It’s how you say it — Part 2: Hate is Not a Strategy

Liberal friends took me to task for my last posting, “It’s how you say it,” accusing me of over-generalizing, failing to cite examples of media bias against Trump and his administration, and basically sounding like a Trump apologist. True, it would have been more accurate to say about media bias that I see why Trump supporters believe it, rather than “I agree,” but at its heart the post was not intended as a political critique, but rather a lamentation…a plea. Continue reading “It’s how you say it — Part 2: Hate is Not a Strategy”

It’s how you say it

Is Donald Trump a victim of liberal hatred? He and his supporters, allegedly folks who have felt ignored and isolated by liberal elitism for decades, say the mainstream media ignores his accomplishments and pounds their drums for sustained attention to every conceivable criticism of him, his policies, and his administration. As an avid reader of mainstream media, I think they’re right. Continue reading “It’s how you say it”

Guns

America’s gun debate is framed too narrowly to be helpful; advocacy for gun legislation isn’t only about preventing school shootings, nor does it seek to circumvent the 2nd Amendment. Legislation does more than command or prohibit behavior, it formally declares social priorities, what is acceptable to a society and what isn’t. Laws reflect, and in myriad ways shape our social values. Focusing on the cultural implications of gun legislation, or lack of it, provides a deeper and more productive focus for a national conversation. Continue reading “Guns”

Have you noticed?

Have you noticed that even after taking control of the government, Republicans are still not building or creating anything? One could almost understand their constant obstruction to anything the Obama Administration wanted to do since they hated him so much and couldn’t get much past the Dems in the Senate and Obama’s veto. But now, with control of the White House and both houses of Congress, their only agenda is to dismantle, repeal, exclude, and withdraw. What’s up here? Is there anything about this country and our society they do like? Continue reading “Have you noticed?”

Letter to My Republican Friends,

 

Dear Old Friend,

We never talk about anything even remotely political anymore and I’ve been struggling for an explanation. I don’t know about you, but I miss our old conversations, the way we used to banter about our Parties’ differences in debates that were at once humorously predictable and mostly earnest. We probably could have switched sides we knew each other’s positions so well. I don’t think either of us ever expected to change the other’s mind, but in some way I think we kept each other honest.  And that was good, wasn’t it? No matter how long we argued, our differences never interfered with our friendship.

Something has changed. Continue reading “Letter to My Republican Friends,”

For Every Action…

Newton’s third law of motion speaks to politics: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Science isn’t alone in recognizing this critical phenomenon. Scripture warns, As ye sow, so shall ye reap and Buddhists see the eventual cosmic balancing of deeds in Karma. But 15th century historian and politician Machiavelli might have nailed the inevitability of retribution most poignantly when he advised, If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared. In other words, you’d better finish your enemy off or he’ll be back to get even. Unless Republicans have a plan to eliminate all the Democrats they might want to consider changing course a little. Continue reading “For Every Action…”

Winning Isn’t Everything

Vince Lombardi is often quoted as saying “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” (It was actually UCLA Bruins coach Henry Russell who said it but, hey, facts today can be whatever you want them to be.)

It seems an obsession with winning has grabbed our politics and shaken all interest in governing and public service right out of it. And it’s not just winning, but winning at any cost. Continue reading “Winning Isn’t Everything”