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  May 2018

The Exemplar of Democracy in Retreat

“If we think of fascism as a wound from the past that had almost healed, putting Trump in the White House was like ripping off the bandage and picking at the scab,” Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 … Continue reading

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  March 2018

Guns and Liberty, Guns and Fear

Another mass shooting, more calls for something to be done. Politicians pause for prayer, Republicans and red-state Democrats squirm with generalities, and Trump picks his way carefully through the National Rifle Association policy thicket, hoping not to be pilloried by … Continue reading

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  February 2018

Clearing Up the Language

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. Donald Trump used the term “shithole” countries then denied he had said it. But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), said Trump … Continue reading

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  January 2018

The Appeal to Emotions, Not Facts

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. For an historical reflection on today’s Trump-GOP dominance, David Brooks, a conservative (of the old school) political writer, focused on … Continue reading

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  December 2017

“Things Will Not Improve”

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. Why does politics escape careful examination? Why do some people in their professional field quickly distinguish falsehood from fact and … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

A Pandora’s Cake of Discrimination

Consider this story: Two gay men walk into a bakery and ask to buy a cake for their wedding. The owner, citing religious conscience, declines. The two men sue the owner and win in lower courts, but the owner appeals, … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

Trump or Pence: Hobson’s Choice

Would our country be better off with Vice President Mike Pence as president or with Donald Trump? That question has been raised many times starting just weeks after Trump’s inauguration in January. The question can be broken down to this: … Continue reading

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  September 2017

Time to Call Out the Hypocrites

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. “The Bible insists that the best test of a nation’s righteousness is how it treats the poorest and most vulnerable … Continue reading

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  September 2017

“History Is Watching Us All”

Even before the tragic events in Charlottesville in which Heather D. Heyer was killed when white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. rammed his car into a group of protestors, two Republican senators, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of … Continue reading

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  August 2017

All of Us Must Take Action

This section is devoted to studying the local impacts of specific issues the Trump Administration or Republican Congress will propose. Ronald Reagan said this in 1983: “Since the founding of this nation, freedom of the press has been a fundamental … Continue reading

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