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December 14th, 2017

The Tax Bill: Sausage Getting Made

If there’s anything certain in politics, it’s this: politics always wins. The GOP Tax bill first promised big cuts for the middle-class, then scared a lot of Americans with the threat of draconian cuts in long established areas, and now is positioned to do as originally intended; provide tax relief for corporations. To be sure, …

December 14th, 2017

Sandy Hook and the Right to Life

Five years ago I was standing at the altar of a church. I was the Sunday morning guest speaker. The minister had the day off. I had my sermon prepared of course. It was about Christmas, and the beautiful metaphor of seeing God in the form of a tiny child. But a few days earlier, …

December 13th, 2017

When “They” Lose, Do “You” Win?

The Democratic party had a great Tuesday, or maybe the GOP had a horrific one. Is there a difference? Politics is like those geometry tests where the two trains are heading for a crash. You just have to calculate when. In the case of Jones vs Alabama, GOP voters rejected Moore. And in doing so, …

December 13th, 2017

A Victory For Old Fashioned Democratic Party Politics

As the smoke clears from last night’s bellwether election in Alabama, one thing is clear — this is a victory for old fashioned mainstream Democratic Party politics. From Tom Perez and the DNC all the way down to the newest kid walking precincts and working the phones, Doug Jones’s thin margin of victory was hard-won …

December 12th, 2017

The War On Christmas? Sign Me Up!

Spoiler alert: Santa is “Fake News.” I’m kidding of course, although in this political climate, who knows? How did Christmas get so complicated? I love Christmas, but I still say Holidays. Not because I’m afraid of offending my Jewish, Muslim, or Christian friends; I say “Happy Holidays” just to tweak Republicans who think I’m being …

December 10th, 2017

The Washington Post and Trump’s Small Hands

The Washington Post has been on the front lines of a political battle with a President before, but has acknowledged that these are unique times. Tweets, Facebook, Russian bots and Trump’s own Pravda, FOX news, have made it even harder, not to accurately report the news, but to battle Trump’s claims to the contrary. Almost …

December 9th, 2017

When Gods Collide

Our more adamant Christian friends defensively remind us that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Then they load their kids up in the SUV and take them to the mall to see Santa. “It’s tradition,” they say. It certainly is. In religious studies there’s a word for this. It’s called henotheism. You’ve heard of …

December 8th, 2017

Diversity Our Greatest Strength Against GOP

A Republican congressman says “diversity” is not a strength. He says it’s “common sense.” Well, what do you expect from a white, middle aged man from the mid-west? Actually, all of evolutionary science says the opposite. The only thing to survive a nuclear war will be cockroaches (and possibly my student debt), and that’s because …

December 8th, 2017

Give Peace A Chance. Again

John Lennon wasn’t my hero. I was too young for the Beatles; they “retired” in 1970. I heard their music over the years, but it didn’t resonate. The Beatle who died 37 years ago today was an enigma to a teenage boy growing up as a musician. Instead of wallowing in excess, he married this …

December 8th, 2017

What’s Wrong With Democrats is Also What’s Right With Democrats

There’s an old saying in politics – Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line. And it’s never been truer. All of my left-leaning friends, people who normally agree about everything, are deeply divided over the Al Franken resignation. Facebook and other social media platforms were a veritable blood bath yesterday as Democrats passionately argued …

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