Stupid and Stubborn, Far Right is Causing Havoc

Some flaws can be self destructive. Stubbornness is one of them. And stupid people are usually stubborn. As I watch the ripples from the Tea Party’s inglorious splash  spread across America, I see the beginning of the end for the movement – amid a lot of collateral damage to the Republicans, who embraced the tea […]
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Media Blackout Muffles “Liberal” Protests

Back in the Sixties and Seventies, before wealthy conservatives launched a massive crusade to reshape political thought in post-Vietnam America, the ongoing Wall Street protests would have been all over the news. Not today. Today, you will read and hear ad nauseam  about the “controversial” fate of convicted cop killer Troy Davis and the release […]
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Perhaps We Should Copy Angola Instead of Chile

I was stunned the other night to hear Herman Cain suggest America should copy Chile’s privatized version of Social Security. Has the mighty United States of America – once the world’s shining beacon of social evolution – sunk so low that it must take lessons from one of South America’s least impressive nations? The right-wing […]
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A Cult of Ignorance Threatens American Society

I did not enjoy school. I hated sitting for what seemed like eons in a stuffy classroom, looking at Mr. Newnham’s bony back while he painstakingly conjugated Latin verbs on the blackboard… Amo, amas, amat, amamus, amatis, amant… Off my mind would go, conjugating the delightful possibilities of real-life amorousness. Usually, my daydreams would be […]
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Dangerous Zealots Take the Lord’s Name in Vain

As Shakespeare noted in The Merchant of Venice, the Devil can cite Scripture to his purpose. And I think that’s the kind of sin that’s forbidden in the commandment against “taking the Lord’s name in vain.” I’m sure you were told growing up that you shouldn’t cry “Oh God!” or “Jesus!” when you hit your […]
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Who Knows Where the Real Bogeyman is Hiding?

From my earliest childhood, I have been told to watch out for the bogeyman. He might be hiding under your bed or in the depths of your closet, or he might be waiting for you in the shadows if you venture outdoors on a moonlit night. Even today, I look over my shoulder when I […]
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Trying my Best to Understand Conservatives

I find it extremely difficult to make sense of American conservatives. After all, I grew up in Jamaica, where both political parties evolved from trade unions; and my education was basically British, with the underlying class structure that implies. From that perspective, the conflict between the haves and have-nots is crystal clear. The haves want […]
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Mr. Stewart Goes to Washington. Mr. Colbert, Too

I hope the “dueling” Washington marches planned for Oct. 30 by comedians Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert attract a million people. I hope the crowd carries hilarious signs, and I hope the speakers say things that make great sound bites. I hope the event gets maximum coverage. Most of all, I hope the idiot right […]
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It’s Time for a Real Progressive Party in America

There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures. That’s […]
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I Think I Know What’s Driving Some Americans Crazy

Election of the nation’s first black President has awakened primal suspicions and fears among a significant section of America’s white population. But there’s more to the current epidemic of rage than racism. My first impulse was to dismiss yesterday’s “conservative march on Washington” (photo below) as a fantasy festival staged by loons. But, as Alex […]
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