Category: empathy

Trump screwed himself by being cruel to children

Trump screwed himself by being cruel to children
It’s an old trick in politics. In forty years in politics, nearly thirty of them in Washington, DC, I cannot count the number of times I played the blame-the-other-side-for-our-own-mistakes card. It is like breathing out and breathing in and used when one finds themselves in undefendable predicaments. Politicians play it vigorously when they have what... Read more »

A school in suburban Chicago is helping families, not just teaching students

A school in suburban Chicago is helping families, not just teaching students
“Mr. Schneider, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the teachers at Alan Shepard. I have twin boys with special needs, and they are my biggest support,” a mother wrote to me last week. I decided to look into the story further and discovered this is not an isolated sentiment about the school. In... 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 »
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For my friends in the resistance, we need to be careful

For my friends in the resistance, we need to be careful
I am proud to say I’m part of the resistance to Donald Trump and the GOP. I’m steadfast in my opposition to the racism and the white supremacy that is commonplace in today’s GOP. I’m unwavering in my support for the poor, the elderly, women, working men and women, and those who don’t have a... Read more »

The Skinny Repeal Bill is Dead and so is The GOP

The Skinny Repeal Bill is Dead and so is The GOP
The skinny repeal bill is dead.  Three Republicans, including Senators McCain, Murkowski, and Collins voted against the measure. Watching the debate, vulgar, immoral, and unfit to govern are the kindest things I can find to say about the GOP and those who support it. The GOP views on Healthcare show they are the party of... Read more »

44 years a Republican, 1 year an Independent, today I'm joining the Democratic Party

44 years a Republican, 1 year an Independent, today I'm joining the Democratic Party
This was not an easy decision to make.  Politics is like one’s religion, you just don’t change it unless you have a moment of clarity and realize you are on the wrong path.  My family’s involvement in the GOP goes all the way back to the mid-1850s and the start of the GOP in Illinois.... 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 »

The House Healthcare abomination

The House Healthcare abomination
The GOP always has had a selfish streak.  I grew up in a Republican family.  There is a huge difference between the GOP then and the GOP now.  Until the rise of Newt Gingrich and his gang, the GOP had a heart.  No longer does the GOP have any kind of compassion for anyone.  They... Read more »

What has the USA become?

What has the USA become?
Maybe it was always there and now because of social media, it is on display.  Maybe it wasn’t always there and because of social media, we’ve changed. The “it” I’m referring to us we seem to have become a spiteful, selfish, uncaring nation.  There is a national malevolence that seems to be growing. I see... Read more »
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Finding the Shepherds

Finding the Shepherds
In America, we live in divided times with a big dose of cynicism thrown in for good measure.  It seems like we’re always at one another’s throats.  The nation is polarized and angry.  Politicians like that. When they polarize us they can exploit our anger.  When they harness hate for the other side, then they... Read more »