Category Archives: Politics

The Toxic Myth of Cultural Authority

I’ve been curious about the current explosion of sexual harassment scandals. Why now? Why all the high profile cases?

Some explanations occurred to me. One is that women are more vulnerable to sexual harassment now because they’re, rightly, more ambitious. In the old days locking down a good marriage prospect was enough for most women, not because that was all they were capable of, but because that was all the culture allowed.

Today, women are climbing into places previously forbidden to them. Those places are usually controlled by rich and powerful men. Many of those guys (they don’t deserve the honorific “gentlemen”) are trolls—in both senses of the word—and try to take liberties with young, ambitious women.

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Trump Dump

I have been hesitant to criticize Trump’s presidency during his first two months in office, because a ship can’t take on water until it sails.

But now the ship of the Trump state has left the harbor, and the early reports are not good. There is panic on the bridge.

One early warning is that the Devil has dropped the price of Republican souls to eleven cents a unit. So many have sold theirs, tying their fates to the president, despite his mortal sins of false witness and rampant untruthfulness, that the market has crashed. GOP souls are a drug on the market.

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New Beginnings for End of Days

The Twit will Tweet, and we can’t stop him. But a greater challenge awaits us this New Year. Our difficult but vital task is to Change the Subject.

I know, it won’t be easy. It’s hard to turn away from a tire fire.

But it’s important that we try, because if we keep staring at Trump, we’ll start to look like him, the way a dog comes to look like his master. And nobody wants that.

So let’s stop talking about Trump and think about all the new possibilities life can bring us in 2017.

The New Year is a great time to consider joining a gym. This is a laudable goal, but often fails. January is the peak month for gym memberships, February is the peak month for dropping out.

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You Can’t See America From Here

Wrong again. Not just me, everybody. The polls, the pols, the pundits, all wrong.

The West Coast went big for Hillary, as did most of the Northeast. But the rest of the country went for Trump. He lost the popular vote by over two million but won the Electoral College with ease. Trump captured thirty of the fifty states, the broad, vast, middle of the nation.

How could we not see this coming? How were we so geographically ignorant? Seen from California, it makes no sense at all. Yet it happened. What did we miss?

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The Post Trump Blues

I’m writing this a week before the election; anything can happen. But I’m assuming anything didn’t happen.

Shortly after this paper hits the stands you’ll know how close a call we had. Right now, I’m confident that Donald Trump will lose and Hillary Clinton will win. By how much? Usually that doesn’t matter.

It matters this time. The American people were asked to choose between a tired old liberal who has been around long enough to display the disfiguring scars of a lifetime in public service, or a visibly ugly, viscerally unpleasant, lowest-common-denominator demagogue who would be poison if he ever got into the oval office.

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A Little Less Conversation

It doesn’t matter what the crisis is. Be it a cop shooting yet another unarmed black guy, the latest case of sexual harassment on Fox, or gender wars about bathroom usage in the Carolinas, the response is always the same.

The talking heads pontificate, and right before they break for commercial, everyone concludes that “America really needs to have a conversation.”

But with two hundred channels, half a billion Tweets and countless Facebook posts constantly yammering on those subjects, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re having that conversation already.

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