humanitarian challenges ahead



Alan Keyes ― Can liberty be saved from a pair of demagogues?

Alan Keyes holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard and wrote his dissertation on constitutional theory.

(RenewAmerica)


This morning, I saw a press release about an Internet documentary series called "Third Candidates" that's being put together by two filmmakers, John Farrell and Jake Simms. According to Farrell, "because of widespread dissatisfaction with the major parties, there's still some room for shakeups between now and November."

This report led me to reflect on the tragic irony of the electoral misdirection that at present seems poised to secure the demise of the constitutional self-government of the people of the United States. That misdirection has entirely perverted the character of the role American voters are supposed to play in the selection of the president and vice president of the United States. The proponents of the U.S. Constitution regarded its implementation of
the principle of "representation" as the key reason the self-government of the American people would escape the fatal course of events that overturned every republic, in ancient and modern times, that formally relied upon the sovereign power of the people at large.

By reason of natural justice, America's founders were sincere proponents of republican self-government. Even such cautionary tales as the fate of the Dutch Republic in the 17th century did not lead them to reject it. Because of the "Glorious Revolution," the history of the British Monarchy had a direct link with that of the Dutch Republic. Of course, that republic also figured in the heritage of Dutch settlers in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey, whose descendants played an important part in the American Revolution.


Read the full article HERE.

Anthony Rek LeCounte ― Pride and Terrorism: Reflections on Orlando

Anthony Rek LeCounte is a Yale-educated conservative. He blogs at Token Dissonance, where this essay originally appeared.

“People like me are constantly subjected to immense violence. I expect violence walking alone late at night… I expect random acts of hate violence on the street. [But] I do not expect violence when I am dancing at an LGBTQ club…” –Jacob Tobia

Sunday morning, after news of the Orlando terrorist attack broke, I received a text message from an old friend I hadn’t connected with in a while. A Jewish UChicago Law graduate (and passionate Duke alumnus) from suburban New York, he is a stalwart #NeverTrump conservative who interned for Utah Senator Mike Lee and campaigned mightily for the presidential campaign of Texas Senator Ted Cruz from start to finish. Like both senators, this friend is socially conservative to a fault, and we have sparred often and bitterly through the years over gay rights, from the Obergefell decision to the various iterations of the Federal Marriage Amendment to the circumstances in which my future husband and I should be able to adopt kids.

Some might wonder how I would have the patience for such a friendship, and I don’t have an easy answer to that question for the truly incredulous. But some people are worth the long project of winning their hearts bit by bit, even through the inexorable pain of the many potholes and snares along the way.

His text read: “Just want you to know that as I wake up to this terrible news in the midst of Pride week, that I am thinking of you. That is all. Hope you are well, otherwise.”
It was a welcome surprise, considering.

As the unexpected thoughtfulness of that gesture has lingered, it’s been surreal to see the furious amalgam of LGBT allies—from the ACLU to a vast network on social media—blaming Christian opponents of gay rights, among others, for the murderous evil of a radicalized adherent to the superlative homophobia of Islamism. Most social conservatives, like just about everyone else, recoiled in horror and sadness from the undisputed evil of anti-gay terrorism. Accordingly, many of them, like my Jewish UChicago Law friend, were dumbfounded and insulted to be public targets of blame for villains they revile engaging in conduct they abhor.

Read the full article HERE.

Superb discussion btwn serious, enlightened men: Sam Harris vs Glenn Loury

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris talks to economist Glenn C. Loury about racism, police violence, the Black Lives Matter movement, and related topics.

Stephen L. Carter — Why I Support Dissent: My Great-Uncle Who Wouldn't Name Names

Stephen L. Carter is a Bloomberg View columnist. He is a professor of law at Yale University and was a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. His novels include “The Emperor of Ocean Park” and “Back Channel,” and his nonfiction includes “Civility” and “Integrity.”

