The Republican Party is Splitting in Two

It had to happen. The Republican Party could not long survive as an alliance between “grassroots” conservatives and global corporations. And the inevitable has arrived. The party is splitting in two. Here’s the Catch 22 that’s causing the split. America is changing rapidly, becoming more diverse, and the changing demographics are forcing establishment Republican strategists […]
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The Bottom Line is that Guns Do Kill People

One of those by-the-way stories in the news today got me thinking about a feature I wrote for the Clearwater Sun 30 years ago. The feature I wrote was headlined “Living in Fear,” and it examined the havoc caused by so many older people in our area owning guns. As I recall, there were numerous […]
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I Fear “Immigration Reform” is a Shameless Sham

Surprise!  Eight U.S. senators have come up with a bipartisan plan for immigration reform, and it’s pretty much the same “comprehensive proposal” that’s been around for years, the same one President Obama keeps proposing. Except for a hidden snag. As Rachel Maddow pointed out in her MSNBC program last night, the senators included a provision […]
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President Obama Faces a Unique Obstacle Course

I’m sure no president in America’s history has faced the obstacles that Barack Obama has faced and is still facing. Not only Congress but even the courts are stacked against him, and I can’t help wondering whether race has something to do with it. For decades, presidents have made recess appointments without a murmur from […]
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Appreciating the Irony of Gun Appreciation Day

   The people who worry about the government coming to take their guns turn out to be mostly white and mostly very, very dumb. So dumb that five  people were shot accidentally during Gun Appreciation Day events this month. During the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, NC, three people were sprayed with birdshot when a […]
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Democrats in Name Only Handicap the President

I am a registered Independent who usually votes Democrat but I wish there were a really democratic (major) party in America. The truth is that – to liberals like me – the Democrats are often the better of two evils. No party in Jamaica or Canada – the two other countries where I have lived for […]
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Way to go, Hillary! You’re Better than those Clods

I wanted to take a swing at that churlish Rand Paul (above, left) when he talked about firing Hillary Clinton (above, right) if he were president. The nerve of that Kentucky yokel! Who but he would contemplate the ludicrous possibility of a President Rand Paul, anyway? And as for Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, what a jerk! […]
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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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It Isn’t “Name Calling” When It’s the Truth

I didn’t listen to the president’s inaugural address but from what Sandra tells me it was just as stirring as I expected it would be. He is very good at the kind of oratory we liberals enjoy. Still, I’m not convinced he’s really a progressive at heart. That reminder of his about “name calling,” for example. Isn’t […]
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Sadly, Phil May be Losing me as a Fan

I should probably be writing about President Obama’s inauguration, and the “awesome” challenges facing him in his second term, or about the designer dress the First Lady is wearing, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. To tell the truth, I’ve already seen and heard as much as I want to about those […]
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