In recent years my most consequential time is spent either reading or writing. Although I was never one, in retirement I live much the life of an academic. I tend to take a somewhat nerdy approach to politics. I like to think of it as scientific. Today I want to look at what I have come to believe to be the academic path forward for American progressives. This is not a part of the journey all of us must make. If it interests you please come along with me to explore it. Continue reading A Path Forward – Part Six
OK, I’m finally recovered from the shock. One of the gnawing questions haunting me since the early morning of November 9, 2016 is: “Where the hell do we go from here?” The reality that Donald Trump was going to be the 45th President of the United States had sunk in and as I fought to suppressed the nausea my coaching instincts kicked in. The game goes on no matter how outrageous the call or break is. Unless the world ends (and then it won’t matter) there will be another election and the surest way to lose it is to remain mentally buried in the last one. To that end I decided to discover the perfect 2020 Democratic presidential candidate – she doesn’t exist. Let’s explore. Continue reading The Path Forward – Part Five
Like so much that is wrong with present day America Grover Norquist got his start under Ronald Reagan. In his February 2012 speech to CPAC he outlined what he thought the qualifications to be the Republican presidential nominee should be. It’s scary but the Republicans may have finally achieved their goal. Let’s explore. Continue reading Another Curse of Reagan
Back in October I participated in a march against domestic violence and sexual assault that was sponsored by a non-profit whose Board I serve on. It took place in a small southern town where the organization is headquartered. It is almost stereotypical of the small southern towns that often serve as the setting in John Grisham novels. Where this one is different is that its downtown is not built around a town square bordered by the County Courthouse and attorneys’ offices. However it is the gathering place for the march and its non-verbal messages that I want to address today. Continue reading And They Wonder Why
I had planned to write about something else for today’s posting. It will have to wait. It wasn’t the most important news item of next week. What I’m asking you to explore with me is! Continue reading My Roots Are Showing (And They Are Angry)!