Was John McCain an ‘honorable man?’


Was John McCain an ‘honorable man?’ “The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft’ interred with their bones.” That line in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, from Marc Antony’s “Friends, Romans, countrymen…” eulogy of the slain leader, is the bard’s take on how we hold different perspectives in our judgement of people… Continue reading Was John McCain an ‘honorable man?’

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My name is America. Please help me.


My name is America, and I am in an abusive relationship. My children make demands on me to which I do not have the ability to comply. It’s not in my constitution. No, I have not succumbed to the stresses of age. I am only 242 years old. By the longevity achieved by many of… Continue reading My name is America. Please help me.

Trump decides to keep immigrant families together – if it’s not too inconvenient


It's multiple choice, really. There are lots of reasons Donald Trump has decided to rescind his administration's Draconian policy of ripping babies out of the arms of asylum seekers crossing the southern border of the continental United States. Pick one. I have my opinion. A) Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Methodist, is being threatened with… Continue reading Trump decides to keep immigrant families together – if it’s not too inconvenient

To willingly act in unity before we willingly forget in despair


The smoke never really clears. The smell of sulfur and saltpeter lingers, a haze swirling over the blood-smeared floors of schools, churches and movie theaters, a sinking fog kissing the grey, turned ground of fresh graves, seeping into the chasms of breaking hearts. This is what war is – knowing those who have violently died… Continue reading To willingly act in unity before we willingly forget in despair

Of Torches and Candlelight Vigils


I am afraid and I am fearless. I am a humble wordsmith with ideas and a proud activist with a bullhorn. I am, and plan to always be, an American. I am also a pluralist, a social ecumenicist, if you will. This is my country. Believe what you will. Be whoever you want to be.… Continue reading Of Torches and Candlelight Vigils

Wanted a revolution, got the wrong one


Bernie Sanders fought for a social revolution with the goal of economic prosperity for every American. Instead, we got an economic revolution with the goal of greater prosperity for wealthy Americans and the global oligarchy, and motivated more by a need for power for some than a call to serve all. That revolution is led by… Continue reading Wanted a revolution, got the wrong one

Tears for Fears


"Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So, just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are." - President Barack Obama, from his farewell speech, January 10, 2017 There was sobbing, actual wailing, in homes all… Continue reading Tears for Fears

An affirmative case for Hillary Clinton


"It wasn’t lost on everybody—including some in the press—that her principal transgression actually seemed to be that she was a woman who said what she thought instead of quietly receding into the conventionally accepted political staging." - from a Politico article about how a 60 Minutes appearance in 1992 planted in the minds of Americans… Continue reading An affirmative case for Hillary Clinton

Activism and accountability: a conversation with Cecily McMillan


Sometimes we see injustice in the ugly way we treat each other as human beings, like in an outsider who is shunned by social divisions, and only requires what all people do - love and acceptance. Sometimes injustice is what one sees in a misguided community's visceral reaction to a cultural event or tragedy. While Cecily's undeniable empathy brings her to the side of the former (she almost went to jail for trying help a Hispanic couple avoid it themselves), it is for her communities that her voice is loudest and her defense is strongest. It is there where she had her awakening.

Alienation, silence and revolution at the DNC


I don't know if party politics is supposed to be a zero sum game, where each side gets something it wants and reaches a consensus to ignore the rest, but I have seen that in the hearts of many Bernie Sanders delegates at the Democratic National Convention, last week, there was a feeling of being… Continue reading Alienation, silence and revolution at the DNC