RALPH  KENYON
EXTRAPOLATOR

Problems of The United States Democracy

Chester Grammar School I went to school in Chester, Massachusetts. We had a traditional eight room, two floor, grammar school, with the executive offices on a small third floor. When I started it housed grades 1-8. The high school was across U.S. Route 20.  Sometime before it was time to switch to high school, the eighth grade was moved across the street to the high school building in order to make room for a special class - kids with special needs - cerebral palsy,  down syndrome, what was later to be called learning disabilities, etc.  That class was the envy of all the rest of us, because they went on special field trips and got other, what we thought were, special activities and benefits. 

As a matter of fact, the whole school system in Chester was special.  We had long term professional teachers that really knew their stuff and were highly dedicated.  The academics were superior as evidenced by the fact that our students who transferred elsewhere often got to advance a class while students transferring in from other schools often had to drop back a class.  At least that's the talk I remember, especially from high school. In high school I had both English and (now called) "stem" classes from the same teachers that had taught my dad. Both were fantastic teachers.  Both served me extremely well when I got to college. (In college I won the top mathematics prize all four years.) One of our courses in high school was "Problems of Democracy". Half a century later I began to become seriously interested in the current "Problems of Democracy". For the first time in my life, I actively contributed money for Elizabeth Warren's campaign opposite Republican Scott Brown's re-election bid.

While I was in the Navy, my potential political activity was inhibited by the Hatch Act, which prohibits all government personal to publicly endorse, one way or the other, any political party or candidates in any way related to our Government position. I did contact my congress person's office occasionally, but never mentioned my my military affiliation.  My first real effort to make a difference was my letter to Congress in 1975.  You'll notice there is no mention of my service. I advanced that idea again in 2013, now that it's clear that the congress has gone in the opposite direction.

 

Table of Contents

Congress

Letter to Congress - sent to all members 1975


On the Constitution

The Declaration of Independence on Life, Liberty, Happiness

The Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States 1789
The Constitutional Status of Healthcare
2017
Abuse of the First Amendment Religion Clause
2017
Abuse of the Second Amendment.
2017
Treason in the mass media age
2017




Proposed Amendments to the Constitution
 
An amendment to establish equality of representation 2013
An amendment to balance checks between POTUS and SOTUS 2016
An amendment to insure legislative transparency
2017
An amendment to make the electoral college proportional
2017


Politics: Specifics and General

American Ideology - Conservative vs Liberal
2017
Core Republican Ideology is based on a fallacy
2016
Politics and the Republican agenda 2003
Four Keys To Political Success and commentary 1977
A proposal for a new political party the Commonwealth Party

Insuring majority representation over minority rule in voting.
2017


Issues

DACA - recommended option and discussion

Global Warming and the Consequent Climate Change 1996
my proposed United States of America: Energy Policy 1991
Inadequate Education due to lack of growth with knowledge
2017
Korea - nuclear weapons and unification
2017
Taxes and Infrastructure - "legal" embezzling by the richest
2011
Taxes - Trump's Tax Plan - Reverse Robbing Hood
2015
On POTUS Badmouthing the United States Constitution
2016


Law

Hesiod: Justice, Politics, Customs
-700
Statement of Belief on nuclear weapons 1969
Why Ted Cruz is not eligible to be President
2016
   
 Ethics  
Thirteen Mistakes 1966
Leadership Paradoxes 1968
   
Stages of Moral Development by Lawrence Kohlberg 1971
Maslow's Need Levels 1954


Religion

In the name of God (Jimmy Carter)2002
Abuse of the First Amendment Religion Clause
2017
Doubt and Faith2003
Atheism teaches (believers see this)  
Atheists claim (believers see this)  


images and documents


my published articles
some of my philosophy writings
bibliography of my general semantics papers
Recommended Readings