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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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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Farewell 2016: Wrapping up Volume 42

Farewell 2016:  Wrapping up Volume 42

As the year winds down, this is the time I tend to get introspective and wax philosophical on the record of the past twelve months which I have kept on a daily basis.  When I key in my account of the final day of December 2016 this evening it will be the 366th entry of the 42nd volume of my personal daily journal.  Anybody reading this please be honest…..how many people do you know who have kept a personal record of every day of their life for 42 years?  The only time I did not keep a daily record of my life and times since 1 January 1975 was the time I spent in Navy boot camp.  That was the months of February, March and a few days into April 1978, however, I did write down a few days during that period that I presented as My Awkward Teenage Diary back in...

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I remember Pearl Harbor

I remember Pearl Harbor

I can never think about Pearl Harbor, the December 7th, 1941 attack, any book or movie about it or any story an old veteran ever told me regarding it without vividly remembering my time serving on or near that hallowed body of water and the ground surrounding it.  Today, the 75th anniversary of the attack which propelled the United States into the Second World War as an active combatant, is likely going to be the last major timeline milestone where survivors of the attack will be alive to attend its commemoration as breathing eye witness testimony bearers of living memory.  As such I am reminded of my time as an active duty sailor on a U.S. Navy ship of the line in Pearl Harbor.  That was nearly two thirds of my lifetime ago. Years before I found myself actually...

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My take on the outcome of the 2016 General Election

My take on the outcome of the 2016 General Election

As an Oklahoma Democrat, this is how I view the results of the 2016 General Election in my mind’s eye:       I need to update the “About” page on this blog to reflect yet another Presidential election where 77 out of 77 counties in Oklahoma were carried by the Republican ticket.  Believe it or not that is among the least of my concerns at the moment.  We are now down to twenty-six Democrats in the Oklahoma House and a whopping six in the  Senate.  I was acutely aware from the beginning of the campaign season that the leadership of the party in control of the state capitol has no intention of changing direction in terms of policy.  It wasn’t until she absolutely had to that Gov. Fallin and the state Corporation Commission...

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