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.
The Republicans in Congress may think they hold the puppet strings, but their own ineptitude means they are as reliant on a professional manipulator like Putin (via Devin Nunes and FOX News) to guide their hands on the controls as Trump is on the Russian leader to keep thoughts of money-shaped sugarplums with porn star boobs dancing in his head.
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
"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
"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
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
You know you've felt it, the glaring double-take from friends who can't believe you are pulling for Bernie Sanders. "You know he's unelectable," they say, referring to his independent affiliation in Congress and his longstanding identification as a Democratic Socialist. Eight years ago, those were the people saying the same thing about Barack Obama. And… Continue reading Love and electability – the candidates come a-courting
"Each new American citizen brings a unique set of skills and experiences which they can use to improve our communities and our nation. And each of them can help renew our shared hope that unlimited possibilities are available to everyone who embraces the opportunities that this country offers under its Constitution." - León Rodríguez, Director… Continue reading ‘Two dimensions of otherness’ – the Syrian refugee crisis migrates to America
Curiouser and curiouser. It's like Alice herself is guiding us through the United States of Wonderland's early primary season going into the 2016 presidential elections. Showmanship and passionate authenticity seem to be ruling the day, while establishment electoral politics sits bemused on a mushroom. Just how long can this go on? With the angry Republican… Continue reading Will the power of impassioned politicians work down-ticket?
For Christian evangelicals like Mike Huckabee, support for Israel is, and has always been, of a single purpose: to bring all the Jews to the tiny Mediterranean country so that they can make them convert or die, and prepare the world for the Second Coming. Pundits are calling the former Arkansas governor's remark about the… Continue reading Huckabee’s monolithic view will get him shoved to the exit door