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Regaining the Center

Commentary on the Politics of Division

Last Build Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:21:17 +0000


Great America From Down Underzukunftsaugen

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:18:36 +0000

I am traveling presently in Australia. The experience has been both stimulating and at the same time therapeutic. There is hope that rational political views can dominate a society. Thankfully Australian television news offers only snippets of American political drama yo remind me of the opposite. Regretfully Australian international news reports, augmented with internet news, […](image)

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The Infield Cutterszukunftsaugen

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 02:13:02 +0000

There is a type of person who earns the title “infield cutter”. Imagine a foot race where the objective is to run around an oval track from the starting line to the finish line. The “infield cutter” starts the race normally, but part way through, the “infield cutter” does just that. The runner leaves the […](image)

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The Betsy DeVos Messagezukunftsaugen

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:08:33 +0000

Vice President Mike Pense cast the tie breaking confirmation vote clearing the way for billionaire Betsy DeVos to become Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education. Did the first time in history tie breaking vote by the Vice President send a message? And if so, what was it? Without a doubt Vice President Pence’s vote signal that […](image)

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The Art Of Speaking Past The Issuezukunftsaugen

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 23:06:05 +0000

Republican leaders have, somewhat embarrassingly, joined President Trump in denouncing the Federal Court stay of his travel ban against 7 majority Muslim countries.  One can almost hear these GOP leaders saying “here we go again”. Clearly the President has the authority to deny entry to America based upon national security considerations. And for sure there […](image)

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Foreign Travelers Banzukunftsaugen

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:36:27 +0000

President Trump issued a ban for residents of seven Muslim majority countries from traveling to the US for the next 90 days. Oh, do I feel safer already. Our President not satisfied with that level of reduced angst ruled out any refugees (from anyplace) coming into the country for the next 120 days too. The […](image)

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Supreme Decisionzukunftsaugen

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:09:53 +0000

With the nomination of Federal Appeals Court Judge, Neil Gorsuch, a difficult decision lies in front of Democrat Senators. Do they oppose his confirmation at all costs or do they object but in the end allow him to be confirmed? And more to the point, why in either case? Judge Gorsuch claims to be someone […](image)

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Trump Whistleszukunftsaugen

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 17:36:53 +0000

A familiar technique amongst hate mongers, and frequently employed in communications is what’s called “dog whistle” language. The term refers to  a high pitched whistle sound which dogs can hear but whose frequency is too high for humans. The dog whistle sound is conditioned into the dog’s behavior so when the whistle is sounded, the […](image)

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The Healthcare Quandaryzukunftsaugen

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 22:09:28 +0000

Republican Congress members and President Trump can be heard gnashing their teeth apparently stumped on how to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better. There seems to be no problems in finding ways to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but finding any plan to replace it is proving difficult for several reasons. I wonder […](image)

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Bully, Bully President Trumpzukunftsaugen

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:08:12 +0000

These are worrisome times. The US electorate is split and the fairly even divide falls along numerous fractured lines. President Trump apparently taking advantage of these splits has, as promised, begun his Presidency with one bombastic statement after another. Fast and furious if there was ever an example. What is the method of his madness? […](image)

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Pipelines – Why?zukunftsaugen

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:52:38 +0000

President Trump has issued an executive order authorizing the completion of the Keystone XL- and Dakota Access pipelines. With a flourish and an “in your face” stare, President Trump reversed positions taken by President Obama. Should we care? The XL pipeline is intended to bring Canadian tar sand oil to refineries on the US Gulf […](image)

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