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 Phoniness of Republican Moderation

Three days into the new administration, here is all you need to know about whether Republicans will indeed stand up to Donald Trump: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 along party lines to recommend Rex Tillerson’s confirmation as secretary of state. The 11 included Marco Rubio, the former and … Continue reading

A Cabinet Made for Rich Anglos

  By Walter Brasch   Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate investor who began his run for the presidency and was one of the clowns who campaigned on promises that couldn’t be kept and fear that enveloped his core base, is now President Trump. Hillary Clinton accumulated about three million … 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

The Great Ethics Evasion

We all need to lean on Congress, and especially the Senate, to turn up the heat on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is trying to shove cabinet appointments down the country’s throat without adequate ethics/background checks. The Ethics Committee has filed a formal complaint that many of Trump’s cabinet picks … Continue reading