Explaining American Politics to a Canadian

My son Ross is visiting from Canada, and we were chatting about the U.S. housing bubble as we drove to the golf course up the road. “What bugs me, Ross, is that the government gave all those billions to the banks instead of using the money to buy up the risky mortgages and rent the […]
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The Neocon Threat: Endless War

I find it difficult to comprehend, but I have to conclude that  a significant segment of the American population wants continuous war. It’s not just the Neoconservative movement, although they are the most obvious – and the most influential. And I refuse to blame “the Jews” as so many do. American commentators seem to forget […]
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A Question of Priorities, a Question of Survival

As the American general elections approach, the choices facing voters are coming into focus. It seems to me that the paths we are being asked to follow lead in entirely different directions. And how we mark those ballots will decide where we go from here. We must be very careful because I don’t think we […]
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Plea to Progressives: Try to be Patient

I grew up in Jamaica and spent the first half of my adult life in Canada, and that’s probably why I am so confused by the stubborn conservatism in America. Most Americans just don’t see life the way most Jamaicans or Canadians do. I have no idea why, but the accepted standards of morality are […]
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Class (Race?) Warfare by Those With No Class

Listening to Rachel Maddow and other TV hosts repeat the ugly slurs and outright expressions of race hatred in Ron Paul’s newsletters, I thought the Republicans had sunk about as low as they could go. I was wrong. Today comes news that a Republican congressman said the First Lady has a “big butt.” I would […]
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America’s Mad, Mad Political World Falls Apart

I cannot make sense of the political scene in America, and I suspect nobody can. New groups are springing up and old groups are rising again as various factions seek to grab power in next year’s general elections. Basically, politics in America is a battle between billionaires. Election results are determined by psychological techniques and […]
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Some People Give While Others Take… and Take…

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the stories in the media about the givers among us. I found it heartwarming this morning to read about folks in our town who collected toys  – including a coveted mountain bike – for the 9-year-old who told his mother to take the money she would spend on his Christmas […]
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Trying to Understand the Religious Right

At this time of year, Christians honor the Savior, a gentle Nazarene who preached love and forgiveness, and who resisted the temptation to claim power and wealth while on earth. I am no theologian, and my mind balks at woolly abstractions. I see what I see and I hear what I hear. My information comes […]
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What Can We Learn from a Dictator’s Death?

I should be trying to figure out what Kim Jong Il’s death means to the rest of the world.  That’s what a responsible blogger would do today. But I am not in the mood. Instead, I am inclined to ponder the whereabouts of Kim Jong Il this morning. The North Korean people probably imagine him […]
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Bernie’s Inextinguishable Torch Flickers in the Dark

Looking back on my life, I wonder what would have happened if I had not been prone to giving up too easily. I don’t think it was cowardice. I think it was something else that betrayed me – too much faith in logic perhaps. Time after time, I would sum up a situation and conclude […]
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