Divisiveness

Trespasses and Transgressions Drive Hateful Politics

I’ve strayed from the blog trail in the previous few months. It’s not that I’ve run out of things to write about. Then again maybe it is. I mean, how many times do we have to remind people— or at least ones willing to accept what we see playing out in front of us— that Donald Trump is, among other things, a pathological liar and a treasonous narcissist intent on invalidating American democracy. Now we find the former president [...]

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By |2024-04-01T15:01:16+00:00April 1, 2024|Bible, Character, Donald Trump, Integrity, Marketing, Republicans|

Laugh and the Voters Laugh with You…

We all know that partisan politics has not only turned rancid, even dangerous, as Democrats and Republicans grow far, farther and even further apart. We have more respect for our so-called enemies than for each other— and, other than each other, we can’t even agree on who our enemies are. Witty observations have been notably rare in presidential politics for some time, and self-deprecating humor, used so effectively in the past by the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald [...]

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By |2024-01-25T17:29:13+00:00January 25, 2024|Humor, Laughter, Presidential Humor, Wit|

Just Believe What You Want to Believe!

Doctors used to endorse smoking as healthful and smokers kept puffing. What do vitamins and memory-enhancing supplements have to do with campaign ads and federal laws protecting us from false advertising claims? It all comes down to this: We all get to believe what we want to believe. Never has it been truer than during the opening years of this decade. Why? Because an amazing number of U.S. citizens want things to coincide with and confirm their [...]

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By |2023-10-25T14:33:36+00:00October 25, 2023|Advertising, Beliefs, Campaign Rhetoric, Elections, Health, Israel, Palestinians, Trump, Truth|

Common Sense Origins: Brain, Heart or Gut?

Why are pea-brained horses dubbed as creatures with common sense while more intelligent species are known for the silliness of monkey business and monkeying around? We hear a lot about common sense whenever disagreements occur nowadays. When someone is cornered to defend some position he or she takes, the source of this knowledge is often credited to common sense. I’ve explored this topic before, because common sense, judging by what we as individuals choose to believe, is [...]

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By |2022-08-29T13:23:55+00:00August 29, 2022|Common Sense, Intelligence, Language, Learning, Social Issues, Social Media|

Is It the Beginning of American Democracy’s End?

Are we looking the gift horse of American Democracy in the mouth? As much as I try to pretend that our Democracy (capital D intended) is not in jeopardy, the harder it is to ignore clear signs that the majority of the people in one of our two dominant political parties claim allegiance to a powerful cult of personality that won’t go away. Truth and facts no longer mean anything in what I feel is a dangerous [...]

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By |2022-08-11T16:06:58+00:00August 11, 2022|2020, American History, Conspiracies, Constitution, Democracy, Fascism, Republicans, Voting|

Will We Continue to Ignore History’s Lessons?

The perceptions of good and evil can be reversed if we can rationalize a cause as moral and righteous. We’ve had it pretty good in this country. We’ve never had a military coup or any usurping of executive functions by the legislature or the military. There was that unfortunate storming of the capitol in a misguided attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election, but we can write that off a lesson learned. It’s just that we all [...]

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At Last, Something We All Have in Common!

Cheer up! We’ve always got death to look forward to. Sometimes we get so caught up in the mean spiritedness of politics and man’s inhumanity to man, which is one male chauvinistic expression feminists don’t seem to mind, that we lose our grasp on humanity and the shared assets and liabilities that make us more similar than different. We cringe through morning updates on the slaughter of innocents in the Ukraine as we brave the tirade of [...]

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By |2022-05-05T14:35:02+00:00May 5, 2022|Bad News, death, Fear, Funeral, Mortality|

They’re Hooked on “A Feeling” about Election Fraud

Winks and nudges to keep the woke mob at bay. The most highly sought state-level office across these United States —27 state races with 119 Republican and Democratic candidates from Alabama to Wyoming as we approach the dreaded 2022 Primary Elections—is that of Secretary of State. It is a battle for control of our democratic process—namely, the sanctity of our votes—with Republican Conservative candidates blatantly anointing Trump as the party savior while continuing to promulgate the election [...]

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Going for the Jugular when Judging Our Judges

Digging up the dirt on the latest judicial candidate. We’ve all been told that judges are supposed to be nonpartisan and objective in their decisions, basing their opinions on legal precedent (a.k.a. applicable law) as it currently exists. That applies to the U.S. Supreme Court down to the lower courts, including the county Court of Common Pleas and the lowest rung of the Pennsylvania ladder, Magisterial District Judges, numbering four in my mostly rural county and into [...]

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By |2022-03-25T19:32:25+00:00March 25, 2022|Conservatives, Judges, Justice, Liberals, Patriotism, Politics, Racism, Supreme Court|

Pros and Cons of Getting to the Point

Reaching back into the past for observations on humanity and humor. A number of years ago during my years as an editor and weekly columnist for a newspaper that has since banned my opinions, I wrote a column with the heading: “Direct Routes Aren’t Always the Most Effective Ways to Travel.” You see, the “number of years” from the date of that commentary is approaching 28, and I was, at the time, past the midpoint of a [...]

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