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Post Office Trust

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

The Constitution (Article 1, Section 8) authorizes Congress to create and fund a Post Office.  The Founding Fathers foresaw the usefulness of universal, publicly owned mail service.  Letter carriers have become some of the most trusted members of our communities. We all know the traditional pledge of the Post Office.  “Neither snow nor rain nor […]

Heal the Pain

Thursday, July 30th, 2020

How do we react to pain?  Do we treat it or ignore it?  The answer to this question is at the heart of the argument between liberals and conservatives. In October of 1929 Wall Street crashed.  The financial markets froze as speculators could not pay their loans.  Banks lost income and failed.  Bank failures wiped […]

Barometer

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

In June 1944 Dwight Eisenhower faced a monumental choice.  He had to decide whether or not to risk lives of thousands of troops on the beaches of Normandy. He turned to the science of meteorology before making his decision. Meteorology was still an adolescent science in 1944.  Necessity is the mother of invention, and the […]

Moments of Clarity.

Friday, March 13th, 2020

Moments of crisis are also moments of clarity. The very same politicians who scream prolife to get elected are now telling us to focus on profits, not saving lives. The very same politicians who scream get the government away from businesses are now throwing money at banksters faster than they can light it on fire. […]

Keep Calm and Tell the Truth.

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Lies, not the truth, cause mass panic and paranoia. If the Chinese Communists had been open to the truth, the world would be a better place. At first, it tried to punish the dissenters. Only reluctantly did it decide to face reality. Dissent created the Modern World. Martin Luther, Copernicus, Voltaire, Wollstonecraft, Darwin, Plessy, Carson, […]

Allegation Credible

Friday, February 1st, 2019

I lost a friend today. Not to death, but to a credible allegation. As his friend, I hold out hope it remains an allegation. Allegation means there is no proof. As a Catholic, I know the “credible” part requires the Church to take preventive action. “Credible” means that it is possible to be true. I’ve […]

Oklahoma Conservatives Kill Jobs and the Middle Class

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Killing jobs. Killing a state. Is it any wonder, young people have to leave the state to find a decent job? Public services are essential for a middle class to survive. The budget agreement announced today by legislative leaders and the Governor proposes a total of $6.778 billion in state appropriated dollars for FY 2017. […]

Paint meet corner.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

“As long as Republicans remain tethered to reflexive government-is-bad rhetoric, they will struggle to articulate a positive role government can play in people’s lives.” How do you save Social Security and Medicare if you believe they are evil? How do you save public education if you believe it is evil? How do you save public […]

Obama, Debt and History

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Obama is not perfect, but we have 4000 years of human civilization to tell us he is on the right side. No society, including the Soviet Union, had a hard time making sure a few people are rich and powerful. Only Liberal American (1932-1968) and those Nasty European Social Democracies found a way to allow […]

Robert Byrd and a History of Poltical Racism in America

Monday, August 6th, 2012

“Byrd, who died in June 2010 at age 92, had sought the FBI intelligence while suspecting that communists and subversives were guiding the civil rights cause, the records show.” Now that a child of the Civil Rights movement is President and he is accused of the same thing. Weird how that works. Same lie. Different […]

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