Posts in category "Politics"

It’s the Narcissism That Sticks

It’s the Narcissism That Sticks
When it comes to unresolved political questions involving who can vote and when, a clear message is difficult to garner from the recent rulings, appeals and motions unfolding in courtrooms across the country. By RA Monaco Brazenly lurking around the perimeter of the protest were some with few reservations about displaying their ugly racist hate.... Read more »

Avoiding Responsibility: The Schools They Don’t Want

Avoiding Responsibility: The Schools They Don’t Want
By RA Monaco The Mayor’s decisions are about figuring out how they can cut-off parts of the school system that they just don’t want to have responsibility for anymore.  Commanding By Fear and Demanding Compliance Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s loss of support in Chicago’s minority communities foreshadows his reelection.  Despite the CNN stage-crafted “Rahmbo” image, the... Read more »

The New Machine: Charter Schools

The New Machine: Charter Schools
By RA Monaco Charter school operators aren’t the only one’s not being held accountable—a major complaint of the Chicago Teachers Union—it’s the machine politicians angling for electoral support and continued political power.  The War on Independents Wages On Battle lines were once again drawn between Chicago’s machine democrats and independent democrats when Ald. Toni Foulkes... Read more »
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Aldermanic Hopeful Steps-Up for 15th Ward Race

Aldermanic Hopeful Steps-Up for 15th Ward Race
By RA Monaco Aldermanic hopeful Rafael Yañez, Ed.D. steps-up for 15th Ward race. Last year, when 41 city council members voted to accept gerrymandering of the 15th Ward, it was just one more decision being made downtown without the input of residents from its four communities. In the eyes of recently declared aldermanic candidate Rafael... Read more »

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 »

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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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 »

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 »
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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 »