Hurricane Response vs. Sept. 11th

Last year in Puerto Rico 2,975 people died as a direct result of Hurricane Maria and Trump says they did a “great job.” On the other hand 2,977 people died in the 9/11 attacks (not counting the 19 terrorists) and for that we have spent 17 years at war at the cost of trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives. Chew on that.

If That Anonymous Op-Ed Made You Feel Better, You’ve Been Played

If the anonymous Op-Ed published on Wednesday in the New York Times made you feel better, I suggest that you read it more carefully, and then renew your commitment to helping elect Democrats in November. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. There may be adults in the room, but Continue reading “If That Anonymous Op-Ed Made You Feel Better, You’ve Been Played”

We Have Become a Nation with Zero Tolerance

Would you make a thousand-mile, perilous journey in the hope of saving yourself or your children? I don’t know if I would have the courage. But I have a story in my own family history that comes close to the kind of desperation felt by the immigrant families pouring across our southern border.Continue reading “We Have Become a Nation with Zero Tolerance”

Background on the Immigration Situation

Do you know what’s actually going on with the immigration crisis? Who are the people coming here and where are they coming from? Are they really “refugees”? “asylum seekers”? What is MS-13 and what are its origins? What’s the truth about  the children being held in detention centers around the country? Was the policy actually started under President Clinton, President Obama, or President Trump? What’s the answer to the question: Why would someone come here if they know their child will be taken away from them?Continue reading “Background on the Immigration Situation”

Hannah Arendts on Totalitarianism

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false (i.e. the standards of thought) no longer exist.”

-Hannah Arendt (1906-1975)
The Origins of Totalitarianism 

Our Reality TV President

Did the President of the United States of America just throw a temper tantrum on the world stage? Did he really conduct high-level foreign diplomacy with a fake movie trailer? Did he hold a press conference to crow about his successes at a meeting that resulted in precisely zero concessions from one of the world’s most brutal dictators? Yes. Yes he did.

Just another week in Trumpville.

I don’t know how much more of this I can take.

Don’t Argue. Vote

About a third of Americans still support Donald Trump. Nothing you can say or do is going to change their minds.

Despite the fact that he has done nothing to fulfill any of the promises that he made during the election (saving the coal industry, giving you a wonderful cheaper health care system, bringing back manufacturing jobs, draining the swamp…) the majority of Trump supporters feel no buyer’s remorse whatsoever. And it is understandable that you want Continue reading “Don’t Argue. Vote”

2018 Elections: the Work Starts Now

This week we celebrate one year since America elected Donald Trump President of the United States. Happy Anniversary.

Are you pleased with the way things are going? No? Well, you can do something about it, because it’s also one year until Americans go to the polls again—not to elect a President, but for an election that could have just as much impact. A lot of people underestimate the importance of non-presidential elections (aka “midterm elections”), but they have a huge impact. Continue reading “2018 Elections: the Work Starts Now”

A Battle Plan for 2018

Since the day Donald Trump was elected I have lurched wildly between feelings of frustration, heartbreak, dismay, fear, sadness, and depression. I spend too much time every day reading news coverage of his outrageous acts, devouring analysis, searching for optimism. And I spend far too much time lost in the insane comments on news articles and social media posts hoping for explanations and rationality that will help me make sense of why we handed over our country to a man who is completely un-equipped to handle the enormity of the task.Continue reading “A Battle Plan for 2018”