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They’ve Become What They Once Despised

The greatest tragedies are injuries inflicted on the innocent. There are, however, other sad moments of our time, among them the collapse of responsibile conservatism into Trumpian irresponsibility & dishonesty. So many conservatives have become what they once despised. A local example would be proud conservatives who now insist, nationally or locally, that government is…

Frontline: A Nation in Turmoil (Full Film)

Filmed across the country this past year by a production team headed by Mike Shum and Blair Woodbury, “American Voices: A Nation in Turmoil” captures the diverse perspectives of a number of people — a pastor, a barber, a doctor, an activist and more — as they deal with COVID-19 in their communities, respond to…

How America Bungled the Plague

A year ago, the United States was regarded as the country best prepared for a pandemic. Our government had spent nearly two decades strategizing for a doomsday scenario. So what went wrong? How is it that America, which wrote the global playbook for pandemic response, accounts for just 4 percent of the world’s population yet…

Snyder’s On Tyranny

Prof. Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny: ‘Lesssons from the Twentieth Century’ (2017) recently came my way. By design, it’s a brief presentation of twenty lessons that Snyder has discerned after a long career as a historian, with significant study and research on twentieth-century European history. It’s a small, inviting pamphlet addressing a big, unwelcome subject. We’ve…

The Democratic National Convention 2020, Fourth Night: Biden

Every party needs a nominee, and to advance their views, and oppose the views of Trumpism’s nativist horde, these Democrats have chosen Biden. A year ago, Trump’s pressure campaign against Ukraine made clear how much Trump worried over Biden’s possible nomination. In Biden’s acceptance speech last night, one can see why Trump selfishly worried about Biden, but…

The Democratic National Convention 2020, Third Night: The Case Against Trump and for a Better America

In one night, through two speakers, the Democrats succinctly made their case against Donald Trump (through Barack Obama) and for an alternative (through Kamala Harris). There have been, we may be grateful, few times that America has faced so existential a threat as Trumpism. No one would envy us these times; no caring person would…

The Democratic National Convention 2020, Second Night: The Roll Call Vote That Looks Like America

Under the threat from Trumpism, the Democrats of this convention have built a coalition, of themselves supportive independents, that looks like America. In their roll call vote last night, one saw the success of their efforts. Those opposed to Trump might have wilted under pressure from the power of the federal executive branch, but they…

The Democratic National Convention 2020, First Night: Kristin Urquiza Remembers Her Father

So, the Democrats held the first night of their audiovisual convention Monday night. There were, watching, millions of us who are not Democrats, but are yet resolved and confirmed against Trump his autocratic nativism. Although some like us have melted away, for the remnant of which we are a part Never Trump means never Trump.  We…