2019 Viewpoints

A Matter of Fact

A Matter of Fact

"In a time of deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” - George Orwell James Carville famously suggested, “It’s the economy, stupid,” and our president seems to agree. And Joseph Goebells advised, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” At 20,000 falsehoods and counting, Donald Trump seems to have taken his counsel to heart.
In November, it’s Trump OR America – not both
In November, it’s Trump OR America – not both
After detailing in our March Viewpoint Donald Trump’s numerous fascist efforts to undermine our democracy and democratic republic, we believed there was little to add before the elections to expose the full breadth and depth of his destruction of our country. We were very wrong! Since then, the COVID-19 coronavirus has devastated our country due mostly to his inaction, denial and mismanagement, killing more than…
The Talbot Boys, Revisited
The Talbot Boys, Revisited
I remember writing this in June 2015 in the aftermath of the Charleston massacre: “Resting on the south lawn of the Talbot County Courthouse is a Confederate memorial to the “Talbot Boys”, which was placed in this spot in June 1916. The monument, which depicts a soldier draped in, and hoisting a Confederate flag, stands to the south of the Frederick Douglas memorial, an individual whom the Talbot boys fought to enslave.
It Can Happen Here; It Already Is
It Can Happen Here; It Already Is
Nearly a century ago, as fascism was taking hold in Europe as epitomized by Benito Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany, renowned author Sinclair Lewis wrote his classic work “It Can’t Happen Here”, a warning to America to remain vigilant to prevent fascism from coming onto our shores.
The Green New Deal Is No Laughing Matter - Third Installment
The Green New Deal Is No Laughing Matter - Third Installment
This last decade was the hottest recorded on the planet, according to NASA and NOAA. The United States accounts for 11 % of global greenhouse gas emissions and Australia accounts for 3% (coal production being their main fossil fuel).
The Green New Deal Is No Laughing Matter – Second Installment
The Green New Deal Is No Laughing Matter – Second Installment
In the first installment, we considered why we subsidize the US fossil fuel industry to the tune of $639 billion of which $20 billion are cash subsidies, when in the last 10 years the top five oil companies made $900 billion in profit. It is estimated that post-tax subsidies amount to $2.028 per person in the US.
The Green New Deal is No Laughing Matter
The Green New Deal is No Laughing Matter
This October, the lodge on Fox Island in the Chesapeake Bay saw its last group of middle school students come and learn about the fragile eco-system of the Bay. Fox Island is in Virginia but six miles from Crisfield, Maryland.
What Impeachment Secrecy?
What Impeachment Secrecy?
On October 10th, this paper published a commentary by Byron York titled “End Impeachment Secrecy.” York is the chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner, so it may be surprising to learn that he apparently did not consult any creditable sources or even history before he wrote his commentary.
GUNS!

GUNS!

GUNS! I was outside this week when my wife told me about the shooting in Midland, Texas. I was saddened and sickened by…
The Meaning of MAGA
The Meaning of MAGA
When I was a (very) young US History and Government teacher in a large (4,000 students) suburban high school in East Los Angeles, I was cautioned by the school administration to be objective, to challenge my students to make their own decisions. It was good advice. The times were turbulent. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy had been assassinated. The Vietnam War was at its bloodiest, dividing a nation. The…
WITH GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE
WITH GOVERNMENT FOR THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE
What does building infrastructure, improving health care, protecting voting rights, expanding economic opportunity, insuring clean water, and protecting women have in common? They are all included in bills passed by House Democrats and sitting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk.
PRESIDENT FEARS TELEVISION IMPACT MORE THAN MUELLER REPORT
PRESIDENT FEARS TELEVISION IMPACT MORE THAN MUELLER REPORT
I recently learned that I am one of the 3% who have read the Mueller Report. I don’t consider the reading of this essential 448 page report some heroic undertaking. However the report does raise the question as to how much Americans will learn about what was actually uncovered by Mueller. Before public access to the report Attorney General William Barr sought to preempt the findings by creating a narrative through a 4…
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS NO LONGER THE GRAND OLD PARTY
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS NO LONGER THE GRAND OLD PARTY
The Republican Party has been referred to for a century as the G.O.P., which stood for the Grand Old Party. However, in recent decades, the party has failed to demonstrate anything “Grand” in their policies or behavior, beginning long before Donald Trump came on the scene. But the decay and degradation of the party has only accelerated during his reign in the White House. Republicans have become unapologetic and fanatic…
ANNAPOLIS 2019: MARYLAND IS A BETTER PLACE
ANNAPOLIS 2019: MARYLAND IS A BETTER PLACE
For 90 days, 141 Delegates and 47 Senators considered 2,497 bills and resolutions in Annapolis. Each bill gets a hearing in a Committee. About a third of bills are presented to the Governor for final approval or a veto. Most bills never see the light of day in the news because they are minor technical changes, bills for a specific jurisdiction, or other updates to the laws. Some 90% of passed bills pass with near…
DEMOCRATS’ DIVERSITY: SHAPING THE 2020 ELECTION NARRATIVE
DEMOCRATS’ DIVERSITY: SHAPING THE 2020 ELECTION NARRATIVE
A dozen or more candidates are pursuing the Democratic Party presidential nomination for 2020. They offer an array of policy proposals that impact health care, income inequality, protection of the environment, climate change, expanded educational opportunities, greater voter protection, a woman’s right to choose, and opposition to gender, racial, religious and ethnic discrimination. The list of goals to improve the lives…
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