Hatred – Politicians’ Path to Power

Hatred – the Path to Power In the world of politics there are certain politicians who promote hatred as a path to gain or retain power. Whether it’s directed against immigrants, Mexicans, blacks, Muslims or Jews, they spew a common message. Their first step is to emphasize that these people are “The Other.” They look… More

Trump’s Delusions Damage Diplomacy

A Genius in His Own Mind It takes a degree of self-confidence, narcissism and perhaps even arrogance to achieve high political office. Once there, however, most competent individuals recognize their lack of expertise in highly specialized areas. Thus, they rely on experts for advice in areas such as economics, foreign policy and military strategy.  Not… More

Snatching Defeat from the Arms of Victory

The 2016 Election In 2016 Hillary Clinton was the odds-on favorite to win the presidential election. Yet something happened on the way to the ballot box, and she snatched defeat out of the arms of victory. Granted, Russian interference in the election promoting Donald Trump certainly cost her votes in several key states. As did… More

National Security—an Emergency?

The National Security Emergency For 35 days the President of the United States forced a shutdown of the Federal Government. He made 800,000 government employees miss two paychecks and federal contractors lose that many days of pay. He created financial hardship for them and the thousands of small businesses that depend upon them for their… More

Trump, Treason and The Manchurian Candidate

Treason Defined in the U.S. Constitution The U.S. Constitution provides a definition of treason. It declares, “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them [the U.S.], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Some may contend that certain actions—for example, Russian interference in U.S. elections—are the… More

Isolationism — Prelude to World Wars

The Policy of Isolationism Isolationism is a policy whereby a country separates itself from treaties, agreements and other international political and economic relations. It does so to utilize its resources and concentrate its efforts to advance its own interests. Isolationists believe that this practice keeps them out of foreign wars. Sadly, history has proven the… More

Easy to Win Trade Wars

The Trade War Declaration “When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win.” So said Donald Trump in a tweet on March 2, 2018. Previously in January he had placed a 30% tariff on foreign made… More

The Sugar High from the 2017 Tax Cut Bill

The Sugar High in Children Few would deny the relatively immediate satisfaction of finishing a piece of sugar-laden cheesecake or dish of chocolate ice cream. But many parents share the common belief that providing too much sugar causes their children to become hyperactive. Yet numerous studies have demonstrated there is no scientific basis for that… More

Nationalism—The Gathering Storm

Nationalism and World War One The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo on June 28, 1914 was the spark that set off WWl. However, historians suggest that Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism and Nationalism (known as MAINS) were the underlying cause. Some might argue that it was principally nationalism that fueled the seeds of conflict. Nationalists… More

Truth, Facts and Life — Casualties of Vitriolic Partisanship

Vitriolic Partisanship Donald Trump declared his candidacy for president in 2015 with vitriolic partisanship. Since then, the words truth and fact have taken on new meaning. Truth once meant that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Fact once meant something that actually exists; reality; truth. The words were virtually interchangeable, but… More