Strong Man Never Wrong?

  Growing up in Jamaica, I often heard the saying, “Strong man never wrong.” It was a reflection of the society of the times. Jamaica was a colony in which white colonists and British civil servants called the shots. The black majority had no say. They were expected to do as they were told, treat […]
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Ruling by Divine Right

  Long, long ago, some people argued that  kings derived their authority  from God and could not therefore be held accountable for their actions by any earthly authority. King Charles I of England was one of the true believers, and it got him beheaded. It’s hard to believe that in today’s America, this old fairy […]
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A Bloody Blow – by Russia?

The way I see it, Russian saboteurs dealt another vicious blow to America yesterday as another apparently deranged creature committed yet another bloody massacre using a military grade automatic weapon. Yes, call me crazy, but I blame the Russians (and their American accomplices). This hostile power is working relentlessly  to destroy America from within.  One obvious instance is Putin’s  meddling in […]
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A “Progressive” No More?

I used to think of myself as a Progressive. I think the rich should help the poor, the strong should help the weak, the young should help the old, the law should protect us all equally… I am totally in favor of a government-run health care system. I think utilities, insurance, criminal justice, the post […]
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When Polls Go Bad

The polls have ruled in America for decades, but they seem to have lost their magic. Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin’s big win in the Kentucky governor’s race is the most recent example of a new trend. The polls – not one but all – had predicted a comfortable victory by Bevin’s opponent, Democrat Jack Conway […]
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Corruption? No, “Democracy”

  Jamaicans and Canadians might be surprised to learn that what they would call corruption is the way democracy is supposed to work in America. You see, both Jamaica and Canada adhere to the straitlaced British tradition of government for the people – all of the people – without fear or favor. Apparently that’s not […]
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US May Not be Perfect, But I’m Not Ready for China

A reader named Eddie comments on yesterday’s blog that “the political system is so screwed in the US, the general public has no clue how they are used by both parties.” Eddie provided a link to a You Tube presentation lauding China’s one-party politics. The presentation makes the point that China has progressed remarkably in […]
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The Society that Conservatives Would Impose

A California campus cop has become the face of the America that so many conservatives are striving for.  He is all over the Internet, featured in parody after parody. He is Lieutenant John Pike, the now-iconic figure pictured pepper-spraying a group of protesting students at the University of California’s Davis campus (above). The scene can […]
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Nobody Elected the Man Who Really Rules America

On the Fourth of July, I watched a lot of stirring stuff on TV, stuff that reminded me of the reasons I became an American, stuff about equality and democracy and justice and so on. And it made me wonder what had happened to this country that started out with such high hopes, such noble […]
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