Dashiell Hammett and Alphaeus Hunton, on their way to jail in 1951.
Source: Bettmann
(Bloomberg View)

This year marks a peculiar anniversary for my family. Seventy-five years ago, the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened a file on my great-uncle. Ten years after that, he was in a federal penitentiary for refusing to name names. The swirl of events of the intervening decade helps explain why I believe so strongly in the freedom of dissent, and why I find so repulsive efforts to restrict debate on controversial subjects, or to try to harass or intimidate those with whom we disagree into recanting or shutting up.

My great-uncle’s name was Alphaeus Hunton. He taught English at Howard University. He held a master’s degree from Harvard and a doctorate from New York University. His specialty was the Victorian poets, particularly Tennyson. And in 1941, due largely to his activism in the cause of anti-colonialism, the FBI opened a file on him.

Well, a lot of people had FBI files in those days. But Alphaeus, it seems, was special. Within months, agents were following him around, watching his mail, and quietly spreading the word that he was a subversive and should not be trusted or (especially) funded. They spoke to his neighbors and his employers. Because he taught at Howard -- a federal institution -- they tried to get him fired. J. Edgar Hoover signed off on a preventive detention order to be used to justify Alphaeus’s arrest in the event of national emergency. In the file is a poignant letter from my great-uncle, asking whether he is under surveillance. The bureau never answered, and the letter did not slow things down.

Read the full article HERE.

John McWhorter — Ellen DeGeneres Is Not Racist

John McWhorter is an associate professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University

(Time Magazine)

One of the most disgusting photographs I have ever known was the one in 2000 of then New Jersey governor Christie Todd Whitman. She was riding along on a cop call; when a black man was detained, the cops invited her to take a turn at frisking the man. In the picture, Whitman is heartily grinning for the camera as she frisks—or really, “frisks”—this human being, as if she had caught a massive salmon, as if this were some kind of sport.

I’m not one for using occasions like that to deem someone a racist, but the photo was starkly and appallingly tone-deaf. That photo is of someone ignoring the ignoble history of American law enforcement and its effects on black people, ignoring that excessive profiling—as hot an issue in 2000 as it is today—is a keystone scourge of black communities, ignoring that quite a few criminals have mental health problems, or are truly desperate, or are otherwise victims of circumstances beyond their control.

Apparently we are to have the same kinds of feelings about a new photo: Ellen DeGeneres’ photoshopping of herself in a tweet as riding Usain Bolt’s back, captioned with “This is how I’m running errands from now on.” DeGeneres, we are told, is implying that a black person’s proper place is as some kind of pack animal.

Read the full article HERE.

Darrell B. Harrison — The Myth of “Black Community”

They surmise because black people have a “particular characteristic in common”, namely melanin, there exists an inherent “feeling of fellowship” because, again, being black, we naturally “share common attitudes, interests, and goals”, and on that basis further assume that blacks prefer to “live together” in “specified habitats”.

In other words, get a group of black and brown-skinned people together in one place and – Voila! – like magic – “black community”.

See how this works?

It is a mindset that gives little or no consideration whatsoever to the uniqueness of one’s God-given personhood. No thought at all to diversity of ideological worldview or individual cultural or social experience.

It simply assumes that to be of a certain skin color is to be in “community” with others who likewise might be of a similar skin color.

It is the cultural equivalent of making instant oatmeal for breakfast. Only instead of hot water, “just add melanin”.

Read the full article HERE.

Akil Alleyne ― What Forms of Gun Control Are Justified?





"Actually, in many respects, guns already *are* regulated like cars in the U.S." and other thoughts.

Here's Professor Eugene Volokh's article about regulating guns like cars: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/v....

Willie Lawson ― Building A Urban Conservative Infrastucture

It is 2016 and we are talking about some of the same things we were in 2008. Omissions and poor ground strategies by conservatives and the GOP. Primarily in the Urban communities across the nation.

 

School choice and the liberation of low-income families

Education reform: For Marquette professor Howard Fuller, it's not about test scores, it's about liberation and freedom. But Fuller argues that the ed reform movement has three requirements for success: Low-income families need school choices, the schools they choose among must be high quality, and the reform movement must be led by the people it's trying to liberate.

