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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Listening to the Angels

  Democrats have an opportunity to boldly go where no political party in America has gone before – the right way. No American political party has had the guts to stand for what is right against what is wrong – cost it what it may. Democrats have done a better job than Republicans of course.  […]
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Name Calling Doesn’t Help

  I’m being called a “left-wing nut” and a “Communist” by readers who don’t agree with some of my blogs. But I am neither. I wouldn’t want to live in a Communist country. I think Communism is inhumane and misguided. And I may be a “nut,” but my politics, while certainly progressive, are far from […]
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Black Americans and Obama

At the risk of having my opinion dismissed again as “garbage,” I am going to give you my two cents worth on the complaints some black Americans  have against President Obama. Of course President Obama did not meet the expectations of all black Americans.  There may even be some justice in accusations that his administration […]
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A Truly Great First Lady

As  the first black First Lady, Michelle Obama held the aspirations of a nation in her hands. Her challenge: Be a lady yet be a force for dramatic and benevolent change. And raise two young daughters under relentless scrutiny while doing that. One misstep could have caused irreparable damage to the entire African American community. […]
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The Art of the Lie

  There’s an old Jamaican joke that goes like this: A couple asked their son what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he said he wanted to be a professional liar. So the couple sought out a legendary liar and apprenticed their son to him.  As the liar and his apprentice were […]
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When Allies Get Ugly

So the new president of the Philippines called President Obama a “son of a wh—” (rhymes with snore). With an ally like this, you might say America doesn’t need enemies. But Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (above) is still an ally of the US. And in this dangerous world, allies are necessary. So Barack Obama showed his maturity by […]
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The Forgotten Americans

  America’s first people have been neglected and abused for centuries. And their plight gets little or no attention. But every once in a while, the media show some interest. They’re in the spotlight now, for example, because of a 1,100-mile pipeline project that would endanger their lands. The pipeline, about the same length as the […]
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When Good Sense Prevails

  The President’s State of the Union speech was a humdinger, resounding oratory with a core of reasonableness and perceptiveness. But to me, the most compelling argument for his policies transpired behind the scenes, away from the cameras and the politics. President Obama didn’t mention it in his speech. but you can bet it was […]
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Beware the Syrian Trap

  I was surprised – shocked – by Vladimir Putin’s shameless treachery in attacking Syrian rebels who, according to the media, are backed by the United States. But I was also surprised to find out the US is backing any of the rebels. The media calls the US backed rebels “moderates.” But I find it […]
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