This is the first of several articles I intend to write about a path forward for the Democratic Party because it is the only viable option for American progressives. For the purposes of getting elected, progressives and Democrats are currently synonymous in American politics; in fact I will employ the word “we” often in this series. That itself is part of the problem which I will explore in more depth in this series. Let’s begin to explore. Continue reading A Path Forward – Part One
Early Thursday evening I was sitting in a fast food restaurant trying to eat with my oldest grandson. I had just thrown my sandwich in the garbage receptacle, which gives you an idea of what I thought of it. I sipped my soda as he finished his meal when my iPhone vibrated with a news alert from the Washington Post informing me that Donald Trump had just announced he would nominate Linda McMahon to head the Small Business Administration. All of a sudden the sandwich was pretty good in comparison. Here is the really bad news: it wasn’t Trump’s only bad move of the day let alone of the transition. I invite you to come along and explore with me but caution you not to do it in near proximity to mealtime! Continue reading You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!
This space and many other have been full of predictions of the bad legislation and executive maneuvers we can see forthcoming from the incoming Trump administration and the accompanying Republican controlled Congress. My track record has been as poor as almost everyone else’s in predicting Donald Trump the last year or so but the doomsday predictions look pretty accurate at this point. One area nobody has predicted legislation in is immigration reform other than Muslim bans and databases. I’m going to go out on limb and saying comprehensive immigration reform may well happen but it is not going to look like anything liberals or Latinos will be happy with. Let’s explore. Continue reading The Surprise “Solution”
If you’re in a real hurry today or for the next few weeks I’ll save you some time reading the rest of today’s column and following some upcoming Senate hearings – Jeff Sessions will be confirmed as Attorney General. Elections have consequences, the Senate is still to a large degree a club and America will suffer. Continue reading A Racist In Our Midst
The title of this article is my two word description of the Trump administration in the process of creating itself. It seems that most of the anointed ones are going to be extremists and the process, right down to who is actually involved in it, is confusing. In the interest of brevity let’s explore using one person as an example – Chris Kobach. Continue reading Extreme Confusion