Children Seeking Asylum and Finding Antipathy

Children Seeking Asylum

Tina Dupuy: I might be the only syndicated columnist in the country who was raised by the state. So when lawmakers and public pontificators discuss the welfare of unaccompanied minors who’ve been dropped on our proverbial doorstep, I should probably speak up.

Two Minutes of Hate: The Bergdahl Edition

Bowe Bergdahl Deserter

Tina Dupuy: Bergdahl’s colleagues rushed to national television cameras to use words like “deserter” and “traitor” and those who hoped this could possibly damage the president merrily propagated it.

Immigrants and the Cootie Offense

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Tina Dupuy: You know where the Ground Zero of our whooping cough epidemic is in this country? In affluent, helicopter-parent neighborhoods where lefty science deniers refused to get their spawn vaccinated. You know where it’s not? At the border.

Conservatives’ Women Troubles

Conservative War on Women

Tina Dupuy: Some have pointed out (myself included) that if you are truly against abortion, you should be FOR what counters the need for abortion—reliable, cheap and widely available birth control.

Freedom for Hobby Lobby’s Religion

Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Ruling

Tina Dupuy: Hobby Lobby, the store that is to birth control what Citizens United is to campaign finance, also wants to teach your children about the merits of the Protestant Bible.

Bring Us More Dick Cheney…and Liz

Dick and Liz Cheney

Tina Dupuy: It looks like liberals taking a cue from Disney’s iconic villain revival, Maleficent, dug up Dick Cheney and nepotism poster child Liz Cheney to illuminate the Dark Side of our post-9/11 world.

My Evergreen Column About the Latest Mass Shooting

Mass Shooting

Tina Dupuy: Weapon manufacturers in spite of the shock and horror at fill-in-the-blank say they believe in the Second Amendment as an absolute god-given right of every American. They ignore/deny/edit out the “well-regulated” part of the Amendment.

E-Regulating E-Cigarettes

Regulating E-Cigarettes

Tina Dupuy: E-cigarettes are technically a “nicotine delivery device” derived from tobacco. For all intents and purposes—it’s tobacco. They should have to abide by the same laws as other tobacco products.

Our Religion of the Founding Fathers

Founding Fathers

Tina Dupuy: If we were contemporaries of these mystical Founding Freedom Priests, we’d have more complicated feelings about them. Just like we have about our modern presidents.

Casual Racism v. Institutionalized Racism

Institutionalized Racism

Tina Dupuy: We’re less willing to talk about or even acknowledge institutionalized racism as a real thing. A word is easy to rally and tweet against: the long-term systematic subjugation of a people based on their skin color is…well…not as easy to solve with a catchy hashtag.

Why No War on Easter?

Why No War on Easter

Tina Dupuy: So why isn’t there a war on Easter? Because there’s really no money in it. It’s not worth the fight since there’s so little payoff. It’s the same reason no one has ever invaded Antarctica.

The Grim Repo: Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Act

Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Act

Tina Dupuy: During the last five years of the national debate around health care reform, it’s been an all-or-nothing proposition. Either you hate Obamacare and cite it in your requiem for the republic. Or you defend it whole cloth with no caveats.

A Truce on Moral Superiority

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Tina Dupuy: If homosexuality ceased to be considered a sin and all Americans were judged by the content of their character instead of whom they love, it’d be hard for Republicans to find people to be morally superior to.

Keep Bossy, Ban Pink Ribboning

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Tina Dupuy: The problem with Pink Ribboning is it alleviates alarm by giving people something easy yet empty to do. It softens the concerned, warding off a real response. Done. Next issue.

GOP Loves Vladimir Putin

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Vladimir Putin combines all the decisiveness of the no-apology Bush with all the Winter Olympics accolades of no-apology Mitt Romney.

Legitimizing Rape

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Tina Dupuy: We have a simplistic view of sexual assault: Rape is done by bad people. We don’t like bad people. If we like people, they can’t be bad and therefore can’t really be rapists.

What Peace Looks Like

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Obama Peace Prize — If Americans wanted their president to hobble around singing “Bomb Iran” we had that choice.

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