Officer Darren Wilson Isn’t the Point

Ferguson Institutionalized Racism

*+-Tina Dupuy: There’s a tendency among those unwilling to accept the idea of institutionalized racism to err on the side of the law and believe police wouldn’t be stopping and arresting black people if they weren’t committing crimes. When you’re in handcuffs everyone looks guilty.

Republicans Can Stop Pretending They Want Immigration Reform

Republican Immigration Reform

*+-Tina Dupuy: Republicans get to be morally superior. “We’re a nation of laws,” they regurgitate. Unless you’re the company hiring all the cheap labor with little ability to redress grievances, then we’re a nation of turning a blind eye and enjoying the cheap goods and services.

Think Over ‘Under God’

Atheists Pledge of Allegiance

*+-Tina Dupuy: The Pledge is a jingoistic chant created by a children’s publication to celebrate an explorer turned brutal torture-happy tyrant with a Hitler salute. It’s not the best tradition we have in this country.

The Governors Who Cried Quarantine

Cuomo Christie Quarantine

*+-Tina Dupuy: The failure of leadership during Hurricane Katrina was vast and widespread, but it started way before the storm. It started with leaders erring on the side of hysteria coupled with the disaster-porn fetish of 24-hour cable news.

Decriminalize Poverty; End the War on Drugs

End War on Drugs

*+-Tina Dupuy: If you added up all of the per-capita incarceration rates of every other English-speaking country, they’d still have a lower rate than the U.S. We lock up more than Russia. Way more than China. We lead the world in warehousing humans.

Please Politicize Ebola

Politicizing Ebola

*+-Tina Dupuy: We should politicize Ebola because the outbreak is a perfect example of why government dysfunction is needlessly hazardous to our health.

Congress Supports War

Congress Supports War

*+-Tina Dupuy: Saying they want universal coverage with mostly private insurance along with Medicare but not Obamacare is like saying they want highways maintained by a federal agency with the initials D.O.T.—but not by the Department of Transportation.

The Dumb Debate: Big vs. Small

Big Government Debate

*+-Tina Dupuy: Somehow we’ve been tricked into believing one giant entity wielding unimaginable influence is better than the other giant entity wielding unimaginable influence.

How CVS Can Really Be a Leader in Health

CVS Stops Selling Cigarettes

*+-Tina Dupuy: At most big chain drug stores you can still get your smokes rung up with your COPD inhaler. But CVS said selling tobacco conflicted with their “health care mission” so they’ve opted out of the practice.

Punishing Africa for Buying Our Exports

Homophobia in Africa

*+-Tina Dupuy: Historically this is what the U.S. has given to the world: our odd balance of piety and profit; religion turning a blind eye to lucrative vice and enterprise tipping a hat to spiritual mores (when it’s good for business).

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.