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Article To File: The GOP Obit

I was never trained as a journalist. I have had columns in four different newspapers over the years but they have always been opinion columns. A common task assigned to junior scribes is the writing of obituaries for famous people well in advance of their demise. I never had to do that and today is my first attempt. The “article” is basically a fill in the blanks template so that an obit can be published soon after the final “chapter”. The template is then stored away and if necessary, periodically updated.

Today’s article is a template obituary for the Republican Party.

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The Purloined Soul Of A Political Party

The Devil went down to Georgia

He was lookin’ for a soul to steal

Those are the opening lines from The Charlie Daniels Band’s 1979 hit, The Devil Went Down To Georgia.  Why were they constantly going through my mind last Saturday?  Let’s explore.  Continue reading The Purloined Soul Of A Political Party

The New Nullification

Nullification: That is a word you don’t see bantered about much on the liberal side of American politics because it is a nonsense theory that is antithetical to America. It is one of the justifications white supremacists like to use to defend confederate statues. Basically it says that if you or a small group don’t like a certain law you can simply decide not to obey it. Donald Trump is attempting to take it to a whole new and much more dangerous level. He and his minions appear to want to nullify the Constitution of the United States of America. Let’s explore. Continue reading The New Nullification

The Carpenter And The Arsonist

One of the challenges that face progressives is refuting the lies of our political opponents. Americans have a very short political attention span, (about 30 to 120 seconds). You can tell several lies in thirty seconds, but it takes much longer to refute them. That got me to searching for an analogy to illustrate the danger that destroyers pose. I think I found one in my family history. Let’s explore. Continue reading The Carpenter And The Arsonist

The Enshrinement Of Lyndon Johnson

If perfection were a requirement for induction the Progressive Hall of Fame would likely be empty – so would Heaven. The concept is modeled after the Baseball Hall of Fame. Just to pick two denizens off the top of my head, few would try to make a case that Babe Ruth or Ty Cobb were flawless human beings but there is no question that they were great ballplayers.   I’m not even sure that today’s inductee into the Progressive Hall of Fame was a good person let alone anything approaching perfect. Nonetheless a couple of his achievements would have him standing tall in the annals of progressive history in America even if he were not 6’4” in stature. I speak of America’s 36th President Lyndon Baines Johnson.   Continue reading The Enshrinement Of Lyndon Johnson