On the Sunny Side in 2017

I’ve been in the hospital three times in the past six weeks, so you’ll have to forgive me for feeling morose. So morose that I can see nothing to cheer about in America’s – and the world’s – political future. I see a Trump era ahead, in which Republicans are allowed to turn back the clock […]
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Person of the Year

  Time Magazine got it wrong. Donald Trump should not be the Person of the Year. That honor should have gone to Vladimir Putin. Without firing a shot, the Russian dictator brought America’s democratic process to its knees and installed his fawning puppet as “leader of the free world.” This bloodless coup is becoming more and more obvious […]
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Did Anderson Email Me?

As I read the emails, supposedly from CNN and touting some online work-at-home deal, it occurred to me that they had the tone and feel of one of those videos about curing diabetes by eating foods recommended in the Bible. There were two emails. Official looking, with the CNN logo boldly displayed. One message, supposedly from Anderson […]
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Love it or Leave it

  The news that thousands, perhaps millions, of Americans are threatening to leave the country now that Donald Trump is President illustrates an important fact of life: We humans tend to seek the company of like minded people. Most of the disgruntled American voters probably won’t actually go to Canada, of course. That’s more complicated than […]
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In an Alternate Reality

  As the late Republican strategist Lee Atwater observed, perception is reality. Not always, of course, but often enough to make it worth remembering. I’m sure Donald Trump remembers it. His modus operandi seems to be based on that belief. He doesn’t seem to care about facts or the truth. He focuses only on the […]
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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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