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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When Women Roar

Was Rudyard Kipling right when he declared that “the female of the species is more deadly than the male”? As a famous female used to say, “You betcha!” Kipling cites examples among wild animals and he could have found even more in the insect population – black widow spiders, praying mantises and the like. He […]
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A Spreading Mob Culture

  I believe that a mobster occupies the highest post in the land. I believe that he reveals his mob roots with the tweets he writes, the lurid threats he utters, the lies he concocts and, especially, his administration’s brazen corruption And I see this culture spreading across America like a deadly infection. An all-too-obvious […]
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Ruling by Divine Right

  Long, long ago, some people argued that  kings derived their authority  from God and could not therefore be held accountable for their actions by any earthly authority. King Charles I of England was one of the true believers, and it got him beheaded. It’s hard to believe that in today’s America, this old fairy […]
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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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Is This a Joke, Nancy?

  According to a news item I just read, Nancy Pelosi  suggested at a town hall meeting on Wednesday that impeaching Trump  would further “divide the country” and could do more harm than good. Surely you jest, Nancy! Are you so worried about dividing the country, you won’t try to win the House and Senate […]
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The Role of the “Deep State”

  We are hearing a lot about “the deep state” and it’s all bad. A popular conspiracy theory claims that America’s civil service, including the intelligence community, is working secretly to undermine the Trump presidency. I could believe some individuals in the civil service might be doing somethingg like that. But it’s absurd to suggest […]
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Have a Purpose!

Here’s the first verse of a poem I learned at Guy’s Hill Elementary School, when I was 8 years old: Live for something, have a purpose, And that purpose keep in view; Drifting like a helmless vessel, Thou canst ne’er to life be true. Half the wrecks that strew life’s ocean, If some star had […]
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Squelching the Media

  Trump is threatening to revoke the media credentials of news organizations that run negative stories about him. But I wonder whether he can legally do that. The freedom of the press is uniquely guaranteed in the US Constitution, and I don’t see how the press can be free to do its job if a […]
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The Case for Impeachment

    Some readers of this blog argue that my accusations against Trump are without factual support. They demand details. First, the case for  his impeachment: Obstruction of justice Violations of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and Domestic Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution; Conspiring with others to:commit crimes against the United States and attempting to […]
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