The Threat of Wedge Issues

  If we really examine our hearts, I doubt that any of us likes abortion. It’s a sad subject, with delicate implications that vary from case to case. Obviously, there are logical arguments on both sides of the issue, and those who take the arguments to militant extremes are making mischief. This kind of disagreement should […]
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Too Debased for the Base

  Yes, Alabama, you’re better than many of us thought. You refused to stoop to conquer. Not that low, anyway. Not as low as Trump and Bannon (photo) would have you stoop. Not to the level of the likes of Roy Moore  For the first time in decades, Alabama, you voted a Democrat into the US Senate last […]
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The “Undeserving Poor”

  Republican Senator Chuck Grassley recently defended his party’s unpopular tax reform bill by reviving the Victorian myth of “the undeserving poor.” He said the proposed tax changes would reward Americans who invest their money “as opposed to those that are just spending every penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” You […]
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“Dirty Tricks” Keep Coming

Political parties employ a wide range of tools that voters might not know about. They rely on partisan “think tanks” to provide a rationale for their policies… They employ psychologists to find words and phrases that resonate in our subconscious minds… They dig up dirt about their opponents and “leak” it to the media… And they […]
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The Red Menace Evolves

  Back in the Sixties, we expected the Soviet Union to launch a nuclear attack on North America at any moment. In Canada, where I was living then, some people even built bomb shelters in their basements and stocked them with canned goods, hoping to hide from the blast and wait out the radiation that would ensue. I understand […]
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Keeping us in Suspense

  Drop by tiny drop the “leaks” keep coming but why aren’t we hearing some official news from all of those investigations into Russia’s hacking? I would think the facts are easy to uncover. It’s common knowledge that Putin’s hackers stole information from the Democratic Party’s computers and released the damaging stuff they found. And everyone […]
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The Power of Propaganda

  You might think you’re too smart to fall for fake news. You might wonder why governments waste their money on propaganda. You might even laugh at demagogues like Donald Trump when they tweet bad math to support a dangerous overhaul of America’s health care system. Who would fall for such crap, you wonder. But […]
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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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Faking out the Media

I like Don Lemon. He seems to be fair and reasonable. But he does have his candid moments. Last night, for example, he told a guest on CNN: If you don’t want to participate in the news stories of this network, then don’t come on and participate. And, moments later, he cut the show short to […]
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Dump Trump? Not So Fast!

There are many reasons to rid America of the blight inflicted by the recent presidential election. But there’s one equally compelling reason to endure it. Rid the nation of Trump and what have we got? Mike Pence. Trump is a menace, of course, but Pence would be worse. The vice president is a truly dangerous human being. […]
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