A Unite The Right white nationalist rally is scheduled in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 12. Not clear how many protestors and counter-protestors might show up, and what they plan to do. Whatever the plans may be, these things have a way of getting out of hand.
The Aug. 12 rally in Washington might fizzle or it might explode. Who knows? But it seems like a possible escalation of a similar white nationalist event in Charlottesville, VA, in summer 2017. That didn’t turn out so well.
I hope counter-protestors will consider NOT coming to Washington on Aug. 12, so as to avoid confrontation. Remember, it takes two to fight, and we really don’t need further violence or division in our society at this point.
In Chicago, 74 shootings reported this past weekend, with 12 dead, as reported today by Brian Williams on MSNBC. It is possibly the worst weekend for shootings ever in that great but troubled city.
Division and violence commonplace. Our culture and society are in trouble. (Just my opinion.) I said I was going to avoid writing about politics, and I’m holding to that. This isn’t about politics. It’s about the health of our American culture and society. The prognosis is uncertain.
Eisenhower coined the term Military-Industrial Complex in his 1961 farewell address. In 2017, maybe the Military-Industrial Complex will rule America.
President-elect Donald Trump’s most notable Cabinet appointments so far divide about equally into military leaders and captains of industry and finance. Does a general outrank a captain of industry, or vice versa? Continue reading →
The exceedingly strange election season of 2016 has left me uncharacteristically speechless. Not to worry, I haven’t disappeared. Simply keeping a low profile on the blogosphere until the unpleasantness is over.
Early voting starts today in Maryland, and I plan to vote for Hillary Clinton tomorrow.
Maybe 2016 will fade quickly like a bad dream. Maybe the storm will pass and American politics will regain some sanity and civility. We can only hope.
Let’s try to apply a little historical perspective to the 2016 election.
When Nelson Rockefeller, governor of New York, ran for the Republican nomination in 1964, his divorce and remarriage were considered to be disqualifying, in the eyes of many voters, especially Republican women.
Today, the presumptive Republican nominee for the highest office in the land is . . . Donald Trump? How many times has he been divorced? I forget. It doesn’t matter.
How America has changed in half a century! We were an intolerant society with overly rigid standards. We’ve become a society with no standards at all. We tolerate anything.
For Donald Trump, the charismatic chameleon, no standards apply. Nothing is too crude or too reckless. There are no limits to what the crowds will cheer for.
I wonder, what would President Eisenhower think of Donald Trump as commander-in-chief?
Bernie Sanders said at the outset of the campaign that the Big-Money Establishment (my words) would resist his “political revolution” with all its power.
And now that Bernie has gained “the big M” — Momentum — with primary and caucus wins in Western states to match Hillary Clinton’s wins in the South, the pitched battle may be at hand. Continue reading →
Why does the mainstream media report over and over that Hillary Clinton is almost certain to be the Democratic nominee?
The presumption of a Hillary Clinton nomination is based on a dwindling lead of fewer than 300 pledged delegates, with 18 states yet to vote.
Hillary’s lead is based entirely on Democratic primary victories in the former Confederate states of the Deep South, from South Carolina to Texas. Is the Democratic nominee going to win any of the Deep South states in November? Highly unlikely. We are conceding the Democratic nomination to Hillary Clinton based a handful of Southern states? Continue reading →
It was a mild day for February in Minnesota yesterday. The sun was out and the birds were already doing their territorial and mating songs. After skimming the news for the day, I needed a walk. My mood was dark, as it usually is after taking in the shootings, the bloviating politicians, the wars and violations of human rights around the globe. As someone prone to depression, I have to fight the sense of desolation.
An alarm often goes off in my brain. Do something! Do something! I have that mentality of trying to fix, mediate, improve, or intervene, which leaves me a paralyzed, impotent ball of anger in the face of overwhelming and constant bad news. I thought about writing letters to Congress, refusing to buy certain products, running for local office, donating money to this cause or that. Bandages for my ego and drops in a bucket.