Democracy is fragile.

It is the best system we have got at the moment and needs strengthening, This election has gone around the world and the subsequent words and actions matter. Many democracies are under threat from those seeking to undermine its principles and how this plays out in the USA will resonate the world. The lies and…

[Updated] Is the American Experiment Over?

Back in 1787, as the Constitutional Convention ended, a woman came up to Ben Franklin and asked him what we got. He replied, “A republic, madam, if you can keep it.” After this election, it looks like we can’t. It doesn’t matter whether Biden wins (as is looking more likely, Trump’s threats to sue notwithstanding)….

“Our democracy hangs in the balance.”

That is the first sentence of an op ed now up at the website of The New York Times, whose title is America, This Is Your Chance and which is subtitled “We must get it right this time or risk losing our democracy forever.” The author is Michelle Alexander, perhaps best known as the author…

It appears we have a King. The New Pledge we are witnessing.

Oath of offices for republicans, disregarded by a sham Senate impeachment trial, apathy and unconcern and downright distraction from half of the voting public  and denial plus addiction is what 2020 looks like so far.  We have loyal followers of the so called King.   It is no longer All the president’s men but all the King’s men….

The tragedy of Notre Dame. A lesson and a question.

As an Irish Catholic, it broke my heart to see that magnificent spire collapse through the flames, and down to the floor so far below a few days ago. But you don’t have to be an Irish Catholic, or even religious, to feel the sadness and loss of an iconic symbol of peace, hope, and…

Why I have not been blogging

in case anyone cares. There are a variety of reasons. Let’s start with the more mundane, or rather, those involved with my personal life. This has been a very difficult school year, for a lot of reasons.  Perhaps when I note that I have been assaulted by students 3 times this year (no injuries and…

'If democracy can die in Wisconsin, it can die anywhere'

I was born and raised in Wisconsin and lived there most of my life. Now on the West Coast, I see what’s happening in my home state and am heartbroken about it. First, voter suppression and gerrymandering were used as blunt tools to distort the will of the state’s residents; now state Republicans are outright…

Oligarchical Militocracy

When we don’t vote for war, and our wars are both economic and militaristic what else fits? We still have a sort of democracy, where we get to vote for our representatives every now and then. Where it falls apart is that our representatives can’t even be bothered to vote whether we should still be…