Trump Victory as Republican Funeral

At this inaugural moment, Republicans should consider Lao Tzu’s warning: conduct your victory as a funeral.  Your gloat of power could turn on you. For the next four years, or forty, or four hundred, you could be making America groan again. After eight years of disloyal, insulting, relentless ridicule and obstruction of our decent president, after blatant racism and bully threats, after gerrymandering of congressional districts and voter suppression, after stoking the worst in us, after flippantly ignoring and excusing blatant Russian and FBI manipulation…

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Oops!

"Oops," said Texas governor Rick Perry during the Republican primary. He couldn't remember which vital branch of our government he would flippantly trash.  Now, such silly, sad, slogan-laden stupidity of the Tea Party and Alt Right might attack us and our government with all the finesse of a sledge-hammer. "Oops," says America.  What frivolous, furious, folly have we voted into rule?  Trump and his supporters will be making America groan again!  And again.  We will wince for generations. He'll be making America grope again too,…

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Divided we Flail

The debate's out-looking split-screen view divides us all. Both vice-presidential candidates did OK in the debate, despite the occasional jumble of voices, intrusive comments and evasive replies.  Each spoke their party's perspective vigorously.  Moderator Elaine Quifano prepared concise and probing questions, but Kaine and Pence mostly evaded them. She could have both woven them into the flow and controlled the men better, but all in all, she and they did OK. What wasn't OK was the insidious direction of camera angles, used so as to…

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New Nattering Nabobs of Negativity

It was an earlier September 11th, back in 1970, when Nixon's vice-president Spiro Agnew let loose his alliterative "nattering nabobs of negativity." It helped launch the so-called Moral Majority, which morphed into the belligerent Tea Party, which shouted Donald Trump into our lives. Thing is, Republicans have long-been their own nattering nabobs of negativity. It's the only thing they do!  They deliberately didn't cooperate with anything President Obama politely posed.  They stopped our government from working at all, then blamed the malaise on Obama.  They're…

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The New Repuglican Party

When repugnant tactics work, it's time for Repuglicans to celebrate and use them. Republicans are in upheaval.  How to bring in rude and annoying Tea Party Conservatives and the similar millions who like Donald Trump? I have an re-branding idea that could capitalize on this underlying attitude, claiming the traits that used to go unspoken. All republicans need to do is change one letter in their name, dropping the "b" in inserting a "g."  The naive might think cleaving to the root word "repugnant" would…

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Trump’s Base Base

Donald Trump excuses and sympathizes with his supporter who attacked a protester from behind, beating him up.  Trump said the attacker was "fed up" with such disruption, as if the protester caused the attack.  Don't dare protest or we'll beat you up, goes his implied threat.  Further, he went on to say there are millions who are similarly fed up. Fed up with what?  Perhaps constant irate anger without sensible content is wearing in them.  A national brain imbalance of raging mid-brains has millions gone…

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From Silly through Sad to Sensible?

Following on my earlier blog on Oregon Silliness, events dragged on, petered out and popped with the sad death of Robert Finicum.  He may or may not have been shot reaching for his 45 in a tense stand-off.  This was sad, but he's no martyr, and the tragedy should warn and redirect us all on the relevant issues. The impetus for outsiders to occupy the Malheur Wildlife Refuge was largely organized by Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy who had earlier (2014) mounted a tense…

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Oregon Silliness

Here in Oregon a group of armed men seized a remote federal wildlife refuge, some claiming they are patriots ready to kill and be killed protecting their freedom and land.  How silly.  They are angry because a father and son got longer prison sentences for arson, probably lit to cover up their poaching. What are the guns for?  Do they intend to shoot the sheriff, or maybe the receptionist at the BLM, or anyone daring to object to their rude and childish tactics?  In the…

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Jobs, Jobs and Job

Jobs, Jobs and Job Jobs, we all want jobs. Or so we repeatedly hear. I don’t join that throng. I’m at that place in life where I only want to do what I want to do, and that is to serve this wayward, wanting world. Yet, as I listened to C-SPAN programs of election debates across the country in this 2014 election season, “creating jobs” was the main mantra. Millions of offshored jobs, and then a lasting recession. People are desperate for jobs, any jobs,…

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Homosexuality in the Human Community

I stand before you today with a mixture of trepidation and daring. Like often, I think we can consider touchy and complex issues with broad-minded thinking and good-hearted caring. I’ve no particular authority or expertise other than tending to think for myself and speak out loud in a setting of the “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” So I dare, though I am uneasy; I trust we can handle it together. The topic is easy for some, unsettling for others. Homosexuality is a…

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