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Congratulations to Donald Trump

  Even if President Trump doesn’t serve the full term to which he was elected last fall, as I expect will be the case, he’s already achieved a distinction that won’t soon be matched by any of his successors: He’s become arguably the greatest prevaricator in the history of American politics. Don’t just take my word for it. The Washington Post reported this week that Trump has made many hundreds of false and misleading statements in just seven months on the job. And the paper listed all 1,057 of them....

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Misreading the Second Amendment

  Every once in a while, I’ll read or hear from some gun nut the foolish notion that the Second Amendment is intended to give the citizenry the right to mount an insurrection against the government. The exact opposite is the reality. Journalist Andrew Reinbach explained the situation in a piece he wrote four or five years ago for The Huffington Post, a copy of which I’ve saved for reference. Reinbach wrote: If somebody brings up the first phrase –” A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a...

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Scientific predictions of eclipse were dead-on

  A question arises: Why was nobody surprised by today’s solar eclipse? The answer, of course, is simple: Scientists predicted it. Ah, but the overwhelming consensus among climate scientists on the issue of global warming is ignored by millions of people.  Why the inconsistency? Funny thing, but the answer to that one also is pretty simple: The deniers mostly are right-wing ideologues. They know that they’ll all likely be dead before the consequences of climate change become downright unbearable. Meanwhile,  they’ll...

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What a day!

  If you’re like me and view most matters through the prism of politics, you may have noticed that this third Friday in August of 2017 is shaping up as an especially good day — and it’s only noon as I write these words. Almost everything I’ve seen this morning on TV and the internet bodes well for the good guys. Donald Trump’s slide into public disfavor continues apace as his poll numbers steadily decline. The sudden surge of neo-Confederate sentiment in this country is suffering a stunning beat-back....

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If you could interview Donald Trump, what would you ask him?

  It’s the American in me, not the lifelong journalist, that makes me fervently wish for an opportunity to ask a few questions of President Trump. I would even be willing to solemnly vow that I would never publicly disclose his responses — not that such a shameless man likely would care. It would take more effort than I’ve yet given the matter to decide the order of the questions I would pose to the president, but I can list here a few of the subjects I would cover. One of the issues sure to arise would be Trump’s...

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Trump is doomed

  All through the nearly seven months that Donald Trump has served as president of the United States, I’ve been predicting that he won’t likely remain in office for the full four years to which he was elected. My sense of the matter has been colored, of course, by my distaste for the nonsense The Donald has been peddling all along to America’s boobosie. And now he’s finally gone too far, thereby sealing his political doom. Trump’s lame effort  to draw a false equivalence between the blatant racists who...

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Martin Luther King was more radical than most folks remember

With race relations the hot topic in the past few days, the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. has come to mind again among many of us – but not always accurately. King’s been dead for 49 years, and the memories of him among most folks tend to gloss over the radical nature of the cause he championed. The following essay, published by the American Prospect nine years ago, is more accurate than our fuzzy memories: ———— America began perverting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message in the spring of 1963....

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How low can Trump’s poll numbers go?

  At this writing, it’s still too early to assess the political damage incurred by Donald Trump’s presidency in the wake of the goings-on the other day in Charlottesville, VA. But a good guess, it seems to me, is that The Donald has not benefited from the situation. Major polling organizations will soon announce the results of surveys conducted entirely on Sunday or Monday. That timing will measure how public sentiment has been affected by intense media coverage of the troubles in Charlottesville and the president’s...

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Now’s the time for a global apology tour

  Five and six years ago, Republican efforts to deny Democrat Barack Obama a second term as president focused for a while on the popular but patently bogus right-wing claim that Obama had gone “around the world and apologized for America.” The website PolitiFact gave the preposterous contention its dreaded PANTS-ON-FIRE rating when Mitt Romney, the GOP’s presidential nominee, peddled the apology nonsense: On the substance of Romney’s charge, we believe that what we wrote in March 2010 still stands. While Obama’s...

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Why isn’t the Constitution more clear?

  More than a few of the people I know have peculiar notions about the U.S. Constitution. Some of them like to think that our national charter simply means what it meant when its authors wrote it — and that’s all there is to it. Ah, if only life were that simple… But, of course, it isn’t. In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a vast industry devoted to interpreting the Constitution. It consists of lawyers, judges and such whose jobs are involved in parsing the words of this most fundamental of our ruling...

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Has Trump completely gone around the bend?

  Notice, please, that I’m tempering my rhetoric at least a little in this piece, lest I’m accused of advocating a violent overthrow of Donald Trump’s administration. I’m not recommending any such thing. I am, however, suggesting that the people in charge of things if and when the president goes completely nutty face up to the problem confronting us. They should give some serious thought to throwing a net over the president, proverbially  speaking. We now have a new Exhibit A in the case for officially declaring...

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Beware the Deep State

If you at least occasionally visit right-wing media — Fox News Channel, for example —  you’ve probably come across recent cryptic references to “the Deep State” and may have wondered exactly what it is. Well, it’s nothing new, actually. It’s just a new term for an old bugaboo. In the 1950s, the foe was the “international communist conspiracy,” as notorious paranoiac Joseph McCarthy put it. But no matter what you call it these days,  the Deep State is a reference to the so-called conspiracy...

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