Happy Residents Day, or, I’ll Take Lincoln

You know, there was a good civic REASON for those birthdays. Washington’s story is fortitude, perseverance and INTEGRITY. Lincoln is fortitude, patience and HONESTY. We WANT to celebrate those qualities. We NEED to celebrate those qualities. Citizenship is not easy, but self-governance is preferable to dictatorship, and we chose at Lexington and Concord to govern ourselves. Continue reading

Lakoff’s Lightning Bolt: WE are the Moral Majority

Cognitive linguist George Lakoff was right in highlighting the importance of language in political discourse. His 1996 groundbreaking book, Moral Politics, rings as true today as it did in the swirl surrounding Bill Clinton’s scandals twenty years ago. Language matters. Lakoff, in a nutshell, drew distinctions between how Conservatives and … Continue reading

The Times Tries Our Souls

For those who suffer from the delusion that Donald Trump is unusual among Republicans in his disregard for the truth, The New York Times did a public service to all Americans Sunday morning. As part of its Sunday Review, it published a commentary on the Obama administration by a Republican. … Continue reading

Jason Chaffetz: Portrait of a Latter-Day Coward

Christianity and politics have a long and rocky relationship in our Democracy. The Founders were more than a bit twitchy about overt displays of religion and when they assured the Separation of Church and State in the Constitution, they meant it with every fiber of their being. Let us not … Continue reading

Trump-induced Chaos: So Many Dots. Too Soon to Connect.

Political activity seems to be both voluminous and moving at hyper-speed these days. If you’re like me, the stimuli are often overwhelming, especially when I try to make sense of it all. Occasionally I take comfort in simply noting my observations for now with a desire to see the forest … Continue reading

No Clowning Around for Schumer

As Los Angelenos rioted after the acquittal of policemen caught on camera beating him, Rodney King asked, “Can we all get along?” When it comes to working with the incoming Trump administration, the answer for Democrats is a stark and obvious no—unless you’re a clown. As Charles Schumer, the new … Continue reading

Lobbying the Louts in Congress

We’ve recovered, somewhat, from the shock of last November’s election, and now we’ve turned to talk of resisting President (shudder) Trump. Resisting Trump won’t be easy, or fast, or done in one day. Here’s some tips from Rachel Maddow today, and I offer more below. Progressives are great at protests; … Continue reading