A Letter To Republicans

Dear Republicans,

Are there any among you who are shamed by the blatant assault on democracy and social norms exercised by your representatives in Raleigh, NC last week?  Having lost a closely contested race for governor last month, the Republican led legislature called a special session to pass legislation that severely limits the power of the incoming Democratic governor.  At what point will you stand and say no to your party leaders who show no respect for any boundaries in their quest to gain and maintain power?  Remaining silent in the face of these actions and robotically giving them your vote during elections are nothing less than endorsements of the same. Continue reading “A Letter To Republicans”

The Coming American Corporatocracy

Viewing the current path of America, (and the world for that matter), I’m reminded of the 1975 movie, Roller Ball.  In it, the world is ruled by multinational corporations that simultaneously entertain and brainwash the citizenry using a futuristic game called Roller Ball.   Our free press, (which is actually not free but instead depends on ratings for funding), has been broadcasting the Trump Carnival Show (our Roller Ball) for the past 18 months.  This distraction enabled him to narrowly win the presidency in spite of losing the popular vote and to now begin to seed key government positions with billionaire corporate types, a few politicians who unabashedly feed at the corporate trough and retired military generals who chafed at the principle of civilian rule.

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Mourning In America

As I begin this blog I am filled with sadness, anger, incredulity and despair; the full spectrum of emotions at the recent election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.   The enormity of that result cannot be exaggerated.  This is on the level of the world being found to be flat, aliens landing in central park or Big Foot being captured.  All of what we generally accepted to be true about the world has been shaken to the core. We accept that there is a wide political divide among Americans and that such divisions may lead to heated arguments and sometimes distasteful actions but for the most part we carry on with our lives with the belief that those in positions of power are sane and have a modicum level of responsibility not to blow up the world.  That assurance was based on the belief in the collective wisdom of the American people not to allow such a thing to happen.  Continue reading “Mourning In America”