Judgement Day in Trump’s America

Judgement Day in Trump’s America I flipped on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC this morning for a few minutes, and saw a panel that included the inestimable Joy Ann Reid. Panelists were discussing the frustrations of Republican Congressmen who know that President Trump’s daily insanities are preventing them from moving on their legislative agenda issues such…

All You Need is Hate

All You Need is Hate* (*with apologies to Lennon-McCartney) As the healthcare debate rages on in this country, the opposition to Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (known as the ACA, or “Obamacare”) has gotten fierce. Almost nightly we see on the news people challenging their Republican Senators and Representatives at town hall…

Medicaid, Taxes and Fairness

Medicaid, Taxes, and Fairness Interestingly enough, the battle over what for Democrats is a health care plan and for Republicans is a tax giveaway to the wealthy is now being waged largely over the issue of Medicaid. This is somewhat unexpected, as most of the talk before the election centered on health exchanges and their…

What Do You REALLY Believe?

What Do You REALLY Believe? An issue that pops up with some regularity in the free-thought community is where we should and/or do stand regarding “mainstream” religious believers. These are not the ultra-religious zealots with which religion is often associated in this country at this time. Often, these folks are progressive politically, and some of…

The Price of Community

The Price of Community I saw an interesting movie recently: “The Women’s Balcony”. It’s an Israeli movie about a close-knit Orthodox (but not ultra-Orthodox) community in Israel and how it deals with something of a disaster. The congregation’s temple had a balcony where women attended services, as it is Orthodox custom and practice to separate…

Will the Trump Chumps Ever Learn?

Will the Trump Chumps Ever Learn? Can we get this straight once and for all? You cannot believe a word that Donald Trump says, especially if he’s telling you what you want to hear. Trump telling you what you’re pretty sure you wanted to hear should raise a red flag for anyone. This includes Democrats…

Ideology and Politics

Ideology and Politics Paul Rosenberg, writing in Salon.com, quotes David Hopkins, co-author with Matt Grossman of “Asymmetric Politics: Ideological Republicans and Group Interest Democrats” as saying “The Democrats are best understood as a coalition of social groups, and Republicans are best understood as the agent of the conservative ideological movement. The American public collectively leans…