Like a crocus tentatively emerging through the late-winter snow, I have begun to awaken from the darkness of Impeachment Season, and as the blustery winds of the Democratic Primaries pummel my delicate spirit I search desperately for some warmth which will encourage me to bloom. Fortunately I see some rays of hope, and I turn gratefully towards them. The hope that I cling to is that, like the long dark winter nights, voter apathy is receding into the past.Continue reading “It’s Springtime In America Again”
“Who should the Democrats nominate?”
Wherever I go, that’s the question on everyone’s mind. Whether I’m having dinner with friends or out for coffee, whether I’m with one person or with a group, everyone wants to talk about it. Even at work, where politics is taboo, the subject comes up: Bernie or Biden? What about Warren? Some candidates, like Mayor Pete and Kamala Harris were the hot topic for a while, but their stars have begun to wane, as has Corey Booker’s, and Beto O’Rourke’s and many of the rest. No one seems to be particularly excited about any of the possibilities, but everyone is anxious about the outcome.
The overriding consideration in every conversation, of course, is beating Trump. But there’s a whole lot of angst and disagreement about the best way to do that.Continue reading “Primary Strategy: Two Views”
Political junkie confession time: I have no interest in watching the debate this evening.
This primary season has been utterly disheartening, as has the political environment in general over the last 3 (or more!) years.
The debates are promoted like sporting events, with splashy graphics and pre- and post-game analysis, because apparently someone has determined that sports is the only thing that Americans can understand. The moderators and the networks are more interested in ratings than they are in helping voters understand the issues. Honestly, how much has anyone learned about any of the candidates in the previous two events? Close to absolute zero, I’d estimate.Continue reading “I’m Sitting Out This Debate”
It’s primary season. Yay! The Democratic debates have begun. Woo hoo! And the Democrats are in the process of determining who their candidate for the 2020 presidential election will be. Gulp.
Of course, we know that Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee. But who will be the Democratic nominee? Twenty-five people are vying for that title, and the primary process will whittle that number all the way down to one, who will oppose Trump in the general election. What is there to know about the process? After all, primaries are just like any other election: all the same rules apply to primary elections and general elections. Right?
Wrong.Continue reading “A Primer on Primaries”
The 6th of November:
Gun safety, health care,
“In the final analysis, a democratic government represents the sum total of the courage and the integrity of its individuals. It cannot be better than they are.”
I am exhausted.
For two years, we’ve faced a constant assault on our nation’s values, our democratic institutions, and our fellow citizens, especially the most vulnerable among us. Along with the rest of the country, I have watched as:Continue reading “I have nothing left”
“We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.”
Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
No, this isn’t another post about the heated topic of abortion. It’s about the secret plan to make sure that we never resolve the issue.
My body, my choice.
Jesus is Pro-Life!
Against Abortion? Don’t have one!
Everyone who supports abortion has already been born.
The slogans are out again.
The confirmation hearing and upcoming vote of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has once again awakened the barely-slumbering abortion debate in America.Continue reading “The Abortion Debate is Back. Why, exactly?”
If the anonymous Op-Ed published on Wednesday in the New York Times made you feel better, I suggest that you read it more carefully, and then renew your commitment to helping elect Democrats in November. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. There may be adults in the room, but Continue reading “If That Anonymous Op-Ed Made You Feel Better, You’ve Been Played”