Posts in category "Politics"

Working-People: Written Out of the Script

Working-People:  Written Out of the Script
Empty language sent the message that politics doesn’t work and that working-people have no language to address having been written out of the script—so we turn to saviors and potential violence.  By RA Monaco Until Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned for the presidency of the United States, working-people no longer had a language around which to... Read more »

Beyond Distrust: A Culture of Conspiracy

Beyond Distrust: A Culture of Conspiracy
Rahm Emanuel misinterprets public restraint for tolerance of his self serving political corruption and indifference that ignores a culture of police misconduct.   By RA Monaco and Allison Lyke Long ago a judge told me, “Credibility is like your virginity, you only lose it once.”  It’s a truism that suggests Chicagoan’s have little reason to trust... Read more »

Drop the debate-gloves with Hillary

Drop the debate-gloves with Hillary
The collusion between large corporations and the actions taken with our government have become the area of inquiry most important to American democracy.  By RA Monaco The political table is slanted just enough toward Hillary Clinton’s corner so that most people won’t easily see how the debate process has been constructed to give her a... Read more »
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Will “The Populist Prophet” Bern Hillary?

Will “The Populist Prophet” Bern Hillary?
If you watched CNN’s Anderson Cooper throw political batting-practice to Hillary Clinton, you’re supposed to believe that she actually intends to un-stack the deck. By RA Monaco Most people who are “feelin’ the bern” have deafened to the unimaginative discussions about how money will ultimately decide our 2016 presidential election.  We get it—we’re screwed.  And,... Read more »

Public Trust: The Reward of Political Courage

Public Trust: The Reward of Political Courage
Taking root throughout the nation is a ground swell of suspicion and justifiable mistrust of the law enforcement practices that have operated well beyond the minority communities of Ferguson and Baltimore.  By RA Monaco “Baltimore’s where America turns the corner,” said JaqueLine Nivens during an interview last month after State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s decision... Read more »

Hand of Media Manipulator Visible In New York Times’ Runoff Coverage

Hand of Media Manipulator Visible In  New York Times’ Runoff Coverage
What news editor would sign-off on the type of reporting coverage we’ve seen from the Times since Chicago’s mayoral runoff election began? By RA Monaco The New York Times’ coverage of Chicago’s mayoral election changed significantly when Mayor Rahm Emanuel was forced into a runoff bid for his second term.  The voices changed too, as... Read more »
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Should Elizabeth Warren run for president? No, here's why.

Should Elizabeth Warren run for president?  No, here's why.
It’s time for America to stop looking for saviors and re-train legislators that, in compromise, people come first!  By RA Monaco Progressives need Elizabeth Warren to accrue seniority in the Senate and provide leadership in the party.  Conservatives too, need to witness Sen. Warren’s willingness to demand accountability in the never ending battles between labor... Read more »

New Police Training Rules: More Platitudes Soon!

New Police Training Rules: More Platitudes Soon!
By RA Monaco Emerging is a consensus that law-enforcement practices need to be revised.  Apparently, police departments are grappling with how to prevent encounters between police and citizens from escalating into deadly incidents, especially with minorities. Police departments around the country are in the process of developing new training rules on their use of force... Read more »

Our Crowded News Environment

Our Crowded News Environment
Is the news environment being confused and intentionally bombarded?  Have the monumental changes in communications technology that empowered citizen journalists also undermined our staple of opinion leaders?  By RA Monaco The body of an email pushed to my mobile phone on November 4, 2014 at 12:17 PST read, “Democrats say a crowded news environment made... Read more »
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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 »