Don’t Be a Useful Idiot

As Russia began its violent invasion of Ukraine, this image started making the rounds on Facebook. It’s a hit with the MAGA crowd. We need a hero, you see. Ukraine needs a hero. A strong, powerful leader who would stand up to Putin and put a stop to his aggression. “If only Trump were stillContinue reading “Don’t Be a Useful Idiot”

Looking back, and leaning forward

This is embarrassing to admit, and exposes one of my many character flaws. But four years ago, I spent a little time wondering, “When Trump inevitably damages every institution that has supported him, should I say ‘I told you so?’” It’s an ugly inclination, I know. I’m sorry. I was feeling incredibly frustrated at theContinue reading “Looking back, and leaning forward”

Final thoughts about character

Maybe you’ve seen it recently, like I have (over and over and over): James Dobson’s “Final Thoughts about the Election.” I have to write about it; it’s just too much for me to take. For those unfamiliar, James Dobson is a household name in conservative Christian homes, and has been for decades. His Focus onContinue reading “Final thoughts about character”

“So you’re okay with baby murder?”

“So you’re okay with killing babies?” Conservatives who oppose Donald Trump—or, horror of horrors, plan to vote for Joe Biden—are guaranteed to have some version of this accusation hurled at them from fellow pro-lifers. I’ve heard it plenty, especially since I explained publicly why I’ll be voting for Joe Biden. The retired leader of theContinue reading ““So you’re okay with baby murder?””

Taxes are only part of the story

After fighting tooth and nail for years to keep his tax returns secret, Donald Trump has been thwarted. Not by one of several court orders that he turn them over, but by an unnamed source who gave them to the New York Times. (Anticipating angry reactions, I will say here that based on my veryContinue reading “Taxes are only part of the story”

Think your side is blameless in this Supreme Court fight? You’re wrong.

The pre-election event I most feared has happened. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has died. Her now-empty seat on the Supreme Court has the potential to polarize our deeply divided nation even further. The last Supreme Court confirmation hearings were so poisonous I nearly quit Facebook. I saw Christine Blasey-Ford called a “lying skank,” and BrettContinue reading “Think your side is blameless in this Supreme Court fight? You’re wrong.”

He knew. He knew all along.

So far, I haven’t blamed the president for COVID deaths. Blaming elected leaders for citizens’ deaths is a low blow, and almost always hyperbole. Yes, I’ve said he’s mismanaged our response to the pandemic; I’ve said he wasted precious time; he’s obviously undermined his own experts repeatedly. But I thought his behavior was born ofContinue reading “He knew. He knew all along.”

Trump/Russia was no hoax. And it was worse than we thought.

Remember the few years our country spent hearing about the Trump campaign’s ties to, and possible collusion with, Russia? Remember how President Trump insisted the entire time that the whole thing was a hoax? A witch hunt? Remember when the Mueller Report finally came out, and the president claimed it totally exonerated him? Only forContinue reading “Trump/Russia was no hoax. And it was worse than we thought.”

How Should We Then Vote?

Now we come to it. I’ve known I’d have to write about this, and I’ve dreaded it. Normally, I’d say that who we vote for is personal, and nobody else needs to know. But I’ve been blogging about politics for the better part of a year now, and I felt it would be inauthentic toContinue reading “How Should We Then Vote?”