Category: Debate

Six things you can do to make America Great Again that does not include Donald Trump

Six things you can do to make America Great Again that does not include Donald Trump
“Bob, are you alive?” a reader emailed me yesterday. I’ve been absent for the past fourteen tumultuous days. That is on purpose. We all need a break from the constant stream of crazy fed to us by the mosh pit of Washington on a daily basis. If we do not take breaks, then we become... Read more »

Is America beginning to shift away from always being angry?

Is America beginning to shift away from always being angry?
In late 2009, my phone rang, and it was my pal Rick in Washington, DC, a longtime GOP political operative. “Bob, about this Tea Party business, can you do me a favor, and join Facebook, join their groups, and try to teach these folks about policy?” The Tea Party Movement was pretty new. Organized by... Read more »

What every Democrat needs to know about Republicans Part 1

What every Democrat needs to know about Republicans Part 1
For forty-four years, I was a Republican. My family roots go back to the very start of the party. We were there in the beginning, and my Mother’s family helped organize the party in Illinois in the 1850s. I heard tales from my Great-grandmother about a fella her Grandfather knew named Abe Lincoln. As a... Read more »
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Why gun control loses every shootout on Capitol Hill and five things we need to do to win

Why gun control loses every shootout on Capitol Hill and five things we need to do to win
An old cliché says, “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” The way gun control advocates are going about changing the law reminds me of Harrison Ford in the movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” In the movie, Indiana Jones played by Mr. Ford confronts a swordsman. The man dressed in black waves his sword... Read more »

Why Donald Trump makes this new Democrat optimistic

Why Donald Trump makes this new Democrat optimistic
Hillary Clinton is the first Democrat voted for in any election. It was so painless and felt so right; I cast my vote for every Democrat on my ballot. The decision to vote for Democrats was not an easy one for me to make. Forty-four years of working in GOP politics had programmed me to... Read more »

Is the political center collapsing, or is it just being ignored?

Is the political center collapsing, or is it just being ignored?
What has happened to the political center? The center’s traditional role has always been the thinkers who hold back those who are reactionary. The center puts the Nation first and ideology does not replace reason. The center is where proposals are studied, and analyzed outside the goggles of ideology. It’s the place that looks at... Read more »
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The massive GOP tax hike

The massive GOP tax hike
The world is indeed topsy-turvy. The GOP I knew for four and a half decades believed in minimizing taxes. The popular view was that taxes were bad for consumerism. That means taxes are bad for business since we are a consumer based society. Lower taxes meant higher spendable income. People would buy more. Retail would... Read more »

The GOP is Calling Evil Good and Good Evil

The GOP is Calling Evil Good and Good Evil
The GOP Healthcare Bill being debated in the Senate today is an affront to anyone who has a shred of empathy, a shred of compassion, and it should be an affront to those with religious convictions. Three weeks ago, I joined the Democratic Party and wrote a column about my decision.  Much to my surprise,... Read more »

Nice Speech Senator McCain but I Don’t Trust You or the GOP

Nice Speech Senator McCain but I Don’t Trust You or the GOP
I wished Senator John McCain(R-AZ) all the best as he battles brain cancer. You may read my words by clicking here. The Senator came to the Floor of the Senate today, just a week after the diagnosis of brain cancer. He has a particularly brutal form of the disease. The kind of thing you would... Read more »
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There is no good outcome for the GOP on Healthcare

There is no good outcome for the GOP on Healthcare
There are extremely harsh critics of the GOP Healthcare Plan. Some of the harshest critics are GOP Senators. For instance, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) released a long statement criticizing the GOP plan. In his statement, the Senator said: “…No, the Senate healthcare bill released yesterday does not repeal Obamacare. It doesn’t even significantly reform American... Read more »