Today I felt it was time to do another of my catch up type articles. As the title reflects, I know a lot will never make it to the page. Continue reading This Stuff Happened (And More That Didn’t Make It To The Page)
When I went to bed Saturday night (after the last baseball game I was monitoring ended) I had no idea what I would write about on Sunday morning for Monday’s publishing. Sunday’s morning papers solved that mystery with the saga of Republican Alaska State Senator Lora Reinbold, but it goes much deeper than a single misfit.
American democracy finds itself in an abusive (and adversarial) relationship with the Republican Party. That is a monumental problem. The first step in solving a problem is to realize that it exists. I spent ten years on the Board of an organization that helped people deal with abusive relationships. The key to solving that issue is also straight forward.
Perhaps I’ve stumbled upon a new theme for Sunday articles. Today I want to write of the biggest political outrage of the week just passed – and there were plenty of candidates. Sadly, this one received little press.
Over the weekend West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin made his clearest statement yet that he will not go along with eliminating or amending the filibuster. Furthermore, and in my mind more disturbing, he indicated that he was not in favor of strictly partisan legislation. Juxtapose those stances with Mitch McConnell openly playing obstructer in chief and you have what cricket fans would call a sticky wicket; in American political parlance – a mess.
All the above leaves us with a few questions to ponder. Let’s take a look at a few. Continue reading Where Do We Go From Here?