If Donald Trump Loses, His Racism Will Be The Cause

“How did you go bankrupt?” Bill asked. “Two ways,” Mike said. “Gradually and then suddenly.” (Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises) Donald Trump’s presidency appears to have been a long series of attempts to prove the truth of his 2016 statement, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I … Continue reading If Donald Trump Loses, His Racism Will Be The Cause

Trump & McCarthy

Author Tom Nichols points out the dissonance between Donald Trump and the masculine virtues of the Greatest Generation that he ostensibly admires so greatly. While I too find President Trump’s behavior repugnant, I think that concluding that his behavior is only possible because of some kind of flaw in modern culture is an example of … Continue reading Trump & McCarthy

Why It’s Important To Not Spread Fake News About Donald Trump

A recent viral Facebook post noted, “Trump said ‘hundreds’ of governors are calling him…& we only have 50.” It’s easy to see why such a post would go viral among Trump opponents–it portrays President Donald Trump as both a liar and an ignoramus, claiming to receive calls from “hundreds” of governors, when, of course, there … Continue reading Why It’s Important To Not Spread Fake News About Donald Trump

The Truth Should Always Matter

This past week, a Washington Post article detailed how former Vice President Joe Biden has been using a compound anecdote on the campaign trail. The anecdote appears to combine three different stories into one. Biden has been telling the story of how, while he was in Konar province of Afghanistan, he presented a Silver Star … Continue reading The Truth Should Always Matter

White Identity Isn’t The Same As White Nationalism

The country (including me) is thinking and talking a lot about race recently. Reading this article in The Atlantic, about the work of Professor Ashley Jardina of Duke, gave me new nuance to my perspective. In her book, White Identity Politics, Jardina draws a distinction between those who self-identify as white but hold no animus … Continue reading White Identity Isn’t The Same As White Nationalism

How I Think About Christine Blasey Ford’s Accusation Against Brett Kavanaugh

I have witnessed a lot of men (and curiously enough, no women) in my social circles, including a number of good friends, saying that the Senate should not consider Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh held her down, groped her, and tried to take her clothes off in 1982, when she … Continue reading How I Think About Christine Blasey Ford’s Accusation Against Brett Kavanaugh

Awareness, Control, and Acceptance

We’re often tempted to ignore our animal nature.  In our hubris, we believe that our culture and habits trump the billions of years of evolution that have led to this point. That’s a mistake. As individuals, we’re better off acknowledging our animal nature, not to blindly accept it, but to make conscious decisions about how … Continue reading Awareness, Control, and Acceptance

The Trump Cheat Code

Old-school videogames often had a cheat code–a special sequence of actions that, when entered, would make your game avatar invincible.  Cheat codes weren’t particularly sporting, but they made it much easier to win a game. Donald Trump has found a cheat code for our current national politics, and he seems content to use it every … Continue reading The Trump Cheat Code

Why America Is Lucky Donald Trump Was Elected President

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of President Donald Trump.  I think that he is lazy, ignorant, incompetent, and as a result, a danger to our country and our world.  But I think it is entirely possible that we may someday look back upon his election as lucky accident that strengthened the United … Continue reading Why America Is Lucky Donald Trump Was Elected President

The Hopelessness Behind Trump’s Support

I get a lot of crap from people because I argue that those of us who oppose the policies and behavior of Donald Trump should try to understand and empathize with his voters. If I were to summarize the criticisms from fellow Trump opponents, it’s that Trump voters are racists and bigots who made a … Continue reading The Hopelessness Behind Trump’s Support