Identity Politics?

Having a seat at the table and being offered a meal is different. It is becoming harder and harder for me to watch the dream of the American melting pot being turned into a bad stew. While President Trump spreads his veiled racist message of fear and loathing to every cul-de-sac and suburb in America,…

Press Release: The Sanders Campaigns Changed American Politics, Establishing the Progressive Agenda for the 21st Century

Press Release: The Sanders Campaigns Changed American Politics, Establishing the Progressive Agenda for the 21st Century Contacts: Alan Minsky, PDA Executive Director alan@pdamerica.org 818-749-9497Mike Hersh, PDA Communications Director mike@pdamerica.org 301-602-9388 Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) Responds to Senator Bernie Sanders’    Announcement Suspending his Presidential Campaign.   PDA Executive Director Alan Minsky said, “Bernie Sanders…

Humanitarianism and Politics

In the wake of the firing of Fox News business host Trish Regan, who labeled the coronavirus an “impeachment scam,” it reminds me more every day of Republican hypocrisy. From Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, the finger-pointing and shouts of stop politicizing the COVID-19 virus have been their clarion call….

The Difference Between Exploitation and Politics

The vogue phrase to use about the coronavirus or mass shootings, especially by conservatives, is—let’s not politicize this. If you check a thesaurus a few of the words that substitute for politicizing are—debate, discuss and raise awareness of.  Maybe I am so isolated from reality that I have missed something important. I am not sure…

Proof Of Concept In Democratic Politics.

There have been lots of messages from the Democratic candidates running for the presidential nomination on winning political strategies.  Now that some votes are being cast, we are seeing what Joy Reid has called “proof of concept” with regards to those messages or strategies.  Or I should say, we are seeing more of lack of…

thoughts – impeachment, politics, and more

Since my stroke on November 12, my online presence, here and elsewhere, has been very limited as I first recovered from that incident, and then underwent my surgery on the 18th, followed by a minor incident (transient ischemic attack — like a minor stroke) on the 20th.  Today I had follow up exams in the…

School Millage Whack-A-Mole: Fake Facebook People and Modern Politics

Another election day in Michigan fades from memory and people are either celebrating or trying to figure out what went wrong. In Baldwin, Michigan, dismally low voter turnout sank yet another millage vote for an aging school building with a leaky roof and crumbling infrastructure that would be cheaper to replace than repair. Baldwin Community…

Meditation – Morality, Politics, Life, and more….

This has been a momentous, and somewhat difficult, week. Yes, that applies to politics and international relations to be sure, but it also applies to my personal experiences. Last night my wife left for a weekend birding trip with her father and nephew, leaving me to myself. After puttering around, doing usual weekend tasks of…

“All politics is personal.”

and that was only one of many memorable lines in one of the most remarkable political speeches I have ever heard. My wife called me down when Mayor Pete came on stage.  I watched.  I listened. No, the speech was not on an overarching theme. It did not offer specific policies. What it did was…

The real answer to Supreme Court power politics that no one acknowledges

I’ve been as outraged as anyone about the Republicans’ theft of J. Scalia’s former Supreme Court seat — and now President Trump’s appalling opportunity to compound the damage with a second appointment.  And I have read the numerous pleas for Dems to extract justice, including this reasonable and provocative Kos diary calling on Dems to eventually expand the number…