STATIST [STEY-tist]: one who believes that the state should have partial or total control of the people.

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I have to admit that I don’t know a lot about statism.  I thought it was probably a term that could be applied to good, liberal Democrats in a complimentary way.   But the more I read, it sounds like a radical person who has “stolen” the personal liberties from people and replaced them with adherence […]

NUANCE [NOO-ahns] : a subtle difference or distinction in expression, meaning, response, etc.

Every Governor of the State of Rhode Island is given a budget to have a portrait painted which will hang in the State House upon his/her end of term.    This past year, at the conclusion of his single term as Governor, Lincoln Chafee contracted with Julie Gearan, a New England artist, for his painting. When […]

CHRISTOGRAM: a monogram or combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ

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Christmas gets more and more contentious every year.   Last year we in Rhode Island suffered through the silliest conflict between the Governor, Lincoln Chafee, and citizens of this fair state.   It revolved around the fact that the Governor referred to the decorated tree in the State House as a “Holiday Tree” instead of a “Christmas […]

NUCLEAR OPTION: legislation in the U.S. Senate to return the required number of votes to a simple majority

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Nuclear Option is a derogatory term employed by Republicans to describe the action taken in the U.S. Senate this week to remove the 60 vote requirement for affirmation of presidential nominees to lower court (Not Supreme Court) positions and other positions in the administration.    Republicans, who have enjoyed the filibuster capability and the requirement of a […]

VICTORY: that which is ascribed to a winner, not a loser

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This morning is a morning of victory…for the American people.   The entire Congress (meaning both houses) and the President have signed the legislation to re-open the government and to issue a temporary relief in the debt ceiling debate.  It’s not ideal, but it’s a victory, nonetheless. It is not a victory for the President…yet.   The […]

ANTITHESIS [an-TITH-uh-sis]: the direct opposite

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To begin with, a thesis is an idea or concept which is promoted as being the outcome of research.   To have a thesis about something means that you have come to a conclusion which you believe to be a fact.   In today’s world, for instance, the concept that global warming is occuring primarily because of […]