Category: Politicsd

When old dogs learn new tricks

When old dogs learn new tricks
We’ve become accustomed to the ‘kind of amusing but not really funny’ jokes about being old: my back goes out more than I do… I took up jogging so I could hear heavy breathing again… I’m so old I remember when emojis were called hieroglyphics. Bada boom. Thankfully, notions of aging as defined by some... Read more »

A morning of evil and moral decline followed by an afternoon of inspiration and glorious beauty

A morning of evil and moral decline  followed by an afternoon of inspiration and glorious beauty
By the time I finished reading the Sunday NY Times I had a knot in my stomach and a spitball of anger waiting to launch. The volume of villainous, merciless cruelty being unleashed throughout the world overflowed the front pages and confronted readers with unimaginable suffering and spilled blood in every corner of the battered... Read more »

Make America Mexico again

Make America Mexico again
I’m in the Autobus on the way from Ixtapa to Zihuatanejo. The fare has gone up to 12 pesos (60-cents), quite a hike since my first jitney-bus ride four decades ago when the fare was 5 pesos, accepted with a hearty gracias amigo. The van itself looks the same, dented and in need of a... Read more »
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Returning to the crossroads of my life to reaffirm the path I've taken

Returning to the crossroads of my life to reaffirm the path I've taken
Now that the mad din of the midterm elections has subsided to a steady drone, I wonder to myself if all my adamant jawboning about moral imperative and good versus evil has distracted me from looking at my own behavior. I realize I was spitting angry for months; could barely look at a news program... Read more »

As the cold civil war grinds on I decide to join the passive resistance

As the cold civil war grinds on I decide to join the passive resistance
The mid-term elections are over, and I feel like a week-old party balloon, still floating a few feet above the floor but lacking enough helium to bump exuberantly against the ceiling. I’ve voted in sixteen presidential elections, dozens of gubernatorial and congressional elections and innumerable mayoral and local contests for county and citywide offices. Of... Read more »

This is more than politics. This is about good versus evil.

This is more than politics.  This is about good versus evil.
Disclaimer for my Republican readers: I prefer dialogue to demonizing, but events this week really floored me. Hate consumed anti-Semite guns down eleven at Pittsburgh synagogue. Evil is real. It has always existed in corrupt power bases, lurking in the sewers and dank alleys on the fringes of society. But it is out in the... Read more »
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One of those dark mornings when I ask, “What’s the point?” and there is no answer

One of those dark mornings when I ask, “What’s the point?” and there is no answer
The alarm rings and I make a choice: have a productive day or wallow in a sinkhole of despair. It’s a surprisingly difficult choice! Arlene is at the office seeing an early client and the bedroom is dark and the house is eerily silent. I’m alone. Which is okay. But a sense of loneliness gnaws... Read more »

Would Moses have evaded paying his income tax?

Would Moses have evaded paying his income tax?
How does Jared Kushner reconcile not paying a dime in income taxes even as he sits in a front row seat at the Chabad Synagogue? And how does Mike Pence square his personal relationship with Jesus Christ with signing a bill making it legal to refuse to serve gay couples? What allows our nation’s leaders... Read more »

What to do when frustration and indignation spills over into rage and loathing

What to do when frustration and indignation spills over into rage and loathing
This post is for Republicans and Democrats alike. It transcends politics because it is not about programs and positions and bills to be debated. It is about the intensely felt emotions on both sides of the political spectrum that have fostered unprecedented congressional discord and social insult. The environment of distrust has ended debate. Respectful... Read more »
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History lesson from a street kid who learned about democracy in public school

History lesson from a street kid who learned about democracy in public school
There is no clause in the Declaration of Independence that exempts kids who go to prep school from respecting its basic principles. The ‘self-evident’ truths that Jefferson and Franklin chiseled into our emerging nation’s defiant proclamation are unalterable and not subject to devious interpretation by the privileged few. I learned them early, on the Franklin... Read more »