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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)
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 4, 2019 Tanks in Chocolate City
Is it at all possible that the Abrams tanks in Washington D.C. during July could ultimately lead to election-year "Missiles of October" over Tehran?
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Promise Land 2020
With the conclusion of the Mueller probe roughly coinciding with the start of the U.S. presidential campaign season now is as good a time as any to re-focus on some of trump's reprehensible behavior, reckless domestic and foreign policy decisions, empty claims and, for the purposes and his many broken promises.
SHARE Wednesday, February 27, 2019 Journey of the Hermit Kings
Is it foolish to assume that faced with the prospect of a criminal indictment, that maybe running around scaring the holy bejeebers out of everyone by means of thermonuclear-themed political stunts, might be a misuse of a dwindling opportunity by donald trump to legislatively cover his ass.
(22 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 6, 2019 A Pinocchio Theory
It's a bizarre paradox: a puppet that wanted to grow up to be a boy, and a real boy who grew up to become a puppet.
(23 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 13, 2018 Dead Presidency
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.
(16 comments) SHARE Monday, May 14, 2018 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 7, 2017 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 31, 2017 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 4, 2017 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.
(33 comments) SHARE Monday, April 24, 2017 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.
(11 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 1, 2016 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 26, 2016 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 16, 2016 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.
(51 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 5, 2016 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
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 11, 2016 Trumptopia
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.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, January 8, 2016 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.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 16, 2015 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, October 26, 2015 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 16, 2015 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.