Dirk Tillotson ― Why do I and other black families support charter schools?

(Citizen Ed)

Most Black families support charter schools, not because they are duped or privatizers, but because many see their neighborhood schools, and know their children need better options.  I know, because I saw it first hand in West Oakland, struggling to get my brother the education he deserved, in a system that didn’t treat him with concern or respect.

I never intended to be the charter guy, it just happened.  It all started when I went to my brother “johnny’s” school in West Oakland.

When schools disrespect you

“The teacher made fun of my mama” my little brother said, restraining his sobs.
I would help Johnny with his homework if I was around, but I was in law school and out a lot.  If his mom couldn’t help him, I told him to just tell the teacher he couldn’t do the homework and needed help.

That’s what he did.  The teacher then mocked him in front of the class, “Johnny’s mom doesn’t know how to do long division.” Chuckles and ridicule, he is humiliated, and she insulted his mom.
I wrote a nice letter…It’s not his fault…maybe we can meet and talk about a schedule to support his homework or what resources there are…very nice.

Next day in class, the teacher starts in again, “Oh I better not say anything to Johnny or he will get his big brother after me.”  Another frustrated call from Johnny.

I write another letter… it’s not right to embarrass him…more formal…and asking for a meeting.
We meet, there are 4 or 5 folks there.  I don’t know what they expected.  The teacher addresses me in a condescending tone, “those were very big words in the letter you wrote.”
I think they were trying to say I didn’t write it or understand it, because some brother from West Oakland couldn’t write it.  But who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of people.
“You learn big words at Berkeley Law School” I responded.

Long pause, and everything changes.

Read the full article HERE

(Other Related Articles).

Theodore Dalrymple: Is Society Broken?

Theodore Dalrymple — nom de plume of the ‘sceptical doctor’ Anthony Daniels — will explore social and economic inequality in a session titled Is Society Broken? How to think about poverty, crime and inequality. A retired doctor and psychiatrist who worked in prisons in Britain’s second largest city, Birmingham, Dalrymple has famously chronicled ‘life at the bottom’, anatomising the development of a multigenerational underclass in Western democracies. His lively and provocative essays and books — including Life At The Bottom, If Symptoms Persist, Spoilt Rotten! The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality and The Wilder Shores of Marx — challenge liberal mainstream views about the causes of crime and the reality of poverty. Dalrymple is the CIS’ Max Hartwell Scholar-in-Residence for 2016.

       

Monday, August 22, 2016

Reginald Kaigler ― HARD TRUTH: The Republican Party Needs Cultural Change To WIN AMERICA!

By Reginald Kaigler

I'm going to tell you what's wrong with the Republican Party. Obviously, the party has abandoned its small government/liberty ideological roots. But its inability to attracting racial minorities is making the party less and less relevant in American cities and threatens to create a situation where conservatives can't win presidential elections (or even compete in many senatorial races).

I will discuss how the GOP can attract more minority voters and win the victory. But first, I must explain why the GOP is losing minority votes. Rough Upbringing I will use myself as an example.

I am a 34 year old black Libertarian who loves guns and doesn't want to government to take over every aspect of my life.

I was born in the Motor City in 1981 during the beginning of a major economic downturn for the industrial north. The auto industry was beginning to move jobs over seas and close manufacturing plants in cities such as Detroit and Flint, MI.

I was raised by a single black mother in the industrial decaying city of Flint, MI. My mother raised my older sister and I in the heart of the Rust Belt. We were homeless when we moved to Flint in 1985. Although my family depended on welfare and food stamps to get by, I never felt comfortable in that environment. I think this is why I've always looked for a political path that was different from the people I was surround by. As a young man in college, I didn't know a lot about politics, but I knew that I walked something different. My mother and older sister were staunch Democrats, but I never cared for the Democratic Party. After all, the Democrat Party had always controlled the impoverished city of Flint and usually controlled the declining state of Michigan.

