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Anthony Barnes, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a free-lance writer who leans toward the progressive end of the political spectrum.
"When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the nation, I began to focus on my town. I couldn't change the town and as an older man, I tried to change my family. Now, as an old man, I realize the only thing I can change is myself, and suddenly I realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world." - Unknown Monk (1100 AD)
Donald Trump's presidency is rapidly moving toward life support status. And, at least right now, the same can be said for the American Presidency itself.
Monday, May 14, 2018(16 comments)
The Trump Curse on the GOP
The GOP's failure to expunge Donald Trump from their party when they had the chance wasn't just a curse upon themselves; it was a curse upon us all.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017(1 comments)
The Art of the Impeachment
Donald Trump's effort to stymie the investigation of possible collusion between his campaign and the Russians has been marked by one utterly foolish self-incriminating breach of common sense after another, many of which involve James Comey. Now it looks like he might have to pay for them.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017(3 comments)
A Tale of Two Shots
Yes it was indeed quite telling. The force behind donald trump's sneering determination to step forward and aggressively flaunt his status as leader of the West's military alliance was in sharp contrast to the negligible sense of urgency he displayed when presented with the opportunity -- during a time of war -- to step forward to serve in his own country's military.
Thursday, May 4, 2017(1 comments)
The Non Factor: A Talking Points Memo
Bill O'Reilly finally ran out of both time and mistakes. His were the wrong kind of mistakes. Mistakes involving women. Made at the worst possible time. And so, it became time for the smug, uncontrollably self-righteous "King of Cable" to be banished from the cable kingdom he helped create.
From Cable King to Village Idiot. All in one fell swoop.
Monday, April 24, 2017(33 comments)
TRAPPED IN THE CUCKOO'S NEST: Donald Trump's 'Deep State' of Denial
It seems remarkable that America has somehow managed to make it through the first 100 days of donald trump's hair-raising "presidency." But now, all layers of speculation about trump's character have been removed. It's fairly well established that expedient mendacity -- lying out of convenience -- is the prevailing focus of any donald trump strategy for handling personal and personal and presidential responsibilities.
Donald Trump's Great American Bowel Movement
It's been over 40 years since Gerald Ford declared the "long national nightmare" that was the Nixon presidency to be finally over. And now, this: A whole new nightmare. A demagogue has taken over a major political party and founded a profoundly odorous movement. This time, it will be worse than Watergate.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016(4 comments)
Kitty Porn: The Perils and Possibilities of Donald Trump's Deviant Republicanism
A great, glistening fork made of purest silver on Planet Earth has been stuck in it. "It" being Donald Trump's run for the presidency. His allegedly "self-funded" campaign has been killed by a steady barrage of self-inflicted wounds, culminating in the release of taped conversation during which he was exposed as little more than an unregistered, serial sex offender.
But let's not rejoice or bury Trump too soon.
Saturday, July 16, 2016(2 comments)
Elephant's Graveyard: How Barack Hussein Obama Destroyed the Republican Party
It's easy to assign blame to Donald Trump for leading the Republican Party on its death march to political oblivion. But that would be somewhat misleading in that laying the blame solely on Trump would be to overlook the far more significant role that Barack Obama played in bringing about the GOP's impending death.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016(51 comments)
Death of the Republican Party
There is a degree of legitimacy to the angst many Americans feel about this country's "greatness." The concept of Donald Trump as the remedy however, has no basis at all. Just look at what he's doing to the Republican Party! The time has come. In order to save itself, the GOP must destroy itself by way of a forceful, swift, relentless -- and perhaps essentially suicidal -- execution of gutter politics
Friday, March 11, 2016(3 comments)
If the network media had made a more than cursory effort to drill down on Donald Trump's galaxy of character flaws, the running narrative on Trump would more likely reflect the story of a common businessman; a simple dyed-in-the-wool capitalist with a history of failed business ventures who is now marketing xenophobia from behind a veneer of synthetic patriotism for his own personal gain.
Friday, January 8, 2016(1 comments)
Brother Visions; Thelonious Monk; and the New Chaos Theory
The doctor is out"... of his mind? Or so it seems sometimes anyway. Looks like the jig is just about up for Dr. Ben Carson. As a physician, Carson's magnificent; a masterpiece at his craft. But as a politician, he's a bit of a charlatan.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015(5 comments)
Sticks & Stones; Thoughts on PC
In large part, the spate of mass shootings and other terror-related events represent the culmination of the kind of events which are manifested within and across cultures that choose to marginalize civility.
Monday, October 26, 2015(3 comments)
The Silly Season
Bring On The Clowns! Who would have thought that the political silly season leading up to the 2016 presidential election could have turned out this wacky without any significant input from Sarah Palin? No worries however. The void was been filled by Donald Trump, who's done a far better job than Palin in forcing the rest of the GOP circus act to significantly step up their own clown games.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015(3 comments)
Can We TALK? If the "Zombie Apocalypse" has arrived, "smart" phones are to blame
With each passing nanosecond, it seems clear that our growing reliance and excessive use of inaptly named "smart" technology has Earth's Most Intelligent species slouching toward an evolutionary dumbing down as our exercise in routine thought processes becomes increasingly unfashionable, and old-school means of problem-solving grow disturbingly inconvenient.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015(7 comments)
Straight Outta' Wharton: The Peculiar Presidential "Candidacy" of Donald J. Trump
Donald Trump has the GOP on a familiar slippery slope. The Party bosses are trying to notch down the crazy, but Trump's antics have actually increased it as other presidential candidates like Rand Paul and Lindsay Graham attempt to draw "Trump style" attention by pulling their own dumb sh*t. The sad part about it is that Trump's may be only half serious about seeing his candidacy through to the end.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015(5 comments)
TOY SOLDIER: The Fabulous Fabulism of Bill O'Reilly
Bad news for O'Reilly haters. Since the Fox News Channel's top-rated host is perhaps better known as a bullshitting blowhard than as a legitimate journalist, he'll easily ride out recent accusations that he may be a serial fabricator: accusations that include concocting stories during a disastrous stint as a CBS correspondent back in the 80's.
Saturday, January 17, 2015(8 comments)
Clash of Cultures: The Pen vs. The Kalashnikov
Prettying up anti-Islam hate-speech by calling it "provocative satire" is frighteningly Orwellian in its clever inaccuracy. But it's the only way for some to justify the twisted misapplication of their right of free speech. And while the freedom to express hatred is something worth dying for, in some cases, dying for that cause is not always noble.
Monday, December 29, 2014(3 comments)
Barely Legal: Now 18 years old, the Fox News Channel Trots On
It's a time to rejoice. A deeply cherished vicarious thrill can now be experienced without a smidgen of guilt. In October, the Fox News Channel celebrated its 18th year of offering hope to those prone to flights of revisionist fantasy. Now, beating up on Fox can no longer be considered an act of child abuse. It's time to raise a glass to honor the transition into adulthood for Fox News. Who'll join me?