On Responding to Arguments for Nationalism

When someone talks to you about expanding your point of view to better understand the mental gymnastics that make their subtle racism, bigotry or hate palatable to them, know that their values are the ones history has left behind, they are the ones refusing to grow. For the record, I don't hold to conventional ideals … Continue reading On Responding to Arguments for Nationalism

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I Didn’t Talk About Politics Last Night, Even Though I Could Have

We were out the other night with old friends and new acquaintances to celebrate a birthday milestone. That's the normal part. I found myself avoiding politics in conversation. On purpose. That's the odd part. There are plenty of times when I avoid talking about politics, maybe bumping up against some current political news without really … Continue reading I Didn’t Talk About Politics Last Night, Even Though I Could Have

What the GOP Healthcare Plan Really Does

These are just the worst parts of the bill, but they are throwing a bone by claiming to allow dependents to remain on plans up to age 26 and allowing coverage for pre-existing conditions. THIS IS ONE THING THEY WILL FOCUS ON. But the pre-existing condition clause won't stop insurers from charging you more for coverage, and … Continue reading What the GOP Healthcare Plan Really Does

Town Hall Avoidance- How The GOP Runs From Constituents

The last half of February has been a congressional break, ostensibly a time for locally elected federal politicians to check in with their home district, hob know with local big wigs, shake a few hands, stage a few very public photo ops of one's careful choosing, and then maybe even meet up with an unfiltered segment … Continue reading Town Hall Avoidance- How The GOP Runs From Constituents

GOP + TRUMP = BIGOTRY, DISCRIMINATION, HATE

(photo borrowed from North County LGBTQ Resource Center in San Diego County) It becomes more clear each day how the Trump administration's campaign claims to "stand up for all Americans" and "give government back to the people" and "drain the swamp that is DC" were exactly the hollow lies all his detractors said they were. … Continue reading GOP + TRUMP = BIGOTRY, DISCRIMINATION, HATE

My Protest Isn’t Just About Trump (Or Even Mostly About Trump)

I don't oppose Trump and the GOP simply to oppose them or because I can't accept a so-called conservative government. I oppose them precisely because they are NOT a conservative government, nor are most of them actually fit to hold office based on their behavior, currently and over the last 8+ years. I oppose our … Continue reading My Protest Isn’t Just About Trump (Or Even Mostly About Trump)

GOP: Party (and political donors) Before Country

I'm just going to come out and say it- republican senators and congresspersons care more about their political party, power and corporate benefactors than they do about this country and citizens. Exclamation point! This isn't a new state of mind for the GOP, given their deplorable behavior through the previous two administrations. At least during … Continue reading GOP: Party (and political donors) Before Country

Action Item: Subtle Subversion

Last week President Snowflake signed an executive order (EO) requiring federal agencies to cut two existing regulations for every new regulation they implement.  On it's face this doesn't seem too controversial. There may well be too many overlapping rules in our federal agencies. Of course, Team Trump isn't doing this with an eye to delete overlap, … Continue reading Action Item: Subtle Subversion

Recharging in a World of Resistance (and other subtle subversions)

This small lake is near my home. Surrounding this lake is a system of trails that offer about 4 miles of walking, running, biking,  and an opportunity to enjoy nature and decompress from the rapidly shifting world we find ourselves living in. I used to enjoy this place mostly for the first things, as an exercise … Continue reading Recharging in a World of Resistance (and other subtle subversions)