From the daily archives: Sunday, January 7, 2018

I’m sure that by now you’ve heard or seen President Trump’s epic assertion that he is a “stable genius”.  In a split second he vaulted himself into the rarified ranks of Einstein, Mozart   and Leonardo, to name a few in a very special group of human beings who were too occupied with their remarkable work to think of themselves that way.

But wait.  While genius has become a commonplace  identity for an  extraordinary mind, body or spirit,  there’s another, less tidy,  definition  going all the way back to ancient Rome.  For some,  at least , genius could betray a person  […]

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In journalist Michael Wolff’s scathing new book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Donald Trump is portrayed by many of his closest aides in the most derisive of terms. Prior to this book’s appearance, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s use of the word moron had received the most coverage of non-flattering words used to describe the nation’s chief executive. This book takes 45 POTUS invective to a new level.

In a way, the moron term might prove to be one the kindest descriptors for Trump. Then there is this:

A number of the president’s key staff […]

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I’m thrilled to be contributing to Plunderbund in 2018. For my first post I would like to share a few thoughts about approaching the public health crises that face Ohio. My hope is that such thoughts might help sharpen our political strategizing just a bit. I hope that this perspective is not only helpful in this important mid-term and gubernatorial election year, but the beginning of an ongoing conversation among Ohio’s progressives interested in health care activism.

Bluntly put, progressives tend to reduce health care to a set of policy positions that, while important, do not get to the heart […]

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Onward Into 2018?

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As we begin  a new year  of Trumpism, will we witness a greater acceptance of reality and honesty under the gathering clouds?

Or remain frozen in the wake of Donald’s rigid success with his “base”?

It seems the right time to again quote a passage from Orwell’s “1984”  as the measure of American democracy:

In a way, the world-view of the Party imposed itself most successfully  on people incapable of understanding it.  They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity  of what was demanded of them, and were not […]

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