It’s not surprising that now is the time that “Forgotten Americans” rose up

It should not surprise us that 2016 has been the year of the Trump voter. It could well have happened without Donald Trump. Just think of how when you listen to young kids on the playground, the words you frequently hear are, “My turn, my turn.” Democrats are fond of playing identity politics. “Back then”…

How Trump figured out “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”

Ever since Thomas Frank’s “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” book came out in April, 2007, Democrats have been flummoxed about why so many Americans do not vote their economic interests. Frank asserts that Republicans have successfully convinced many Americans to value “social issues” more importantly than economic ones. That means that “God and guns” have…

Remember inflation? Let Trumponomics remind you

It’s been perhaps a generation and a half since America experienced the pain of double-digit inflation. We don’t talk much about inflation these days, because it isn’t happening except in the most minuscule measurements. For years we were told by Republicans that profligate spending by Democrats would put the United States further and further into…

We can learn a lot from the President and Hillary Clinton about how to respond to Trump

What happens when a narcissist is overwhelmed with kindness? I really can’t call Donald Trump a narcissist since I am not a trained therapist and I have never examined him. But using the word narcissist is a lot easier than saying “a person who appears to an ordinary layman to have narcissistic tendencies.” There is…

Hillary has always had it right about the “vast right-wing conspiracy”

Usually when someone speaks about a conspiracy, we think that person is some sort of a “conspiratorial freak.” That could not be further from the truth with Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton got it right in 1998 when she said that she was being attacked by a “vast right-wing conspiracy.” The VRWC (Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy) seemed…

Paul Ryan: When a Republican does not look like a demon to progressives

Wouldn’t it be nice if all of our political stereotypes were affirmed with every individual? You know, for progressives it would be easy if every Republican was gun-toting, uneducated, war-mongering, angry and generally uncouth. Without naming names, there are plenty of such types to go around. And before we go any further, progressives must keep…