Weekend Quick Takes

Only in Washington would a lawmaker be angry that he got to vote on his own bill. Yet that’s part of the news of this week-that and more in this edition of ‘Quick Takes’.

Senator Doesn’t Want a Vote on His Own Bill

Sen. Ed Markey is angry at the Senate Majority Leader for bringing a bill that he sponsored to a vote. What?! Continue reading “Weekend Quick Takes”

Super Bowl Anthem

How far we have come as a country when you have to ‘defend yourself’ for singing the national anthem?!

Gladys Knight, whose popular hit “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” made her an iconic figure, was chosen to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in two weeks. As an African-American woman, she was criticized for singing the anthem when others have made protests against the anthem a personal cause.

Knight responded with a statement…one that speaks for itself and has no need of comment, so Thinking Man will just quote it here:

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice. It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone. I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good—I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII.”

Trump, the Mid-Terms and the Republican Party

(Editor’s Note:  This is part three of a series on ‘Politics in the Trump Era’)

In the first two parts of “Politics in the Trump Era”, we took a look at prospects going into the mid-term elections of a couple of weeks ago and of the effect that Donald Trump has had on both the Democratic and Republican parties, driving each to be less compromising and driving out those in both parties who may be willing to compromise with the opposing party.

In the final part of this series, we’ll look at the effect of Donald Trump on the elections and the Republican Party, which he leads as its highest officeholder. Continue reading “Trump, the Mid-Terms and the Republican Party”

Trump’s Effect on US Politics (part 2 of a series)

(Editor’s Note:  This is part two of a series on ‘Politics in the Trump Era’)

During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to ‘drain the swamp’, which was a way of saying he would be a radically different President.  After defying almost all the polls and conventional wisdom by being elected, I think all would agree that he has fulfilled that promise. As President, he has totally gone against conventional wisdom and has set his own course, whether for good or bad.

In doing so, both his Presidency and his campaign have had an impact on US politics probably far more than anyone else in the last century, at least. As mid-term elections approach, it seems a somehow timely and appropriate to reflect on those changes. Continue reading “Trump’s Effect on US Politics (part 2 of a series)”