Read the full article HERE. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bryant Jackson-Green ― Illinois voters support removing licensing restrictions for ex-offenders

Each year, more than 30,000 people are released from Illinois prisons and face the challenge of re-entering society. The surest way for ex-offenders to get their lives back on track – and not return to prison – is to find a good job. One barrier in the way of successful workforce re-entry, however, is the fact that Illinois has 118 occupational and professional licenses that by law can be denied ­– and in some cases must be denied – to people with criminal records.

A majority of Illinois registered voters oppose these restrictions, as shown by a May 2016 poll the Illinois Policy Institute commissioned. Pollsters surveyed 500 Illinois registered voters about criminal-justice reform issues, including occupational licensing. Pollsters asked respondents:
Illinois has at least 118 business and occupational licenses that by law either must or may be denied to people with criminal records. This includes, for example, occupations such as barber and real estate agent. Once someone has successfully completed their prison sentence and parole, do you think they should be denied these licenses, or should they be granted these licenses if they’re otherwise qualified?
Seventy-six percent of respondents say they should be granted – compared to just 15 percent who disagree.

Read the full article HERE. 

Reginald Kaigler ― Forming A Group May Save Your Life In A CRISIS



Ex Top Cop: We Need a New Model of Policing

L.E.A.P.'s Neill Franklin reacts to Philando Castillo and Anton Sterling shootings, the deaths of Dallas police officers, and #BlackLivesMatter.

 

The horrific deaths of Philando Castillo in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, give us an updated and up-close glimpse of police encounters gone bad—but they are rooted in decades of problematic policing in America. "Historically in this country, the police have never really been the friends of the black community," says Neill Franklin, a former officer with the Baltimore Police Department and current executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P).

Franklin talked with Reason TV Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie at this year's Freedom Fest in Las Vegas, Nevada, pointing out that slavery may have ended officially in the late 1800s, but a lot of policing was born out of that era and the one that followed, when police deliberately enforced laws in ways that targeted black citizens. Even today, police are tasked with enforcing laws—from driving without a license to missing a court date—that tend to target poor communities and communities of color.

"You know a $250 fine doesn't mean much to people who have money," says Franklin. "But when you enforce these policies in poor communities, a hundred dollar fine can devastate a family."

It comes down to the need for a new model of policing in America, says Franklin, not just tweaks of the same old system. "What we have now is not like trying to fix a broken car, this car was a used car in the first place."

Akil Alleyne ― Justin Timberlake Is No Cultural Appropriator

Non-Black artists who make Black music aren't "appropriating" it just because they don't throw themselves into Black political struggles as well. They're musicians, not politicians or professional activists; let them do what they do.


Darrell B. Harrison ―Black Lives Matter and the Mirage of Activist Salvation

“All of us growl like bears, and moan sadly like doves; we hope for justice, but there is none, for salvation, but it is far from us.”Isaiah 59:11 (NASB)
 
 
 
I recently undertook a rather judicious study of the Guiding Principles of the entity known as Black Lives Matter (or BLM). In reading carefully through each of the organization’s 13 precepts, I was surprised by the extent to which many of the words and phrases used to describe them have either a direct or indirect parallel in biblical theology.
 
This is not to suggest that the dogma to which BLM subscribes has its origins in biblical Christianity.
That is not what I am positing at all.
 
In fact, if I were pressed on the matter, I would say without equivocation that the approach BLM has adopted in its attempts to bring about the kind of world it envisions, is more closely aligned with the philosophy of Karl Marx than Jesus Christ.
 
I am saying only, as a collective ethos, that much of what BLM aspires to achieve is rooted in ideals that are not totally foreign to the pages of sacred Scripture (e.g. justice, equity, love, community, and so on).
 
On the surface, the principles that guide the BLM movement appear quite laudable.
 
Read the full article HERE. 


Charles Badger ― What Black Speakers at the RNC Didn’t Say

“It often seemed that to be accepted within the conservative ranks…a black was required to become a caricature of sorts, providing sideshows of anti-black quips and attacks.”
That “sideshow” came to Cleveland last month. And those words — spoken by Clarence Thomas — are as true today as when he said them almost 30 years ago.
 
