Looking on the Bright Side

One of my dad’s favorite poems began with the assertion: It’s easy enough to be pleasant when life flows by like a song but the man worth while is the one who can smile when everything goes dead wrong. Oddly, it was written by an American poet, and my father wasn’t a fan of American literature. […]
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TV is Not Necessarily a Reliable Source, Senator Graham

Those earnest faces on TV news programs may seem trustworthy but you can’t rely on them for the truth. Indeed, you can’t always rely on them for the facts. In my long media career, very little of the information I passed on was from first-hand observation. Mostly, I was repeating what others had told me. […]
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GOP Resorts to Extortion

America spent about $2 billion on last year’s presidential election, but it might have been a waste of money. If the Tea Party extortionists get their way, the choice voters made would be thrown out the window. In a take-it-or-leave-it offer, Republicans who control the House of Representatives are demanding the country accept the platform […]
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Racism is (Still) a Fact of Life in US Politics

Whenever some pundit mentions the obvious racism underlying American politics, you hear reproachful cries about “playing the race card.” It’s as if there’s some gentleman’s agreement not to mention the ugly truth, to pretend the nation has evolved beyond such barbarism. After all, didn’t Americans elect – and re-elect – the country’s first black president? […]
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While Politicians Fight, the US Drifts toward Disaster

My first-grade teacher at Suthermere Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica, read us a poem that illustrates all too accurately what’s going on in American politics today. The story went something like this: five children saw an apple fall from a tree and ran to pick it up. Instead of agreeing to share it, they fought so […]
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The People’s President vs. Plutocrats’ Congress

I watched in dismay on Tuesday as the president (above) hung his head and told an ABC reporter, “Well, if you put it that way, Jonathan, maybe I should just pack up and go home.” President Obama had called a press conference to mark the first 100 days of his second term, and he was soon squirming under a […]
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No Good Can Come from a Corrupt Congress

The American system of government has failed. Democracy has not failed. Freedom has not failed. These concepts remain as valid as they were in 1789. But the way in which America’s constitutional rights are interpreted is so deeply flawed that the nation’s government can no longer function properly. You might say it was bound to […]
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Money Rules – but Does it Have to? Perhaps Not.

You know the old saying, he who pays the piper calls the tune? Well, that’s the bottom line in politics. And in America, it’s Big Business that pays the piper. Of course, it’s not as blatant among Democrats as among Republicans, but both parties are obliged to keep those “major donors” happy. You may have read […]
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Expect Another Do-Nothing Year in Congress

President Obama’s state of the union speech was actually the opening salvo in the mid-term elections. His reelection in November was not only the end of his 2012 campaign but also the beginning of a new – and vitally important – sales mission for 2014. The hope and change he promised America back in 2008 […]
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It’s a Beautiful Day but Storm Clouds Gather

The sun shines bright on our old Lakeland home (to borrow a line from that misleading song about Kentucky)… and I have to admit that things don’t look so bad in the old USA today. The rich, at least, are getting richer and the Dow reflects it, breaching the 14,000 mark for the first time in five years, so […]
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