One hundred years of American might

One hundred years of American might

When the Central Powers of Europe mobilized their armed forces in August 1914 and the Allied Powers mobilized theirs in response, it was widely believed by many on both sides that the conflict would be glorious, short-lived and decisive.  Few of the pro-military interventionists gave any credibility to the prospect of a protracted, drawn out stalemate that became known as the Western Front.  Despite a great interest by many in America eager to join that fight, there were enough combat veterans of the Late War Between the States of half a century previous serving in policymaking positions to exert the necessary influence to keep their nation out of the fray.  With the business of America being business, sale of war essentials to customers from belligerent nations...

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The teetering Trump Tower of cards

The teetering Trump Tower of cards

We are now approaching the halfway mark of the 45th President’s “First 100 Days” and in spite of being beset by numerous self-inflicted setbacks, the President is pressing on with his agenda.  Just what IS the intention of President Trump?  We should make no mistake about it.  The man is following the policy input of his advisor Stephen Bannon and deconstructing the administrative state.  In addition to cabinet appointments of individuals with histories of being diametrically opposed to the missions of the departments or agencies they now lead such as Scott Pruitt at EPA, Betsy DeVos at Department of Education and Dr. Ben Carson at HUD,  there are many government agency posts which are intentionally being left vacant.  He is also making good on...

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The GOP’s pact with Satan

The GOP’s pact with Satan

With total control of all levers of government, it is reasonable to state that it is high tide for the Republican Party as they hold majorities in both chambers of the U.S. Congress and hold the White House.  One thing about high tides, they always eventually recede.  I’m curious as to what all the receding Conservative tide will reveal in the coming months.  One silver lining to last year’s toxic and fractious election campaign was the true colors of certain interest groups came shining through with  unmistakable clarity.  White evangelical Christian conservatives that comprise the largest religious voting block that supported President Trump, while some may have held their nose and marked a ballot for the GOP candidate, all were forced to completely...

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Approaching the line of departure

Approaching the line of departure

The American nation has survived three weeks into the Donald J. Trump Presidency and the contrast in the performance of a novice administrator and the expectations the job demands of a public servant could not be more glaring.  With less than one month gone since his inauguration, President Trump has yet to begin making the transition from campaign mode into governing.  I must admit it is rather painful watching a businessman with no military or public service experience find out in the first person that government is not a business.  Even more excruciating is knowing how Mr. Trump thrives on media attention and ratings and is accustomed to having all his own way all of the time.  He does not like being told “NO” by anyone.  He especially did not like...

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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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