Tag: Racism

America, America, what are we becoming?

America, America, what are we becoming?
There are eras in history that seem irredeemable. Periods of time that the grounds for hope and gratitude have disappeared in a quagmire of uncertainty and hate so that it makes it easy to believe those two ideas will not come again. Reasonable men and women are living in such times in America. I suspect... Read more »

I quit the GOP after 42 years as a loyal member and became a Democrat. I wish I had done it sooner rather than later.

I quit the GOP after 42 years as a loyal member and became a Democrat. I wish I had done it sooner rather than later.
We cannot turn back the hands of time and redo our mistakes of the past. If we could, I would go back to 1992 and join the Democratic Party. That was when the Republican Party turned a dark corner. Leaving one’s political party is as gut churning as changing one’s religion. My family was involved... Read more »

What Democrats need to know about Republicans (Part II)

What Democrats need to know about Republicans (Part II)
When I became a lobbyist in the 1980s, the GOP had a big rush on Senator Al Gore (D-TN) to move across the aisle and join the Republican Party. I know it is hard for many to imagine now, but in the 1980s, Senator Gore was a dying breed in the Democratic Party. He was... Read more »
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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 »

Racism, real and imagined in 2018

Racism, real and imagined in 2018
When I was in the GOP, there was a belief among many conservatives that racism ended shortly after the Civil Rights Act became law in 1964. The way theory goes, that kind of behavior is now against the law, and people ceased the reprehensible acts of redlining, making Blacks use separate bathrooms, and denying African-Americans... Read more »

Which billionaire running best represents my interests? (Part I)

Which billionaire running best represents my interests? (Part I)
Illinois is having an election. Voters have a difficult choice. Which billionaire, racist, or alien from another planet should we elect? Those are the choices facing voters in the upcoming gubernatorial election. A recent poll of voter attitudes in the state is interesting. A survey company asked 1200 likely voters in the upcoming election whom... Read more »
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A parent detained in Illinois for trying to defend his daughter from bullies shows some schools are not dealing with the problem

A parent detained in Illinois for trying to defend his daughter from bullies shows some schools are not dealing with the problem
The story begins with a frustrated father taking matters into his own hands in an attempt to protect his daughter from bullies.  The incident itself is unique. What is not unique is that bullying is an issue everywhere. For this story, some fear using their names. Many people came forward to tell their stories. Some... Read more »

The new Republican Party values are why I left the party

The new Republican Party values are why I left the party
Long before the vulgarity of Donald Trump, many expressed worry about the decay of conservatism. It has decayed to the point that it no longer exists in practical terms. Champions of traditional conservative values, like Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, and Phil Graham, would not recognize what passes itself off as conservative today. It is doubtful... Read more »

Is Donald Trump, and the USA flirting with ethnic cleansing?

Is Donald Trump, and the USA flirting with ethnic cleansing?
In the 1990s, I was part of a team that lobbied against Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic. Stopping ethnic cleansing, as well as USA recognition of the new Republics born from the collapse of communist Yugoslavia, were our goals. It took a long time to gain recognition and even a longer time to stop ethnic cleansing... Read more »
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The GOP openly embraces racism

The GOP openly embraces racism
Does one have to be a racist to be a Republican today? No, but to be a “good” Republican, one must become an apologist and racist denier. I spent more than four decades in the Republican Party at high levels. I saw the racism in the background. Like many of my fellow neocons who admired... Read more »