….and the Death of Democracy

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copyright October 2020, Laurens Leurs in Prepress.com

If something goes wrong with our free press, the country will go straight to hell. — I.F. Stone

Newspapers are gossip printed on the backs of advertisements. — Donald E. Koch

Arguably, the most important of Americans’ rights is embodied in the First Amendment, which includes the right to a free press. Without a free press, the ability publicly examine, analyze, and, if necessary, criticize the words and deeds of our leaders would not exist, thus leading us into the abyss of kakistocracy. Such is what we had during the Trump Administration.

During the 1890s to the 1920s, in the…

Where Does Trump Go From Here?

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Twice impeached, twice acquitted, Donald J. Trump dodged bullets twice in connection with his Presidency. Now that he’s out of office, and can no longer claim the protection of being a sitting president, what lies in store for him?

First, we have to realize that Trump absolutely lacks any sense of shame or a moral anchor. His megalomania and his extreme form of narcissistic personality disorder make clear that he only cares about himself. Having lived in a childhood with an emotionally-absent mother and a psychologically-abusive father, Trump was trained from birth to be an unaccountable, lying, sniveling rich brat…

False Evocations of Christian Forgiveness

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copyright 2021 Myoungncsu

In light of the failed American coup on January 6, 2021, a number of Republicans have stepped to the mic and asked us to “forgive and forget,” to “move forward and heal this nation.”

They almost invariably use this forgive-and-forget phrase whenever they want to move the conversation away from accountability, or punishment from wrongs they have committed.

It is certainly no coincidence that they take refuge in the religious underpinnings of their political base, who, typically, are from the South and whose evangelical pastors frequently cite Matthew 6:14 and Ephesians 4:32 as Biblical sources for the forgiveness refrain. …

…and a Senate-Cleaning, too

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Some of us are life-long Democrats and have always distrusted Republicans, based on the fact that Republicans have typically been selfish, oriented towards White supremacy, and socially irresponsible. Their views have dramatically worsened since the advent of the Tea Party in 2009. Their “I’ve got mine, and to hell with you, Jack” attitude has taken traditional Republican notions of support for limited government and free enterprise and put them on steroids. …

Donald J. “Stonewall” Trump is on the Road to Justice–and his Followers Must Join Him

As we all know by now, Donald J. Trump was never a conventional politician or leader. We all know that he was a megalomaniac with a psychotic narcissistic personality disorder.

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Copyright June 16, 2015 C-Span

Starting with his infamous escalator ride in Trump Tower in 2015, he captured the imagination of dozens of millions of American by saying things that the rest of us wouldn’t; by doing things the rest of us couldn’t; and by expressing ideas that the leader of American democracy shouldn’t.

For four years, Trump and his lackeys gave us constant misogynistic, racist, religiously-intolerant, homophobic bashing of all who weren’t straight, male…

Trump’s Final Days — and What Awaits Us

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copyright November 18, 2019, Jazmine Perkins

David Hackett Fischer wrote Albion’s Seed in 1989. In it, he discussed in considerable detail the folkways of the settlers of the American Colonies who came from four distinct regions of Great Britain, and whose cultural traits are still deeply embedded in our county’s DNA.

The ones giving us the most trouble these days — the same as those who supported the Confederacy in 1860–1865 — were the so-called “English-Scots,” which gave rise to the Appalachian culture. These folks carried with them a culture forged in a thousand years of brutal conflict. …

We are in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction

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Illustrations by Lisel Jane Ashlock for Rolling Stone, copyright April 6, 2020

Earth, about 4.5 billion years old, has had no life on it for about 65% of its existence.

Approximately two billion to 1.6 billion years ago, simple life forms arose: bacteria, prokaryotes (unicells), and eukaryotes. The last form of life is multicellular, and is the domain in which all animals — including humans — live. …

….so they fight foul — and the solutions to prevent their return

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Graphic depicted on KnowYourMeme.com

The kooks and crackpots — starting with the Current Occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — have steadfastly refused to acknowledge defeat in the 2020 general elections.

Taking their cues from QAnon, Alex Jones, and other right-wingers and paranoid schizophrenics, the reactionaries cannot accept their electoral defeats, and, instead, have filed dozens of lawsuits in both federal and state courts, claiming, without the slightest evidence, that the elections were “rigged,” “fraudulent,” and “full of Democrat cheating.” The courts have rejected these 55 lawsuits and, in perhaps the biggest blow to President Donald Trump’s ego, the United States Supreme Court has rejected…

…and that of his ardent supporters

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President Donald J. Trump, by all objective standards, is a Loser.

He lost the 2020 Presidential Election; he lost the multiple court cases brought to overturn the election results; he lost the public opinion polls; he lost the loyalty of the majority of Americans; he lost the respect normally afforded to U.S. …

How do we instill common sense and good judgment into people who ignore facts?

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Copyright October 26, 2020, published in The Morning Call

I have written about the massive demographic changes occurring in the United States these days, what has been called “the ‘browning of America’.” White people, as a group, have been taught, for centuries, to view our history from a Eurocentric perspective. White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant values were at the root of our success in the world. Tall White men, with guns blazing, rightfully dominated the little brown people living in Godforsaken places (you know, the ones with minerals and oil, and agricultural products that we could extract for vast profit), or so the histories read and the movies showed.

At times…

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

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