Posts by: Thomas Givens

Here be Dragons.

On October 14, 2016 By

There was a debate Sunday night. It was the lowest rated debate in decades. Perhaps after the first, people passed on tuning in because many figured they’d seen it all. They saw enough to significantly move polls in Secretary Clinton’s favor. Then came the Access Hollywood video. That debacle has moved the numbers even more in Clinton’s favor.

Over that weekend there was a Titanic moment where you had multiple Republicans jumping ship with no lifeboats in reach. They expressed outrage over what Don said. He’d finally gone a bridge too far. This after Trump’s record in his meteoric rise […]

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The VP Debate was billed as the Thrilla from Vanilla. As it turned out, not so much.

Both Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Mike Pence came out to do their duty defending the top of the ticket as designated Rottweilers. Both barked and pulled the tow chain taut.

Pence, a former radio talk show host, had a better stage presence, mostly calm and collected. Kaine had that nervous on a big stage fast talking, caffeine overdose style going. An interesting contrast indeed.

We saw Kaine come out as everyone’s favorite Dad get a bit aggressive. He was, at times, like […]

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I’ve spent the last few weeks watching this election in a post surgery percocet haze. I don’t recommend drug use mixing with politics but, it’s worked for me lately. Now that the treatment is behind me I’m appalled by everything.

Close polls are disturbing though in 2012 polling gave us President Romney. So, I’ll stand back a bit there. The polling does give us a snapshot. And this selfie of America shows the worst of us gravitating to The Donald. His running mate Mike Pence is the anti gay/pro life poster child for the far right. The alt right drones embrace Trump for bringing […]

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I am exhausted. After all multiple head explosions take their toll. And it’s only July.

I try hard to keep up with the current Presidential Campaign. I follow assorted news sites on Twitter and Facebook. I have Google and Yahoo news aggregating sites. I read opinion pieces here and across the web. I have been called an information sponge (and not in a good way) by people who were once in my life and not there now.

Keeping up with the daily wild accusations, defenses, damage control, outright misrepresention of facts and complete denial of reality is getting to be […]

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Trump Ascendent

On May 13, 2016 By

“The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains…” ~ Galadriel, “The Lord Of The Rings”

OK. That quote may be a tad melodramatic. It presupposes Trump is The Dark Lord Sauron. Well the egos are of a similar size. However Sauron had a clear vision of what he wanted to accomplish. That was the complete subjugation of Middle Earth to his overarching evil. Trump however has a vision that’s all over the map. On the edge of that map we should see the […]

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This election cycle we’ve seen an influx of excited new voters the likes of which I’ve not seen since my McGovern days. Passionate. Idealistic. Energized. The downside is a generation of new, inexperienced voters seem to be drawing a very wrong conclusion about politics. If your candidate loses it’s not voter fraud, suppression and it wasn’t rigged by the party. Like baseball, there’s no crying in politics.

One overarching lesson I’ve learned from years of politics is, you lose an election, you walk it off, wipe your brow and move on to the next battle. You get tough, make your […]

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As we stare into the abyss of this primary selection season, reality only reinforces perceptions concerning the state of the American electorate. Our people are making choices that will dramatically affect the path of The United States going forward. The results of choices so far are on the whole, terrifying.

The rise of Trump, Cruz, Sanders and to a lesser extent Hillary, reflects the horrendous lack of knowledge of what was called civics when I attended high school. That course, complimented by American history courses, were designed to give students the basic knowledge of how American government works. For some […]

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If the Republican Primary season this election cycle has taught us anything it’s that we’ve seen the death of intelligence and a sense of shame in modern American politics. As I write this I can hear the chorus of all who say it died long ago. Wrong. It was in critical condition and on life support. Being something of a cockeyed optimist, I was hoping for a slow but steady recovery. Those dreams were dashed beyond repair during the last two Republican debates.

I once thought there couldn’t be a GOP primary line-up worse than the one fielded in 2012. […]

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“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

Isaac Asimov, column in Newsweek, January 21, 1980.

The Trump train is a runaway. The Deadman switch to prevent disaster hasn’t worked as the Trump campaign hurtles towards Cleveland. It is belching smoke and cinders fueled by the most blatant, out in the open encouragement of white fear and […]

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As I look ahead towards the political hell scape we face for the next six months of primary season I can’t help but think of the late Hunter S. Thompson.

I mourn that in this election cycle we are bereft of Hunter’s intellect, acerbic wit, jaundiced eye and irreverent deconstruction of our two party nominating rituals. He would be eviscerating the Republican field. His utter disdain and well-known derision of the Bush clan would give brutal, piercing insight into Jeb! and his moribund campaign.

He’d have reveled in the sometimes vicious rhetoric being tossed blithely about between the two major Democratic […]

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The present anti-union climate that has openly manifested itself again in the Republican Party has a long and storied history.

Republicans were virulent in their opposition to the New Deal Wagner Act, which removed legal barriers to labor organization. They supported violent retribution in strikes, such as Dearborn police and Ford Security opening fire on unemployed auto workers, killing sixty. The atmosphere maintained the violent reaction of corporations toward the nascent growth of labor unions since the late 19th century into the 20th.

Ohio attempted to break unions in 1958 with an early “right-to-work” ballot initiative. It failed with a resounding […]

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