I just added The Storm Is Here: An American Crucible by Luke Mogelson to the Recommended Reading List. It is the best effort to date combining the extremist influences on American politics and the possibility of a second civil war. It outlines the rise of authoritarianism in America and the danger it poses.
Three “companion” books already on the list are: Fascism by: Madeline Albright, Strongmen by Ruth Ben-Ghiat and How Civil Wars Start by Barbara F. Walter.
There is no need to make things up (unless you are a present day Republican trying to justify your position) because the truth gives you more material than you can possibly cover in five op-eds a week. If you haven’t figured it out by now today’s article is another catch up attempt.
Continue reading Yes, It Really Happened
I had an entirely different plan for today’s article then I read Dana Milbank’s opinion piece in Wednesday morning’s Washington Post entitled, Koch Industries’ valentine to Vladimir Putin. The title of today’s post is a question; its last paragraph is the answer. Continue reading What Can I Do About It?
There is nothing unique happening in American politics. History is complete with examples of sizeable minorities motivated by what they perceive as a charismatic leader seizing power. That is almost a definition of fascism and it very much applies to today’s Trump-led Republican party. Being aware and concerned with that I am ever vigilant for signs. I think we see one in Iowa.
Continue reading Minor Event Or First Attempt?
When in power Democrats often are reluctant to change things because they fear that Republicans will take similar actions to evil ends when they come to power. History has proven this to be a fallacy. That will be point one today. The other will deal with 1/6. Please come along with me. Continue reading Two Perhaps Not So Wild Thoughts