What Hillary Really Said

There he goes again… Donald Trump has unleashed a new attack ad that shows Hillary supposedly saying, “We are going to raise taxes on the middle class.” It’s doctored, of course. As Chris Hayes demonstrated on MSNBC last night, what she really said was, “we aren’t going to raise taxes on the middle class.” The dirty tricks just keep on […]
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Just a Wasted Vote

  You know as well as I do that Jill Stein (above, right) is not going to be America’s President. Not now. Not ever. You know as well as I do that Gary Johnson  (above, left) isn’t ever going to be President either. But they will get more votes in this election than ever before. […]
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Moving to the Center

This could be the year America’s yawning political divide begins to close. Thanks to Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, voters have seen the far left and the far right, and – to many of them – both look too scary for comfort. The shift toward the political middle is evident all over the country. In […]
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It’s a Racist Election

  After exhausting all possible defenses of Donald Trump, a neighbor finally disclosed his real reason for supporting the Republican presidential candidate. In a barely audible whisper, he grumbled something about the white race being “pushed around.” No, I did not order him out of our home. In fact, we invited him and his grandmother, who […]
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When the System Works

  At a time like this, with dark clouds gathering almost everywhere I look, I am encouraged by some recent examples that America’s system of checks and balances is working. Federal courts have just blocked attempts by three Republican state legislatures – North Carolina, Wisconsin and Kansas – to keep minorities and the poor from voting. And […]
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Giving Liberals a Bad Name

  The bad behavior of protesters at both the Democratic and Republican conventions is a reminder of the reason “liberal” has – unfairly – become a bad word for so many Americans. To me, there’s nothing “liberal” about burning the American flag – or any country’s flag for that matter. It’s just disrespectful. And there’s nothing “liberal” […]
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America’s Sanity Test

  After watching both party conventions on TV, I am convinced that this election is a test of America’s sanity. The Republicans were frothing-at-the-mouth crazy, screaming for Hillary’s blood. The Democrats were emotionally appealing and intellectually compelling. Their convention was as warm and fuzzy as a Hallmark movie. But it was more than that. It was […]
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The Silence is Deafening

  I am bemused by the muted attention Donald Trump’s Russian connection is attracting. The media are more agog over emails by Democratic Party staffers suggesting they wanted Bernie Sanders to lose his primary bid. Surely, it’s more shocking that Russian hackers are meddling in America’s elections? As expected, the Russians deny they hacked the DNC computers, […]
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Yes, it’s a Great Country

  If you listen to Donald Trump, you might think America is a failed state that desperately needs to be rescued by a Mussolini-style dictator. But if you listened to Michelle Obama last night, you must have realized how wrong Trump is. This is an imperfect society. But it is a work in progress, not […]
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A Risky Bargain

  By choosing Tim Kaine as her running mate, Hillary Clinton drives away thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters but probably picks up some Republicans who cannot in good conscience vote for Donald Trump. It is a risky bargain. Obviously, Hillary thinks most Americans will choose stability over radical change in November. And I am sure she has the […]
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