Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV is a husband, father of three, proud Fargoan (N.D.), small business owner, reader, writer and progressive. He's also the founder of the IV Words Blog ( Finally, he's a ginger; ergo the “Red.” Living blue in a deep red state is tough, but somehow, day by day, he gets by.

“One Nation, Under …” Duress

In the early morning hours of Independence Day 2020, I’ll be standing there, Old Glory in hand, wondering not which way is up, but how and when up became down. The Flag & The Union: Up, Down or Out? If ever

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Climate Crisis: The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly

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First, Staunch the Bleeding

An open letter to Progressives, Social Democrats, Democratic Socialists, Greens, middle-of-the-roaders and conservative Dems Imagine for a moment that we’re the victim of a serious vehicle collision. We’re the passenger, and we’re


Biden/Harris – “That’s The Ticket”

I’m asking again — Please, Berners, do not enable Trump. I refuse to be a Trump enabler. That means voting for Biden/Harris rather than staying home or voting for some 3rd-party, not-a-chance-in-hell

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