Tuesday morning was one of many where I did not know what I would write about when I woke up. As I was reading the morning papers online, knowing that my next task was to write, the news flash came across that Max Cleland had died and my agenda was set. I had several notes about incidents of bad conduct by elected Republicans and this just anchored the article in my mind. Continue reading People Behaving Badly
Today is April Fools’ Day and I write political op-eds. So, I thought what would be more appropriate than to write an article about the biggest fool to occupy the White House in my lifetime? We have had several bad presidents in my lifetime but the choice of the biggest fool is glaringly obvious: Donald Trump. Since April has thirty days I thought I’d list thirty examples of his foolishness (in no particular order); there are many more and I might not even get the top thirty but you have other things to do today.
I am neither a wealthy nor powerful man. However since I was born in America with white skin I’ve benefited from white privilege my entire life. Unless there is a colossal change in American culture between here and the end of this journey I will continue to be the beneficiary of it. That doesn’t mean I should be ignorant of or indifferent to the life others must endure or their ancestors endured. Reading is one way to gain some of that knowledge. Let’s explore. Continue reading Delivering White Privilege From Ignorance
I have often drawn comparisons of the rise of fascism and authoritarian leaders in 1930’s Europe with Trump’s America. I’m certain my critics and perhaps even some of my proponents thought I was engaging in a bit of hyperbole. I have been deadly serious the entire time. Recent events underscore my theory. Let’s explore. Continue reading Still Want To Tell Me This Doesn’t Look Like 1930’s Europe?
Education comes from many experiences in life, certainly not just the classroom. One of the experiences that taught me the most about life was coaching basketball. And that education certainly didn’t all come wearing a suit and tie while sitting on the bench. I want to relate one night’s experience decades ago and apply its lesson to the Trump administration. Let’s explore. Continue reading Around A Tavern Table