Who is the Real Enemy?

    When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refuses to walk back Trump’s rant that the press is “the enemy of the people,” warning bells should be ringing across the land. Thomas Jefferson observed that: When the speech condemns a free press, you are hearing the words of a a tyrant. Attacking the independent media […]
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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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When Honor is Missing

  A nation is in trouble when its leaders lack personal integrity. No political system, however well designed, can survive if those responsible for maintaining it are dishonorable. So, when I read that a Supreme Court Justice was influenced by personal relationships, my faith in America’s future is shaken. Americans have come to expect – […]
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Behind the Scandals

Tell the truth, which story are you likely to read, the one about Trump paying hush money to a porn star or the one about erosion of American democracy? They’re both in the news. The Wall Street Journal reports that Trump’s lawyer paid X-rated actress “Stormy Daniels” (photo) $130,000 to keep quiet about her affair with […]
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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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The Scary Supreme Court

  It seems certain that President Obama will veto that proposed oil pipeline from Canada, and the pundits say Republicans in Congress don’t have the votes to override the veto. And this is just the beginning. The President is sure to veto any law repealing the Affordable Health Care Act, for example. And he is […]
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Why I Will Not Vote Today

Instead of sitting here writing this blog, I should be at the polling station today, casting my ballot in the runoff election for city commissioner at large. I wish I could vote for “none of the above,” but that isn’t an option. So I will leave it up to my fellow-citizens to decide who gets […]
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Now, It’s Government by Intimidation

They taught me in school that democracy is a system of government of the people, by the people, for the people. So I have to wonder when I read – as I often do – that the United States is “the world’s leading democracy.” In poll after poll, I see “the people” favoring policies that the government […]
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How Republicans are Undermining Democracy

The idea behind democratic government is simple: The majority rules. But that isn’t going to happen in the world’s leading democracy if Republicans get their way. By redrawing the boundaries of electoral districts in state after state, they are making one Republican vote equal to two or more Democratic votes. That’s how they managed to keep […]
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When Pigs Rule the Farm, Things Get Ugly

Society is much like a barnyard in which various animals compete for ascendancy.  Today in America, the pigs rule. Not the pigs on George Orwell’s mythical “Animal Farm,” and not the pig in the movie “Babe.”  Those pigs are not your typical porkers. They are highly idealized fictional characters. Growing up in Jamaica, I raised […]
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