Tag: Trump

Ten Bombs so Far: You Reap the Anger You Sow

Ten Bombs so Far: You Reap the Anger You Sow
As I am writing this, a total of ten pipe bombs addressed to critics of Donald Trump have been discovered. They were sent to President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden (2), former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and by extension to President Bill Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder, Representative Maxine Waters (2), former... Read more »

The Bully-in-Chief Belittles Christine Blasey Ford

The Bully-in-Chief Belittles Christine Blasey Ford
October is Bullying Prevention Month. How fitting that, on October 2, our Bully-in-Chief, Donald Trump, decided to mock Christine Blasey Ford, the victim of an alleged assault. Like all bullies, Trump relies on enablers to attack his victims. It’s so much more fun to have like-minded folks in on the joke. Remember, Dr. Ford was most... Read more »

RESPECT: Aretha, McCain, and #45

RESPECT: Aretha, McCain, and #45
We celebrated the lives of two American icons last weekend. While the funeral services for Aretha Franklin and John McCain were as different as the people who had died, Aretha’s acclaimed recording of Respect reverberated in my head. As a native of Detroit who grew up in the era of being able to see Motown... Read more »
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How Can You Watch This and Still Support the Trump Border Policy?

How Can You Watch This and Still Support the Trump Border Policy?
There are still over 500 children, many of them under age five, separated from their parents. This despite a court ruling that the Trump administration was ordered to halt separations on June 20, reunite children under age five with their families by July 12, and reunite all of the older children by July 26. So... Read more »

A Message to the Media: Don’t Give Attention to Political Bullying

A Message to the Media: Don’t Give Attention to Political Bullying
At a rally in Florida on July 31, Donald Trump whipped his MAGA followers into such an anti-media frenzy that angry attendees attacked the media covering the rally. This time, the attack was verbal and vulgar. Next time someone could easily get hurt. The president continues to tell his followers at rallies and via twitter,... Read more »

Separating Kids from Parents is OK with Some Folks

There was a dog whistle in Kellyanne Conway’s interview with Chuck Todd on Meet the Press yesterday, June 17, Father’s Day 2018. In defending the Trump/Sessions policy of incarcerating adults crossing the border, even asylum seekers, and thus justifying separating kids from their parents who “broke the law,” Conway said, “And Chuck, let me just... Read more »
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We Will All Have a Preexisting Condition Someday

Let me share a healthcare story that happened to me some 25 years ago when insurance companies were allowed to discriminate against people who had a preexisting condition. My husband and I were healthy and in our late forties. He was a self-employed physician and I worked for a small not-for-profit that didn’t offer health... Read more »

Why Did I Read *That* Book?

You know the one I mean. Fire and Fury. After hearing the author, Michael Wolff, say on Bill Maher’s show that the woman Trump was having an affair with was hinted at near the end of the book, I forced myself to finish what had become a boring read. Nikki Haley? OMG! Do I believe... Read more »

An Empathy Challenge from the Other End of the Political Spectrum

A reader presented me with a challenge when she wrote, “Laurie Levy, could you articulate with empathy the opposite viewpoints of the ones you express in this piece?” She was referencing Fear, Division, Loathing, and the Empathy Gap, and invited me to look at her Facebook page posts and comments to see if she is... Read more »
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Take a Knee, or Maybe Two

I’m not a huge fan of the NFL for a number of reasons. Football is a brutal sport and, not unlike boxing, is causing brain damage in its athletes. Also, the last time I faithfully watched the Bears was in 1985 when they won the Super Bowl, but that’s another issue. Our president appears to... Read more »