How Could You Believe Him?

There’s an old song that goes something like this: How could you believe me when I said I love you when you know I’ve been a liar all my life?” And I think that would be an appropriate tweet for Donald Trump to make as he assembles his team from Hell. How could working class […]
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Judging Fidel Castro

  As I listen to the pundits on TV and read their comments on the Internet, I wonder whether they believe what they say or are just making plausible remarks to draw a paycheck. Surely they must know how hollow they sound when they dismiss Fidel Castro as a “brutal dictator”? Look, I know Castro goes to […]
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Trump’s Black Hole

  I haven’t been able to come up with a blog for days because I felt unable to contribute to an understanding of global or national events. How do you make sense of the Trump era? How do you shed light on a black hole so bottomless and impenetrable? Trump pledged during his campaign to turn the […]
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The Myth of the Center

  The Democratic Party lost its way trying to find the center in American politics. As Hillary’s presidential campaign wore on, she tacked to the right, presumably hoping to attract Republicans disenchanted with Donald Trump. But when the time came to vote, the disenchanted Republicans held their noses and chose Trump after all. Tim Kaine was […]
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“Master Race” Fascism Reawakens

  You might think the world would never again tolerate the rise of “master race” fascism. Surely, mankind has learned from the Holocaust and the other terrors inflicted by the Nazis? But you might be mistaken. There are signs throughout Europe and in America that racially charged fascism is emerging from the shadows and becoming […]
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No Dignity, No Pride

  The abject surrender of Trump’s former opponents in the Republican Party makes me cringe. How can Mitt Romney shake the hand of a man he called “a fraud,” “a con man,” a phony” and “a danger to democracy”? Why would Romney want to work for someone like Trump? How can he find common ground […]
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Elections Have Consequences

  The protests against Donald Trump’s election victory are a waste of time. The protesters must realize that elections have consequences, and the way to influence those consequences is to vote. Democrats did not turn out, so they lost. Now, they will simply have to live with Trump’s racist, xenophobic, bigoted presidency. They probably will also have […]
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In the Fake News Era

  To an old reporter like me, the “fake news” phenomenon is hard to take. In my day, we were so careful to check and double-check our stories. There was a a total ban on “single-source” reports, for example. If we couldn’t get a story confirmed, we didn’t publish it. Now, with nearly half of […]
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The State of the Union

  The election of Donald Trump to the highest post in the land leaves me wondering whether the states can remain united.  There is so little to unite Alabama and Oregon for example. Or Mississippi and Massachusetts. The United States has grown so large that democracy apparently doesn’t work any longer. Each state is a country […]
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Curing America’s Sickness

  If this election has done nothing else, it has exposed America’s deep-rooted sickness. And perhaps in the long run, that will turn out to be a blessing. If the status quo had been maintained, the sickness might have festered beneath the surface and grown even more morbid – perhaps even fatal. Now that Trump […]
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