The American conservative movement finds itself on the wrong side of history…again

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The hot-button topic for conservative alarmists today is Critical Race Theory (CRT) and their idea that it is being used to indoctrinate young people. You cannot look at any conservative news platform and avoid CRT.

The interesting thing is that Critical Race Theory is not being taught in any schools other than as a part of upper-level college classes. It isn’t part of the standards and it isn’t being taught in any K-12 schools in America.

So what is the big deal? Why does the GOP continue to push this narrative? Let’s take a look.

What is Critical Race Theory?

Critical Race Theory is not…

The narrative on the Electoral College is shifting

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Since the 2000 election, Republicans have won the presidency 3 times. However, only once did they win the popular vote (Bush in 2004). This means that for 8 of 12 years that a Republican president has served, they did not actually get the vote of more Americans.

Or to put it another way, the majority of Americans only voted for the GOP in 1 out of the last 6 elections, yet a Republican has been in office for 3 out of 6 opportunities.

To many outsiders, this seems absurd, probably because it is.

Mention getting rid of the Electoral College…

How to get high paying clients that don’t mess around

Upwork gets a bad reputation as being a race to the bottom sort of website. At times, it definitely can be just that. However, there are a few tips and tricks to getting clients that pay at or above the industry standard. This means that you can start to make some real money there, which is cool!

Time for a humblebrag.

In the last year or so I earned over 10 grand on Upwork alone (more on that here). And that is only on gigs paid through the Upwork system, I have earned ANOTHER 10k in the last 6 months…

3 winning strategies for the GOP to regain control

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Republicans got smacked in the mouth this last election cycle, losing the Presidency and the Senate while allowing Dems to maintain control of the house. It seems like the left is set up for success for years to come.

The GOP is facing a reckoning, their electorate is aging and America is moving to the left. Whether this shift is due to the far-right push from Trump and associates, or the inability of the party to move into the 21st century, is unclear. One thing is certain, however, if Republicans don’t make a change their political brand is in trouble.

Benefits and pitfalls that come with the new Supreme Court ruling

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This last week the Supreme Court voted unanimously, in a rare feat of agreement, that the NCAA is violating antitrust laws when it comes to capping benefits paid to student-athletes. This ruling potentially opens up the floodgates when it comes to allowing student-athletes to receive compensation outside of athletic scholarships and education benefits.

The ruling was unusual as it is the first time since 1985 that the Supreme Court has ruled on an issue related to the NCAA. …

3 reasons why your headline doesn’t matter

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First of all, can we talk about the fact that I have never seen this photo in any other articles? What is wrong with you people, it is easily my favorite so far! It also fits with my title, so why not use it!

But all of that aside, what I really want to talk about is 3 reasons why your headline doesn’t matter, which are:

  • Digital natives screen bullshit clickbait automatically.
  • 99% of what you come up with already exists.
  • You don’t get paid for views anyway.

So let’s get right down to it because introductions aren’t really necessary…

Would you write like Jim? Or Pam?

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The Office is a show that is near and dear to my heart, I have watched all of the seasons multiple times and all of the recently released extended cuts. So when I was watching the episode where Dwight pulls his stapler out Jell-o for the 10th time, I realized that most writers embody a character from The Office.

The only question is, which writer are you?

Creed Bratton

Creed is an old soul with a shady and mysterious past. He is the writer who writes about events that happened in the 1960s that simply couldn’t, or wouldn’t, happen today.

If you…

Why attracting trolls is actually a good thing

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Today a reader (actually more than one) disagreed with me after reading this article:

However, one of the readers (I won’t mention his name, you can find him by checking out the article’s comments) decided to also read another article and comment there as well:

Even as I am writing this he is spewing some more comments on the first article again, lol he is so triggered it is funny. For a guy with 6 followers, he sure acts like he has some clout!

But with all of these shenanigans aside, having a troll is a good thing. When the…

3 things Biden can do to ensure progressive wins for years to come

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The country has been moving in a progressive direction for the last 10 plus years, the majority of youth believe that who you marry doesn’t matter, that healthcare is a right and that our country should move away from fossil fuels. In fact, as the voting base gets younger it also gets bluer, which is a problem for the GOP. The Republican Party is aging and generations of young people have become disillusioned with conservatism.

Instead of enacting policy, the GOP has resorted to trying to become a firebrand of controversy. However, for every voter they attract with their current…

The one question you should ask before you start writing

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I stopped writing a novel after writing over 20,000 words. Why?

Cultural appropriation.

My novel was about a young 18-year-old immigrant from Mexico and his family. In my story, the protagonist is loosely based on a friend of mine from high school who was a good student and star baseball player who had to move back to Mexico before getting the opportunity to go to college. My story had him and his family getting deported, except for his brother who was born in the USA and was allowed to stay. …

Ed Matthews

Ed is a teacher, freelance writer, husband, and father who loves writing creative non-fiction.

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