American history tends to focus on the moment and perhaps four years prior — a dishonest practice. I’m going to help you ride-or-die political partisans focus your thoughts by prefacing this piece with my popular refrain for any mention I make about President Donald Trump: I believe he lacks the intellectual curiosity, skillset, and emotional […]Read More This week’s Trump Insurrection has been a centuries-long project
These “savages” taught Americans plenty about governing and constitutions … I will spend zero time on Indigenous People’s Day to discuss that murdering, accidental discoverer, in favor of bringing up an amusing bit of history, recalled by Benjamin Franklin, about the American natives he encountered. Franklin seemed fascinated with the lifestyle of these so-called “savages”: […]Read More Who’s uncivilized? Remembering Indigenous People’s Day
Before I dig into the latest indictments Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has filed against a dozen Russian military officers for hacking into then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s emails, I’ll attach my typical caveats whenever writing about The Resistance versus President Donald Trump: I don’t believe Trump has the intellectual curiosity nor emotional stability to serve as President […]Read More The latest Mueller indictment against Russians? We’ll have to wait and see
The 16-year old son of a suspected terrorist who made the US government’s assassination target list was killed by a US drone strike one evening — two weeks subsequent to an American missile tearing apart his father’s body. The boy — up to the the point where he was enjoying a outdoor, roadside meal by […]Read More Separating families through border prisons or African drones — how US policies can make parts of the world unsafe for children
Some of you act as if US President Donald Trump’s negotiations with North Korea President Kim Jong Un — in progress as I write — will matter. It won’t. And neither will a mythological new deal Trump wants to craft with Iran, nor the spectre of diplomatic brilliance commonly associated with the current nuclear arrangement […]Read More Why a Trump-Kim Meeting Won’t Matter
It’s been 50 years and three days after Dr. Martin Luther king Jr.’s assassination, and people still ask “Where are our leaders today?” Which makes me think of Americans’ funny attitudes about leaders. By 1964, a Gallup poll reported that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the fourth most admired person in America, even beating […]Read More “Where are our leaders today?” you ask.
In my earlier piece on the Niger ambush deaths of four American soldiers, I made a reference to Donald Trump being the most unfiltered US president in modern history. Puerto Rico’s experience with Trump and Hurricane Maria offers a close look at how unfiltered behavior works. With all due love, Puerto Rico is a colony, […]Read More Trump: America’s Most Unfiltered President
The Quarterback in Chief has done it again. Unanswered questions about the ambush in Niger that resulted in the deaths of four US Special Forces soldiers once again make debates about whether or not President Donald Trump suffers from congenital bad behavior meaningless. Trump’s rudeness is a given — and has become his tactic to […]Read More Niger Blues, Another Trump Head Fake
Guess the Middle East country I’m describing at the moment. The country has long-range ballistic missiles pointed at two other countries, at minimum. One of the targets is Israel. The country is a known sponsor of the most horrific acts of global terror during the past 20+ years. Speaking of terror, the country is known […]Read More Name That Terror-Sponsoring Nation!
One Saturday morning about 47 years ago, soldiers entered a tropical hamlet in search of enemy fighters and killed more than 500 unarmed civilians, many at point-blank range. One of the execution methods also included throwing a villager down a well, and then chasing the lethal cocktail with a detonated hand grenade. several of the […]Read More Colin Kaepernick Kneels Because You Kneeled First