If [the illusion of respect] is what matters to you, then you’re not talking about freedom or liberty. You’re not talking about the United States of America. Instead, you’re talking about every dictatorship from the Nazis to North Korea, where people are lined up and MADE to salute with the muzzle of a gun pressed to the back of their necks. ~Jim Wright
Attribution: Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images
Whether by some contemporary magick (which I’m informed these days is called an “algorithm”) or by sheer serendipity, this piece on Colin Kaepernick and the idea of respect appeared in my social media feed.
The author, Jim Wright, is a freelance political essayist and retired US Navy Chief Warrant Officer. As a veteran, his assessment of the reasons for his service is first-hand, and crystalline. Continue reading →
White nationalists confront anti-fascism protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia (photo credit: Joshua Roberts / Reuters)
Professional networking site LinkedIn is not generally a go-to source for news, so in light of the recent violent racial disturbances in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in one fatality, I thought this statement from CEO and Chairman of the Dow Chemical Company, Andrew N. Liveris, an insightful addition to the almost formulaic post-tragedy commentary we are accustomed to receiving from the mainstream media. Continue reading →
Blink, and you’ll miss it. If anyone’s optimism needed a final nail in its coffin that White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ relationship with the press – and with the truth – could represent a break with that of the virtually self-parodying PressSec Sean Spicer himself, let this be it. Continue reading →
Former FBI Director James B. Comey (Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
One of the saddest, and yet most accurate – and possibly prescient – articles I’ve read recently, on the sorry state of affairs going down in US affairs of state, under Donald Trump’s aegis.
“We have the tin-pot leader whose vanity knows no bounds. We have the rapacious family feathering their nests without regard for the law or common decency. We have utter disregard for values at home and abroad, the disdain for democracy, the hunger for constraining a free press, the admiration for thugs and strongmen worldwide.
We have all the makings of a banana republic.” ~ David Rothkopf
I’ll need to attend to my lengthening queue of stashed-away drafts on other subjects, lest people think this is purely a Trump-bashing blog. Nonetheless. That must just have been the most awkward NATO summit in the history of acronyms. The looks on their faces. Look. At. Their. Faces. From the barely-concealed and amply justified sneering and hushed comments of newly-elected French president Emmanuel Macron and colleagues, to the deflated das-darf-doch-nicht-wahr-sein* of Angela Merkel, who had taken the time a few months back to explain to a wholly ignorant US president what NATO stood for, and how it worked. (Or it may have been the German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, with whom the most frequently associated online tagged keywords are probably “perplexed” and “irritated”, and who has been amusingly blunt in her assessment of the crass ignorance she must now deal with. Either way, the message was passed along.)