Tag Archives: Rust Belt

Nostalgic Nitwits

A newspaper publisher friend of mine often tells the story of a mentor of his who liked to say that, “The good old days weren’t really that good after all.” In reality they simply are not coming back. A lot of Trump voters and still (for the time being anyway) Trump supporters would be wise to heed those words. Let’s explore. Continue reading Nostalgic Nitwits

Abject Failure – Part Three

Donald Trump has not had the worst first 100 days of any American President; that dubious distinction belongs to William Henry Harrison who died on his 31st day in office as a result of getting ill during a long inauguration speech and almost immediately going to bed. Trump inauguration speech was a dark vision of America but at least he didn’t catch phenomena. By all appearances Trump will last the 100 days which was not a sure thing earlier on. My “praise” doesn’t get much better. Let’s explore. Continue reading Abject Failure – Part Three

The Path Forward – Part Five

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

A Path Forward – Part Four

I just finished reading the third in a series of books meant to challenge my liberal beliefs and more importantly understand what motivated Donald Trump voters. Somewhere in the near future all three of them will reach the Recommended Reading list. I’m still as liberal as ever. However the books, coupled with my upbringing in the Rust Belt, made me pause just a bit and understand how people could end up voting for Trump. I know they made a disastrous decision which was neither in their best interest nor America’s. Understanding doesn’t necessitate agreement. Let’s explore. Continue reading A Path Forward – Part Four

The VOICE Speech

Without always succeeding, my general goal is to make the subject of Sunday’s posting the big political story of the prior week. This week there was so much to choose from. Somehow I selected President Trump’s Tuesday night address to a joint session of Congress. Effectively it was a State of The Union address without officially being so. The tradition of a new President addressing a joint session about a month after taking office was started by Ronald Reagan. Let’s explore. Continue reading The VOICE Speech