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 Mad Guy with a Gun?

OK, so the only defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. At least that’s the way you see it if you are a faithful fan of  Western movies or an NRA supporter. But why on earth would anyone want to have a mad guy with a gun show […]
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Curing America’s Sickness

  If this election has done nothing else, it has exposed America’s deep-rooted sickness. And perhaps in the long run, that will turn out to be a blessing. If the status quo had been maintained, the sickness might have festered beneath the surface and grown even more morbid – perhaps even fatal. Now that Trump […]
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Fixing Obamacare

  When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law six years ago, it was a historic achievement, but it was based on a bargain that has not been kept. President Obama did not have the support in Congress for a government-run health care system. Even some of his own Democrats opposed that proposal. So he […]
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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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A (Joking?) Call to Arms

  Of course Donald Trump was joking when he suggested there could be a “Second Amendment” solution to a Hillary Clinton presidency. No sane person would seriously make a remark like that. But who says Trump is sane? And who says he doesn’t speak for his party? It’s not the first time a Republican candidate […]
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Tasteless and Shameful

  America’s dark side was on flagrant display during the opening day of the Republican Party’s convention.  Nothing was off limits. Not the tasteless exploitation of a bereaved – and misinformed – mother’s grief, not a grotesque demand to abandon civilized rules of engagement in battling America’s enemies, not the most outrageous lies. Incited by a motley crew bearing […]
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The Trump Manifesto

  Donald trump got serious yesterday, prescribing a hardline trade policy and backing it up with references to precise passages in various agreements. It was his most dangerous campaign speech yet. What he promised is sure to appeal to workers in such states as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio. He told those workers their jobs had been […]
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Change is an Elusive Goal

  I get calls from the Democratic Party asking me to become involved in this year’s campaign, and I always politely decline. I’m not as frisky as I was back in 2008 when Sandra and I went house to house trying to get out the vote for Barack Obama. There’s more to my lack of zeal than the legacy […]
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Fact or Fiction? Does it Matter?

In this bizarre age, when politics is reality TV and facts are whatever people will believe, the “news” is nothing more than entertainment – laced with a toxic undercurrent of propaganda. A few afternoons ago, I was hitting golf balls in a meadow owned by the church next door, and I saw a man sitting in a pickup truck, […]
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