Posts Categorized: Politics

COVID-19: Trump Isn’t Making Mistakes

Donald Trump’s response, or lack of response, to the Coronavirus is not a mistake. Trump isn’t bungling the response. Like everything Trump does, he’s pursuing what’s best for him, not the American people. Here’s a paragraph from Foreign Policy. Suffice it to say, the Trump administration has cumulatively failed, both in taking seriously the specific,… Read more »

COVID-19: March 24, 2020 New York

New York state has yet to reach the corona virus outbreak apex yet. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo provided stats on infections in New York today. They have tested 91,270 New Yorkers. Of those tested, 25,665 tested positive for the virus. That puts the infection rate at 28 percent. Experts predict that between 40 and… Read more »

COVID-19: Flatten the Curve

The outlook is dire. It’s expected that 80 percent of Americans will get COVID-19, which kills 2 to 3 percent. With more than 300 million Americans, I can’t even bring myself to do that math. At this point, if no one in my immediate family dies, I’ll consider that a win. Stay home. Here’s some… Read more »

Sanders Will Lose to Biden on Super Tuesday 2020

Tuesday is the 2020 Super Tuesday Democratic primary day. Former Vice President Joe Biden has just crushed Senator Bernie Sanders in South Carolina. Biden’s win makes this race a two-race between he and Sanders. Let’s pretend we can predict the future based on past events, like the 2016 Democratic Primary – Super Tuesday. Here’s the… Read more »

Twitter Shuttered

I spent a good part of my adult life building a following on Twitter. I created my account when I was living in Boston. I had this cool apartment, at least I thought it was a cool apartment on Chelsea Street in East Boston. From it, I could, and did, walk to the best pizza… Read more »

Why We Kill

White people are afraid. White people are terrified of an enemy that exists only in our collective white consciousness – black people. There are no “niggers.” Black people don’t exist. Not really. Yes, in this society that white people have created, there are persons we call “black.” We do more than just call them black…. Read more »

James Mitchell Ashley

James Mitchell Ashley was a journalist, politician and abolitionist. Reading about men like Ashley and Benjamin Butler, it’s disconcerting when compared to the politicians we have today. These men were certainly far from perfect, but they had strong convictions and they owned them. Ashley was a fierce abolitionist. Growing up in the Ohio River valley,… Read more »

Benjamin Franklin Butler

Benjamin Franklin Butler was a trial lawyer, Union Civil War general, governor and congressman. Researching Butler, he appears to have been quite a charismatic, somewhat corrupt, but influential and effective politician. During the Civil War, Butler helped concoct a legal loophole to free slaves. The Union would classify fugitive slaves as military contraband thus essentially… Read more »

Alexandria Gazette – March 8, 1867 – Andrew Johnson Impeachment

THE IMPEACHMENT subject was discussed, at length, in the House of Representatives, yesterday, on a resolution to pay on the order of the Judiciary Committee such sums of money as may enable the Committee to prosecute the investigation of the charges against the President on which to ground his Impeachment. The resolution was adopted –… Read more »

The National Republican: Monday February 28, 1867 – Johnson Impeachment

This is a transcription of the front page story in The National Republican the day impeachment proceedings began in the US House of Representatives of President Andrew Johnson. CONGRESSIONAL PROCEEDINGS– * –Fortieth Congress-Second Session– * – Monday, February 24, 1867SENATE The Chaplain, Dr. Grey, in his prayer to-day invoked the Senators, in the midst of… Read more »