I was the Mayor of Fargo for 16 years. This was while being a professor of economics and NDSU. Later I became active in the Red River Freethinkers. While I no longer live in Fargo-Moorhead the focus of my blog remains there.

 
 

Ronald Reagan and Mayor Pete Buttigieg

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When the relatively unknown Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, announced for President I like most of you wondered why he thought he had any chance at all of competing. Now I understand.
Buttigieg has been in the headlines everyday this week. He picked out a villain and is going after him. Surprisingly, the villain is not President Trump but his smooth talking smiling Vice President, Mike Pence.  Both are from Indiana and know one another well.
Buttigieg has been in the headlines everyday this week. He picked out a villain and is going after him. Surprisingly, the villain is not President Trump but his smooth talking smiling Vice President, Mike Pence.  Both are from Indiana and know one another well.
The technique that is driving religious conservatives to distraction is one Ronald Reagan used against liberals. Young liberals during Reagan's campaign used ideology to champion their cause. Their thing was that making money was not a noble activity. The conservative business community that Reagan represented had been painted as self serving and uncaring.
The technique that is driving religious conservatives to distraction is one Ronald Reagan used against liberals. Young liberals during Reagan's campaign used ideology to champion their cause. Their thing was that making money was not a noble activity. The conservative business community that Reagan represented had been painted as self serving and uncaring.
The technique that is driving religious conservatives to distraction is one Ronald Reagan used against liberals. Young liberals during Reagan's campaign used ideology to champion their cause. Their thing was that making money was not a noble activity. The conservative business community that Reagan represented had been painted as self serving and uncaring.
Buttigieg, an out gay man, is beating up on religious politicians like Pence on their home court. Unlike Trump, religious language rolls easily off his tongue. So do the merits of marriage and fidelity in marriage. While the President has chosen "immigrants" to demonize, Buttigieg has chosen conservative politics.
It would be my preference religion was kept private and was not part of politics. Since that is not our reality it is imperative that liberal politicians use it to their advantage just as conservatives do.
It would be my preference religion was kept private and was not part of politics. Since that is not our reality it is imperative that liberal politicians use it to their advantage just as conservatives do.
It would be my preference religion was kept private and was not part of politics. Since that is not our reality it is imperative that liberal politicians use it to their advantage just as conservatives do.
Identifying with "outsiders" is what Trump did. It has more potential than Democrats who champion policies of health care, climate change, redistribution and "reaching across the isle."

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