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Is Patriotism too Fragile to Withstand History

Digging up the past helps us understand who we are as a nation. I fear patriotism is presented as a false choice. It seems that for many, to be patriotic is to remember and celebrate only our nation’s triumphs. To choose otherwise, to choose to remember our failings, is thus somehow anti-American. — Ken Burns Ken Burns, in the introductory quote, was referring to the only National Historic Site in the United States with the word “massacre” [...]

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By |2021-11-28T20:34:55+00:00November 28, 2021|Black Americans, History, Native Americans, Patriotism, Politics, Racism, Slavery|

So This Senator Walks into a Bar…

When it comes to political humor, funny is in the mind of the beholder. It’s been a horrible year. A killer virus won’t go away on the heels of a nonsensical, abrasive campaign and an interminable election process. Next we have a sheltering-in-place Thanksgiving. Right after that comes Black Friday, which seems appropriately named this year.   I wrote the above as an opening for a prospective blog between the 2020 election and Thanksgiving. I spent considerable [...]

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By |2021-11-10T23:34:57+00:00November 10, 2021|Humor, Jokes, Politics, Presidential Humor|

Squandering Our Last Chance at Redemption?

GOP blows chance at redemption but the Shinola lives on in D.C. Was anyone really surprised when the U.S. Senate failed to impeach the former president? We all saw it coming. Just like we all saw the big lie about stealing the vote coming when Trump started jawing about it weeks before the election. The dude is so transparent— and I don’t mean transparent in a good way. I mean transparent because, as they say in poker, [...]

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By |2021-02-17T20:56:47+00:00February 17, 2021|Congress, Conservatives, Impeachment, News Media, Paychecks, Politics|

Fascism and Racism Subvert Democratic Ideals

It takes vigilance for a democracy to detect seeds of sedition and treason. So how did we get here? How did we in America, the land of opportunity, get so screwed up about who’s right and who’s wrong after following a Pied Piper to the edge of a metaphorical river where some have already drowned? Others wait on the shore, testing the water, and vacillating. “Should we stay or should we go?” The Piper’s followers have already [...]

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By |2021-01-20T20:11:56+00:00January 20, 2021|Antebellum South, Fascism, Politics, Racism, Slavery|

Waiting to Find Out Who We Really Are

It’s time to zip up my lip and wait for what the voters have already decided. My plan for this week was to write about anything but politics, particularly presidential politics. I figured by mid-Wednesday morning when I posted this, there would still be no victory proclamation. It is time to move on, whatever happens, even if it means enduring a numbing four more years of fibs, fiction and factionalism. I suppose I can endure whatever happens. [...]

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By |2020-11-04T15:12:35+00:00November 4, 2020|Biden, Campaign Rhetoric, COVID-19, Elections, Politics, Presidency, Re-election, Voting|

A Voter’s Journey through Five Decades of Change

Actually, every vote counts toward another vote— from the electors, who are members of the Senate, House of Representatives, and three from the District of Columbia. It was a compromise and it complicates the majority-rules premise. This is my last blog before election day, and more people have already voted than will vote, as my wife and I will, at their local polling places next Tuesday. Changing the minds of voters at this point is very unlikely [...]

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Now’s the Time to Take a Stand against Haters

Hatred of any person, especially an entire race, can poison an otherwise healthy mind. Any dialogue about racism is good. My last blog wasn’t specifically about the president, but my references to him were primarily about his failure during this crazy campaign season to stand up against hate groups and white supremacist violence. For the record, my fact-checking confirms three distinct times he did behave presidentially in the aftermaths of two violent events that resulted in the [...]

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Fair and Square Voting Critical for All of Us

Mail-in ballots: Failure of both parties to step up and make everyone's vote count would be election dereliction. From what I remember from my high school social studies and history classes, voting is more of a privilege than a right. That’s how it came across to me anyway. The truth is that it was both: a right under our Constitution and a privilege because, as the world’s most respected Democracy at the time, every adult citizen allegedly [...]

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By |2020-08-26T19:54:59+00:00August 26, 2020|American History, Democracy, Elections, Mail, Politics, Presidency, Protest, Voter Fraud, Voting|

Public Service or Public Deception?

“Trust me! Next time I’ll get something done.” Riddle: Name one issue, unpopular among members of both political parties in the U. S. Congress, for which both Presidents Trump and Obama have declared support. Answer: Term limits for members of the Senate and House. If you are tiring of all the dissension, distortion and disparagement in politics, this is the one issue we can all get behind. Most of us anyway, because it’s something a clear majority [...]

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Modern Superheroes Still Wear Masks

Why all the complaints about wearing masks? It’s creating a new industry. Masks, for some, have become a symbol of individualism and a reason to resist and proclaim their Constitution rights. What about the rights of people who don’t want to be exposed to bare-faced people? It’s not about your right to wear one. It’s about our right to get through this with as few casualties as possible. Masks, in comic book America, denote bravery and heroism. [...]

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By |2020-05-20T20:28:04+00:00May 20, 2020|1918, Masks, Pandemics, Politics, Science|
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