I’m not a religious guy, but I have deep spiritual values. Nonetheless, I take my inspiration where I can find it, and one of the most inspiring (and one of my favorite) verses in the New Testament is this:


Blood. Body bags. Beheadings.

Trillions of dollars of treasure. Used for our health, education economy, environment, infrastructure. Or not.

Instead, our blood and treasure were used in our quest for justice, for national pride, and, yes, to satisfy a President’s ego and feed the inflamed passions of his Republican followers.

What did they create?


Are We the Land of the Free?

Copyright 10/31/17, The John Locke Foundation

Given the widespread lack of critical-thinking ability, and the equal lack of exposure to philosophical studies, Americans have virtually no ability to distinguish between significantly different ideas. “Freedom” and “license” are chief among these.

When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near. …


Has America Lost its Mind?

reprinted: copyright February 17, 2015, Biana Chadda, Wordpress.com

There have been many stories about America’s dysfunctions: social (“culture wars”), political (Donald Trump), and economic (conflicts with China), but none have been explored with the frequency and intensity as our collective insanity in the face of Covid-19 and its variants du jour.

The highest…


Al Capone Proved that Tax Evasion Will ALWAYS Get You

Copyright The Daily Kos, August 1, 2018

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has just filed charges against The Trump Organization and its Chief Financial Officer, Allen Weisselberg, for tax fraud and tax evasion. Not surprisingly, more charges are likely to be filed (when is another question). …


…Republicans will NEVER cooperate

President Joe Biden had a long and distinguished career in the United States Senate. Through both personal and national tragedies, Biden maintained a bipartisan, conciliatory approach towards some of the most intractable problems we have faced. As a life-long Democrat, he was loyal to his party’s…


….the only way to fight Voter Suppression

In his book, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, Professor Neil H. Postman argued that Americans are controlled by their addiction to entertainment rather than by state control and/or media control.

With his cries of “Fake News!”…


….a half-century memorial

Written by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse — Those Were the Days lyrics copyright Sony/ATV Music Publ., LLC
  1. Boy, the way Glenn Miller played,

Songs that made the Hit Parade,

Guys like us, we had it made,

Those were the days.

2. Didn’t need no welfare state,

Everybody pulled his weight,

Gee, our old LaSalle ran great,

Those were the days.

Chorus:

And you knew…


….and Why We Need to Root it Out Through a National Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Imagine: you are an inquisitive little boy, six years old. You ask a million questions. One question for which you haven’t received a meaningful answer is this:

from Pexels, by Ketut Subiyanto

“Daddy, why do White people treat us bad…


….and the Death of Democracy

copyright October 2020, Laurens Leurs in Prepress.com

Arguably, the most important of Americans’ rights is embodied in the First Amendment, which includes the right to a…

Stephen P. Watkins

Top Writer in Politics. Author of “The ‘Plenty’ Book — the Answer to the Question: What Can I do to Make This a Better World?,” available on Amazon.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store