Slowing down the forced march backwards

Slowing down the forced march backwards

What a week it has been in *President Trump’s America.  Is anyone tired of winning yet?  Never before in my lifetime have I seen a chief executive of any organization let alone the defacto leader of the free world (a position which the United States is apparently abdicating) so self-absorbed by the fact he won one election that it has become the only thing that matters.  I’m sure that feeling of accomplishment is something that few things can ever match but there is also the small matter of actual doing what you were elected to do, you know, govern the nation.  The *45th President is still so immersed in campaign mode that he seems to have foregone the time between election cycles and launched into his bid for reelection.  It seems that with so many...

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Repeal of Affordable Care Act is failing!

Repeal of Affordable Care Act is failing!

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka The Affordable Care Act will remain the law of land after the primary legislative aim of the GOP-controlled Congress to repeal it failed to gain enough support for passage in the U.S. Senate on Monday evening.  President Barack Obama signed the ACA into law in March of 2010 and the GOP majority in the House has in vain held votes to repeal it ever since.  After ramrodding their repeal of the ACA through the House in May, the GOP replacement for it effectively failed muster in the Senate on Monday evening.  This is a huge defeat for GOP majority and for President Trump with the defection of two more GOP senators. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has failed to get the required 50 votes to pass the bill.  The...

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And so the Oklahoma Blue Wave begins

And so the Oklahoma Blue Wave begins

When the 56th Legislature of the State of Oklahoma was sworn in back in January, the Republicans occupied 75 of 101 seats in the House and 42 of 48 seats in the Senate.  Since the swearing in of the state’s lawmakers, there have been six Republicans that have had to resign their seat under the cloud of scandal.  On Tuesday, July 11th there were two special elections held to fill seats vacated by the disgraced Dan Kirby in House District 75 and the disgusting Ralph Shortey in Senate District 44.  Recent history has been on the side of the Democrats in legislative special elections in traditionally GOP-heavy districts.  That trend appears to be continuing.  As of the initial vote tally after the close of the polls on Tuesday evening, both Democratic...

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Does the end justify the means?

Does the end justify the means?

We are now 160 or so days into the Trump era and I have been watching and listening in mostly silent and at times stunned amazement at how the polarized factions of the American nation are evolving.  I must say I am not surprised by most of what has been attempted by the GOP-controlled Congress.  For all the token efforts to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act over the past seven years, the GOP replacement is anything but a done deal.  The entire evolution seems to underscore the old adage “be careful what you wish for, you might get it.”  Like the proverbial barking dog that finally caught the car, the House and Senate GOP got the tar baby that is health care reform dropped in their lap and have since discovered, like the 45th...

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Watergate: An enduring memory of my youth

Watergate:  An enduring memory of my youth

All democracy is a work in progress.  For better or worse and despite being under constant threat of compromise since its founding, the grand American experiment has met the demands and overcome multiple imposed stresses as well as all manner of intense strain up to and including civil war.  In my lifetime that radical idea of democratically elected men leading a constitutional republic has survived egregious insult in grand fashion.  I fondly recall those halcyon days of my youth during which it was emphatically demonstrated via the mechanisms of government that the United States is a nation of laws and not of men or women.  Saturday, June 17th was the forty-fifth anniversary of the arrest of five men for the unlawful breaking and entering of the Democratic...

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A long day at the sausage factory

A long day at the sausage factory

If you are fond of the taste of sausage then never let yourself get talked into watching how its made and especially never agree to participate in the process of making it.  Even still, a state political convention is something everyone should experience at least once.  This past Saturday over 600 passionate delegates from all over this, the state through which passes the most conservative stretch of Old Route 66, met at the Tower Hotel in Oklahoma City for the 2017 Oklahoma Democratic Party State Convention.  If you’ve ever had to herd cats you might get a sense of the magnitude and scope of this particular evolution. Now remember, this was a function of our Oklahoma Democratic Party where every day is a holiday, every meal is a banquet and ever caucus...

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