Category Archives: Politics

Trump a whiner. Who knew?

Generally, I don’t watch  televised political debates.  Candidates are most often so scripted and their programmed responses to questions so dull and mechanical that you do not learn anything from them during the debate.  For the second Presidential debate of this pestilential year of national politics  I held my not worth watching position, but did […]

Tall Tales, Whoppers and “Post Truth”

I must admit that I am somewhat mystified by what has happened in public political discourse in Maine and around the country in the last few years.  Apparently, an environmental blogger named David Roberts gets the credit for creating the phrase “post truth” to describe today’s political and public discourse. When I first heard “post truth” used, […]

An American Fantasy

“Totalitarianism in any guise always represents not the result but the defeat of human reason, the cowardly retreat of human beings from real problems in the real world; it is an atavistic flight from responsibility into a dream (or nightmare) world of paranoid fantasies.” (Robert Goldston, “The Road Between the Wars: 1918-1941”, Dial Press 1978) […]

First Friend or President?

One of the puzzling parts of this Presidential election season, already almost subsumed in odd and disturbing words and actions, is the agonizing taking place over whether or not Hillary Clinton is a “nice” person.  Efforts to make someone running for President sound like your normal, average, nice guy started with President Harrison’s campaign when the effort […]

Frustration Knows No Boundaries

“I’m mad as  hell and I am not going to take it anymore!” is a rather well known line from movie of many years ago.  Today as people and pundits scratch their heads over Bernie’s Burn and Donald’s March Through Democracy the one thing that seems clear is that the US body politic is suffering […]

Political Theater Extraordinaire

Strap in. Buckle Up. Seat Belts Fastened.  You will not be able to escape it.   Try as you will, unless you completely unplug, don’t read a newspaper, magazine or any other printed piece for the next ten months we have entered into a Twilight Zone of politics and it will run you down and […]