Tagged: U.S. democracy

Who is the Real Enemy?

Who is the Real Enemy?

    When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refuses to walk back Trump’s rant that the press is “the enemy of the people,” warning bells should be ringing across the land. Thomas Jefferson observed...

Strong Man Never Wrong?

Strong Man Never Wrong?

  Growing up in Jamaica, I often heard the saying, “Strong man never wrong.” It was a reflection of the society of the times. Jamaica was a colony in which white colonists and British...

When Honor is Missing

When Honor is Missing

  A nation is in trouble when its leaders lack personal integrity. No political system, however well designed, can survive if those responsible for maintaining it are dishonorable. So, when I read that a...

Behind the Scandals

Behind the Scandals

Tell the truth, which story are you likely to read, the one about Trump paying hush money to a porn star or the one about erosion of American democracy? They’re both in the news....

When Polls Go Bad

When Polls Go Bad

The polls have ruled in America for decades, but they seem to have lost their magic. Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin’s big win in the Kentucky governor’s race is the most recent example of a...

The Scary Supreme Court

The Scary Supreme Court

  It seems certain that President Obama will veto that proposed oil pipeline from Canada, and the pundits say Republicans in Congress don’t have the votes to override the veto. And this is just...

Why I Will Not Vote Today

Why I Will Not Vote Today

Instead of sitting here writing this blog, I should be at the polling station today, casting my ballot in the runoff election for city commissioner at large. I wish I could vote for “none...

Now, It’s Government by Intimidation

Now, It’s Government by Intimidation

They taught me in school that democracy is a system of government of the people, by the people, for the people. So I have to wonder when I read – as I often do –...

How Republicans are Undermining Democracy

How Republicans are Undermining Democracy

The idea behind democratic government is simple: The majority rules. But that isn’t going to happen in the world’s leading democracy if Republicans get their way. By redrawing the boundaries of electoral districts in state...

When Pigs Rule the Farm, Things Get Ugly

When Pigs Rule the Farm, Things Get Ugly

Society is much like a barnyard in which various animals compete for ascendancy.  Today in America, the pigs rule. Not the pigs on George Orwell’s mythical “Animal Farm,” and not the pig in the...