Trump Week 1: Disastrous

Trump from Day 1 sewed needless division and controversy. On Day 7, he signed an executive order essentially banning Muslims from seven countries. Initial reports suggest this move is disastrous. The only good sign is that numerous Republican senators say this ban was poorly thought out and completely ineffectual. It hurts refugees, friends and allies. … Continue reading Trump Week 1: Disastrous

Potential Positives of a President Trump

Trump could be good for America if he seeks common ground with Democrats, ends gridlock, and gets deals done on issues like universal child care benefits, health care reform, bulk purchases of pharmaceuticals, immigration, and funding for infrastructure improvements; forces Republicans to agree to progressive policies they would never agree to with Obama. The devil … Continue reading Potential Positives of a President Trump

Trump Inaugural Address: Dreadful, Some Conservatives Say

A conservative friend says he liked this quote from Trump's address: "At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.”  But I ask: What defines disloyalty and who defines it? My suspicion … Continue reading Trump Inaugural Address: Dreadful, Some Conservatives Say

Generational Challenge: To Resist, Rediscover the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Rule of Law

I loved Sen. Schumer's recollection of the inspiring letter of Sullivan Ballou at #inauguration, reminding us of the importance of being a part of causes larger than ourselves. Sullivan Ballou - "Dear Sarah" - A Soldier's Farewell Letter to his Wife As if on cue, the mass marches by hundreds of thousands of women and … Continue reading Generational Challenge: To Resist, Rediscover the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Rule of Law

Trump Represents Russian Interests, Not American Interests

Donald Trump's positions are in Russia's interests, not American interests. If you were Vladimir Putin and you were trying to rebuild the Russian (Soviet) empire, my friend Bruce Johnson and I have figured out, You would want a US president to disparage NATO and not defend the Baltic states and Eastern Europe from Russian attack … Continue reading Trump Represents Russian Interests, Not American Interests

New Parlor Game: Does Trump Engage in Strategic Thinking or Impulsivity?

When Donald Trump tweets vaguely that the US must expand its nuclear arsenal, he seems to be calling for a new nuclear arms race. He shows "a woeful grasp of how the world, and wars, work today," writes Simon Jenkins in The (UK) Guardian, nervously questioning what Trump means. I might add: When Trump pops off … Continue reading New Parlor Game: Does Trump Engage in Strategic Thinking or Impulsivity?