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I am a retired boatbuilder with a fascination for political thought. Most of my life I cheerfully described myself as an "eastern establishment, knee jerk, liberal Democrat."

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Image created from image crediting Saturday, June 21, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Pol Meets a Senator Chris Matthews is the loser in confrontational interview with Elizabeth Warren

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The New York Times in New England I've counted on the Times throughout my life for integrity, and some class, in choosing what it decides to print. I would hate to think that it is currently inclined, clandestinely, to provide "red meat" for its Wall Street readers and more temperate fare for its New England audience.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Mr. Wall Street This presidential election give us an an excellent opportunity to examine the consequences of conflating corporate entities with people.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"The Great American Debate:" An Election Preview The Republican party would simply transfer the ethical and moral responsibility of government to the good graces of capitalistic enterprise, ignoring the reality that that is, in fact, exactly what we have done -- with disastrous consequences.

Friday, October 14, 2011 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Occupation is the Message When large numbers of a pluralistic society put their bodies on the line in cities around America to assert that they no longer feel part of a system which ignores, and worse, abuses their right to participate in the political and economic direction of their country, their action is the message.

Saturday, April 2, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Michael Steele, Philosopher Steele's well-earned reputation over the years is often to say out loud what his peers would be embarrassed to have heard.

Friday, November 26, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Capitalism and AIDS You can have the best health care in the world as long as you can afford to pay for

Saturday, September 18, 2010 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Cup Half-Full You Can Believe In The clear losers in this political miasma are Progressives. The President has announced that he will continue to ignore our well-articulated concerns, and he also will condemn us if his bland political pragmatism fails in the elections of 2010, with the result that an impotent Democratic Party is replaced by an impotent Republican Party.

Monday, June 7, 2010 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
An Opportunity for BP BP can demonstrate its good faith intention to live up to its highly publicized CEO's commitment that "we will get this done, we will make this right" by establishing and funding an escrow account which could be accessed as needed by the American government.

Monday, May 31, 2010 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Think DADT is, and always was, a ridiculous concept even without regard to the matter of homosexuality. By explanation and practice, DADT is premised on the notion that any member of the military who thinks a certain way constitutes a danger to service morale, a danger so serious as to necessitate the removal of that individual from the service, should such thoughts become known.

Friday, May 7, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Face of a Corporate Citizen A personal account. Here comes Hess LNG; there goes the neighborhood.

Sunday, April 18, 2010 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Corporate America's Secret Weapon: Socialism In sum, the fact that politicians are afraid to use the word does not alter the fact that "socialism" is an honored and necessary component of the American experience, and always has been.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The New Man in the White House The most recent Obama demonstrates an ability to think on his feet, to recognize and respect the opinions of those who disagree with him, and to argue, with civility and even gentle humor, that when hypocrisy or ignorance are the controlling motifs of opposing opinions, they must be dismissed with prejudice.

Monday, January 4, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Case Study: Dawn E. Johnsen The churlish treatment of Dawn E. Johnsen by President Obama and his administration should finally silence the desperate true believers in the Democratic Party who cling to the fantasy that the President is a victim of the unforgiving political reality that passes for government in our nation's capital.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Why We All Just Can't Get Along American democracy is increasingly under assault by the ideologies of capitalism and religion, manipulated by political professionals and others, for short term, essentially self-serving objectives.

Saturday, November 14, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Lou Dobbs: Mr. Republican Dobbs may just be the man to put a stake in the heart of Rahm Emanuel's dream of a triangulated Democratic Party.

Friday, October 30, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama and Lieberman History will determine whether Obama and Lieberman are adversaries or cohorts.

Thursday, October 1, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Senator Grassley, “Truth Teller” At Tuesday's markup in the Senate Finance Committee for health care reform, Senators Rockefeller and Schumer, in their advocacy of public option amendments, elicited responses from Senator Grassley that came close to framing the actual issue that is of concern to Republicans.

Thursday, September 10, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The “New Democrats” are Back The Obama administration is the quintessence of Clintonian triangulation, and lacks only the designation of its proposed constituency as “new Democrats” to be its mirror image.

Saturday, August 22, 2009 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Follow the Money Greenwald has answered the simple question that has been dogging progressives: "If the essence of health care reform is to de-link the exhorbitant profits of the pharmaceutical industry from the health needs of our citizens, why is Obama making deals with big Pharma that will mitigate and make meaningless that objective?"-

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Professor Gingrich Newt Gingrich employs a rhetoric of intellectual dishonesty.

Thursday, June 25, 2009 (15 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Capitalism and Health Care The only justification for using capitalistic principles for the distribution of health care is to insure that universal health care, by any meaningful definition, will never happen. Period.

Friday, May 15, 2009 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Who Cares What Nancy Pelosi Knew or When She Knew It? Does anyone seriously believe that had she raised fierce objections to the policy it would have been changed?

Monday, April 27, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
It Doesn't Matter, Dick Like much political rhetoric, the current "discussion" about the propriety of using torture to elicit information from suspected terrorists is often predicated on assumptions that are not shared by the arguers and may well be mutually exclusive.

Friday, April 17, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Republicans Adrift Social conservative Republicans are lost and leaderless in a world that is passing them by.

Sunday, April 5, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Church, State, Marriage We live in a society that nominally sees the need, as did our founders, to separate "church and state," by avoiding any advocacy on theological matters and embracing advocacy of matters important to our pluralistic community.

Monday, March 23, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Part They Don't Get Wall street hubris is unconscionable, and the time to check it is long past.

Saturday, March 14, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Money Debate Stewart's point was that there are real life implications when the "players" screw over the rest of us, and Cramer is a poster child for the amoral manipulators of money who deliberately game the system for personal profit.

Thursday, March 5, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Truth and Reconciliation Won't Cut It The parallels between the event that occasioned America's most patriotic annual celebration and today's intra party discussion far exceed the coincidence that both were in reaction to an imperial personage named "George."

Wednesday, February 25, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Progressive/Obama Dilemma A Progressive looks at the initial Obama administration.

Friday, February 20, 2009 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
A Moment of Decision Traditional notions of capitalism are challenged by the recent Presidential election.