That there is partisanship surprises no one. That the partisanship erodes the separation of powers and the checks and balances mandated by the Constitution, however, takes us a down a foggy road that the Founders would likely find distressing because it appears to be a consolidation of power that subverts a constitutional process.
Committee photo (left) by Donna Burton (Public Domain)Kremlin (right) by A. Savin via Wikimedia Commons There is no question most of us have wanted Donald Trump out of our political discourse since his scathing, xenophobic scree after he came down the escalator at Trump Tower four years ago this month. Since Robert Mueller delivered his… Continue reading The road to impeachment runs through Russia
Games, when we played them as children, had a singular agenda: WIN! Otherwise, what was the point - fun? Fun was just a side benefit, which there was always a lot more of when you got to yell, “I WIN!” I was terrible at games when I was a kid. When I say “terrible,” I… Continue reading Lying to win: agenda, ego and insecurity in the GOP
America cut me deeply, today. Liberty’s light seen dimming away. Pray and die while the bullet holes burn. How to believe with perfect faith When faith takes a fatal turn? How to believe America’s great When it’s its distrust we must learn? This is not the pain one feels When a wound is fresh and… Continue reading Faith’s Fatal Turn
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.
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
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
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
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
The House Freedom Caucus is suddenly not far right enough for the extremists in the base of the Republican Party. Less than two weeks ago, it was their stubbornness that drove the House Republican Conference into disarray over the establishment leadership's inability to garner enough support to get Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) elected as… Continue reading Ghosts in the machine – the GOP enters the spectrum of invisible light