2020

Virtue Signalling For Votes

“The only people truly bound by campaign promises are the voters who believe them.”
― Christopher Hitchens

There are two types of promises:  comforting lies, and those meant to be kept.  Campaign promises differ from normal ones only in the choice of subject; where a doctor might tell a panicked child, “Now, you might feel a little pinch,” a politician will promise to end world hunger (more…)

The 2020 Primaries: A Guidebook

They’re starting early.  And there’s so darned many, it’s getting very hard to keep track without a cheat sheet.  So… here’s my cheat sheet.  Use and enjoy.

Incidentally:  These judgments are partly subjective, so please tell us your own thoughts.  (Unlike Fox, MSNBC, and CNN, I’ll admit I’m biased. (more…)

What I’m Not Saying

I haven’t been writing here recently, and a few of you now have asked about it.

It’s not that there’s nothing new to say; that’s for sure.  Every time I read the news, something jumps out at me that begs for a response.  The media is constantly over-hyping the unimportant; that’s worth a mention.  Likewise, during the ensuing firestorm, there’s always things that get missed.  Then too, most of last week’s stories were misreported, but now they’ve fallen off the front page there’s nobody out there correcting the record.

So there’s plenty of worthy topics, and that’s if I just stick to commenting on the media and politics. (more…)

Pence: Pure Unadulterated Genius?

It’s news to nobody that President-Elect Trump may be the least popular prominent American since Nixon left town, and before that since the little fuss after Lincoln’s election.  For you who need reminding, we’ll see some public demonstrations of that fact starting around the 20th of January.

The call is about to go up, and due to a now-famous mis-Tweet, the rallying cry has been born:  “Unpresident him!”  The new protests will be all about obstructing Mr. Trump’s agenda at every turn, and the goal driving it all will be to remove the man from power. (more…)