The late author James Michener wrote a book entitled Presidential Lottery that was published in 1969. Excluding its appendices, the paperback version comes in at 126 pages, making it one of Michener’s shortest books (many of his novels exceed a thousand pages; I always thought that his books became fascinating once the reader gets past page 300). Presidential Lottery, though, isn’t a novel. After serving … Continue reading Think Again About Third Party POTUS Candidates
On Sunday, it will be two months since Election Day. There’s something I need to express before I move past the election, and it’s taken awhile for me to formulate this. I don’t understand you, the Trump voter. Or at least the “normal folks” who voted for him. I’ve tried. I really have. I’ve read Hillbilly Elegy. I listened when Jon Stewart told Charlie Rose … Continue reading Fare Thee Well, Trump Voter
In the 23 hours immediately preceding this post, Trump has tweeted no less than a dozen times his displeasure with the recount effort initiated by Green Party candidate Jill Stein (full disclosure: I am no fan). His latest three tweets read: What does he mean by labeling the direct votes cast by the electorate as “the so-called popular vote”? Is this term used incorrectly, in … Continue reading Trump is Ignatius J. Reilly – Without the Good Qualities
According to Merriam-Webster, a “kleptocracy” is “a government by those who seek chiefly status and personal gain at the expense of the governed.” I’d thought of an administration headed by FuckFace Von Clownstick* as perhaps an Idiocracy (a mediocre movie that now seems a bit prescient), but never imagined that the United States could devolve into something that – to me – always seemed exclusive to … Continue reading The United States, a Kleptocracy
The day after Donald Trump gained more than 270 Electoral College votes, thereby winning the U.S. Presidency, I heard a commentator on either CNN or MSNBC refer to him as “our first post-truth President”. Um … what? I wouldn’t have been able to get away with telling my mother 40 years ago, that I hadn’t lied, exactly, I was just being post-truth. She would rightfully … Continue reading A “Post-Truth” President and the American Media
We’re about to live in a post-Obama world that is shaping up to be “post” many things: Post-equality. Post-truth. Post-reality. For many who champion the progress made in the last 50 years to afford all Americans an equal opportunity to participate in our democratic republic, live freely and pursue happiness, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Continue reading WHO’S Going to Be President?!