Tag Archives: polarized politics

The destruction of community

There was a time when if I saw a man being abusive to a woman, I could with some confidence, intervene verbally. If he got angry with me, I could continue my verbal intervention, or walk away…if he got physically aggressive towards me, I could reasonably count on other bystanders coming to my aid. Today, […]

Styx and Stones

Plato found a teacher who taught him                                                          how to learn.                                   […]

Sabatoge of the Presidency

The result of the years of state redistricting, gerrymandering most of the time, has resulted in a political paradox. The nation wide electorate in the country, for now, maintains a broad enough spectrum of political positions that, in order to win, a Presidential candidate needs to produce a campaign that reflects that spectrum. The opposite […]

Going once, going twice, Sold to the guy willing and able to spend the most money…

Welcome to our democracy, built on the solid foundation of a capitalist system run amok. I cannot count the number of times each day I am asked to contribute to one political campaign or another. $3.00 or $5.00 will do. And if I did, for each of them, each day, it would cost me more […]

Brothers

  Our popular entertainment, as well as our religious heritage fills our imagination with stories of brothers. Sometimes they are allies, sometimes antagonists; but always in relationship. There is no way for brothers to be unrelated. I am currently reading an interesting and enlightening book: Brothers, by Stephen Kinzer. It is a biography of the […]

Class Warfare

The current class warfare began without comment when  the economic rationale for an all volunteer military trumped any  other  social considerations. The thinking went this way: poor kids with no job opportunities can find work in the army, make a living, pay taxes,  and earn a good retirement. Kids from the middle-class  and above will […]

The Familiar vs. the Foreign (#1)

“Would we really know ourselves?”  That line is from a long poem I began writing many years ago. The question remains. Most of us live our lives in a construct I call a story line, built out of experiences, selectively remembered and reconfigured to help us make sense out our lives, to help us determine […]