African American Economic Achievement – Why No Plaudits?

The statistics are in, and they are glowing. In 1960, in excess of 40% of African American men were impoverished; as of 2016, that number had been more than halved to 18%.  Fully 57% of African American men are presently ensconced in the nation’s middle or upper income classifications. ...

An Update on Kamala Harris

Last week, I wrote an article on my belief that Kamala Harris is a demagogue, and her style of discourse, while more polished, in many ways mimics that of the current President.  This week – again at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee – Senator Harris did not...

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...

A Falwellian Turn

In 1979, Jerry Falwell founded the “Moral Majority,” a largely evangelical Christian-based political organization intended as a counterweight to the social liberalization during the 1960s and ‘70s. While the Moral Majority possessed wide-ranging goals for the advancement of Christian religious interests across the public policy spectrum, it focused upon...

Confusion

The NFL recently announced its decision to curtail protests during the national anthem by mandating that all players stand while it is played or remain in the locker room should they not be willing to do so. This decision, which has been praised by the White House and decried...

A Sign of Weakness

One of the more repetitive pieces of political analysis that has taken hold over last year is that the Republican Party is now the “Party of Trump.” Donald Trump’s approval rating among Republican identifiers – which throughout his campaign and into the early stages of his Presidency trailed past...

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This is my blog, thanks to my beautiful wife for setting it up.  The content will largely reflect my political opinions, which I would loosely characterize as libertarian conservative.  All respectful comments and debate are welcome....