Posts by: Denis Smith

Not to decide is to decide. —  Harvey Cox

In a time of national upheaval and uncertainty,  a corrupt, illegitimate and immoral administration, whose operatives worked with a hostile foreign state to manipulate a presidential election to gain power, needs to be held accountable and possibly removed from power. But as we confront this nightmare situation, will it take a theologian like Harvey Cox to remind us about what needs to be done in removing a morally and ethically challenged Donald Trump from our nation’s leadership?.

Here are some particulars to consider in that decision-making process.

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Darkow, Columbia (MO) Daily Tribune

For those who are in their fifties and beyond, you might be familiar with this statement from another era, when names like Andropov, Brezhnev and Reagan were in the news:

If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war. As it stands, we have allowed this to happen to ourselves. – A Nation at Risk, 1983

With the continuing implosion of the United States government under the dangerous delusional direction of Donald […]

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For the last several days, the headlines and lead stories informed us about federal education budget cuts to the Special Olympics program. Certainly, you’d expect that such a recommendation would ignite a torrent of criticism and outrage from program advocates. Late Thursday, in response to the backlash, Donald Trump announced that, surprise, he has reversed the recommendation to cut the popular program.

But like most things now in the Age of Trump, there was a lot more detail to be found in this grim budget story beyond the Special Olympics imbroglio.

In her testimony before the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee […]

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If there is something we won’t soon forget in our turbulent era, it is the image of massive California brushfires enveloping hundreds of square miles of land in the Golden State and everything situated on that bone-dry landscape. The smoke was so severe that people with respiratory problems from areas well removed from the fires suffered from the heavy, smoke-filled air for days afterward.

Those California brushfires should provide a lesson to us every day, and it is quite simple. In a country where political rhetoric and hate speech are at gale force, and correspondingly when our land is […]

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Ever since the explosive Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump’s “grab ’em by the p*ssy” remark was revealed a few weeks before the 2016 presidential election, the asterisk has been used in deference to the sensibilities of polite company that might read and be offended by the Fifth Avenue Fraudster’s statement. But Trump never seems charming or polite in any company, and another more recent outrageous utterance by the president-as-asterisk may serve to define him.

When the subject is Donald Trump, there’s usually something way out of the ordinary going on with him. But in the particular […]

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When the Emmy Awards are announced next season, some pol watcher pros might predict, an Ohio congressman will certainly win in a category which he seems to dominate.

And the envelope, please…

The Emmy for the Worst Performance in a Continuing Role goes to … Jim Jordan of Urbana, Ohio.

How many different words can you use to describe the behavior of the coatless cur of Congress, that non-urbane, uncivil and unhinged arsonist from Urbana? Yes, the uber-partisan whom former Speaker John Boehner, a fellow Ohioan, called “A terrorist. A legislative terrorist.

Awful perhaps. Disgusting maybe. Reprehensible […]

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In light of daily revelations about new scandals engulfing the nation’s capital, we are struggling to digest the full magnitude of the corruption and incompetence of the Trump administration. But while we are absorbed by our present circumstances, it might be helpful to look at another very corrupt era of our national history, a time when the public also dealt with information overload about misdeeds in high places, for some perspective and an idea about where all of this ends.

In this case, the locus of corruption and scandal was not the nation’s capital but New York City, our financial […]

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“It ain’t over till it’s over,” Lawrence Peter Berra famously told us years ago. And if the topic is Republican behavior in the form of hatred for all things government, including targeting public employees for retribution and engineering government shutdowns, Yogi said it for us.

No, It ain’t over. Not by a long shot.

Welcome to another variant of PTSD – this one called Petulant Trump Shutdown Disaster.

During the 35-day government shutdown, we’ve seen any number of emotional interviews with forlorn furloughed federal employees and contractors. A tearful and frightened cook at the Smithsonian worried about losing his home. […]

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You have to hand it to Republicans. They know how to play hardball and show their deftness in navigating that Potomac swamp they’ve not yet bothered to drain.

How appropriate that a former attorney general, the very guy who previously showed his expertise in crafting presidential pardons has, in the heightening Trump-Russia investigation, been chosen to be the next attorney general. What timing. How coincidental.

The nomination of William Barr to be the next attorney general has raised controversy because of his previously expressed strong views about the Mueller investigation. In fact, some have suggested that the 19-page memo […]

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Let’s admit it. We’ve all had severe cases of writers’s block in our lives. Yes, not only in school, when that big paper was due but later, as adults, when we struggled in penning a letter to someone when we were uncomfortable with the task.

It’s been a while, but writer’s block has also afflicted me in one particular way. Big time.

In order to remedy this ailment, I’m making another attempt to rid myself of a very specific type of writer’s block, viz., how to compose a piece that will convey something very positive about Donald Trump.

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Two recent developments, one a U.S. Senate committee report, the other newly signed legislation directing Ohio schools to offer instruction in cursive handwriting, provide a contrast in examining public policy and how our future societal needs are addressed. A look at each of these events offers some ideas about the direction we might be headed as a state and nation.

On December 16, the Washington Post published a story on the Senate Intelligence Committee report about the scope of Russian assault on our democratic process. In particular, the investigation focused on how a hostile foreign power manipulated the thinking of […]

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