Posted at Medium on Jan. 13, 2021

Trump & the Big Lie must be exposed and cast out

The GOP’s Big Lie is tearing America apart, as Trump expanded it to assault American democracy. A 40-year Republican Big Lie brought us to this crisis point in America. When Ronald Reagan was running for president in 1980, one of his biggest boosters was the political heavy hitter Paul Weyrich, who was also a cofounder of the Heritage Foundation and multiple other rightwing think tanks and operations. Weyrich told a group of political activist in a church basement in Dallas that the GOP was changing their strategy to win elections.
Posted at Medium on Jan. 12, 2021

Will the “Trump Train’s” 3rd attempted coup be successful?

It’s all one thing, and the oligarchs and fascists aren’t done yet. They want complete control of America. When Donald Trump first ran for president, it was a stunt to squeeze more money out of NBC and to polish his brand. But when he was unexpectedly elected, he took cues from the corrupt oligarchs he admiredaround the world and began a serious project to remake and remold America in their image.
Posted at Medium on Jan. 11, 2021

Insurrection: A reckoning is essential for the real & powerful villains

While everybody is discussing how the FBI is trying to hold to account those who invaded the US Capitol building and several state capitols on January 6, very few national media outlets are supporting or even discussing the idea of holding the true perpetrators to serious account. The media narrative today is that “right wing crazies“ are the only people involved in this attempt to disrupt Congress and even kidnap or murder some of our elected representatives. But they’re missing, almost entirely, the big question: Why did so many people show up?
Posted at Medium on Jan. 10, 2021

How to know you’re loved in a pandemic

Covid has tested our relationships, and while reports of divorce are up, so are reports from people saying they’ve grown closer than ever before, even among couples who’ve been together for decades. What accounts for the relationships that last through severe stresses like Covid, versus those that fall apart in the face of such a challenge? Much of it boils down to a simple question that couples almost never think to ask each other: “How do you know that I truly love you?”
Posted at Medium on Jan. 10, 2021

Coronavirus meltdown: Why April 7th must go down in infamy

Covid has now killed nearly 1 in 900 Americans in less than a year. How is it that in Australia it’s 3 out of every 100,000 people, and in New Zealand it’s 1 out of every 200,000 people, but here in America we’re dropping like flies? Chalk it up to Republican racism.
Posted at Medium on Jan. 9, 2021

The distressing truth: Why white people are embracing fascism

White supremacy is real and white suppression of minorities, particularly Black people, absolutely permeates every aspect of our society, from business to culture to governance. Without setting aside that reality, it’s useful to examine why so many white people, with their built-in white privilege, would stand shoulder-to-shoulder with a wannabe dictator like Trump. All over social media people are asking, “Why would anybody embrace fascism? Why would they be willing to overthrow a functioning democratic republic?” The answer is simple: safety.
Posted at Medium on Jan. 8, 2021

American fascism: it ain’t over yet

Many people think we’ve hit peak fascism, but Wednesday was only a bump in the road. Trump, his neofascist followers, and over half the congressional Republican caucus were just pushing the limits to see what they could get away with. And in the US Capitol, and state capitols around the country that were similarly attacked, Trump’s fascist followers learned that the personal price they’d pay for sedition and treason is less than the penalty for drunk driving.
Posted at Medium on Jan. 7, 2021

Tyrants often turn on their own people: it’s time to remove Trump from office

Tyrants very rarely leave power voluntarily. In almost every case they’ve committed so many crimes in the process of acquiring and holding power, and exploiting that power to enrich themselves, their friends and allies, that they know if they step down they will be facing, at the very least, a long stretch in prison. This is why it’s so vital that Donald Trump be removed from power immediately. Be it through the 25th Amendment or immediate articles of impeachment and a vote in the Senate, it must be done.
Posted at Medium on Jan. 6, 2021

The ultimate example of how the Republican Party has lost its way

The New York Times just published a truly shocking article detailing conversations between Donald Trump and Mike Pence. Essentially, Trump asked Pence to ignore the electoral college votes from a few swing states and thus declare Trump president for the next four years. Pence did not say, “But Mr. President, that would not reflect the will of the voters, which is the American way.“
Posted at Medium on Jan. 5, 2021

Can the American experiment be saved from the Trump/GOP coup attempt?

The pharmacist in Wisconsin who destroyed 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine did so because he believed they would “alter human DNA,” reflecting a popular conspiracy theory on Facebook that has absolutely no basis in fact. Science, religion, and conspiracy theories are all, essentially the same thing: systems or attempts to explain the unknown, to make sense out of things beyond our senses or immediate, touchable reality. Thus, our vulnerability to conspiracy theories and con artists like Trump.