I just added three books to the Recommended Reading list.  They are Hillbilly Elergy by J. D. Vance, Listen, Liberal by: Thomas Frank and Insane Clown President by Matt Taibbi.   They are part of my (yet to be completed) reading designed to help me understand why some people voted for Donald Trump last November and the way forward for the Democratic Party.

Vance admits to being a conservative but both Frank and Taibbi are certainly left of center.  This is Frank’s second book to make the list.  As is my current practice I will not review the books; there are plenty of reviews available elsewhere.  Taibbi’s book is the most entertaining, but I wasn’t reading for entertainment value.    The most significant political lessons come from reading the epilogue.  In it Matt does an outstanding job of bringing things together and offering valuable insights.

Connecticut Babies’ Lives Matter

While today’s article is somewhat of a continuation of yesterday’s (something I never do) it is even more something that I have to get off my chest. While for the most part I agree with President Trump’s attack on the Syrian airbase last week it is his professed motivation that bothers me. I find it hypocritical at best and inconsistent if not disingenuous. Let’s explore. Continue reading Connecticut Babies’ Lives Matter