Month: January 2019

To Beat A Demagogue

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term “demagogue” is defined as “a leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power.” Without getting into the merits of this claim (I have strong opinions on the matter, but they aren’t for this...

A Movie Review – Minding the Gap

I certainly did not start this blog to review movies, but yesterday I watched a film that deserves mention in the context of the relatively serious discussions I am attempting to have here. The movie I saw was named “Minding the Gap,” a well-crafted documentary by young filmmaker Bing...

A Dual Dose of Marginalization

Recently, members of the Tarrant County GOP initiated an effort to remove a Muslim American named Shahid Shafi from his role as vice chairman in its organization, allegedly citing the incompatibility of Shafi’s Islamic faith with Republican values. A thorough summary of these efforts is contained in the article...

A Cold Opening

Mitt Romney’s arrival in Washington (it sure seems like a return but amazingly it isn’t) comes with somewhat unexpected fireworks. In the event you haven’t read it, Romney’s eloquent take about the character flaws of one Donald J. Trump is linked below. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romney-the-president-shapes-the-public-character-of-the-nation-trumps-character-falls-short/2019/01/01/37a3c8c2-0d1a-11e9-8938-5898adc28fa2_story.html?utm_term=.fc9c4009fb4e Unsurprisingly, Romney’s criticisms of Trump have...