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The Scott Ross: How The US Used Pussy Riot And You Liked It

Why were you outraged over Russia locking up Pussy Riot but ambivalent over America bringing its full weight down on open access activist Aaron Swartz? Simple, because hating a Russian government is easier than improving your own.

When Russian punk band Pussy Riot received 2 years for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” there were weeks of press coverage, mass protests, world outrage, and calls, most notably by US President Barack Obama, denouncing Russia’s actions as “disproportionate”.

Yet when Reddit co-creator Aaron Swartz was facing 35 years in an American prison for merely making publicly-funded research public, there were few

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The Scott Ross: Why Canada Needs An Elected Senate Just Like America’s

“Washington is broken.” – Barack Obama

Looking at the Canadian Senate in isolation might motivate many to question it, but compared to the American Senate, Canadians should be proud of their upper chamber.

Besides the fact that googling “Ottawa is broken” brings zero related results, the American Senate is so dysfunctional quite a few of its members, like former Senators Olivia Snowe and Evan Bayh, have actually quit, citing that the American institution is just too broken.

From the McCarthy hearings in the 1950s to bringing the world’s largest economy to the brink of collapse in the fiscal crisis

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The Scott Ross: Trust In Trudeau

Because Stephen Harper was a self-described “radical right-wing ideologue”, he was the only one who could make the conservatives more Liberal.

Because Barack Obama was so anti-war, he was the only one who could make the Democrats more pro-war than Republicans.

In both cases it was each man’s close association to a particular cause that gave him the credibility and therefore the power to fundamentally change it.

And it is because Justin Trudeau is perhaps the most identifiable Liberal that he, and he alone can make the party more conservative, and, as they aren’t mutually exclusive, more progressive. Trudeau has

The Scott Ross: America, Canada’s Monarchy

The Queen is unelected by Canadians, is ultimately responsible for Canada’s well-being, and exerts no influence over Canadian affairs. The President of the United States is unelected by Canadians, has no responsibility for Canada’s well-being, and exer… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: America, Canada’s Monarchy

The Scott Ross: Now Americans Need To Follow Republican Lead

Voters showed the Republican Party doesn’t represent America, but in losing the election and now facing hard choices, for America’s sake, perhaps Republicans should. For today, after losing the Presidency, again, and additional senate seats, Republica… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Now Americans Need To Follow Republican Lead

The Scott Ross: Democrats Learn From Conservatives: Obama Like Harper, Romney Like Ignatieff

Many progressives are elated that Obama won last night, they should thank Stephen Harper. For though many Canadians were happily surprised that Obama’s re-election strategy worked, there was really little doubt, as Stephen Harper had already proved i… . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: Democrats Learn From Conservatives: Obama Like Harper, Romney Like Ignatieff

The Scott Ross: There Is No End For Hope & Change

It is hard to imagine how much Obama has let the American people down from his lofty rhetoric in 2008 and how little hope and change he has actually delivered. This of course is not because Obama failed to uphold these particular promises, though it’s readily admitted he’s failed to uphold others; there is resentment because there is something significantly wrong with America.

When any society believes hope and change are some tangible commodity, some identifiable end or some goal that once attained can be placed upon an award shelf to collect dust, that society seriously misunderstands what hope and

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The Scott Ross: Racial Divide Ruining America

America is a politically divided country, racial groups have picked sides and aren’t making things any better.

On January 1st the country is set to suffer a 5% cut to its economic output mostly as a result of the fiscal cliff that has loomed ever since Democrats and Republicans failed to agree on a plan to reduce the ever-growing deficit.

The partisanship that has plagued Washington and created this crisis is related to the partisanship that plagues America which itself has motivated different races to become politically aligned, perhaps only dangerously so.

This election the Democratic candidate President Barack Obama

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The Scott Ross: Real American Voter Fraud

The worst voter fraud is being committed by 43% of Americans.

With a likely close Presidential election, attention is being drawn to efforts to reduce voter fraud in many states across America. Most states have introduced requirements that voters must present driver licenses or similar government issued identification to vote.

Critics of the Republican drafted Voter ID legislation rightly point out that the real purpose of these laws is to disenfranchise blacks, low income earners, and students; in essence those most likely to vote Democrat. Comedian Sarah Silverman in a recent video (see below) commented, “This attempt to prevent voter

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The Scott Ross: Romney Is What He Appears To Be & That’s Not Being What He Appears to Be

From not releasing his tax returns to flip flopping on almost every major issue, Democrats often warn that Mitt Romney isn’t what he appears to be. Good news for Mitt, a new secret-video shows who he really seems to be; bad news for Mitt is that it shows that what he seems to be is duplicitous.

Where Mitt Romney would never in public say he doesn’t care about every voter, that those who voted for Obama are freeloaders, and that it’s not his job to care about them, at a fundraising event for high rollers the Republican candidate is unusually

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The Scott Ross: The US Supreme Court & The Health of America

Though it is unclear whether Obamacare will improve the health of Americans, the recent US Supreme Court ruling will at least improve the health of American institutions.

America is a sick country, not only because of the millions of people uninsured and vulnerable to the cost of already one of the most expensive health care systems, but because of the partisanship that divides its government and its people.

All three branches of government have been suffering from polarization, a disease where the American body politic is made lethargic as resources are diverted from acting externally for the good of the

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The Scott Ross: The Road We’ve Traveled

The Road We’ve Traveled, isn’t just a new video released by the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama, it’s a display of historic influence.

The United States may have the largest army in the world, it may have the most nuclear weapons, but soldiers and bombs don’t win over hearts and minds. In the world today, as its always been, people are won based on the incitement of feeling with the association of positive ideas. Because of this, books opposing various governments and their ideologies have been burned while books supporting them have been written, the same can be said

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