From Tragedy to Farce

Of all the lurid allegations flooding the media,  the story about Garrison Keillor (photo) seems the most improbable to me. You may have caught Keillor on public radio.  His “Prairie Home Companion”  was aired every weekend for 40 years. It was the kind of show you could share with your kids – if they would  sit still […]
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Better Late than Never

As thousands of women in “pussy hats” converge on Washington to protest Trump’s presidency, a critic might ask them, “Did you vote?” For the shameful truth is that about half of America’s voters stayed home on November 8. Do the women who  couldn’t be bothered to vote – or who left the presidential box blank – […]
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Hillary Struts Her Stuff

  It’s not just that she’s making history. It’s not just that she’s the first woman nominated by a major political party to run for US President. To me, the most encouraging aspect of Hillary’s great nomination speech was the fight she showed. You know the old saying, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight that […]
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Stuck in a Time Warp

Somebody must have turned back the clock when I was asleep. When I went to bed last night, we were nearly two decades into the 21st century. This morning I came across a headline that read: Hillary: People Tell Me ‘I Really Like You, I Just Don’t Know If I Can Vote For A Woman’ […]
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Women Hold the Key

“The hand that rocks the cradle” does not rule the world. But it could. And in my view the world would be better for it. I was surprised to hear MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow declare unequivocally last night that if young women abandon their long-standing behavior pattern and vote, “Democrats will win this election.” She was […]
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A “Do-Gooder’s” Lament

You might think that most people would choose decency, fairness and compassion over skullduggery, oppression and injustice. But I wonder how true that is. As I sit here this morning, the American Congress is deadlocked over such issues as extending aid to the unemployed and giving equal pay to women for doing the same work […]
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The Choice Facing Voters in 2014 and Beyond

Despite the confusing chatter you’re hearing about the Republican Party’s desire to become more inclusive, it is now clear that American voters will choose between two starkly different sets of values in 2014 and 2016. Controlled by Republicans, the House of Representatives provides a reliable picture of the party as it is today. And the […]
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Sometimes One Voice Can Make a Difference

Don’t you feel helpless sometimes? You read the paper, watch political news on TV, listen to the idiots on your car radio, and you want to bury your head in a pillow and cry. Or you don’t read the paper, don’t watch political news on TV, don’t listen to the idiots on those talk shows. […]
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Liberty and Justice for Some, not All – Still

The pledge of allegiance suggests that the United States, a nation “under God,” is a land where everyone must be treated equally. And the words of the national anthem echo that ideal with the promise to create a hard-won “land of the free.” Surely, if any nation should hold civil liberties sacred, it is America. […]
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Who are the 50 Percent and What are They Thinking?

Poll after poll shows America evenly divided. For example, approximately half of the voters say they will give Barack Obama a second term. Approximately half say they will vote for Mitt Romney. Yes, I know, the figures go up and down from poll to poll, but basically, it’s pretty much a fifty-fifty proposition. It seems […]
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