June 12, 2024

Who's Poor Richard?

Benjamin Franklin, writing under the pseudonym Richard Saunders (AKA "Poor Richard"), published Poor Richard's Almanack from 1732 to 1758. The almanack provided useful information, proverbial wisdom, and humor to the American colonies. 

In keeping with Franklin's legacy, Poor Richard's Blog tackles today’s complex issues and the foundations of the Franklin Party, while hopefully also dispensing some wisdom and good humor along the way.  

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Poor Richard's Blog

Benjamin Franklin, writing under the pseudonym Richard Saunders (AKA "Poor Richard"), published Poor Richard's Almanack from 1732 to 1758. The almanack provided useful information, proverbial wisdom, and humor to the American colonies. 

In keeping with Franklin's legacy, Poor Richard's Blog tackles today’s complex issues and the foundations of the Franklin Party, while hopefully also dispensing some wisdom and good humor along the way.  

Welcome to the Franklin Party Newsletter!

Handcuffing the Lifeguard

This congressional appropriations season, please tell your U.S. Representative to oppose Rep. Biggs’ Appropriations Amendment #4 (homeopathy FDA exemption) to H.R. 4368.

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Declarations

Let’s declare our independence from the modern adversaries that would rip us apart, and redeclare our interdependence to each other.

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Respective Experts

Some legislators refuse to pass certain (or any) gun legislation, saying it is unconstitutional. But, this decision ignores the totality of our history and the design of our government. Read why legislators should pass good-faith gun laws, even if they are unsure of its constitutionality.

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A Better Pledge

When it comes to civics in the United States, one thing we do reflexively is the Pledge of Allegiance. We recite the pledge at school and government events and seldom question what we are actually doing.

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Finish the Job

Congress has a big to-do list. Why is it so big, and what can Congress do to accomplish some of these tasks?

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Malpractice

Just as we don’t tolerate medical malpractice in healthcare, let’s also stop accepting political malpractice. We demand evidence-based medicine – let’s also demand evidence-based government.

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News Blinders

Incomplete news matters because it distorts our view of the world. We ignore information at our own peril.

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More Perfect Resolution

New Year’s Day is the closest thing the world has to a birthday. Like birthdays, it is a time for celebration and, as we get older, it is also a time for reflection.

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Rebuilding Common Ground

Addressing the debilitating political gridlock that has gripped the U.S. in recent years is a top priority for the Benjamin Franklin Party.

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Civility

Civility can happen anywhere along the political spectrum. No political party or ideology owns civility. The only thing required for civility is for people to decide to be civil. It is both free, and when utilized, priceless.

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A Recipe For Disaster

In America it’s apparent we have unfortunately been running a recipe for producing mass shootings. And if we don’t change, we can reasonably expect more of the same. Let’s fix the recipe.

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Foresight

In previous blog posts, we discussed the first two core values of the Benjamin Franklin Party: science and justice. This powerful combination of epistemology (science)

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Justice

The second of the Benjamin Franklin Party’s three core values is justice. You might think justice is a Franklin Party value because Franklin famously said,

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Science

In the previous Poor Richard’s blog post we discussed the Mission and Vision of the Benjamin Franklin Party. Today let’s turn our attention to the Franklin Party’s

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DNA

One way to understand an organization is to reference its Mission, Vision, and Values. So let’s take a moment to do that with the Benjamin

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Shifting Gears

In the previous installment of this blog/newsletter, sports and tribalism were used as metaphors to describe modern American politics. These might seem like fitting comparisons, but it

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A House Divided

This week, two conferences that duopolize the United States each fielded teams to ruthlessly battle one another. Both teams have animal mascots, and America was

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Groundhog Day In America

One of my favorite movies is the 1993 classic Groundhog Day. In the movie, set in Punxsutawney, PA, the film’s main character, Phil Connors (played

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America, We Have Liftoff!

Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, a well-deserved federal holiday in honor of the great civil rights leader. But it

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