Are we there yet? Preventing the triumph of evil in 2017 and beyond

By: Mike McClary
Published by: Culpeper Star-Exponent
Date Published: December 31, 2016

Welcome to what we all hope will be a happy new year. To answer the question of whether we’re there yet, we should try to figure out where we’re headed.

Is it “1984,” George Orwell’s 1949 book that highlighted a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and public manipulation, dictated by a political system that persecuted individualism and independent thinking as “thought crime”?—a society ruled by an overarching Party that seeks power entirely for its own sake and is not interested in the good of others. Does this sound familiar to some of us?

Or, is it “Brave New World,” Aldous Huxley’s 1932 book, describing a different type of dystopia where people are manipulated by the State into thinking of nothing but their own pleasure. It could also be “Animal Farm,” Orwell’s previous 1945 work where the Pigs take over society and the government.

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Trump’s cabinet – what could go wrong?

By: Mike McClary
Published by: Culpeper Star-Exponent
Date Published: December 17, 2016

Tomorrow the Electoral College meets in each of the states and the District of Columbia where the electors will cast their votes for the candidate to which they are committed.

Being an elector is an honor for any member of a political party and the 7th Congressional District will be represented by Harold Boyd, chairman of the Culpeper County Democratic Committee. He will cast our district’s electoral vote for Hillary Clinton, who won Virginia by 5.3 percentage points. Culpeper should be proud of its participation in this last election because voter turnout was almost 75 percent, significantly higher than the national average of 55 percent, the lowest in 20 years.

Among many other things, the president-elect has most recently promised to “drain the swamp” of the establishment creatures that inhabit the quagmire that bubbles inside the Beltway. What do we know so far about his nominees for high posts in the new administration? Who among them might actually be “swamp things?”

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Exploring Druk Yul — The land of the Thunder Dragon

By: Mike McClary
Published by: Culpeper Star-Exponent
Date Published: December 3, 2016

In the spirit of this Christmas season, and as the angels proclaimed in Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men (King James Version),” I would like to tell you about another earthly kingdom, about as far as one can get from Culpeper (10,474 miles).

Many people have never heard of Bhutan nor have any idea where it is located.

It’s bigger than Maryland but just smaller than West Virginia — about the size of Switzerland. Its population is about 770,000 — more than that of Alaska, North Dakota or Wyoming.

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