The Art of the Lie

  If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. If you didn’t know that quote came from Joseph Goebbels, you might think it originated with Donald Trump. He is using time tested principles developed by Freud’s son, Edward Bernays, and refined by Hitler’s propagandists, to […]
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Just Following Orders

  Like  Adolf Eichmann, who tried to excuse his monstrous atrocities by saying he was “just following orders,” the border guards who are taking children away from their parents are committing a crime against humanity. If I were a border guard, I would resign rather than obey such a heinous order. But I  haven’t read […]
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Why Don’t I Just Leave?

  A reader (using the pseudonym of “Chris”) wants to know why I don’t just go back where I came from instead of staying to criticize America. It’s a refrain often heard today as xenophobia sweeps this ailing nation. And it deserves an answer. The short answer, in my case, is that I think the […]
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Tea Party’s Death Throes

  The Tea Party may be dead but its spirit lives on like the toxin in a scorpion’s stinger. And that poison has proven lethal enough to kill the Farm Bill, leaving Republican leaders in a quandary and Congress floundering helplessly. In voting down the bill, the Tea Party rump – now known as the […]
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Jamaicans – Out of Many

Perhaps the most startling claim in that video Janice provided a couple of blogs ago is the assertion that there’s no such thing as a Jamaican. Really? I must be a figment of my own imagination then, because I am certainly a Jamaican. I don’t have dreadlocks, can’t carry a tune and don’t smoke ganja. […]
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Revolt of the Id?

According to Sigmund Freud,  we all have three aspects of our personalities, the Ego, the Id and the Superego. The Id is our ugly, primitive side. And I can see the Id on full display in American society today. It’s as if people feel licensed to show their ugly side. The rise of Trump is […]
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Unmasking Trump’s Racism

  I will probably be accused (again) of hating “white people” when I point out (again) that a large number of Trump’s supporters are white racists. But now I have a scientific study to back up the claim. The study  – conducted for the National Society of Sciences  – finds “a large segment” of Trump’s voters […]
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United We Stand? Sadly, No.

  This is no longer the United States of America. Any claim to unity among the 50 US states is laughable. Election results and polls repeatedly show that some states belong in modern America and other states belong somewhere else. The Trump Administration’s all-out war on California shows how hopelessly divided we are. It’s time to face reality. […]
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Walling off America

Trump is forging ahead with plans for a wall to keep out Mexicans, examining prototypes and seeking funds from Congress for the project. (I know, he promised Mexico would pay for the wall, but you know what his promises are worth.) He has also signed an executive order calling for the creation of “a contiguous, physical wall […]
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Trump’s White Tide

  Sandra and I watched part of Trump’s rambling, self-aggrandizing rant on CNN Saturday night, and I was disheartened by the sea of white faces behind him. These people didn’t care what he said, they believed it. They loved it. They loved him. They  would vote for him again in a heartbeat. Is this America […]
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