PROGRESSIVE POLITICS & POP-CULTURE WITHOUT APOLOGY
(This essay appeared in this space almost exactly two years ago. It is prudent to re-release it in light of recent events. May Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg rest in peace.) When the news broke that Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the Supreme Court it was treated as a shocking development by mainstream news outlets. But... Continue Reading →
Its hard to believe but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in her first term in the United States Congress. But already, she is by far the most famous member of Congress elected in my lifetime- and I go back a while. I crashed this party way back when Richard Nixon was wandering around the White House at... Continue Reading →
We Can’t Fix Problems When We Discount Their Impact or Deny Their Existence
I just saw this gem of a meme of Facebook:
The neat thing about memes such as this one is you can pack a lot of disinformation in a very small space.
First off, none of these percentages is based on anything at all.
The reference to “a virus” is logically the coronavirus causing COVID-19. The “99%” claim here is actually verifiable. Based on the available data, COVID-19 has a mortality rate between 4 and 5% in the US, and may have long-term negative health implications for 20% or more of those that recover. So the first assertion is not simply wrong; it’s a lie, and a dangerous one.
The “99.95%” references that follow are just silly, made-up percentages, derived from nothing at all. They are lies as well.
“We have some racists” is a deliberate attempt to distract from or downplay the reality of systemic racism. This mentality serves…
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This is a thought exercise. This is neither a "manifesto" nor a "call to arms." This is not a plot against America, nor a threat of domestic terrorism. Again, this is a thought exercise- an important one that we desperately need to take up at this time. There are ominous signs in our public discourse... Continue Reading →
In the middle of last week I finally tapped out. I can't watch Donald Trump anymore. I can't listen to his voice anymore. I can't read his Tweets anymore. I am done. For three years I had continued to watch him in the name of responsible civic engagement although I have known everything I needed... Continue Reading →
I am not going to pretend that the job of the White House Press Corp is easy. But I am going to give the constructive feedback of a concerned citizen and ravenous news consumer. With very few exceptions the White House Press Corp has given this president an unprecedented skate through media pressers. Considering the... Continue Reading →
Malcolm X was fond of saying "I am in favor of the truth, no matter who speaks it." I agree with Brother Malcolm- although I always carve out room to tell Fox News freaks to go straight to hell whenever they speak on violent crime in the black community. While it is obvious that they... Continue Reading →
America now has a problem with suicide bombers. For decades we have watched in horror as news reports and video footage from Middle Eastern countries showed us cafes, street-markets and school buildings reeling after some radical extremist ran into the center of a crowd and set off a bomb. By the time the true and... Continue Reading →
Democratic politicians should just stop going on The Breakfast Club. This is not necessarily the fault of the hosts, but I have yet to see any net benefit to the candidates. During the most pressing period in American politics since the 1960's, Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and now Joe Biden have... Continue Reading →
via The Top 5 Questions The White House Press Corp Has Stopped Asking Trump
There is no doubt that since the novel coronavirus has sent the American economy into a terrifying tailspin that you have heard the phrase dozens of times. "Through no fault of their own" has become a media rallying cry and public distress signal. It means that white people need help usually attached to the untouchable... Continue Reading →
Nothing is more clarifying than the pain and panic of a deadly pandemic. This one challenges us to see if we can spread love amongst one another as easily as we spread this infectious and unforgiving coronavirus. As the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic dials up, donations to food pantries across America dial down. This... Continue Reading →
As much as I love Bernie and Elizabeth, they could never get away with anything like this. Their proposals would crash and burn on the runway before they even got off the ground. And Obama? Forget it. Those quaint little Tea-Party rallies that greeted him in 2009 would have exploded into full-blown Tulsa 1921 style... Continue Reading →
It finally happened. The rarest of occurrences is when events unfold in real time that force our hottest political and policy debates out of the realm of imagination into the realm of reality. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is the ultimate stress test for the American healthcare system. You know the one that Republicans... Continue Reading →
When the history of this political era is studied by future generations, Bernie Sanders will go down as America's most impactful non-president politician. Who comes in second will be a photo-finish but Bernie has won first place by a gap so big it rivals Secretariat's in the '73 Belmont Stakes. And for the sake of... Continue Reading →
If you are looking for another "both sides" political analysis you are in the wrong place. You will have to look elsewhere to find that b.s. While it is perfectly true that all of the players on the field of American politics play a role in how the game is being played and who the... Continue Reading →
America is only as strong as the resolve of its citizenry to uphold its own standards. Recent events stand as self-evident truth that a critical mass of American citizens have simply given up. And because their resolve is weak our nation is weak. America has a glass jaw and COVID-19 has smashed it into a... Continue Reading →
I have bad news for Joe Scarborough, George Will and Rick Wilson: You gentlemen have not done enough. I recognize and appreciate your public stances in rebuking Donald Trump and renouncing the Republican Party. But you have to ditch the "conservative" moniker as well if you really want to help the country shrink the cancerous... Continue Reading →
Hunter Biden is a mess. Drug addictions, sordid sex scandals, paternity lawsuits, and even more issues litter the landscape of his life in recent years. But since his father is former Vice-President Joe Biden, he is a mess who is rich and largely unscathed by accountability for his sins. That is what we do in... Continue Reading →
Since Jay-Z joined forces with the NFL in a public relations stunt to get them out of the Colin Kaepernick controvery, black men who work and play in the NFL have actually lost ground. Note the hiring of the whitest and least qualified head coaching candidate in recent history by the New York Giants while... Continue Reading →
Coming out and saying something unpopular cannot be nearly as hard as coming out of the closet as homosexual- but they both have their risks and rewards. In both cases, the "coming out" provides a relief of not having to pretend anymore- of just living as your authentic self and letting the chips fall where... Continue Reading →