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SHARE Sunday, May 20, 2018 Trumpspeak Is Newspeak
Trumpspeak is America's version of Newspeak. Whatever you choose to call it, the intent is clear: the control of thought through the elimination of certain words and concepts. The destruction of certain words and concepts within the Trump administration include refugees, climate change, greenhouse gases, America as a nation of immigrants, and even the notion of science-based evidence.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 19, 2018 Rex Tillerson: Day Late, Dollar Short
Tillerson warned of a growing crisis in which American democracy is in danger of entering its twilight years if held captive to alternative realities, and continually returned to the notion that truth and the facts were the glue which held us together. Where was such indignant adherence to these noble virtues when it counted?
SHARE Sunday, May 13, 2018 The Strange Collection of Extremists Running for Office as Republicans
White supremacists, Infowars conspiracy theorists and convicted criminals are running, some as viable candidates, on the GOP ticket on the state and federal level, something which would have been unheard of only a few years ago. Such individuals are not barred from putting their hat in the ring and aspiring for elected office, but it is remarkable that party leaders have by and large not shown the backbone to condemn them.
SHARE Monday, April 16, 2018 President for Life?
Pardons would not end their troubles. There could be state crimes not covered by the Presidential pardons, and the New York AG Eric Schneiderman is already preparing charges to be filed. Michael Cohen's antics in New York City may add to the list of charges. Even with the pardons, Mueller would issue a report to Congress which could form the basis for Trumputin's impeachment, which cannot be pardoned.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Trump's Crass Anti-Intellectualism
The in-your-face confrontational style of right-wing celebrities such as Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly have also contributed to a coarsening of our culture. Unfortunately, the crassness and anti-intellectualism of President Trump are not aberrations in our culture, but a reflection of our darker side.
SHARE Thursday, March 1, 2018 Relative Madness
Trump's daughter and son-in-law run amok in the White House as senior advisers to the president, sorely lacking security clearances, much less the requisite qualifications and experience. And his two sons run the family business from which Trump has refused to divest, ignoring conflicts of interests and reneging on promises to not engage in new foreign deals.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, February 9, 2018 David Cay Johnston: Trump's Worse Than You Think
David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who has been following Trump for three decades and is arguably more familiar with the man than most, if not all reporters. He shines a light on the political termites who have infested our government ... destroying it from within.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, January 12, 2018 Joe Arpaio: Watch Whiteness Work
There is some irony in the fact that a pardoned convicted felon with a history of criminalizing people of color and violating their civil rights now has the opportunity to run for the Senate. Welcome to the future of the GOP, where serious character flaws are no obstacle for higher office. Arpaio, with his record of race-based traffic stops and immigration checks, said he is running "for the good of our country."
SHARE Monday, December 25, 2017 Broadening the Scope of Sexual Abuse
What if we broadened the scope of what is "sexual abuse"? What if we said that using government money to teach little children that girls are inferior, and that boys should be allowed to "have their way" with girls, IS sexual abuse? What if we said that employers, or fathers, or politicians telling women how to live their own sex lives IS sexual abuse?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 22, 2017 Selling Drones, Exporting War
America is the world's leader in drone technology, and the companies that have developed them see even bigger profits on the horizon if they can sell them to America's allies around the globe. They promise results, but the American use of drones in places like Iraq and Afghanistan has not led to any resolution of those conflicts. Only the body count has increased.
SHARE Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Trump, His Generals, and the Road to Authoritarianism
The one power center that could challenge Trump is the military-industrial complex: America's fourth branch of government. Yet by hiring so many of its generals and by praising it while passing loads of moola its way, Trump has co-opted its authority and power, attaching it to himself in his role as commander-in-chief.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 23, 2017 I Am An Antifa
The antifas merely let their principles direct their bodies, stopping normal life to oppose our home-grown version of right-wing extremism, saying as loud as they can that the Lost Cause and the KKK and the defense of slavery were un-American.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 3, 2017 The "War on Immigrants": Racist Policies in the Trump Era
During these turbulent and uncertain times for millions of immigrants, it's imperative that we -- those of us who believe in justice and dignity for all -- advocate for humane and just policies for those on the margins, especially given their major contributions and sacrifices on a daily basis to the U.S.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 22, 2017 Revisiting H.L. Mencken in The Age of Trump
Mencken was especially perturbed by the public's limited ability to think, analyze, and reason. The public was easily duped, he surmised, ripe for the taking by masterful artists of hoodwinking: The Bamboozlers, Con Artists, Charlatans, Fakes, Frauds, and Pretenders. I find it difficult to conclude anything other than this: Mencken got it right.
SHARE Sunday, June 4, 2017 Betsy deVos Stands Tall for Segregated Schools
Secretary of Education Betsy deVos said that she believes that parents who don't want their children going to school with undesirable, less human children, should be allowed to make that decision, and to have taxpayers pay for it.
(90 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 19, 2017 Impeachment: What Is to be Done and Where to Begin?
Delaying decisive action simply increases the likelihood that Trump and senior White House strategists like Steve Bannon will find new and better ways of taking seriously toxic and irreversible missteps. The impeachment of Donald Trump is legitimate legally, promising politically, and far more pragmatic as a solution than many of the alternatives now being bandied about.