As political tensions rapidly rise in America today, there is value in understanding how the turmoil of the late Roman republic developed and intensified. Such understanding can help shed light on plausible future realities for America.
Being in command at sea is a responsibility of great magnitude—it is unlike any other command in the United States military. Captain Crozier was in a unique position to understand the threat of COVID19 aboard his boat, the risk to the sailors under his command, and the threat it posed to the Theodore Roosevelt’s ability to carry out its mission.
The heart of the movement to oppose Trump from within the Republican Party is a refusal to normalize the man’s actions. Because to accept his behavior and low character as the new baseline for the nation’s chief executive invites danger today and disaster tomorrow. And this opposition isn’t about being “Never Trump.” It’s about putting our country first.
For the better part of the last two decades, hyper-partisanship and dysfunction have gripped the federal government. The only time when significant policies have been enacted into law is during the brief periods of unified control when one party controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House. But even these periods have been suboptimal, because during these times of single-party control, policy debate is minimal and negotiation takes place only at the margins.
No one is saying the president should have been able to stop COVID19 from reaching the shores of America, but the president’s carelessness and apathy to the threat is going to result in more American deaths, more loss of wealth, and more time absent loved ones. If we dismiss behavior by our elected officials that results in dire consequences, then we dismiss our own physical wellbeing, happiness, and financial security. It also means we follow blindly.
If there’s one thing Americans agree on—besides the fact we don’t agree on anything—it’s our overwhelming mistrust of government. We have no confidence in Washington, and no confidence that elected officials from different parties work well together. And why should we? Dysfunction in Washington has been a theme for the last several decades.
A Spark of Faith, America’s Best Days Are In Front of Us
Apr. 20, 2020
Sometimes, it's hard to remember that there are tens-of-millions of Americans like Ellen—conservative, liberal, and all mixes in between who are not only aghast at the polarized extremes in our country, but long for the day where honest, respectful, intellectual debate is abundant.
As different risks become more acute to investors, as American businesses are squeezed by loss of foreign markets, and as increased cost for goods start to accumulate on average Americans, the alarming and erratic behavior of President Trump, will have an impact on the economy. Trump is recklessly jeopardizing a strong economy that took a decade to rebuild from the massive loss of wealth in the great recession.
For the First Time Ever, I'm Voting Straight Democrat
Nov. 5, 2018
I have been a lifelong Republican and I have spent my career working in Republican politics. But for Election 2018, I am voting straight Democrat. For two years, the Republicans have held all the power – the GOP has controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House. And for two years, the White House, while Republicans have remained largely silent, has subjected the country to an onslaught of lies and hyper-divisive behavior rooted in conspiracy, circus, insult, bigotry, and fear.