Democracy

A RISING TIDE OF POPULISM… (…as a highly infectious form of political botulism) Whenever there’s a massive surge of collective discontent with the status quo in any society, that discontent is often expressed in several ways. Unfortunately those ways rarely

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THE BRICKBAT BRIGADES… (are always there ready to disrupt any of our collective ceremonial events) It’s a sad commentary on how much our –America the Beautiful- has declined in terms of general public civility and behavior when participating in important

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INAUGURATION DAY BOYCOTTERS… (post-election sour grapes by those who really no longer believe in our American system) Regardless how anyone feels about how or why Mr. Trump ended up as President-elect of these United States, the fact is he was

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ARE WE POOR LITTLE LAMBS… (…who have lost our way?) Democracy is one of the noisiest and messiest systems ever conceived for political association as a coherent whole. It’s noisy…because of the cacophony of individual voices all clamoring for attention

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TO VOTE OR NOT TO VOTE…THAT IS THE QUESTION… (and for whom…if you please?) We hear a lot of grumbling about how terrible our choices are for President in the upcoming election for that office in November. Neither candidate from

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UPDATED DEFINITIONS OF ALL THOSE ‘ISMS’ WE HEAR ABOUT (…which career politicos probably won’t like because of the way we’re defining them now) We came up with a number of definitions some years ago to clarify the various “isms’ folks

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TODAY’S SEA PEOPLES… (…a replay of an ancient story…in reverse) Some three thousand years ago or so the entire Middle East was shaken up and left in chaos, much as it is today. The cause, back then, seems to have

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ADAPTATIONS FROM THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE PLAYBOOK… (…as a scenario to create rabid hounds for the spread of jihadist terror…) The recent barbaric assault on the French weekly magazine – Charlie Hebdo – in Paris, should disabuse everyone that the extreme

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IT’S ELECTION DAY…KINDA (…but the way both parties have campaigned about it…not clear if we’re suppose to vote -AGAINST- something, or- FOR- something…or some such. It’s hard to tell.) There was a time when Election Day, even for a mid-term

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STUCK BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE (…facing the unintended consequences of misguided policy notions) There’s no sense trying to dodge it, but at this moment the US is stuck between a rock and a hard place…facing the unintended

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