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Lying and bigotry in the land of Donald Trump

Imagine someone distributing a photo of a child being thrown off a roof with the caption, “Jewish mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death” or another alleging, “Baptist destroys statue of Virgin Mary.”

You would reasonably conclude the distributor of this venom is a bigot.

So how would it be different if the word Muslim was substituted for the word Baptist or Jew? How would singling out members of the world’s second largest religion be any different?

Bill Clinton made Donald Trump president

As the roster of celebrated sexual harassers grows, one man has more to answer for the damage his acts of sexual depredation have done to this country than any other. 

We’re not talking about the alleged child abuser Roy Moore, or the Hollywood lecher Harvey Weinstein. Not Bill O’Reilly or Charlie Rose or Kevin Spacey or Al Franken. Not even the president we have on tape boasting about how he could sexually abuse anyone he wished because that’s what a star like him can do.

It’s Bill Clinton.  

Who will our next candidates for governor be?

Connecticut could have had two women running for governor next year and the timing couldn’t have been better for this overdue phenomenon. But it won’t happen.  

There’s still a chance the Republicans will nominate the party’s second and the state’s third female candidate but the Democrat is likely to be male.  

A GOP senator mourns the party’s lost honor

It was a time of fear and division, not unlike today.  North Korea was threatening war.  Russia had detonated its atomic bomb and China had fallen to the communists, lost, it was said, by President Truman and the Democrats.  The president was at odds with Congress and a Senate demagogue was feeding on all of this unease by lying his way to growing power and influence.

And some thoughtful Republicans were becoming disturbed at what was happening to their party.

Remembering the days when both parties liked Ike

Are we facing the demise of the historic two-party system that has served the nation so well?  

Will the next presidential election be between Trump or a Trumpian type on the right and a Bernie Sanders facsimile on the left with third and maybe fourth parties vying for those of us in the center right and left with no place to go?

Have we ever seen such a mess in modern presidential history?

The answers are No, Maybe and Yes.  

Sammy, we hardly know ye

One of the more intriguing sidelights of the special prosecutor’s first arrests in the Russian influence investigation was our introduction to Sam Clovis, the guy our other new acquaintance, George Papadopoulos, reported to.

What Trump foreign policy advisor Papadopoulos reported, of course, concerned his dealings with Russian officials to get dirt they allegedly had on Hillary Clinton.  

A Republican senator mourns the party’s lost honor

It was a time of fear and division, not unlike today.  North Korea was threatening war.  Russia had detonated its atomic bomb and China had fallen to the communists, lost, it was said, by President Truman and the Democrats.  The president was at odds with Congress and a Senate demagogue was feeding on all of this unease by lying his way to growing power and influence.

And some thoughtful Republicans were becoming disturbed at what was happening to their party.

Famous candidates you’ve never heard of

Connecticut will elect a new governor in a little more than a year and we already have a couple of dozen Democrats and Republicans in line, including one or two you may have heard of.

Licenses are safer than press freedom

Donald Trump isn’t the first president to threaten to go after the federal license of a news organization whose reporting he found unpleasant.

Richard Nixon did it too, but with a difference. Nixon knew how. 

We need gun registration, some bans and closed loopholes

What does a killer, firing hundreds of rounds a minute into a crowd of concertgoers, have to do with the need for “a militia necessary to the security of a free state?”

Or am I asking the question too soon? Are emotions are still too raw to make informed decisions about the ease with which mass murderers obtain and use their weapons of mass destruction?