democracy outlast trump

Will democracy outlast Trump? Only if we work at it

How does American democracy outlast Trump? We are about to experience the presidency of the least experienced, least qualified, most uninformed, most autocratic and most emotionally immature person who has taken on this job In our lifetime. His threats against the press and his promise to dismantle the civic protections and financial safety-net provisions that…

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Bluster and saber-rattling: effective tools of foreign policy?

Mark Moyar wrote a fascinating editorial in The New York Times the other day. In “The World Fears Trump’s America. That’s a Good Thing,” Moyar argues that Trump’s bluster and saber-rattling are effective instruments of foreign policy. I use the descriptor “fascinating” because the article represents a sea change in conservative thinking: the right-wing adopting…

Condoleezza Rice endorses Sessions for AG: How upside-down is that?

It is shocking to learn that Condoleezza Rice has endorsed Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for US Attorney General. The former Secretary of State’s decision to support Sessions is incongruous and bizarre, to say the least, especially given Rice’s personal, childhood history with racism and racial violence. Here’s some background. For starters, Sessions has a troubling…

Remembering Fr. Daniel Berrigan

I was a student at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, when Fr. Daniel Berrigan taught there. Although I never had him for class, I remember sitting with other students gathered around him in the cafeteria asking questions and listening to his thoughts on topics of the day. As mentioned in the NY Times article after…

STL landfill fire nears collision with radioactive waste: What’s next?

What happens when a landfill fire meets a radioactive waste dump?  St. Louis, Missouri, may be the first metropolitan area to find out. In North St. Louis County, near the St. Louis Airport, and a mile from Pattonville High School, the Westlake Landfill is on fire. It’s not a flaming, above-ground fire, but something more…

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Trump’s rise: How “legitimate” people and institutions become enablers

Don’t kid yourself: With help from people and institutions viewed by the voting public as “legitimate,” Donald Trump could win. Many mistakes of omission have been made as Donald Trump has surged toward the Republican nomination: The Republican party didn’t take him seriously; Democrats laughed; the mainstream media treated him as an entertaining ratings booster;…