Why the Hell Do We Continue to Allow This to Happen?

Five years ago twenty children and six adults were massacred in the presumed safety their Newtown, Connecticut schoolroom. Since that December 2012 disaster, the United States has experienced more than 1,500 mass shootings (defined as shootings in a public place in which four or more people––not counting gang or drug violence­­–– were killed). In those massacres more than 1,700 people were killed and 6,000 wounded. Continue reading “Why the Hell Do We Continue to Allow This to Happen?”

Is “Trumpism” the New Normal for American Politics?

Donald Trump—either by clever design or by bizarre circumstances— could become the centerpiece of American politics for at least the next two elections.

How can this be? His positive poll numbers are in the 30s and he seems to alienate more and more people every day with his erratic policy-by-tweet method of governing. In fact, according to a September 27 Quinnipiac poll, 56% of American voters do not think he is “fit to serve as president” and 59% say “he is not honest.” Continue reading “Is “Trumpism” the New Normal for American Politics?”

Trump’s DACA Decision: Cruel but Usual Punishment from the Far Right

President Donald Trump has decided to punish between 700,000 and 800,000 young men and women. Punish them for what? Well, for having brown skin and for obeying their parents. Yesterday’s action by the president was so cruel and specious that he lacked the courage to announce it himself.

Handoff to the AG

Instead, he left it to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a man whose words and actions throughout his career paint the picture of a public servant who is not inclined to value anyone but those who are white and native-born.

Sessions, seemingly with great delight, proclaimed, “The Department of Justice has advised the president and the Department of Homeland Security that the Department of Homeland Security should begin an orderly lawful wind down, including the cancellation of the memo that authorized this program…”

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President Trump’s DACA Decision: A Statement from Barack Obama

“Let’s be clear: the action taken today isn’t required legally. It’s a political decision, and a moral question. Whatever concerns or complaints Americans may have about immigration in general, we shouldn’t threaten the future of this group of young people who are here through no fault of their own, who pose no threat, who are not taking away anything from the rest of us.

“They are that pitcher on our kid’s softball team, that first responder who helps out his community after a disaster, that cadet in ROTC who wants nothing more than to wear the uniform of the country that gave him a chance. Kicking them out won’t lower the unemployment rate, or lighten anyone’s taxes, or raise anybody’s wages.

“It is precisely because this action is contrary to our spirit, and to common sense, that business leaders, faith leaders, economists, and Americans of all political stripes called on the administration not to do what it did today. And now that the White House has shifted its responsibility for these young people to Congress, it’s up to Members of Congress to protect these young people and our future.

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Trump’s “Fake News” Speaks the Truth

There is a reason President Donald J. Trump trumps up constant attacks on the nation’s leading news sources: They publish the truth about his character and his policies (or, about the lack of both). He does not have any defense against the truth other than loud, fact-obscuring attacks on the messengers, and the belief that his followers will blindly believe his disingenuous bluster.

A sample of the “fake news” reports from the last couple of weeks follows: Continue reading “Trump’s “Fake News” Speaks the Truth”