Archive for the ‘America’ Category

July 18th, 2024 - 8:14 pm § in America, Economics, Politics, Republicans

Why the GOP deserves to be called the “forced birth party”

Chuck Winder (photo, left; profile here) is a prominent Idaho GOP politician and real estate broker. Not long ago he said, “We complain that we don’t have enough service workers, we don’t have enough of this, we don’t have enough people to do this. Well, I think there’s a reason, it’s no[...]

July 11th, 2024 - 12:25 am § in America, Hypocrisy, Politics, Religion

America isn’t a “Christian nation”

Nor should it become one. We should remain a pluralistic society of many religions, and a land of religious liberty. Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, known for his clenched-fist salute to January 6 rioters (photo, left), told a conservative group that “Christian nationalism founded American democracy”[...]

July 9th, 2024 - 5:11 am § in America, Christianity, Law and Courts, Religion

Is Satanism a religion?

For most people, “Satan” is “the Devil,” and synonymous with evil, so the mere word provokes visceral reactions. That being so, what reaction do you suppose a group calling themselves “Satanists” elicited from Florida’s governor when they proposed sending Sa[...]

July 7th, 2024 - 7:30 pm § in America, Law and Courts, News Media

Is crime out of control?

If crime is declining, which is what crime statistics say, why do so many Americans feel crime is out of control? I’ll be honest here: I feel that way, too, even though I know it’s unlikely I’ll be robbed or assaulted. But I vote according to what I think, not based on how I feel. [...]

July 6th, 2024 - 11:27 pm § in America, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Politics, Republicans, Saudi Arabia

What would a second Trump presidency be like?

Academic futurist Daniel Drezner (photo, left; profile here), writing for Politico (here), has some predictions. First, brace for much higher inflation. “In a second Trump term, his combined policies of ‘priming the pump,’ looser money, higher tariffs and fewer workers is a surefir[...]

July 4th, 2024 - 7:34 pm § in America, Democrats, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Is the Supreme Court sowing political violence?

It has happened before. Some historians believe the 1857 Dred Scott decision, “the worst decision in Supreme Court history,” precipitated the Civil War (see Wikipedia article here). It certainly would be hard to outdo that one for inflaming passions, or identify an issue more likely to p[...]

July 2nd, 2024 - 5:06 pm § in America, Christianity, Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Religion, Republicans

Supreme Court faces more backlash after immunity ruling

The Supreme Court is now a political issue, and its rightwing justices asked for it. The two most conservative members, Thomas and Alito, are embroiled in scandals involving undisclosed gifts from wealthy benefactors, in Thomas’s case millions of dollars. Alito is also under fire for flying MA[...]

June 25th, 2024 - 6:53 pm § in America, Biden, China, Donald Trump, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Israel/Palestine, Politics, Republicans, Russia, Saudi Arabia

Is Biden senile?

Let’s figure this out. My raw material is Time magazine’s June 24, 2024, cover story (here). It’s mostly about foreign policy; I can only quote short excerpts, for space and fair use reasons, and encourage you to read the entire article linked above. It begins, “During his 40[...]

June 6th, 2024 - 11:20 pm § in America, Misc., Politics

Tom Hanks reflects on D-Day (video)

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June 5th, 2024 - 7:05 pm § in America, Biden, Donald Trump, Politics, Russia

Tomorrow marks D-Day, and we’ve learned nothing

June 6, 2024, marks the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings. We’re now four generations removed from that fateful day, and only a handful of its veterans are still alive to remind us of the lessons America should learn from that war. Before World War 2, America was isolationist, and caught [...]