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Why it Matters
This is not about Democrats vs. Republicans; this is about Right vs. Wrong. America used to be the standard of moral behavior: liberty; justice for all; freedom of religion, press; human rights. While we haven’t always been perfect, we constantly strive toward a more perfect union. On the other end of the continuum, we have one individual who — abetted...
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November 29, 2019
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Republicans are Morally Bankrupt
The whistleblower was not in on the call. It was hearsay. “Everything Trump says was in the best interests of the country.” No due process. Secret basement meetings (with Republicans in attendance). “The Ukrainian president didn’t do the investigation… No quid pro quo.” “Was there a quid pro quo?” E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland asked rhetorically, testifying before the House committee....
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November 26, 2019
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What Do We Stand For?
“These are the times that try men’s souls.” – Thomas Paine, English-born, American philosopher and activist. Taken from Paine’s essay, The Crisis, those words were meant to inspire American revolutionaries as they faced an extraordinary moment of character. Considering our current crisis, what Paine writes next is worth reflection. “The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will,  » Read more about:...
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November 20, 2019
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House of Cards
“So, he’s going to do the investigation?” – President Donald Trump, in a phone call to Gordon Sondland in Ukraine Why is this man smiling? Gordon Sondland, the man literally in the middle of the president’s impeachment inquiry, appears happy as he walks to a joint House committee not long ago. How will he feel walking to the House Intelligence...
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November 18, 2019
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Should the House Impeach Trump?
In January 1972, John Dean, White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon, met with Attorney General John Mitchell and others to hear a plan proposed by G. Gordon Liddy for intelligence-gathering for Nixon’s re-election campaign. After the plan met with resistance, Liddy scaled it back and Mitchell approved a scheme that called for a break-in of Democratic Headquarters in the...
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November 15, 2019
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We Need More Leaders Like Justin Amash
On July 16, 2019, Michigan’s Republican representative Justin Amash tweeted the following: “If you’re a Republican, please ask yourself if the party really represents your principles and values. You don’t need to become a Democrat. Simply stand up for what is right. America’s tradition of liberty is beautiful, and it depends on our love and respect for one another.” In...
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November 13, 2019
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Why Anonymity?
The first warning came on September 5, 2018 when The New York Times published an anonymous Op-Ed from “a senior official in the Trump administration.” “The dilemma,” anonymous writes, “which [Trump] does not fully grasp, is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst...
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November 11, 2019
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A Conspiracy of Decency
I first met David Krieger at a talk he gave in 2000. What impressed me was his passion, commitment and soft-spoken approach to ending nuclear weapons, worldwide, (and I thought getting people to live more ethically was difficult!) Founded in 1982, The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s mission “is to educate, advocate, and inspire action for a just and peaceful world,...
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November 7, 2019
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The Choice Before Us
It’s no longer about right vs. wrong; it’s about Democrat vs. Republican. It’s not about looking at the facts; it’s about looking at the latest tweet from the president. It’s not about loyalty to the Constitution; it’s about loyalty to a corrupt president and his die hard base. That’s Washington, in a nutshell. What’s missing from that curt analysis is...
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November 4, 2019
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Just What is Good for Society, Mr. Zuckerberg?
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Fact-check: while attributed to Winston Churchill, versions of the expression existed as far back as the 1700s. Since the advent of social media, however, that cautionary quote needs serious updating and here’s why. Currently, more than 2.41 billion individuals use Facebook, of...
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November 1, 2019

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