Reflections on the 2018 Mid-Term ElectionI

Good news:  Scott Walker lost.  Dana Rohrabacher lost. Darrell Issa retired and a Republican his district. Dean Heller lost. Kris Kobach lost. Sherrod Brown won. Michigan elected Democrat for Governor after the Republicans successfully poisoned Flint.  The Democrats have control of the House, so the Trumpian control of law and policy will be somewhat blunted. … Continue reading Reflections on the 2018 Mid-Term ElectionI

At The Least, Let’s Be Real

The first couple of drafts of this were angry, rough, and bordering on malevolent.  With superior advice from my spouse, I refrained from publishing those early drafts and waited so I could gain some perspective from time.  I have done that.  The reflective time and thoughts did result in some serious editing, believe it or … Continue reading At The Least, Let’s Be Real

We are Diminished and in Danger

Nathan Hale said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Thurgood Marshall said, “History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.” John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can … Continue reading We are Diminished and in Danger

Those Pesky and Irritating Jews

Imagine, if you will, a crowd of tens of thousands of Mexican and Central-Americans, many belonging to known criminal and terrorist organizations, at our southern border north of Tijuana.  Imagine also that they were launching stones, throwing Molotov cocktails, and launching kites across the border filled with explosives. Moreover, imagine that the group’s founding charter … Continue reading Those Pesky and Irritating Jews

Where You Stand…depends on Where You Sit

I am reminded today of all the trite aphorisms that my father provided me during my life, for example: If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen               People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones               If you are going to dish it out, you had better be able to take it … Continue reading Where You Stand…depends on Where You Sit

Privilege, Intersectionality, and Anti-Semitism

It took hours of patient, but quite vocal and sometimes heated discussion with my adored daughters to get the point of privilege across to me.  On the topic of “white privilege”, I misinterpreted the words to mean I needed to be apologetic for what white people had done to people of color in the past.  … Continue reading Privilege, Intersectionality, and Anti-Semitism

Alabama

Winners and Losers Well, it looks like the Democrat won in Alabama.  Doug Jones received 671,151 votes to Roy Moore’s 650,436 votes.  Jones won 50.0% to 48.4%. Historic.  Huge. Alabama last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1992 (that’s 25 years ago).  Some people are saying that reason prevailed.  The anti-Constitution, pedophilic, homophobic, anti-Semitic … Continue reading Alabama