President Trump says that if Andrew Jackson had still been around, there might not have been a Civil War. I won’t count this as one of his lies. Rather, he just doesn’t know any better.
When you elevate Jackson to a hero’s throne, it’s possible that you may not have heard that Old Hickory also presided over the removal of 16,000 Cherokees from their homes in the south, driving them at bayonet’s point to Oklahoma.
It was one of the most merciless federal actions in the nation’s history, and an estimated 4,000 Native Americans, including children, perished along the 1,200-mile […]Full Story... →
Well, somehow we made it through the first 100 days. Sort of. President Trump gave himself an “A” for his performance but complained that the job wasn’t as easy as he had figured when he was ruling an oligarchy with a trophy wife and a daughter who had converted to Judaism to satisfy her Harvard-educated husband. If you’re going to square the family circle, long range dynastic planning is so basic. Still he wistfully complained that he missed driving his own car and of being accused of being called a liar everywhere that he goes. Life is unfair.
Relinquishing the […]Full Story... →
From the latest TIME magazine came its “100 most influential people” ranging from Putin and Trump to Paul Ryan.
An arbitrary and generally mythical list of mixed achievers, of course, led me to wonder who didn’t make the cut. And why some did. All of the survivors were hailed with brief adulatory comments by their admirers, none more so than House Speaker Paul Ryan’s icky tribute to Trump. Technically the third most powerful politician on Capitol Hill (Trump and the other guy in the photo-ops ahead of him in the pecking order) , we have come to know Ryan as […]Full Story... →
When the 1962 New York Mets trotted onto the field giving the fans their first look at the expansion team, the crowd roared its welcome for the new hometown nine. The freshly uniformed aggregate was an odd assemblage of faded yester-season stars like Richie Ashburn, Gene Woodling and Roger Craig, each dispatched by their former teams for whatever benefit that might provide for the Mets. The manager was Casey Stengel, nicknamed the Old Professor for his 10 American League titles with the Yankees.
Surely his wisdom, experience and colorful vocabulary would enhance the play of the old castoffs with reasonably […]Full Story... →
Donald Trump likes to boast that he thinks “BIG”. As he has bellowed , “The time for small thinking is over”.
True to his fantasies, he declared he will stage a “BIG” (his caps) rally in Harrisburg, Pa., Saturday night to counter the annual White House Correspondents bash that he has vengefully refused to attend. But even as one gifted in the smallness of his incoherent tweets, his decision to assemble his followers to show up the media is one of the smallest acts a U.S. President could ever conceive as a personal show window.
It would serve us nicely […]Full Story... →
It was somewhat fortunate that the date for this year’s celebration of Earth Day drew so much attention around the world on Saturday with the March for Science et al.
And not a moment too soon, arriving as it did shorly after Donald Trump’s executive order that was another burst of his medieval fix on destroying our environment.
Purely opaque flat-earth stuff from the Oval Office.
New Yorker magazine’s terse headline neatly captured the narrative in its April 10 issue:
TRUMP V. THE EARTH
Considering the number of ways the president has decided to foul the air we breathe and […]Full Story... →
I noticed that Donald Trump’s masturbatory tweets have offered us a concise rebuttal of the tens of thousands of protesters calling for the release of his tax returns. Who paid them to take to the streets as mercenaries to question his secluded return? “The election is over,” he tweeted without mentioning the mythical audit that prevented him from releasing the tax numbers during the campaign. He also piggybacked another boast that he won the delegate count by an enormous figure. So there!
Are you as offended as I am that he is playing millions upon millions of Americans as […]Full Story... →
I will probably be cast into journalistic hell for writing this counterspin to the Plain Dealer editorial board’s outpouring of praise for Kevin O’Brien, the deeply conservative deputy editorial page editor and columnist who opted for a buyout from the state’s biggest newspaper. I won’t go into the frills of his colleagues’ admiration of the longtime polemicist who sniffed and snorted at the slightest hint of the country’s alleged drift to the left. For me, his departure will create some fresh air for his assault on the chorus of scientists – 97 percent of them on stage for curtain […]Full Story... →
You’d like to think that for the sake of the kids and the nation’s honor, President Trump couldn’t sink much farther into his undrained swamp.
Sorry about that. He just did.
Using the august Oval Office as his stage, Trump told the world – as only U.S. Presidents can do – that his good friend Bill O’Reilly , the scandalous Fox cable star, was a “good person” and didn’t do “anything wrong.” It seemed to be an extension of some of the kind things he said so approvingly of Vladimir Putin’s alleged soaring public approval by the Russians. It should […]Full Story... →
If you want further evidence to fill in the blanks of Donald Trump’s blankety-blank boast to revive America’s coal mines, I recommend Paul Krugman’s column in Friday’s New York Times, which you can find online titled “Coal Country is a State of Mind”. Having spent much of my youth in Pennsylvania’s coal country, I’m particularly sensitive to the brutal con game that Trump is playing on the miners of yesteryear who aren’t questioning the absurdity of his words. But as we all must know by now, with the possible exception of his diehard loyalists whose cars still bear Trump […]Full Story... →
As it has been widely reported in the national media, skittish Republican pols have been ducking town halls to avoid the shouts and boos of their constituents who show up to protest. Back in their districts, congressmen have tried to develop other ways to pretend that they really give a damn to respond directly in their pretense of an open society. Some, like Trump surrogate Jim Renacci, 58, the Wadsworth, Oh. conservative Republican who just announced his candidacy for the Ohio governor’s office, added a new wrinkle, replacing eyeballing with whirlwind earballing. In an email, a reader of this blog […]Full Story... →