Today America commemorates Juneteenth as a national holiday for only the second time. I’m willing to bet it will sneak up on a lot of Americans who wonder why there is no mail and many offices are closed. I will offer that it is a day to be cognizant of our political environment and not let something insidious sneak up on us.
For some time now I’ve described the Trump administration as an organized criminal enterprise. With due respect to real mobsters and in view of last week’s 1/6 Committee hearings perhaps I need to put scare quotes around the word organized.
If you read this on publishing day the big event of the day promises to be the 1/6 hearings tonight – don’t be surprised if the Trump camp throws out a shiny object – so I thought I’d give you some things to ponder until the clock strikes the appointed hour. Continue reading A Few Things To Ponder
Today is the 78th anniversary of D-Day. In many ways that event was the most important event of the 20th century in that it was the beginning of the end of the second world war. With those heroes in mind, many of whom died that day defending democracy, I would like to dispel the right wing myth of the slippery slope in regards to guns. There is a slippery slope in American politics which is much more dangerous but it has nothing to do with guns.
It will come as no surprise to my regular readers that I am not a fan of banning books. There are many right wing disaffirmation books that I would like to see banned but censorship is not the way a free and functioning democracy works. We have to depend on citizens to be able to separate lies from truth – lately many are not doing a good job of that. That being said, freedom of information and a reliance on voters’ intelligence are two of the flaws in democracy, but its still the best form of government humans have been able to come up with to date.