Category: Patriotic

For Sale: 3' X 5' American flag. Like new, but not in great shape

For Sale:  3' X 5' American flag.  Like new, but not in great shape
America adopted the Stars and Stripes as her flag on June 14, 1777.  In a cruel twist of irony, Donald Trump was born on the same date, 169 years later.  The following was first posted on January 19, 2017: The above pictured flag was first flown on July 4, 2016.  It was last flown on... Read more »

Would it have been better if Derek Chauvin had shot George Floyd in the back?

Would it have been better if Derek Chauvin had shot George Floyd in the back?
Request to readers: PLEASE do not take this as any kind of endorsement of shooting people in the back.  Don’t be a Trumpster, read past the headlines. Like many other people around the world, the video of Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck is burned into my brain.  Like many other horrors I’ve witnessed... Read more »

Memorial Day 2020: Do the words "Honor and Remember" mean anything anymore?

Memorial Day 2020:  Do the words "Honor and Remember" mean anything anymore?
Updated and reposted from a previous Memorial Day This is the last Memorial Day before the 2020 election and I fear the meaning of this day may be gasping its last breath. The tag line of Memorial Day is Honor and Remember.  There’s even an organization by that name, you can read about them HERE. A motorcycle... Read more »
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Martin Luther King, Jr and the American Presidency

Martin Luther King, Jr and the American Presidency
“We must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The following was originally posted on January 21, 2013, a simpler time, when most Americans would have laughed at the idea of a Donald Trump presidency.  For today, let’s go back to that time: Michelle Obama was... Read more »

Are you sick of what passes for patriotism these days?

Are you sick of what passes for patriotism these days?
“Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism. Nationalism is a betrayal of patriotism.” – President Emmanuel Macron Updated from first publishing on November 11, 2017: There’s about 4,800 homeless veterans in Los Angeles.  Luckily, they’re in L.A. and not here, in Chicago, where it’s 20 degrees and snowing. Would any of those 4,800 homeless veterans care... Read more »

Don't let a chant of "Lock him up" lead you to a false equivalency

Don't let a chant of "Lock him up" lead you to a false equivalency
On Halloween I posted a piece entitled, To lock him up or not to lock him up, that is the question for Joe and Mika.  I got some very spooky responses. Now that I’ve gotten all the makeup off my face, I can see that upon deeper reflection, there’s a little more to it than... Read more »
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Fox viewers sum up the destruction of America by labeling it "just politics"

Fox viewers sum up the destruction of America by labeling it "just politics"
A popular throw away line for Fox’s audience is as dangerous as it is simpleminded.  By saying it’s just politics, they relieve themselves of the necessity to know things. Ms. Danine L. of Winnetka, Illinois called her parents last week to ask them to turn off the Mueller hearings.  She told them that it was... Read more »

Is "Love it or leave it" the same as "Go back"?

Is "Love it or leave it" the same as "Go back"?
The short answer is No, they are very different.  It’s like comparing a pep rally before the big homecoming game to Kristallnacht. Things got a little rough back there in the ’60’s and ’70’s, you can google it.  On one side we had “Hell no, we won’t go, Draft beer, not students” and even a... Read more »

Will Robert Mueller defend America or show up in a MAGA hat?

Will Robert Mueller defend America or show up in a MAGA hat?
Back in May, I wrote a piece entitled, Why did Robert Mueller fail to protect America from William Barr?  Repercussions of that failure have been rippling across this country like aftershocks of a 7.0 earthquake. Mueller may have finished his report and handed it to his boss, as is required of a special counsel, but... Read more »
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Is Nancy Pelosi undermining the rule of law and setting the table for a President Ivanka?

Is Nancy Pelosi undermining the rule of law and setting the table for a President Ivanka?
I was once a proud Democrat and greatly admired Nancy Pelosi.  I’m still a Democrat, but the sheen has tarnished and Speaker Pelosi often leaves me gritting my teeth. No one on Law & Order ever said, “We’ve got a ton of evidence that this guy killed his wife, but we’ve got to be methodical.”... Read more »