 
 


 
 
 (Source: Medium.com)
 
Polling shows the overwhelming majority of black Americans think we have a problem with policing in America. White Americans— because their communities, in general, are policed differently — are far less likely to see this problem. So, naturally, the Republican Party went to the ends of the Earth to find the few black people who see no problem with policing in America.
 
What we saw at the RNC was a procession of faces of color gleeful to distance themselves from people of color. We were reminded — as if we needed it — that there is a market for black people publicly admonishing other black people. Most distasteful, the party was all-too-eager to provide a platform for this.

Read the full article HERE. 
 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Armond White ― Jason Bourne’s Tough Guy Politics


A franchise and a French film series offer moral contrasts.

(The National Review)
 
 A resolute Matt Damon aiming a Heckler and Koch USP (universal self-loading pistol) in the advertising poster for Jason Bourne tells all you need to know about liberal hypocrisy. The movie itself tells less, given the filmmakers’ attempt to obfuscate by swamping moral principle with mindless sensationalism. That has always been the case with the Bourne franchise (five films so far based on the Robert Ludlum book series). Damon portrays the titular former CIA assassin who goes rogue but remains troubled by an identity crisis; as the result of a government experiment he’s unable to remember his past.
 
Maybe one reason the Bourne franchise has been a popular moneymaker is that the hero is a prototype for the modern movie-going audience; Hollywood relies upon viewers also being “psychogenic amnesiacs.” If they don’t remember, or care to distinguish, one Bourne plot from another, they become perfect dupes for rehashed product. This time Jason Bourne reemerges into the fractious world of espionage now complicated by technological baddies. CIA Chief Tommy Lee Jones sics counterinsurgency expert Alicia Vikander to smoke out Bourne, who once again gets entangled with his old crony Julia Stiles.

Read more at:
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438493/jason-bourne-liberal-hypocrisy

The History of Racism - Episode 1 (part 1/6 )

Episode 1 - The Colour of Money: Colonialism and the Slave Trade.

Reaching back across the centuries, this program sheds light on historical attitudes toward human differences. It assesses the significance of Biblical narratives, including the curse of Ham, in the evolution of European concepts of race, and goes on to examine the basis of institutionalized racism—entwined with fervent capitalism—on which the transatlantic slave trade operated. The destruction of Americas indigenous civilizations and the dehumanization and exploitation of Africans are studied alongside the writings of Enlightenment philosophers and historians. Experts interviewed include Dr. Orlando Patterson of Harvard University, Dr. Barnor Hesse of Northwestern, and Professor James Walvin of the University of York.

Kiron K. Skinner ― The Beginnings Of A Trump Doctrine

Kiron K. Skinner is the W. Glenn Campbell Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. She is a member of three Hoover Institution projects: the Shultz-Stephenson Task Force on Energy Policy; the working group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict; and the Arctic Security Initiative. At Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), she is founding director of the Center for International Relations and Politics; founding director of the Institute for Strategic Analysis; director of the Institute for Politics and Strategy.

(Forbes Magazine)

According to the foreign-policy chattering class, Donald Trump is a purveyor of dangerous rhetoric and ideas, his statements are inconsistent, and he would lead the United States and the world into global chaos.

Just maybe, though, there is more intentionality to the presumptive Republican nominee’s foreign policy than the pundits and critics realize.

Put aside for a moment the criticisms—and even Trump’s own disparate statements about foreign policy in scores of interviews—and read (then re-read) Trump’s foreign policy speech of April 27. In it, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee articulates a vision for America’s role in the world that is at once within the mainstream of U.S. foreign policy but also not-so-subtly moves toward a vision of a world in which a strong America and its allies carry their fair share of the burden of global security.

Read the full article HERE. 

