When you operate a country of over 320 million people with a two party political system expecting homogony is unrealistic. There are interest groups in either Party. The individual hierarchy of issues will vary by individual. Today’s version of the Republican Party has taken that principle to the breaking point and it is now time for them to either reinvent themselves or split up. To me it looks like the latter is the only viable option. Continue reading Irreconcilable Differences
On June 16, 2015 Donald Trump descended an escalator at Trump Tower and declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. The descent, while perhaps no longer physical, hasn’t abated in the interceding months and was again illustrated in his first television ads this past weekend. Continue reading Still Descending
On Tuesday Aetna Insurance announced that in 2017 it would not participate in the health care exchanges in 11 of the 15 states that it had in 2016. At first glance it was perceived as a big blow to Obamacare. It was certainly portrayed as such and as evidence of the unraveling of Obamacare in the right wing echo chamber. Things are not always what they appear to be on the surface. This situation demands a deeper dive. Let’s do it together. Continue reading Business Decision Or Economic Domestic Terrorism?
The Democrats like to describe themselves as a big tent Party and that is accurate. The Republicans do the same but their only diversity is between the big bucks people who finance it and the racists who make up the majority of their base these days. Continue reading Free Patriotism Only
The final lineups are far from submitted for the 2016 November elections but some things are starting to look clearer. The top of the Republican ticket is very likely to be occupied by a radical. Currently Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, (in that order), are the favorites. That means the Democrats will look a lot more acceptable to many voters and they will start “checking the D box” at the top of their ballot. I am not among the optimists that feel the House will be in play but the Democrats certainly have an outstanding chance of taking back the Senate. That means that progressives have to rally behind electable and acceptable Democratic Senate candidates even if they are a little more moderate than we would prefer. Ohio’s Ted Strickland is one of these candidates and a Democratic victory in Ohio would almost certain portend a great evening for the Party. Continue reading The Endorsement Of Ted Strickland