The United States of Oceania?

The United States of Oceania?

We have survived into the second week of President Trump’s America and to say this has been a newsworthy few days is an understatement.  In just over one week there have been over a dozen Presidential Executive Orders including some that impose unconstitutional overreach on specific segments of the population.  Through it all, the President has opted to attempt to underscore his legitimacy by floating the rightwing go-to argument of pervasive voter fraud.  This is playing out before the backdrop of the overarching intertwined issues of which facts, (empirical, experiential or “alternative”) will determine truth, who will control the frame of the message and which source or sources will be recognized as a legitimate deliverers of it.  This real...

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The spreading miasma of Trump voter remorse

The spreading miasma of Trump voter remorse

We are a week into Donald Trump’s America and we are seeing a lot of the things we expected.  The newly sworn in 45th President wasted no time in commencing the execution of his agenda.  Much of it he did the first day and the rest followed in the first week.  Among the things he had done thus far include ordered a federal hiring freeze, withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, moved forward with the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, reinstated the “Mexico City policy” barring federal monies from going to foreign non-profits performing abortions, ordered Executive branch agencies to prepare for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, reversed a planned cut on mortgage insurance for first time homebuyers, ended federal...

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Beginning benchmarks for the Trump Administration

Beginning benchmarks for the Trump Administration

Just to confirm reality, the sun did in fact rise in the east the day after President Trump was sworn into office.  Even though the day was cool and overcast, many turned out in support of the Million Woman March in Washington, DC and around not only the nation but across the entire World.  Amid the backdrop of this monumental event, the newly minted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer extended the sentiments of his boss by delivering a scathing rebuke of the media for allegedly misreporting the size of President Trump’s inauguration crowd.  It seems the media, at least media other than Fox News and other noted conservative leaning outlets, is now the scapegoat for failures of the Trump regime, in effect becoming their new Emmanuel Goldstein.  In the...

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In honor of the 44th President

In honor of the 44th President

As the Presidency of Barack Obama enters its final hours, I wax nostalgic and remember fondly the breath of hope his victory in 2008 gave many of us in the face of frightening national and world events.  His impressive fifty state grassroots campaign for President of the United States bore the embodiment and inspiration of his book, The Audacity of Hope.  Eight years ago President Obama and Vice President Biden assumed the reigns of national leadership in the wake of the worst economic meltdown since the Stock Market crash of 1929 and proceeded to rebuild the nation’s financial credibility among other monumental tasks.  After two terms of his predecessor, President Obama’s articulate speech alone went far to restore a sense of pride in national...

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Transitioning into resistance mode

Transitioning into resistance mode

One of my more caustic memories of the 2016 campaign involved an incident experienced by my local Democratic state house candidate.  One of his campaign signs placed along side of a busy thoroughfare was vandalized.  An obvious Trump supporter stapled a placard over both sides of the sign with the following message: THE SILENT MAJORITY STANDS WITH TRUMP Locally speaking, I can certainly confirm that sentiment given how soundly the Democrats were defeated up the down the ballot along this the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66.  At the national level however it fails to withstand scrutiny given that the winner of the Electoral College lost the popular vote count by nearly three million.  The President-elect seems to have lost some support since the election...

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