T-Ball and the Political Butterfly

T-Ball and the Political Butterfly
            For those of you who’ve had a thigh-high slugger of your own charge onto an opening day baseball field, you might appreciate how “T-Ball” has become an appropriate metaphor to explain American politics, partisan economic theories and even the legalization of marijuana. Picture opening day—in your mind’s eye—the color... Read more »

The Unaddressed Cultural Hangover of Sexism and Profitability

The Unaddressed Cultural Hangover of Sexism and Profitability
By RA Monaco Are women being kept second-class citizens to maintain the profitability of capitalism and the dominant social order? Generally, these days men like Russell Brand probably don’t want to be thought of as sexists, but his response to the criticism of being a sexist may have some validity.   Unwitting men like Russell Brand—who... Read more »

Upward Middle-Class Mobility for American Women - A Myth Laid Bare

Upward Middle-Class Mobility for American Women - A Myth Laid Bare
          By RA Monaco “The economic downturn that’s stalled middle-age, middle-class women has laid bare the myth of upward mobility that drove their lives” says University of Akron, Professor Therese L Lueck in response to a suggestion that women may have the unique potential to unify those who stand in, or close to,... Read more »
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The Future of Jazz Is In Good Hands

The Future of Jazz Is In Good Hands
By RA Monaco Referring to the level of musicianship participating in the 47th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, veteran artist-adjudicator Gary Smulyan struck the right chord in the closing moments of the event saying, “The future of jazz is in good hands.” The maturity of the Elmhurst College Jazz Band that performed Sunday with this... Read more »

Avoiding, “The Brick”

Avoiding, “The Brick”
By RA Monaco When our lack of self determination becomes a realization, the issue becomes, how do we create a calculus for change?  If we can’t control the government—the apparatus—we claim manifests the popular will of the nation, women may hold the key to our avoiding “the brick.”  Entrenched inequality and its companion, poverty, is... Read more »

We Are All Kathleen Ann

We Are All Kathleen Ann
By RA Monaco In her recent piece, “I’m a Member of the ‘American Used-to-Haves,’” Kathleen Ann justifiably lashes out at a disconnected Republican Congress.   Her partially misplaced anger faintly masks a struggle to battle the depression that rings through the overtone of her words, “there’s little hope of getting a corporate job with benefits in... Read more »
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Serving Masters: The Spectacle of the #NATO 3 Trial

Serving Masters:  The Spectacle of the #NATO 3 Trial
By RA Monaco It was the equivalent of a “slow plea” and intended to be a public spectacle start-to-finish.  The #NATO 3 trial had a purpose and it wasn’t to protect the public from these immature sling-shot-packing young men. I describe the trial as sort of a “slow plea” because clearly there was conduct by... Read more »

Paycheck Fairness: Is It Just Anti-women or a War?

Paycheck Fairness:  Is It Just Anti-women or a War?
  By RA Monaco Women “make exactly what they’re worth…and don’t want to be…given a little special handout to make sure they’re OK” claimed Martha MacCallum host of Fox News’ America’s Newsroom following the president’s State of the Union address. Not to be out done, Daily Caller editor-in-chief, Tucker Carlson, offered up this pearl saying, “Women make... Read more »

The Triumph of Capitalism Began with the Founding Fathers

The Triumph of Capitalism Began with the Founding Fathers
  By RA Monaco Frequently we hear politicians, political pundits and all knowing online bloviators attempting to shore up the credibility of their point with the third party credibility of those who drafted our Constitution—the Founding Fathers.   Hardly a night goes by when Bill O’Reilly misses the opportunity. In fact, in his recent State of... Read more »
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Without Election Reforms We’re Going Nowhere Fast

Without Election Reforms We’re Going Nowhere Fast
    By RA Monaco After last night’s State of the Union festivities, I needed a good night’s sleep to step back from the warm and fuzzy feelings I get when I hear our Commander in Chief speak to the nation. It is an undeniable fact, that President Obama is a talented individual—a statesman.  In... Read more »