George Ayittey - A Tyrant’s Best Friend



Fannie Lou Hamer and the refusal to compromise. Stephen Carter, Yale Professor



Andrew M. Mwenda ― Inside Rwanda’s police state


The view that Rwanda is a police state is such an entrenched position among critics of President Paul Kagame that it has become gospel truth. Last week on my radio talk show on KFM, I showed panelists videos of police in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya mercilessly beating up demonstrators. I told them I have never seen a Rwanda police officer beat a civilian thereby letting lose the dogs of intellectual and emotional war. If I had not been a dictatorial moderator, my views would have been drowned in the ensuing uproar. All the panelists said this is because Rwanda is a police state where people lack the freedom to challenge government.

There are ways to test a hypothesis that a country has a police state. One way is to identify a neutral, abstract and universal standard. One such standard is the “Freedom Index” developed by Freedom House, a Washington DC based think tank. On this, Rwanda scores badly. In 2015, it’s ranking on civil liberties declined from Five in 2014 to Six (One being most free, Seven most repressive). But is the notion of freedom independent of context?
 
In the same 2015 index, Freedom House gave the US a score of One (most free) notwithstanding mass surveillance programs against its citizens, corporate control of the media, daily police killings of unarmed civilians, mass incarceration of minorities, arbitrary police stops and searches, power being monopolized by only two political parties etc. So why does America score highly on the freedom index?

There is a better way to address the issue of freedom i.e. use a subjective test and ask the people subject to a particular political regime whether they feel free or not. This avoids the risk of deductively constructed concepts that disregard context. For example, we can pick an American who died in the 1970s to travel through airports in the USA today. What would she think of all the rigorous security checks, bordering on the absurd that travellers are subjected to today and have never been asked to consent to?

This leads us to the second issue in this debate: is freedom an objective notion or a subjective feeling? Last year, IPSOS, a French international polling firm, did a poll in Rwanda asking people what they think about freedom: 76% said the media were free or somewhat free; 83% said they felt free or somewhat free to express themselves on any political issue, 82% said they felt their country is a fully or partly democratic, 91% said they participate in the political process especially through their local councils, 90% said elections are free and fair etc. Gallup Poll and the World Values Survey (WVS) have done similar polling and gotten similar results.

Race, Insecurity, and Reaction by A.K. Shauku

In this lecture, A.K. Shauku delves into race relations in the city, particularly the "brotherhood" mentality and the "black power" mentality within the African American community.



John McWhorter ― Black Lives Matter is ‘woke’ to old problems — but still sleeping on solutions

John McWhorter is an associate professor at Columbia University and the author of several books, including “Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America” and “The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language.”


(The Washington Post)

There was a time when Black Lives Matter was committed, principally, to protecting black people from being killed by police. They have expanded their purview lately.

Last week, a consortium of over 60 independent Black Lives Matter organizations released a platform addressing issues facing African Americans. They’ve come a long way, indeed, from a cluster of activists demonstrating and tweeting from Ferguson, Mo. Their platform has six main planks, each with several sub-planks, constituting a list of demands that would make the heart of any progressive civil rights leader swoon.

It’s all there: criminal justice reform, education reform, jobs programs, upending politics-as-usual, more and better mental health services. And on top of all that, reparations.

Read the full article HERE. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

Thomas Sowell ― The Political Picture

Voting for an out of control egomaniac like Donald Trump would be like playing Russian roulette with the future of this country. Voting for someone with a track record like Hillary Clinton's is like putting a shotgun to your head and pulling the trigger. And not voting at all is just giving up. Nobody said that being a good citizen would be easy.

(The Desert Sun)


The good news is that both political conventions are now behind us. The bad news is that the election is ahead of us.

No one knows how this election will turn out but -- given the awful presidential candidates in both parties -- the worst case scenario may be only marginally worse than the best case scenario. National polls may suggest a close election ahead but presidential elections are not decided by who has a majority of the popular vote. In a country already divided, if not polarized, one candidate could win the popular vote and the other candidate win the Electoral College vote, which is what decides who goes to the White House. That could polarize us more than ever.

Everything may depend on what happens in the battleground states where neither party has a decisive advantage. Until recently, Hillary Clinton seemed to have a clear lead in those states. But that difference has narrowed to within the margin of error in some state polls.

Read the full article HERE.