Two Eyes, One Mouth

Consider for a moment that a leading news story last week entailed whether or not the president-elect of the United States of America paid prostitutes to urinate on his bed while on a trip to Russia. To borrow a phrase from George Will: ransack the English language for the words to do this justice.

It was difficult to escape media coverage regarding the “Russia dossier.” However, we were mercifully granted relief in the form of the confirmation hearing of a man who, unlike much of the political world these days, routinely demonstrates himself to be both serious and worthy of being taken seriously. I am referring, naturally, to General James Mattis, Trump’s Defense Secretary nominee. Continue reading “Two Eyes, One Mouth”

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Nuance, RIP

Along with polar bears in the Arctic, I share the misfortune of watching the ground shrink beneath my feet. The difference, of course, is that mine is the dwindling territory of a political animal—specifically, one who doesn’t believe in simple answers.

Politics has been, and always will be, a messy business. We see this in the acrimony between the Obama Administration and a Republican Congress, the loud debates over healthcare policy, or, to put it charitably, the eyesore that was the 2016 presidential election. Some of this head butting is to be expected. But to most of us, I imagine it seems like things are getting worse. Continue reading “Nuance, RIP”

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Romney for Secretary of State

This past weekend, Kellyanne Conway and Newt Gingrich made headlines for criticizing Mitt Romney. Both advised President-elect Trump against choosing the former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee as his Secretary of State. Romney is currently being considered for the position, despite previously calling Trump a phony and a fraud. According to Conway,  his loyalty is in question because he “went out of his way to hurt Trump.”

Regardless of their past, Romney would make a great Secretary of State, and Trump would do well in choosing him. Continue reading “Romney for Secretary of State”

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John’s Post-Election Journal (Part 1): A Neglected People

Note: This is the first installment of post-election reflections by John McDonough. His next several posts will include takeaways on what Donald Trump’s election means for the United States going forward.

 

After several weeks to digest, Donald Trump’s election still has America in a state of shock. A man who has shown no trace of self-control, and with an apparent lack of general knowledge of what the Executive does or stands for has led his so-called “deplorables” to the Oval Office. 

It seems this election must be a gross mistake. If Hillary Clinton had just taken a different approach in her campaign, or if her PACs had just shifted their messaging, then this never would have happened. On the other hand, if you supported Trump, then his election may seem like hitting the lottery. He had no discernible shot at the presidency, but somehow just pulled it out of thin air. Continue reading “John’s Post-Election Journal (Part 1): A Neglected People”

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Federalist No. 1: In Defense of Listening

“For in politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.”

-Alexander Hamilton

Can you hear it? That, my friends, is the sound of a whole country calling each other names.

Race-baiter. Racist. Bigot. Xenophobe. Un-American. Homophobe. Coddled. Irredeemable. Terrorist. Sexist. Liar. Socialist (maybe a complement now?). Idiot. Cop-killer. Cop-hater. A basket of deplorables. And, of course, Crooked, Lyin’, and Little.

Good grief, Charlie Brown. Continue reading “Federalist No. 1: In Defense of Listening”

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Lame-Duck Session Woes

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